Denis Smirnov (CFP®)

Denis Smirnov focuses in the
following client markets or areas of practice:

  • College/Education Planning
  • Estate & Generational Planning Issues
  • High Net Worth Client Needs
  • Investment Advice with Ongoing Management
  • Tax Planning

Planning Specialties

Denis Smirnov, CFP® is a Fee-Only Financial Advisor in Tucson, AZ and serving clients around the country joined Gordian Advisors in 2013.  He earned a BBA degree from the University of Michigan in 2002 and then lived in New York City for six years holding several Wall Street jobs in investment banking and equity research.  His formative experience during this period was in the Equity Strategy group at the institutional research firm Sanford Bernstein, where he learned about the markets and advanced data analysis. 

After growing disillusioned with Wall Street and the hectic pace of life in New York, Denis returned to work with his college employer and mentor in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Here he spent four years as a financial advisor with an independent office of Raymond James and earned a CFP® designation. 

Moving to Arizona for family reasons, Denis spent 18 months as a day trader (technically a proprietary trader with a professional firm). It was a fun challenge and an excellent education about an entirely different side of the investment world, but at the end of the day it simply wasn't a good way to make a living.

When Denis returned to financial planning, he distilled all of his experiences in diverse corners of the industry into a straightforward investment philosophy - don't get fancy and focus on the things you can control (hint: the market is not one of them).  Dave Hamra and Gordian Advisors turned out to be a perfect match for that realization.  An avid student of the markets, Denis still enjoys applying his research skills to analyzing current investment trends, such as smart beta, tactical strategies and liquid alternatives.  Most of the time, he fails to find any compelling reasons to use complicated strategies in client portfolios.

Additional Information

Denis grew up in Sochi, Russia (site of the 2014 Winter Olympics) and moved to the United States in 1997.  He followed his wife Katie to her native Tucson in 2011 and plans to make it their long-term home.  Outside of the financial markets, Denis’ interests include CrossFit, racquetball, yoga, hiking and spending time with his two young children.

NAPFA Start Date

February 14, 2017


This Office

2200 E River Rd Ste 109 Tucson, AZ 85718-6516 Phone: (520) 615-2779 Fax: 520-529-7079