Our Team

Marko Ungashick, AIF®

Marko Ungashick, AIF®

CEO

“The Rock” View Biography

Questions & Answers
What was your first job?
Cutting grass for my grandma
What gives you nightmares?
Unfinished homework
What is one thing you obsess over?
Finishing my homework
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Tan… no one ever uses Tan!
What do you miss from your childhood?
Saturday morning cartoons and recess (remember his issue with homework?)
Ryan Rink

Ryan Rink

President

“The Connector” View Biography

Questions & Answers
What three things would you want with you on a desert island?
My Bible, Pandora Radio, Unlimited Chardonnay … Assuming there is food and water … if not I would have one heck of a 4 day run to the finish line!
What did you want to be when you were a little kid?
Funny Famous … I wanted to be an actor or radio personality that made people laugh … Loved Chris Berman!
What was your most embarrassing hairstyle?
I rocked the 1986 mullet in high school with a home perm in the back … I know it will be back soon and I will be the person to bring it home!
What song do you love to dance to?
Any 80s era cheesy love song or glamour band … I am known for my high kicks and unusual dancing style … Even in my 40s, I still bring it at weddings.
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Jesus … I would like to know how I am doing?
Vern Cushenbery, CFA, CPA

Vern Cushenbery, CFA, CPA

Chief Investment Officer

“The Wonk” View Biography

Questions & Answers
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Worst Nightmare?
Spiders. I will scream louder than any of my four little girls
What is your obsession?
Rows and Columns – I’m an accountant by trade.
What was your most embarrassing hairstyle?
Shaved head; but left the burns (on a bet – KICK THE FIELD GOAL AND COVER THE SPREAD GREEN BAY!!!)
What is your favorite quote?
“To have a sense of humor is to be wise enough to see things in proportion” – St. Phillip Neri
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Benjamin Franklin
Amber Rebar

Amber Rebar

Client Relationship Manager

“The Saint”

Q&A
What is your pet peeve?
One-uppers — you don’t always have to have the best story.
What is one thing you obsess over?
Keeping my stainless steel refrigerator clean … I’ve been known to clean it during parties.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Mountain Meadow … it sounds way more relaxing than my actual life
What is your “special talent”?
I can hang on a ledge by my shoulder blades
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Harry S. Truman
What is your favorite song from a Broadway musical?
Mein Herr from Cabaret — I won a solo dance competition in college to that tune
Andy Mich, QPA, QKA

Andy Mich, QPA, QKA

Client Relationship Manager

“Swordfish”

Q&A
What did you want to be when you were a little kid/Childhood dream job?
Starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, or a Client Relationship Manager – it was a toss-up.
What is a favorite saying or quote?
Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man In The Arena” speech.
What do you miss from your childhood?
Summer vacation and Nintendo.
What TV re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
Seinfeld
What book can you read over and over again?
Goodnight Moon. Wait, was the question what book have my kids made me read over and over again?
Chris Ratigan

Chris Ratigan

Plan Consultant

“The Strategist”

Q&A
What was your first job?
Newspaper Delivery. The Des Moines Register
What’s your favorite food that is bad for you?
Cheeseburgers
What did you want to be when you were a little kid/Childhood dream job?
Airline Pilot
What gives you nightmares?
Flashbacks to military school
What is the best food on a hot summer day?
BLTs and Summer Beer (or Bloomer Droppers, as Granny calls the concoction)
What was your most embarrassing hairstyle?
Late 80’s mini-mullet…maybe my basic training buzz-cut.
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
JFK
What do you miss from your childhood?
My Grandparents
What is your favorite song from a Broadway musical?
“The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” from Oklahoma
Dan Kitts, CPFA

Dan Kitts, CPFA

Operations

“The St. Louis Guy”

Q&A
What is your pet peeve?
Being pinched
What’s your favorite food that is bad for you?
Cheese
What is one thing you obsess over?
Safety
What is your favorite salty snack?
Potato Chips
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Winston Churchill
What TV re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
Seinfeld
James Tinsley, QKA

James Tinsley, QKA

Plan Consultant

“The Glue”

Q&A
What’s your favorite food that is bad for you?
Pizza or Cheeseburgers
What gets you dancing?
Weddings (Here comes the sprinkler, lawnmower, q-tip, shopping cart … I got all the moves!)
What do you have an irrational fear of?
Squirrels – I have always feared that they will bite my ankles.
What animal makes you smile?
My Dog, Marley
What is your pet peeve?
Coughing without covering your mouth!
What gives you nightmares?
My daughter growing up and dating
Koytt Nichols

Koytt Nichols

Financial Planner

“Triple Sticks”

Q&A
What food do you crave?
Dill Pickles
What is the best food on a hot summer day?
BBQ
What was your most embarrassing hairstyle?
An early 90’s bowl cut that would put Lloyd Christmas to shame.
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Thomas Jefferson
What TV re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
Saved By The Bell
What book can you read over and over again?
Atlas Shrugged
Laura Clark Rogers, AIF®

Laura Clark Rogers, AIF®

VP Business Development

“Hammer”

Q&A
What was your first job?
Scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins … Daquiri Ice was the worst!
What gets you dancing?
Wine + wedding receptions = the perfect combination for me to suddenly become the world’s greatest dancer.
What is your favorite Broadway musical song?
“Seasons of Love” from Rent
What TV re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
Any James Bond, Jason Bourne or John Hughes movies
Pet Peeve(s)
Any of the 7 Deadly Sins
What is your favorite quote or saying?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do.”
Mary Larson Diaz

Mary Larson Diaz

VP Strategic Partnerships

“The Promoter”

Q&A
What was your first job?
Working for my dad as a bank teller
What do you miss from your childhood?
Cooking and laughing with my Grandma Helen
What did you want to be as a little kid?
A backup singer
What’s your favorite food that is bad for you?
If I can only name one, I’d say truffle fries. Chocolate is good for you, right?
What TV rerun do you sit down and watch whenever it is on?
The Big Bang Theory — reminds me of working in academia
What is something you are passionate about?
Learning and trying to make someone’s day better
Mike Curran, AIF®

Mike Curran, AIF®

Plan Consultant

“Swiss Army Knife”

Q&A
What is your pet peeve?
Selfish people
What food(s) do you crave?
Chinese
What is your favorite salty snack?
Cretons Popcorn (Caramel and Cheese combo bag)
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Julius Caesar and Christopher Columbus
What book can you read over and over again?
Shawshank Redemption, Pygmalion
What “red-neck” activity do you like to do?
Ride 4-wheelers and play Washers
Dr. Pat Long

Dr. Pat Long

“The Educator”

Q&A
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who only want to associate with the “important” people in the room!
What was your first job?
A waitress in a little café when I was 13 years old.
What’s your favorite food that is bad for you?
Pizza….who doesn’t love pizza???
If you could have a drink with anyone in history, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln, “How did you persevere emotionally as a leader during that difficult time?”
What did you want to be when you were a little kid?
A Princess of course.
What’s your favorite movie that you would watch again?
It’s a Wonderful Life. I watch it every Christmas.
What animal makes you smile?
Our dachshunds, Frankie and Toby
Ron Woelk, CLU, ChFC

Ron Woelk, CLU, ChFC

Plan Consultant

“The Wise Sage”

Q&A
What’s your favorite saying?
“Not All Who Wander Are Lost”- Gandalf, Lord of the Rings
What gets me dancing?
My Wife
What is your favorite salty snack?
Cashews
What was your most embarrassing hairstyle?
Flattop w/butch wax
What favorite movie would you watch again?
The Jason Bourne Movies
What song do you love to dance to?
“Stand by Me” by Ben E. King & “Groove Me” by King Floyd

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