Our Team

Mark S Kaufman, CFP®
Investment Advisor Representative

Mark graduated from Hardin Simmons University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Music Education.  He entered the financial services field in 2013 with MWA Financial Group under the supervision of his father, Mike Kaufman.  Mark branched out to work with a specialized 403b management company in Denver, a national brokerage company in Midland, and returned to MWA in 2018.

In May of 2020, Mark stepped in as a partner at MWA Financial Group.  He holds FINRA Series 7, FINRA Series 66, Life & Health Insurance licenses.

Mark is married to Michelle.  They have two Australian shepherds named Merle and Daryl.



William Craig Tinslar
Investment Advisor Representative

Craig is a native of Midland, Texas. He graduated from Lee High School before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. He worked in the oil and gas industry for 20 years throughout West Texas and the Rocky Mountains. Craig began his career in the financial industry in 1999 as a financial advisor.

Craig’s areas of expertise include retirement planning, asset and income protections, and personal insurance. He holds FINRA series 7, 63, and 66 licenses, as well as insurance for the state of Texas.

Craig is on the board of directors for CASA of West Texas. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and fishing. He has been married to his wife, Tanya, for over 40 years and has two daughters and many grandchildren.



Yvonne Reyes link
Investment Advisor Representative

Yvonne joined MWA Financial Group in July of 2013 as our Operations Manager.  Since that time, she has played a vital role in the office.  Yvonne recently became licensed as an Investment Adviser Representative and holds the FINRA Series 63, 65 and 7 licenses, as well as Texas Life Insurance Agent’s license.  With her almost 10 years of experience in the industry, Yvonne has the experience and knowledge to assist with most of our client needs and is currently accepting new clients.

Yvonne graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

As a native of West Texas, Yvonne understands the value of family and community. She is a parishner at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church and currently serves as Treasurer for Casa de Amigos Endowment Board. She has been married to her husband, Jason, for almost 20 years and has three beautiful children.


Sara Lillestol
Office Manager

Sara started with MWA Financial Group in July of 2015.  As the office manager, she assists with opening new accounts, performing maintenance to existing accounts, transfers and rollovers, assisting our Broker Dealer with compliance and human resources, and various accounting duties.  With over five years of industry experience in this office, she is equipped to handle most client needs.

Sara is originally from Southern California where she worked at the Happiest Place on Earth for nearly a decade as a performer, trainer and scheduler.  She is happily settling down here in West Texas with her husband Tyler and their two children.

Sara serves on the Board of Directors at the Permian Playhouse in Odessa and often volunteers her time to work as a Director and Choreographer for their productions.



Liz Manes
Client Services Specialist

Liz graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017 with a degree in English Language and Literature, hoping to one day become a writer and editor.

After college, she moved to Midland to spend time with her family and met her husband, Brennan. Liz has always been a people-person, and when MWA needed a client services specialist, she knew she would be a great fit.

Liz started with MWA in February of 2020.  She is the first face you see when you come to the office.  Liz handles all incoming calls, mail, schedules appointments, and assists with client account maintenance.

She and her husband have 3 puppy-shaped troublemakers: a border collie/corgi mix, a husky/lab mix, and a dwarf rottweiler.



Michael D. Kaufman

March 23, 1951 – May 11, 2020

Mike entered the financial service field in 1993 after completing a 20-year career as an Air Force officer and fighter pilot.  When he retired from military life, he moved to Midland, Texas, and joined a private accounting firm where he prepared individual tax returns and provided clients with investment services.

In 1998, Mike was certified by the CFP Board of Standards as a Certified Financial Planner™ professional. He joined a national financial services firm, expanding his business into financial planning as well as providing investment and insurance services.  In 2010, he and Craig Tinslar partnered together to begin MWA Financial Group.

In March of 2016, Mike was diagnosed with cancer and began treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  Mike brought his son, Mark, back on board with MWA and began a business continuity plan to ensure that his clients were taken care of.  In May of 2020, Mike ended his four-year battle with cancer in his home surrounded by loved ones.

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