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Grace Van Dam

Operations Manager

Professional Snapshot

Experience: Joined NPF in 2021 after four years in various positions with another investment firm.
Education: University of Pennsylvania Nursing School

Personal Insights

What was your journey from nursing school to NPF?
I finally admitted to myself that healthcare wasn’t for me (after fainting during several medical procedures throughout nursing school.) In 2017, I joined FormulaFolios in Grand Rapids, MI and gained experience on their Advisor Services, Trading, and Finance teams.

Why is NPF a good fit for you?
I love the personal approach here. The Investment Advisors really seem to know their clients as unique individuals with unique needs and goals.

Why are you a good fit for NPF?
I strive to be as diligent and thorough in my work with advisors and our internal systems. I’m a perfectionist!

What gives you the most satisfaction in your work?
I enjoy the interaction with my teammates and advisors, and I get a kick out of figuring out how to solve a challenge.

Where are you from and where do you live today?
I grew up in Zeeland and now I live in Allegan, in the middle of nowhere. But I love to travel – I got engaged in Nepal and honeymooned in Peru. Ask me about my latest trip!

What do you like to do in your free time?
In addition to a rescue Saint Bernard and Newfoundland, we raise chickens and have a huge summer garden that keep friends and family supplied with eggs and fresh vegetables. That keeps me pretty busy, but I do enjoy a good book (murder mystery, ideally) curled up in our library or in front of the woodstove in the winter.

What is your favorite restaurant in Grand Rapids/West Michigan?
Pennyroyal Café & Provisions in Saugatuck is excellent – baked goods made in-house, local ingredients, and superb cocktails. Really, anywhere with a patio and a good brunch menu have my name written all over it.