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John Hasenberg, Financial Advisor

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John Hasenberg is a senior vice president for wealth management with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Washington, DC. He works with individuals, families, business owners, corporations, and nonprofits. Featured services range from selecting investments to retirement planning to sophisticated estate planning. Prior to joining Smith Barney, he spent six years with A.G. Edwards, where he was a member of the firm’s President’s Council in 2005 and 2006.

John is active in many business and civic organizations. He was a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2007 and remains active with that organization. John currently serves on the advisory board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the board of directors of the Jubilee Support Alliance. At the Greater Washington Board of Trade, he was named the 2005 Ambassador of the Year for being the top membership recruiter and served as co-chair of the board’s Cultural Promotion Task Force that same year.

Before entering the financial services industry in 2001, John was a television reporter and producer specializing in business and political news. His employers included First Business Television, CNN, “The McLaughlin Group,” “Frontline,” NBC4, and FOX5. John received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1990.

A native Washingtonian and graduate of DC public schools, John lives with his wife Kimberly, daughter Ellie, and son Ben in Cleveland Park.

For more information visit www.fa.smithbarney.com/hasenberg

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