formerly Hughes & Hughes
We are Guided Financial Strategies
We are a client-centric firm focusing on you, your finances, your life and your investments.
Partners Alan Hughes and Rick Dickinson rebranded the former Hughes & Hughes, a long running firm in Mystic, Connecticut, as Guided Financial Strategies, LLC to reflect the growth and direction of the firm. As financial professionals, our firm is focused on the client’s needs, and we take pride in creating customized financial plans to help you work towards your goals. Whether that means education planning, retirement planning, or life insurance policies, Guided Financial has the experience and know-how to seek to preserve your principal and help your nest egg grow.
Wealth Management and Investment Services
Insurance Consultation and Solutions
Employee and Executive Benefits
Meet the Team
Alan holds deep knowledge of the financial markets. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, he continued his studies and now holds both The Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations from American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa. He began his financial services career with Phoenix Mutual Life Ins. Co. in 1984, and has been an Independent Registered Representative with LPL Financial since 2004. Alan has been involved with Special Olympics for over 36 years with his wife Ann, and children, Amy, Chase and Julie. In addition, he has served as President of Special Friends Charities LLC since 1999. Between both organizations he has provided guidance to and made many friends with families and individuals with special needs. When not playing hockey, Alan enjoys spending time commercial fishing, clamming, and walking the beaches with his relatives in Nova Scotia.
Rick is a Connecticut native and graduate of the University of Connecticut. He has spent over a decade in the financial services industry starting out at SunAmerica and John Hancock before joining LPL Financial. As a Regional Director of Business Development in major markets that included Los Angeles, New Orleans and Chicago, he helped advisors successfully position themselves to go into private practice with LPL as their supporting partner. After five years in that position, Rick had the opportunity to return to Connecticut and partner with his former mentor Alan Hughes. Rick brings a deep understanding of the broker/dealer and financial services industry, back office systems, practice management, and client focused services. Rick fills his spare time playing rugby, boating and fishing in his home town of Mystic.
Seth joined LPL and Guided Financial Strategies in January of 2020. He grew up in Eastern Connecticut before attending Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. After completion of his undergraduate studies, he returned to attain his Doctorate at the University of Connecticut. Seth is an associate advisor on the team working in support of Rick and Allan while also servicing his own clients. When not at work, Seth is an avid fisherman spending much of his spare time in local waters. When the weather turns cold he enjoys making holiday trips to the Florida Keys.
Julie Sparrow, daughter of Alan Hughes, joined the team at Guided Financial Strategies when it was still Hughes & Hughes in 2012, as a licensed life insurance agent. Presently, she handles most of the clients' life insurance needs, while assisting in the administration of office. She recently earned her securities license, held with LPL Financial and continues her studies to assist clients with their financial plans. She is deeply committed to guiding individuals through their journey. Julie enjoys the changing financial landscape and finds educating clients is the best way to achieve their long-term goals. Off the clock Julie enjoys training for triathlons and marathons. On her rest days she can be found spending time with her growing family or cheering on the New England Patriots.
Paige Romyns is the Administrative Associate for Guided Financial Strategies taking on broad ranges of secretarial and administrative duties. Paige obtained her notary license in the state of CT and began studying to become a life insurance producer. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Fine art in December of 2021 and will be having an art gallery showing in the near future. In her down time she likes to travel to New Hampshire to see her parents. She also enjoys going for hikes with her 2 dogs as well as trying to get her photography business off the ground.