Our Team

Our Team

John W. Hawekotte Jr., JD, CPA

Founding Partner & Financial Advisor

John graduated from Santa Clara University as an accounting major and began his professional career as an audit assistant, and later a tax senior, in the San Jose office of Arthur Andersen. During that time, he became a CPA in the state of California (license now inactive). His early public accounting experience was punctuated by two years’ service as a military intelligence officer with the U.S. Army Security Agency.

A graduate of UCLA School of Law, John is also a current member of the State Bar of California with extensive experience in tax and estate planning. In the past, he represented professional athletes as a contract advisor and is currently an NFL Players Association Registered Player Financial Advisor. He also served as CFO of firms in both real estate syndication and entertainment business management. 

John found that his most interesting and fulfilling work lay in advising individuals in the financial services arena, helping them make sound decisions in their financial lives and setting the stage for a secure retirement. His in-depth experience in several different disciplines—accounting, law, taxation, and real estate—has given him a unique, holistic perspective as a financial advisor—a perspective that has been of significant value to his clients throughout the years.

John has FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 securities registrations, held through Commonwealth Financial Network®, as well as life, accident and health, and variable contract licenses with the California Department of Insurance (CA Insurance Lic. #0B30918).

A native of Chicago, John was raised in Whittier, California, and now lives with his wife, Deborah, in Fullerton, where they enjoy travel and spending time with their four children (Lauren, Kelly, John, and Caitlin) and spoiling their five grandchildren—Audrey, Henry, Ava, Dylan and Kieran. 

An avid reader and learner, John is a five-time Jeopardy! champion and enjoys participating in local trivia competitions. During the football season on Friday nights, he can be found supporting the Anaheim Servite High School Friars and the Cubs of Loyola High School of Los Angeles, his alma mater. On Saturday afternoons, he joins the legion of other subway alumni rooting for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  

Lauren Hawekotte, CFP®

Managing Partner & Financial Advisor

Lauren graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in communications and began her professional career working in a variety of positions in customer service.  Her experience with a nonprofit financial counseling organization, combined with a keen interest in financial planning concepts and an affinity for innovative problem-solving, led Lauren to join Hawekotte Financial Group as a Financial Advisor.  Lauren currently holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network, as well as life, insurance, and accident and health insurance licenses with the California Department of Insurance.  In addition, Lauren has obtained the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and is an active member of the Financial Planning Association.

Lauren grew up in Fullerton, and she currently resides in Yorba Linda with her two children, Audrey and Henry. Like her father, she enjoys reading and trivia (although they both prefer the term “general knowledge”). Her love of travel may simply be an excuse to sample new cuisine; nevertheless, she has the audacious goal of visiting all 59 national parks with Audrey and Henry (17 down, 42 to go). These days, most of her free time is spent rock climbing, volunteering in the kids’ classrooms, and seeking out the best local restaurants.