From Media to Money Management
After a successful career in television news, Leyna Nguyen is now helping people take control of their finances so they can retire comfortably. She is Executive Field Chairwoman, responsible for adding hundreds of millions of dollars in protection and wealth to many families.
She and her husband Denny Hooten, a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, are helping families and small business owners protect and grow their wealth with a wholistic approach to money.
Denny has spent most of his career helping Fortune 500 healthcare companies adapt to the rapidly changing healthcare environment - he pioneered population health at Davita Inc. and created a new financial model to adapt to the Affordable Care Act. Denny also teaches finance at USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy. He combines his experience in healthcare finance with his background in economics to help families and businesses create a clear path to financial independence.
Together, they can provide tailored plans to fit your individual needs. Schedule a free consultation.
Leyna Nguyen, On-Camera
Leyna Nguyen is a five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist with over 25 years of TV broadcasting experience. A familiar face and household name in Los Angeles, Leyna made broadcast history by becoming the first newscaster ever to anchor the news on two stations in the same market, with the unprecedented Viacom-owned duopoly of KCBS and KCAL-TV. She started her television career in Augusta, GA, and worked for the leading NBC affiliate in Sacramento before coming to Los Angeles. Leyna has done everything from producing shows to field reporting and anchoring. She's also worked on documentaries, in radio and on stage, and is experienced in shooting and editing.
When Hollywood needs authenticity in portraying journalists, they turn to Leyna! She's appeared in over 35 television shows and movies such as NCIS, Supergirl, The District, Austin Powers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Born in Vietnam, she and her family came to the United States in 1975 and resettled in Minnesota which explains why she's a Viking fan.
She earned a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in broadcasting from Webster University in St. Louis, has teaching experience, and can karaoke like nobody's business!
Leyna Nguyen, Off-Camera
When she's not in front of the camera, Leyna is busy helping children and families through her volunteer work for a number of charities including her own non-profit, Love Across the Ocean (LATO) Her foundation helps build and send children to school, as well as provides humanitarian relief in times of crisis across the world. A portion of proceeds from LeynaNguyenTV goes to charity. Leyna is also experienced in event-planning and helps other non-profits raise money for their worthwhile causes. With a love for language and helping people, Leyna is currently working on teaching English pronunciation and recently started a YouTube Channel to make it more accessible.
Honors and Awards
2021: Emmy Award: Props in a Minute: Election2020
2021: Los Angeles Press Club SoCal Journalism Award Nomination: Best Anchor
2017: Emmy Nomination: Best Newscast
2016: Emmy Award: Best Newscast
2015: AREAA Humanitarian of the Year
2011: CA State Legislature Woman of the Year
2011: Johnny Carson Good works Award & grant
2007: Emmy Award: Special Olympics
2007: Emmy Award: Heal the Bay
2005: Emmy Nomination: Special Olympics
2004: Emmy Award: Heal the Bay
2003: Emmy Nomination: Best Feature Reporter
2000: 25 Most Influential Vietnamese-Americans Worldwide :
2000: Nomination: Heart Baby
2000: Outstanding Service to the Public Award: LA County
1997: American Lung Association Award: Bone Marrow Donor
1997: Founder: Love Across the Ocean, non-profit foundation
1996: YWCA Woman of the Year
1995: Emmy Nomination: Vietnam - The Journey Back Special Prog
1995: RTNDA Award: Vietnam-The Journey Back - Best News Special
1994: Society of Professional Journalists Award: Gang Special
1987: Miss Asia America