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Our Team

Johann Kroll

Johann Kroll, CFA, CFP®


Johann founded Oceanside Advisors in 2012 and the company became a registered investment advisor in 2014. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Johann is also an active member of the CFA Society of South Carolina. He has over 15 years of personal investing experience and received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. During that time, Johann was a four-year scholar-athlete on the men’s varsity ice hockey team.

Previously, Johann held positions at Visionary Insurance Advocates, LLC and provided consulting services to Gradient Investments, LLC. Prior to his career in finance, Johann played four years of professional hockey where he won a Kelly Cup with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays (08-09) and a Calder Cup with the AHL’s Hershey Bears (09-10). He was also awarded the Jerry Zucker Community Service Award for his involvement in the Lowcountry.

Johann happily resides in Charleston, SC with his wife Kaitlin, daughter Keegan, and son Nash.

Patrick Gaul

Patrick is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and currently holds a Series 65 license. Patrick graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance. While at Notre Dame, he was a three-year Monogram award winner for the men's varsity ice hockey team.

Patrick played seven seasons of professional hockey with the South Carolina Stingrays, the last five of which he was an assistant captain. He was the recipient of the Heart, Hustle, and Desire award three consecutive seasons. The honor is presented to one player who is considered by their peers to be the hardest working in their respective Conference, demonstrating heart, hustle, and desire each and every night, both on and off the ice. He was also honored as the Jerry Zucker Community Service Award winner for his dedication to the Charleston community. 

Patrick joined Oceanside in the summer of 2017 as he wrapped up his playing career. He is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and now resides in Charleston, SC with his wife Victoria.

Patrick Gaul, CFP®

Ross Chawansky

Ross Chawansky

Financial Advisor

Ross is the newest member of the Oceanside team. In addition to holding his Series 65 license, he is also a licensed insurance professional helping to implement risk-management policies when appropriate. Ross graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  While at MSOE, he was a four-year letter winner for the DIII men's ice hockey team, serving two-years as team captain.

Before joining Oceanside, he enjoyed twelve years as an account executive delivering energy efficient HVAC equipment and controls solutions for commercial applications.  During that time, he spent eight years coaching youth hockey while also helping launch an adaptive sports sled hockey program in Milwaukee.

Ross currently resides in Mount Pleasant, SC where he enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife Kari and son Jackson. He moved to Charleston in 2018 from his hometown of Detroit, MI where he and Kari first met.

Tyson Strachan

Tyson joined the Oceanside team in 2018. He attended Cardiff Metropolitan University in Cardiff, Wales where he earned an MBA degree in Finance with Merit. He went to Ohio State University where he was teammates with Johann Kroll for three of his four years. He now holds a Series 65 license.

Prior to joining Oceanside, he played in the National Hockey League in eight of his eleven professional seasons. The remainder was spent in two different minor pro leagues in North America before finishing with a season in the United Kingdom.

Tyson and his wife Kate met at Ohio State. During his hockey career, they founded and ran a non-profit that promoted and supported animal adoption and welfare. They currently reside in New Albany, Ohio with their son Rory and two adopted dogs, Petey and Beau.

Tyson Strachan, MBA

Financial Advisor

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