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Common Sense Retirement Planning's mission is to reduce financial fear in retirement. Our primary focus is retirement income strategies, and we aim to help provide retirees and pre-retirees with safety of assets, financial liquidity, favorable tax statuses, protection from nursing home expenses and probate.

We recognize the concern among seniors over outliving their retirement savings, and therefore, gain immense satisfaction from being able to create financial solutions for these wonderful people.

Rebecca Kincaid, CLU • Retirement Planner

Rebecca Kincaid is a good ol' Georgia girl who grew up on a sweet potato farm in south Georgia. She has lived in Greenville for almost five years since her husband, Pate, was transferred here as a salesman for John Deere. She left Atlanta kicking and screaming, but now is so happy God led her to Greenville. She has fallen in love with the people, the town and the family environment that is fostered here.

Rebecca began her career in the insurance industry more than 17 years ago as a writing agent. In 2004, she joined Old Mutual Financial Network as a Regional Coordinator, earning promotion to and serving as Life Regional Manager and Annuity Regional Manager. Rebecca has been helping clients with their life insurance cases since 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Valdosta State University in 2003. Rebecca is currently registered with the SEC, FINRA and the South Carolina Department of Insurance, where she holds P&C, life and health licenses. In 2010, earned the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) through The American College. Rebecca has vast experience in life insurance, long-term care and tax-free retirement strategies. One of her favorite things about the business is building relationships with clients and helping them have peace in retirement.

When she isn’t working, she is wrestling with her son, Finley, or playing princess with her two daughters, Ava and Temple.

“I love the personal and professional relationships that I’m able to build with our clients. Closeness and cooperation contribute to greater success for everyone.”

Laura Crawford • Registered Representative

Laura Crawford specializes in long-term care and life insurance strategies. She moved here from Texas in 1992 and is the proud mom of two boys. She joined Tony Dale Inc. in 2011. Laura has 25 years’ experience in telecommunications and management as well as banking and mortgage lending experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Southern Wesleyan University.




Wesley Palmer • Registered Representative

Wesley Palmer is a local boy who was born in Greenville and raised in Taylors, South Carolina. He attended Greenville Technical College and then went on to get a National Certification to become a Fitness Trainer. After a successful stint working as a fitness trainer/coach helping people achieve physical goals, he decided to change course and pursue a career in retirement planning. Wes is licensed in the state of South Carolina for life and health insurance. He also holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 securities registration. He has been working with Phillip Allen, Inc. since January of 2015.

Wes and his wife, Erica, were married in the spring of 2017. They enjoy spending time with their two dogs, Bonnie and Durro, and they are also in the process of building a home in Travelers Rest. When Wes isn’t at work, he is usually out on the Swamp Rabbit Trail running/training for local races or out on his road-bike riding in the mountains.

Wes has a passion for building long-lasting relationships with clients, while helping them pursue their financial independence throughout retirement.

Katie Sanders • Registered Servicing Agent

Katie Sanders is a native of Greenville who began working with the Phillip Allen, Inc. team in 2016. An ardent Crimson Tide fan, Katie earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from The University of Alabama and worked in the marketing and consulting fields immediately after college.

Katie is an active volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Junior League of Greenville and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. When she’s not in the office or out in the community, she enjoys traveling, running, reading and playing with her cat – Bear Bryant.

Dan Zakes • Registered Servicing Agent

Dan Zakes began working with Phillip Allen in March 2017 and is excited about the opportunity to be a part of Common Sense Retirement Planning. Dan graduated from Northland International University in 2011 with a BA in Biblical Counseling. He loves using his counseling background to build relationships and help people solve real life challenges. Dan moved from rural Utah in 2017 and married his wife, Jessica, in August 2017. The two of them enjoy exploring the Carolina mountains and setting up their new home in Greenville. Dan holds FINRA series 6 and 63 securities licenses along with his South Carolina life insurance.

Janine Gieck • Controller/Transfer Manager

Janine Gieck has more than 20 years of experience in the Administrative Services field; including running her own business providing administrative support for many small Greenville businesses. She graduated from Bob Jones University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Office Administration. Janine has been working with Phillip Allen since 2005. With more than 10 years of experience assisting clients at Phillip Allen, Inc. Janine has become proficient at navigating the often-difficult process of transferring assets. Her organization skills and wide range of experience have made her a welcome addition to the office. Janine was married in 1995 and has two grown children. She enjoys reading and relaxing with her family. She is a member and Nursery Ministry Supervisor at Emmanuel Bible Church in Mauldin, SC.

Melinda Sanders • Office Manager

Melinda has known Phillip for several years and been with the company since 2014. Melinda’s experience is broad from Mechanical Engineering to Sales, from Business Owner/Operator to Management. Melinda and her husband, Andy, are clients of Phillip Allen. Both Melinda & Andy are graduates of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology with BSME degrees. Celebrating over 30 years of marriage, they have two daughters, Liz & Katie, and son-in-law, Taylor. Melinda is active at her church, St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. She enjoys setting jigsaw puzzles; Sudoku; cross stitch and walking.


Sarah DelCueto • Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Sarah was born and raised in the beautiful small town of Brevard, NC. She attended Gulf Coast Community College while living in Florida. Then, Greenville Technical College after moving closer to family. Sarah has been in customer service for many years, she loves the interaction with people and will easily make you comfortable with her smile.

Sarah is the proud mother of her two athletic minded sons, Kaden and Blake; spending many days and nights at the Travelers Rest ball fields. Sarah also prides herself as the mother of a precious baby girl, Everly Kate. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys being outside, gardening, and spending time with family.




Front (Left to Right): Tony Dale, Phillip Allen.
Back (Left to Right): Laura Crawford, Iva McGrath, Melinda Sanders, Janine Gieck, Rebecca Kincaid, Sarah DelCueto, Katie Sanders, Wes Palmer.
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