We strive to develop relationships with our clients that goes beyond financial investments. We understand that money is a vehicle used to achieve your life goals. To that end, we spend a significant amount of time trying to understand what our clients hope to accomplish in life. We then develop a prudent financial plan which allows them to obtain those goals with the least amount of risk possible. See us in the Charlotte Business Journal.



Financial Planning

We take a comprehensive approach to plan for your life’s important agendas. Through the use of the industry’s finest software, we partner with you to develop a personal website that manages your entire financial picture. This program is your financial command center used for retirement planning, cash flow modeling, estate planning and more. We employ a collective 60+ years of planning knowledge and expertise to tailor strategies and solutions to your financial concerns.

Asset Management

If you’re like most investors, you’ve struggled to feel good about your investing. You’ve never really known when to buy, sell, make changes or sit still. It’s always felt more like random luck than deliberate plan.
We’ve got a solution for that. At IFS, your investment activities are driven by strategy based on decades of academic research gathered from the capital markets. Our investment strategy connected with your personal financial goals guides confident decision-making for:
• Your proper allocation of assets
• Fund and/or security selections
• Trading decisions
That way, you can relax, knowing you’re making well-reasoned decisions for you and your family

Investment Tax Planning

Successful investing is not just about accumulating assets, it’s about spending them meaningfully and properly throughout your life. By minimizing leakage from taxes and maximizing deferrals and other tax strategies, we help you keep more of your hard earned resources in your pocket.
We work together with your chosen tax professional to implement strategies we custom design to solve your tax issues.

Estate Planning

We help you establish a well-crafted plan to continue your legacy for future generations. The peace of mind, from knowing your wishes will be carried out in the manner you desire, is priceless. Through the partnership with your attorney, we will develop strategies to minimize taxes and potential family issues.

Insurance Services

Most people collect insurance plans throughout their lifetime. What once was a great idea is now and unnecessary expense. Our need for insurance and the type we own drastically changes from young adulthood to the time we near retirement. We will evaluate your insurance programs to be certain you are covered for the current risks to your financial well-being.



Kelly G. Burke, Managing Partner

Kelly Burke, a founding member and Managing Partner of Integrated Financial Strategies, LLC, is a financial planning expert and entrepreneur. His highly creative style coupled with his deep understanding of his clients allows for unique solutions to common financial issues.

Throughout his twenty years of experience, Kelly has educated thousands of individuals, who are in or nearing retirement, about how to maximize their assets for income. He has been featured in the Charlotte Business Journal as a Top Wealth Manager and listed in Charlotte Magazine, annually since 2008, as a Top Wealth Advisor.

He earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from Louisiana Tech University. Kelly is very involved in the Charlotte community, having served on the Board of the Senior Center, involvement in friendship trays, and Urban Ministries.

In his free time, Kelly enjoys being outdoors. He is an avid adventure traveler and home chef. His knowledge of international food and wine is extensive.

His favorite role is Dad. He is married to Lauren since 2001 and is a proud father to Logan and Elle.

Tom Scharf, Partner

Mr. Scharf entered the financial services industry in 1999 as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in Upstate NY. In 2002 he joined NBT Financial Services as a Financial Consultant in Clinton NY, where he remained until June of 2005. Mr. Scharf and his family decided to relocate to beautiful Charlotte, NC in 2005 and joined First Citizens Investor Services as a Financial Consultant. In 2010 Mr. Scharf became a partner with Integrated Financial Strategies and is building a practice that is client service centered.

Mr. Scharf has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Trinity University. He hold his series 7, 63, 65 and a series 24 (General Securities Principal). Mr. Scharf and his firm specialize in retirement planning and working with people that are in or nearing retirement age. He develops strategies that work toward generating a guaranteed lifetime retirement income and believes in mitigating downside risk whenever possible.

Tom and his wife Suzanne have two children, Jillian and Ethan and is active in coaching his children in baseball and softball at Matthews Area Recreation Association. Tom has also been active in volunteering his time with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and Habitat for Humanity.

Steven Abels, Partner

Steve Abels is a highly energetic, motivated and compassionate financial advisor. He builds meaningful relationships with his clients, which guide him to the decisions he makes.

Steve was affected at a very young age by prudent financial planning, when he lost his father to cancer. Through some wise planning decisions, Steve’s family, was able to adjust to their new situation while avoiding a financial disaster. As a result, he understands the importance of financial planning and the affect it can have on an individual and a family.

Steve was raised in Hickory, North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina State University. After graduation, Steve went into sales and marketing in both the flooring and financial services industry.

He is married to Michelle and they have a son Gannon and a daughter Gabriella. Steve enjoys coaching baseball, soccer and basketball for multiple organizations throughout Charlotte. He served as Vice President of Charlotte Succession, a men’s business leader group, and remains an active member today. Steve is a “Big Brother” with Big Brother Big Sister since 2010. He has presented Junior Achievement curriculum in several Title 1 schools throughout CMS.

Steve holds the Series 7 and 65 licenses. In addition he is licensed to help clients with their life and long term care insurance needs.

Thomas Suliman, Partner

Mr. Suliman entered the financial services industry in 1986 as a stockbroker with the regional over-the-counter firm, Stuart James. Eighteen months later he joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Consultant, where he remained until 1992. Mr. Suliman joined Mutual of New York in January of 1992 to develop his financial planning practice. In 1996 he joined the partnership of Integrated Financial Strategies, the group maintaining MONY Securities as their broker/dealer. Shortly thereafter Integrated was incorporated with Mr. Suliman as a major stockholder.

Mr. Suliman has conducted Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement seminars at Queens College, Wingate University, Belmont Abbey College, Gaston College, Catawba College, Microsoft, Hoechst Celanese, and other educational institutions and corporations throughout the greater Charlotte area.

Mr. Suliman is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and holds the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant.

Mr. Suliman’s financial planning practice is a primarily devoted to those who are preparing for retirement or have already retired. The concentration for his clients is in portfolio management and estate planning.

Linda Gorman, Office Manager

Linda provides administrative and office managerial support to the Integrated Financial Strategies Team. She has worked in the financial industry for the past 10 years.

Linda was born in Detroit, Michigan but was raised in Southern California. She received her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Los Angeles Pierce College with a focus on business and English.

She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999 with her husband and two children.

In her free time, Linda enjoys athletic training at D1 Sports, where her daughter is the Operations Manager. She also makes it a point to travel to California every year to see her father, her brother, and her two sisters.

Kenneth Miller, Partner

Mr. Kenneth W. Miller entered the financial services industry in 1975 with American General Corporation. As a representative of American General Life Insurance Company, he qualified for eight national conventions and was a member of the company’s top forty representatives six different times.

In 1983, Mr. Miller began developing an independent practice specializing in the areas of investment planning, business and estate planning, and employee benefits. Ken has been an instructor for Successful Money Management, Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement, Lifelong Financial Security, Retirement & Asset Protection Workshops, and other financial classes.

Ken is a registered investment advisory associate with Integrated Financial Strategies, LLC and a registered representative with Fortune Financial Services, Inc. In addition, he is a member of the Million-dollar Round Table, the Court of the Table, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Ken has also been a recipient of the National Quality and National Sales Achievement Awards. He has received numerous other sales awards over his 40-year career in the financial services industry.

In 1977, Ken married Lisa Cooper. They are parents of five sons and two daughters: Paul, David, Philip, Stephen, Emily, Isaac, and Katie.

Ken’s practice is devoted primarily to those who are seeking guidance and assistance in meeting their long-term goals. His primary focus is in the areas of investment management, tax planning, business and estate planning, and employee benefits.

Phil Miller, Partner

Phil Miller, son of Ken Miller, entered the financial services industry in 2003 as an Advisor with The MONY Group in Charlotte, NC. He has had tremendous success under the mentorship of his Father. Phil & Meredith, married in 2005, are the proud parents of five children. (Chloe, Cooper, Levi, Liam, & Camden) Phil is an avid golfer, fisherman, kayaker, and traveler.


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