Arthur Kraus began his career in financial services with Pacific Mutual Life in 1960. In 1969, he was named president of Pacific Consulting Corporation, a subsidiary of Pacific Mutual Life, the first total financial planning firm started by a major financial services company. He founded the Associates in Financial Planning (AFP) Group in 1971.
In 1999, Arthur was elected CEO of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and served in Washington, D.C., in that capacity through 2002. He co-founded Capital Intelligence Associates with his son Mitchell in 2003.
Arthur holds the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designations and is committed to practicing with the highest degree of integrity and ethics. He has received numerous industry awards, been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Financial Planning magazine, and authored several books. He was named a Five Star Wealth Manager by Los Angeles magazine for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.* He was inducted into The American College of Financial Services Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.
He and his wife, Rini, have four sons and ten grandchildren.
*Award based on 10 objective criteria associated with providing quality services to clients such as credentials, experience, and assets under management among other factors. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers.
Mitchell Kraus, CAP®, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, ChSNC®
LPL Registered Principal
Mitchell Kraus has been helping clients plan for their financial future since 1993. He and his father, Arthur, established Capital Intelligence Associates in 2003 as a comprehensive resource for independent, unbiased advice and trusted financial guidance.
After graduating from Harvard High School (now Harvard-Westlake), Mitchell attended the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to earn the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations, which he feels demonstrate his expertise, credibility, and commitment to practicing with the highest degree of integrity and ethics. Working as a legacy planner, Mitchell has recently earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) and Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC®) designations to work with his clients on their philanthropic planning and in working with clients with special needs.
Mitchell is dedicated to giving back to his community. He volunteers with nonprofits such as Rotary International, the Santa Monica Family YMCA, and WISE and Healthy Aging, a social services organization serving the greater Los Angeles area. Mitchell is a graduate of the Riordan Leadership Institute program on nonprofit board governance. He is committed to the principles of socially responsible investing, and as evidence of his concern for the environment, his home is solar-powered and he drives an electric vehicle.
When not hard at work helping his clients, volunteering, or spending time with his family, Mitchell loves to travel, and spent New Year’s Eve in a different country eight years in a row. He also enjoys home-brewing his own beer. Mitchell and his wife, Cynthia, are both California natives and live in Mar Vista with their son, Zachary.
Mitchell Kraus is a registered principal with and securities are offered through LPL Financial.
As CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® practitioner, Mitchell Kraus has met the rigorous education, examination, experience and ethics requirements set forth by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. He believes this certification communicates expertise and credibility amongst his peers, and serves as an indication of his status as a qualified, trustworthy financial planner.
Jaime Hume, Administration Manager, grew up on the east coast where she attended the University of Maryland, College Park receiving her degree in Marketing. After graduation she dabbled in the Washington, DC theatre where she ran the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. Deciding that she rather eat than be a starving actor she began working for GAMA International in their marketing and membership department for several years.
After too many cold winters in DC she decided to move west 11 years ago. Jaime now lives in Venice, CA at the beach where she enjoys running and training for an occasional marathon. Through her contacts at GAMA, Jaime remained in the Financial/ Insurance industry in Los Angeles, working for Northwestern Mutual at first and then after a chance meeting with Art Kraus who she knew through GAMA, joining The AFP Group. Jaime left The AFP Group when Art and Mitch Kraus began their new company, helping them to start Capital Intelligence Associates. She also her own business as an Interior design consultant in her off hours.