About Us

In 1994, Alan E. Chandler and Paul J. Edem joined to form Chandler & Edem Financial Consultants. In 2019, the company rebranded to become Sound Mind Financial LLC. They are based in Sherrill, NY and Kirkville, NY respectively. Since their affiliation, their financial advisory firm has experienced great growth and has expanded its team of advisors and staff to better serve our continually increasing client base. Our team of professionals work diligently to help you obtain financial growth and security.

Our Business Philosophy

It is our mission to see our clients achieve their retirement goals. Our goal is to be the premier advisors for personal retirement planning and cutting-edge benefit planning for small businesses in Upstate New York. We measure our decisions by five guiding values: Independence, Competence, Service, Trust and Legacy.



We believe in being independent advisors, free from product-pushing company quotas, but having true freedom to select insurance plans and investment programs that align with our convictions and meet our client's needs.

We own our business and are not employees of a bigger firm.


All of our staff becomes appropriately licensed in their area of discipline and stays committed to continuing their education.

We provide services in our areas of competence and will refer to and work with other professional advisors whenever needed.


We desire to glorify God in all we do, recognizing all of our abilities come from Him. Therefore, we are to use them wisely for serving others.

We value each and every client and do not impose minimum account sizes.


We understand the value of a trusting relationship, yet we never take that for granted, but strive to merit that trust through our commitment to excellence.

We select our vendors based on their track record, the value they bring to our clients and through relationships of trust.


It is our privilege to help our client's develop legacy plans and to assist their loved ones through times of transition.

We have made provisions for business continuity in the event of a partner's death or disability so that clients can count on continued guidance consistent with our philosophies.

Meet the Sound Mind
Financial Team
[ Read the Staff Biographies ]


Financial Advisor


Financial Advisor


Financial Advisor


Employee Benefits Advisor


Client Service Administrator


Client Service




Executive Assistant

Left to right: Al Chandler, Jared Houseman, Paul Edem

© 2019 Sound Mind Financial LLC. Securities and advisory services offered through Registered Representatives of Cadaret, Grant &Co., Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC

Supervising Branch: 1173 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Kirkville, NY 13082 (315) 687-3557. Cadaret, Grant and Sound Mind Financial LLC are separate entities. Our Advisors are licensed to sell securities in the following states: AZ, CA, CT, FL, MA, ME, MN, MO, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WY.