Richard "Rick" Johnson

Investment and Planning Specialist


Rick Johnson joined Wedbush Securities at the beginning of 2024 as a Financial Advisor and Investment Planning Specialist in the firm’s Santa Rosa office, partnering with longtime friend and business associate, Dru Argue.

Rick is a prominent and highly regarded figure in the investment community, having cultivated numerous enduring relationships during his 18-year tenure at First Trust. His expertise in unit investment trusts, as well as stocks, bonds, and ETFs, has offered Wedbush's clients a range of robust investment options over the years and makes him well equipped for both financial and relationship management.

Rick's journey into the financial industry took an unconventional approach. Initially, he achieved recognition as a record-breaking college quarterback at Southern Illinois University, leading the team to an NCAA Division 1-AA championship title. Following this success, he became a second-round draft pick for the Los Angeles Rams and later a veteran of the Canadian Football League. Subsequently, Rick transitioned from his athletic career to Hollywood, where he explored roles as an actor, producer, and director.

His experience in managing his personal finances during his football career and involvement in production financing for TV and film laid the foundation for his segue into financial services. Rick went on to become a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and served as the Vice President and Unit Trust Specialist at First Trust. During his time at First Trust, he collaborated with financial advisors nationwide, including many at Wedbush. Notably, he worked closely with advisors in the Santa Rosa office, establishing connections with his now business partner, Dru Argue.

Originally from Illinois, Rick has now made the East Bay area of California his home. He continues to find pleasure in watching college football and cheering for his SIU Salukis


  • Closed-End Funds
  • Financial Planning
  • Structured Products


• Series 7 and 66 licenses
• Attended Southern Illinois University
• Licensed in 2 states: CA and IL

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