Experience: Joined NPF in 2000; 30+ years in the investment business
Credentials: Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder
Education: BA in Business Administration from Hope College; MBA from Michigan State University
Community: Member and former President, CFA Society West Michigan; Former Treasurer, Visiting Nurse Foundation West Michigan; Actively involved in the Church and a few boards (which utilize my financial background) and the investment committees of the Pine Rest Foundation and the West Michigan District Wesleyan Church
What drives you in your role at NPF?
As an Investment Advisor, earning and keeping the trust of clients is everything. As Chief Investment Officer, I am focused on protecting the autonomy and analytical independence of the Investment Team members.
What was your journey to the investment world and NPF specifically?
I started on the brokerage/commission-based side of the business and quickly realized that properly serving clients demanded another approach, the truly independent advice side of the industry. NPF was the next epiphany as the focus is on individual stocks and bonds vs. mutual funds and other “products” – allowing us to truly know what we own!
What are the values that you live by?
My three core beliefs are: hard work and more hard work produces results; always try to treat others with respect; be humble and recognize that in the grand scheme, I am only around for a finite time period.
I’m trying to learn disc golf. It is much less frustrating than golf and also more economical.
Where do you call home?
I grew up in the Midwest (Illinois and Minnesota) and have lived in Holland, on Michigan’s “West Coast,” for decades.
What is your favorite music?
Retro 80’s music and contemporary Christian.
Favorite food in West Michigan?
My wife and I enjoy quality carry-out pizza from a few family-owned spots in Holland.
What do you do in your free time?
Stock, bond and economic research – SERIOUSLY!!!