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Our Team

Blake Granson, MBA

Financial Advisor



Blake began his career as a Financial Advisor in 2015 with Waddell & Reed. In 2016, Blake founded Honest Advising with the vision to provide clients with unbiased financial advice. Blake partnered with Tom Cates of Cornerstone Financial Advisors in January of 2020. Tom and Blake share the same ethical driven beliefs on how to best serve their clients. Blake believes every client's success is achieved through consistent financial planning and making wise financial decisions over long periods of time. 

Faith and family are an essential part of Blake’s life. He attends Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Cicero, Indiana with his wife Jessica, and his three children. On the weekends Blake enjoys backyard campfires, fishing on Morse Reservoir, coaching his children in youth sports, and watching Notre Dame Football.

Monique E. Myers

Administrative Assistant



As a Scottish born immigrant to the United States, few can relate to the diversities that life can bring as well as Monique.  She transitioned from AUL Case Administrator to Administrative Support for Tom Cates nearly five years ago. She holds her securities license with Kestra Investment Services, LLC which helps her to assist our clients promptly in their financial needs.

Monique is a very dedicated and highly efficient assistant with both a charming and valuable communication style. Monique does not offer Securities or Investment Advisory Services.

Thomas H. Cates




Having spent seventeen years as an investment representative with Mass Mutual; Tom determined to serve clients with a more independent flair. He has guided his clients as an Independent Investment Advisor Representative for over four years and is a Registered Representative with Kestra Investment Services, LLC and an Investment Advisor Representative with Kestra Advisory Services, LLC. Tom is also a member of the Society of Financial Professionals. 

Mr. Cates has built his practice through trusted relationships for over two decades. Tom has culminated his professional assets and industry insights, with his staff, in the creation of Cornerstone Financial Advisors, Inc.