Who We Are

R. Gordon Sykesgordon_x344w

Gordon’s career in the investment industry began in 1981. His first position was with Benjamin Franklin Savings and Loan as an insurance agent. This work led him to move from selling products to helping clients look at their entire financial picture. He incorporated his own firm, Brokered Benefits, in July 1984. He is a Registered Investment Advisor.

Gordon grew up in the ranching community of eastern Oregon. He served his country in the US Army with most of his time spent in Germany where he was a member of the US Special Forces. One of his favorite things was jumping from airplanes.

Gordon’s educational background includes a BA in the University Scholars Program from Portland State University, and an MA from Staatliches Hochschulinstitut fur Leibeserziehung (Johannes Gutenberg Universitat), Mainz, Germany in sports teaching.

Gordon’s avocational interests have included:

  • Oregon State Marble Champion in Jr. High – has a huge marble collection
  • Ran track for Pendleton High School – still holds a record
  • Ran track in many European countries for the US Army track team
  • Enjoys playing chess – avid player
  • Enjoys reading, especially works of history
  • Is a ham radio operator

Gordon gives back to the community by doing volunteer work for church. He is also a member of the Lake Grove Lions Club where he helps with many projects.

Gordon is married with 4 children and “Opa” to 2 granddaughters

Lynda Brisson

lynda_x344Lynda is the Office Manager at Sykes Financial Services, where she has worked since 2009. Lynda works closely with all the clients: preparing for appointments, processing paperwork, handling phone calls, maintaining client files, scheduling appointments, and everything that needs to be done to keep the office running efficiently. Lynda also assists with the office compliance by keeping the office updated with all the State of Oregon and FINRA filings.

Lynda has worked in the financial industry since 1976 in the back office operations of several major brokerage firms in Portland: Merrill Lynch, E.F. Hutton, and Paine Webber, where she was a cashier, wire operator and operations manager. Lynda was an office manager, compliance officer and marketing director for another local financial planner for 10 years.

She has been married to her husband, Ben, since 1979 and they have raised 3 sons. They also adopted another son when he was 16. She loves being a grandma to her 4 grandsons. Lynda is a graduate of Tigard High School class of 1974 and she lives in the Beaverton area.

Lynda enjoys vacationing where there is lots of sunshine, palm trees and beautiful beaches. She enjoys the Oregon Coast; trips to Bend, Eagle Crest, and Palm Springs; or her favorite vacation spot, the Caribbean. Lynda loves boating; barbecues with family & friends; and her backyard campout with the grandsons, singing songs around the campfire–this is priceless. She also has an annual October birthday salmon fishing trip at the coast with 3 of her best girlfriends.

Lynda is a breast cancer survivor, she was diagnosed in August of 2006. Lynda is involved with the Hillsboro American Cancer Society Relay for Life, where she is Captain of a “team” of all Survivors from an OHSU Cancer Center Support Group. Lynda’s way to give back is by helping others who are in need of support during their cancer treatment.