Pearson Returns to Las Vegas After Graduation from United States Naval Academy and Service in United States Marine Corps
Having moved with his family to Nevada as a young child, and later returned to the community after many years living outside of the state, Donald Pearson is proud to live in Las Vegas and call it home for his family.
When Donald was eight years old, his mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer. Unable to find the required care in Las Vegas, and wanting to receive the best medical treatment and assurance that she would be able to continue to raise Donald and his sister, his mother was forced to seek treatment out-of-state. Despite enduring these family health challenges at a young age, Donald maintained hope that one day Las Vegas would be the pinnacle of excellence when it came to healthcare for his family and loved ones.
As Donald and his wife Arianna raise their family in Las Vegas, he finds himself reflecting on his childhood experience with his mother’s cancer. He now takes comfort in knowing that if a healthcare crisis arises his family doesn’t have to leave their home, as with the progress made in recent years Las Vegas healthcare now has their backs. Donald was overjoyed to accept a Board of Directors position with Las Vegas HEALS, to help drive its mission to continue the improvement of healthcare in Southern Nevada.
Donald attended Faith Lutheran for both middle school and high school. It was there that he met his wife, Arianna. After high school graduation, Arianna attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing and Donald accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy on a football scholarship.
After graduating from United States Naval Academy in 2016 Don was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. Donald and Arianna got married and moved to their assigned duty station in Miami, Florida where he served as a Financial Manager responsible for all resources allocated in support of Marine Corps activities in Central and South America. Although it never felt like home, Donald appreciated that in Florida he found his love for finance and complex problem solving.
During Donald’s time in Miami, he and Arianna became parents to a beautiful baby girl, Chanelle. The couple pledged to one day return to Las Vegas to be part of the community and raise their family there. Upon completion of Donald’s military service, at the rank of a Marine Captain, the Pearson family fulfilled that promise and their dream of moving back to the city they loved.
Professionally, Donald is a member of WestPac Wealth Partners as a Wealth Management Advisor specializing in financial planning for medical professionals, both individual practitioners and medical groups at large. Education is at the very heart of his practice and he believes in empowering those who make the biggest impact on our community with the very best financial resources.
He is a lifelong learner and understands the value that a good coach can bring. Donald is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Retirement Income Certified Professional®, Chartered Financial Consultant®, and Wealth Management Certified Professional® and has a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Donald has embraced his love for teaching and tutors college undergrad and post-graduate students in finance as well as aspiring Financial Advisors in their preparation for earning their securities licensing.
Outside of marrying his 7th grade sweetheart and being a father to a fifth generation Las Vegan, his proudest achievement is being a part of the Naval Academy football team that boasted a 4-0 record against Army and finished in the NCAA Top 25 rankings in both his Junior and Senior seasons.
Donald and Arianna’s family has been in Las Vegas for four generations. His father in-law owns and operates the Omelet House, a Las Vegas landmark founded in 1979. With community ties deep and strong, Donald is ecstatic to give back to the place he calls home through Las Vegas HEALS and his family’s other community service efforts.