Our Team

mwa_0000_Michael_IMG_3251Michael D. Kaufman, CFP®
Investment Advisor Representative

Mike is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and holds a Master of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University. He entered the financial services 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. Mike holds FINRA series 6, 7, 26, 63, and 66 licenses, as well as life and health insurances licenses.

Mike is a member of the the Air Force Association, the Financial Planning Association (FPA®), and Financial Services Institute (FSI). He has been married to his wife, Lela, for forty-one years and has three grown children and six grandchildren. He is involved in the community through his church activities, on the Board of Directors of the Midland CAD, and on the MARC Endowment Board. He is a past president of the Midland Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.



craigWilliam Craig Tinslar link
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 35 years and has two daughters and many grandchildren.



mwa_0001_Yvonne_IMG_3286Yvonne 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.


Mark S Kaufman

Investment Advisor Representative

Mark graduated from Lee high School in 1999 before attending Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  After college, he was hired to teach band as an assistant for all of Andrews ISD and worked there until 2011.  He then taught elementary music at Scharbauer Elementary in Midland, TX for a year.

Mark holds FINRA series 7, FINRA series 66, and Life and Health Insurance Licenses

Mark started working in the financial industry in 2013 at MWA Financial Group but also worked with a specialized 403b management company in Denver, CO during 2015 and a national brokerage company with banking management in Midland, TX from 2016-2018.  He is thrilled to be back at MWA Financial Group.

Mark is married to Michelle and has 2 Australian shepherds Merle and Daryl.


Sara Lillestol
Client Services Specialist

Sara started with MWA Financial Group in July of 2015.  She is the first face you see when you walk in the door.  She is in charge of maintaining client relationships, updating contact information, scheduling appointments, filing of paperwork, client mail and e-mails as well as the preparation of paperwork for client appointments.

Sara has come to us from Southern California where she worked at the Happiest Place on Earth as a performer, trainer and scheduler.  She is happily settling down here in West Texas with her husband Tyler and their daughter.  In her spare time, you can see her on stage at the local community theatre getting out all the singing and dancing that can’t be done in the office.



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