2660 Townsgate Road #450

Westlake Village, CA 91361

(800) 984-3302

Meet Our Team

De Groote Financial Group has brought together a team of specialists to ensure our clients receive efficient, expert and friendly service.

While we cannot control the markets, we can control the experience. We work hard to make sure we are always providing an exceptional experience.

Collectively, the De Groote team prides itself on being problem solvers and will go the extra mile to make sure we help you throughout the process.

Please feel free to share your input as we are always striving to improve.

Doug De Groote

Managing Director

Doug is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) with an MBA in Financial Planning, and is an active member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Before establishing De Groote Financial Group, Doug founded the United Wealth Management division of United Capital. Prior to that, Doug was a partner at Crowell, Weedon and Co. He regularly contributes to a variety of financial and general media.

Doug’s passion, and what he believes, is that everyone deserves the opportunity; they deserve to have the freedom and responsibility to be pro-active in achieving independence and financial success.

Doug’s life is focused around his family, wife and three children, and making sure they get the foundation that is necessary for them to have the awareness of the opportunities that abound in our great country.

Doug helps increase his client’s awareness and success, to identify and take advantage of opportunities that present themselves and help protect them from some of the pitfalls or obstacles that are thrown in our paths. With regards to their financial circumstances, Doug helps his clients identify their goals, plan for various outcomes and manage their assets to help them make their vision a reality.

Scott Welch


Scott specializes in devising alternative investment strategies for De Groote Financial Group. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of wealth management, portfolio management, and the macroeconomic and investment landscape, and he is an award-winning author of numerous articles that have appeared in a variety of industry trade journals. Scott holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation and has earned Investment Strategist, Advanced Investment Strategist, and Alternative Investments Certificates from the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). He is FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 licensed.He received a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, and MBA the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Andrew Krout

Wealth Advisor, Co-CIO

Andrew Krout is a Wealth Advisor at De Groote Financial Group, LLC. He also serves as a co-chief investment officer for the firm, focused on wealth management.

Previously, Andrew served as CIO with Kelly Financial in Boston Massachusetts since 2013. He is a licensed investment advisor representative and insurance producer. He graduated from Saint Francis University with a bachelor’s degree in both finance and accounting. He is a candidate for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. Andrew holds life insurance licenses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

Andrew is passionate about serving his clients and investment management and how to apply news and current events to investment decisions. He played Division 1 golf in college, and still enjoys playing and watching the sport in his free time.

Fadi Ahmed

Chief Operations Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Fadi Ahmed is the Chief Compliance and Operations Officer for De Groote Financial, with an extensive background in financial planning, wealth management and investment strategies. His talents with data management, auditing, and advanced software assist De Groote clients to ensure they have successful and exceptional service. He is key in coordinating client needs and changes with ease and efficiency. Fadi continues to strive for best practices in planning and management tools with extraordinary customer service in mind. He is part of what sets De Groote Financial above the rest.

Michelle DeShields

Executive Assistant

Michelle is a crucial member of the De Groote team, she manages the office and assists with the flow of daily operations. Michelle coordinates advisor schedules making sure all of our clients are well taken care of and their needs are met with urgency.  She has extensive experience with organization, record keeping and customer service. She strives to make sure every client feels comfortable and welcome in our office.


Tina Parker


Tina ensures our clients receive the best possible service by providing them with the needed communications to keep them up to date and well informed. She works closely with our team to ensure clients have access to their accounts, aggregation software and that our operations reflect the service you deserve. Tina is the first person you should call if you have any questions about our processes.