Meet the Team
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Grand Rapids | Bishop's Woods | Bloomfield Hills | Brookfield | Cascade | Chesterfield | East Troy | Elkhart | Grandville | Holland | Kent City | Marshall | Mequon | Monticello | Omaha | Overland Park | Saginaw | Sheboygan | South Bend-Mishawaka | Southgate | Toledo | Wichita
Grand Rapids, MI
3333 Evergreen NE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Jeff BarbrickProfessional Services
Personal and Business Insurance
College Funding Strategies
Long Term Care Insurance
Retirement Funding Strategies
Estate Conservation Strategies
Graduate of Grand Valley State University with B.A. in Finance
Raised in Byron Center, MI
Married to Michelle and father of two daughters, Peyton and Alyssa
Robert C. Fogg
Robert C. FoggMy Commitment
My Mission is to carefully identify the needs and objectives of my clients and then suggest the appropriate products and services to help them meet their goals.
Graduate of Grand Rapids Community College & Aquinas College - BSBA, Economics & Business Administration
MBA from Western Michigan University in Business Administration with a Finance concentration
40+ years in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry
National Association of Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Member
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Retired from US Marine Corps, 100% Disabled Veteran
Alison A. Gillhespy
Chief Compliance Officer
Alison A. GillhespyAlison began her career with VantagePointe as Assistant to the General Agent. Over the years she developed her knowledge and leadership skills to become VantagePointe’s Chief Compliance Officer. She personifies how a vision can improve one’s life.
Over her career, Alison has been appointed to the former Compliance Committee for the former John Hancock Financial Network and was a guest speaker for that same group. Her positive voice helped raise and maintain Compliance Standards at a national level. It is common for Alison to be contacted by other network firms to gain her insight and advice on operational and compliance matters. She holds Life, Accident, Health, Property and Casualty, Series 7, 24, 53 and 66 licenses.
Alison’s primary strength finder is that of an “Achiever.” Alison’s primary focus is that of liaison between associates, management and marketing of VantagePointe Financial Group and industry Compliance organizations.
She enjoys working out, horseback riding and spending time at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes with her family.
Assistant to Asa Lakeman & Matthew Nickels
My mission is to carefully identify the needs and objectives of my clients and then help determine the appropriate products and services to help them meet their specific goals.
18 years of Investment and Insurance Services
Graduate of Central Michigan University
Series 6, 63 & 65 Licensed
Licensed to Offer Life, Health, and Property and Casualty Insurance
Born in Ludington, MI
Attended High School in Midland Michigan
Member of the Kent County Conservation League
Resides in Ada, MI with wife Aniss and son Emery
Howard J. Hirdes
Howard J. HirdesObjective
My commitment is providing inclusive financial strategies to my clients while educating them to help give a better understanding of the rationale behind setting financial goals and preparing for the future. On a daily basis, I strive to assist each person I meet in setting and obtaining their individual financial goals. By working closely with my clients and building a personal relationship, I am able to be of assistance as we implement their plans to help secure their future and the future of their families. My goal is to help business owners, individuals, and families design the right strategies to keep them financially sound and confident. Most importantly, I hope I make a positive difference for each of my clients.
Professional Focus Personal and Business Insurance Planning
Long-Term Care Insurance
Disability Income Insurance
Retirement Funds and Strategies
Personal Financial Analysis
College Funding Strategies
Business Succession Strategies
Personal and Business Investments
IRA's: Roth and Traditional
Field Service Coordinator
Tony MisMy Philosophy
To help my clients carefully determine their financial goals and strategically develop appropriate financial strategies to accomplish them.
18+ years experience
Honors graduate of Eli Broad School of Business
Michigan State University
Retirement Planning Strategies
529 / College Funding
Long-term Care Insurance
Disability Income Insurance
Born and raised in Reed City, Michigan
Lived in East Lansing, MI while attending Michigan State University
Now resides in Sparta, MI with wife, Jennelle, and two sons Griffin and Grayer
Matthew NickelsProfessional Qualifications:
- College for Financial Planning: CFP®
- Western Michigan University: B.A.
- Series 7, 66
- Life, Health, Disability, and Long Term Care Insurance
My mission is to help my clients define and achieve their goals. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, I will act with integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, privacy, professionalism, and diligence.
- Comprehensive Financial Planning
- Investment and Portfolio Management
- Risk Management Analysis
- Retirement and Estate Planning
Grand Rapids transplant. Husband to a wonderful wife. Father to two wonderful kids. I enjoy these things in descending order of proficiency: reading, wine, writing, cooking, taking things apart, crafting, hunting, woodworking, putting things back together.