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Team

Annie Garland

Client Services Admin

720-613-0088

720-613-0087

annie@wealthclarity.com

I assist the WealthClarity team with financial planning and portfolio research.  I’m the person to contact if there’s a specific planning question or topic you’d like to bring to your Advisor’s attention in advance of your next review.  I also support Lori Simpkins with the day-to-day tasks needed to fulfill the level of service we strive to achieve for our valued clients. 

 

I’m a proud native of New Hampshire, but the Colorado mountains and sunshine were calling my name.  I moved here in 2005 and it’s felt like the perfect fit from day one.  My husband and I have two energetic daughters and an even more energetic Goldendoodle.  I’m an avid mountain biker and skier and also enjoy camping, cooking and hiking.    

Brian VanKeuren CPFA®, MBA

Partner/Wealth Advisor

720-613-0088

720-613-0087

bvk@wealthclarity.com

MISSION
To establish a partnership with my clients in order to build a personal financial plan that addresses what they care about most and serves as a foundation for working toward their goals. My purpose is to help build, manage and preserve your wealth. My success is not measured in performance statistics but rather by my clients’ success in achieving their goals.

LICENSING/EDUCATION
Series 7 & 66 Securities License (held through LPL Financial)
Colorado Life & Health Insurance License
Master of Science in Finance, University of Colorado - 2004
Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Colorado - 2003
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Buffalo - 1999

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Brian started his financial advising practice with Waddell & Reed in 2010. Before becoming licensed in the securities and insurance industry, he worked as the Project Director of a nationally recognized law firm and was an Analyst with Lehman Brothers in their Denver and London offices. Brian currently serves as an Ambassador with the Golden Chamber of Commerce.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Financial Planning
Risk Management
Retirement Planning
Investment Strategies
Life & Disability Insurance
Education & Goal Funding
Portfolio Allocation Strategies

PERSONAL/LEISURE INTERESTS
International travel, scuba diving, skiing, and spending time with my wife Shea and our twin daughters enjoying the Rocky Mountains.

Darin Hammerschmidt, CFP

Partner/Wealth Advisor

720-613-0088

720-613-0087

darin@wealthclarity.com

Darin’s passion is people, his purpose is family & community. As a Certified Financial Planner, his mission is to explore, understand and preserve his client’s life values, while inspiring them to live the life they desire & deserve. Money is far from the only thing that defines an individual’s life values, but it tends to play an important role. How we view money and the role money plays in our lives is different for everyone. Many, including himself, struggle or have questions on how money incorporates into our values, dreams and ultimately our life purpose. Darin believes that Financial Planning can be a catalyst towards our life purpose becoming reality. The possibilities are endless!

Darin, his wife Jamie and three daughters have been residents of Colorado since 2008 and Wheat Ridge became home for their family in 2015. Darin received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2006, started his Financial Planning practice with the Waddell & Reed team of Golden, CO in 2008 and received the Certified Financial Planner designation in 2016.

Growing up in a small community in Kansas, he developed a passion for community development and enjoys giving back to his local community.

  • West Metro Chamber of Commerce – Member since 2008
    • Board of Directors – 2010-2016
    • Chair of the Board – 2015
    • Young Professional of the Year - 2010
  • Kiwanis Club of Lakewood – Member since 2009
    • Board of Directors – 2010-2013
    • Chair of the Board – 2012
  • Leadership Jefferson County, Colorado – Graduate 2010
  • Wheat Ridge Business Association – Member since 2016
    • Board Member – 2018-Present
  • Localworks Non-Profit - Member since 2018
    • Board of Directors – 2018-Present
    • Chair of the Board – 2022

Outside his passion for working with his clients and his community activity, Darin enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, yoga, cooking, mountain biking, camping & skiing.

Daryl Christensen

LPL Registered Administrative Associate

720-613-0088

720-613-0087

daryl@wealthclarity.com

Daryl Christensen focuses on supporting our office advisors so they can help clients address their financial objectives. Over time, they strive to turn clients financial goals into manageable solutions & enable them to take consistent action towards pursuing those goals.

The process begins with the creation of a comprehensive approach that builds upon a client's current financial position then guides them through the various lifecycle phases they will experience in their lifetime. Eventually, these phases involve planning for timing of Social Security benefits, selecting Medicare alternatives, and providing for potential Long Term Care insurance options supporting our clients' quality of life.

Or, the plan may be more targeted such as establishing investment goals and creating a portfolio that reflects a client's investment time horizon and tolerance of risk. This managed wealth accumulation process involves periodic review and re-assessment of risk tolerance.

Daryl pursued a long-term career in the food service industry where he held key management and ownership positions. The experience of owning and operating businesses provides Daryl with insight of challenges encountered by business owners as they plan for their future.

Daryl joined Waddell & Reed in 2004 as a Financial Advisor. He holds the following securities licenses with LPL Financial: Series 6, Series 7, Series 63, Series 66. 

His long held value of service-to-community has led him to contribute in many ways: Member of the Lakewood Kiwanis Club where he has served on the Board of Directors and is a President, member of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce where he has served on the Board of Directors and is a Past Chairman, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Two Ponds Preservation foundation as President.

Daryl enjoys sharing time with his wife Tammy, their family and friends while enjoying hiking in the mountains, road trips in Colorado, working with horses, and creating new palate pleasers in his smoker.

Drew Morse

Office Manager/Assistant

720-613-0088

drew@wealthclarity.com

I've been working with the WealthClarity team since I moved to Colorado in the summer of 2019. I work in a hybrid role of Office Manager and Advisor Assistant. I schedule wholesaler meetings, manage office logistics, manage the WealthClarity website & social media accounts, while also processing documents, transactions, and working with clients. 

I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015 with a Bachelors in Psychology and I worked at the Waddell & Reed headquarters in Kansas City from 2017-2019 before moving to Colorado.

In my free time I enjoy music and concerts, reading, walking around the city, going on hikes, and spending time with friends. 

Laura Wedow

Client Care Manager

720-613-0075

720-613-0087

laura@wealthclarity.com

After 31 years in the Colorado mountains as a high school mathematics teacher, and raising two kids with my husband Joe, I am now a Client Care Manager at Wealth Clarity. I began my education with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from UNC in Greeley, Colorado. 

The mathematics of finance has always been so fascinating to me.  As a teacher, it was my favorite topic, so it seemed so natural after I retired from teaching, to move into the world of finance.  I now truly understand the importance of the planning component in finance, and how helpful a financial advisor can be in the areas of saving, investing, wealth management, tax savings, insurance advice, the best time for wills and/or trusts, and so much more.  I love the great client-focused atmosphere at Wealth Clarity, where I enjoy my role as Tyler’s assistant.  It is so rewarding helping clients feel comfortable, safe, knowledgeable about their finances, and find their path to a comfortable retirement. 

Some of my hobbies are spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, cycling, travel, our dogs, and gardening. I am also a foodie and love to try new restaurants!

Lori Simpkins

Operations Manager

303-640-6248

720-613-0087

lori@wealthclarity.com

I am the Operations Manager for Darin Hammerschmidt. I have been his assistant since 2015. I assist with new account openings, account transfers, transactions, Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) and other account maintenance items for our clients.

I am a native of Lakewood and joined the team after 25 years of being self-employed in Art Sales and Custom Picture Framing. I am active in the Lakewood community with several Foundations. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Lakewood Legacy. I am a graduate of Leadership Jefferson County and a Distinguished Toastmaster for Toastmasters International.

I am the step-mother of 3 and mom of 1 that makes me a grandmother of 7! In my spare time, a rarity, I enjoy cooking, reading and needle art with active time line dancing, gardening and golf.

Mark F. Tighe Jr.

Partner/Wealth Advisor

720-613-0088

mftighe@wealthclarity.com

To schedule an appointment with Mark please contact his assistant Nancy Harrison at 720-613-0088 x-301 or by email at nancy.harrison@lpl.com.

Mission:  To become my clients' valued advisor.  Focus on financial education while maintaining client relationships through a commitment to integrity, respect and excellence. Collaborate with clients to develop a financial plan to put in motion a tool to manage their goals. We focus on asset management, financial planning and all insurance needs (Life, LTC and Disability).
(401K rollover services, 529 plans and tax efficient alternatives).

Married with 3 children and live in the Golden area.  Loves the outdoors, sports and connect with the community.  Currently on the Golden Junior Baseball Board and serving on the Evergreen Chamber Finance Committee.  Past president of the Applewood Business Association (2017-2019).

Nancy Harrison

Administrative Assistant

720-613-0093

720-613-0087

nancy@wealthclarity.com

I have been assisting Mark Tighe since 2013.  I assist with scheduling, opening accounts fielding phone calls and general account maintainence.

When I'm not working, I am spending time with my family, cheering for my grandsons at their sporting events, or having my toes in the sand on a beautiful white sandy beach.

Tim Gomez

Partner/Wealth Advisor

720-613-0088

tim@wealthclarity.com

As a Wealth Advisor, I help guide individuals and families through personalized financial planning, risk management, investment management, and tax management. I also work with business owners to provide and manage retirement plans for their business.

My goal is to develop long-lasting relationships with clients, foster direction as they journey towards their financial goals, and to measure my success by their success.

To schedule time with Tim, please call him at 720-613-0088.

Tyler Freeman, CFP®, CFA®

Partner/Wealth Advisor

720-613-0075

720-613-0087

tyler@wealthclarity.com

Tyler opened his financial services practice in 2013, transitioning from a rewarding career in social work and international development. Tyler provides comprehensive, holistic and human-centered financial planning, helping to both develop the initial plan and implement action steps throughout the year.  Tyler's purpose is to combine financial planning with best in class investment management to help drive better financial outcomes for our clients.  We work together with you, crafting your ideal lifestyle.    

Tyler became a Certified Financial Planner™ in 2016, and became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) in 2023.

Please feel free to schedule a complimentary consult with Tyler if you want to explore working together or if you are interested in receiving a second opinion on your current investments.  You can schedule via the link below, or by calling his office at 720-613-0075.

https://go.oncehub.com/TylerFreeman 
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