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Overland Park, KS 66210-1669
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Overland Park, KS

John R. Ekman

Vice President—Western Division

Phone

952.352.9204

John R. Ekman has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, with particular expertise in recruitment, business development, business transformation strategies and territory management. Prior to joining Lincoln, Ekman spent seven years at U.S. Bancorp Investments, most recently as senior vice president and divisional manager of the Metro Midwest division, the largest in USBI’s footprint. In addition to being a top recruiter at USBI, Ekman had additional responsibility for driving growth in sales, revenue and overall market share, as well as leading cultural and business model changes to maximize profit and productivity. Ekman graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds Series 3, 7, 8, 24, 63, and 65 registrations and Life and Health Insurance licenses.

 

Paisley Huntoon

Regional Director of Operations

Paisley contributes a wealth of experience in the human resources, finance and operations arenas based upon her tenure at Lincoln Financial Advisors and her consulting work with many Fortune 100 corporations, including Macy*s, The Coca-Cola Company, NIKE, Staples, and Janus Funds. In her nearly twenty years with Lincoln Financial Advisors, her resourcefulness and creative problem- solving skills have assisted financial advisors in expanding their practices and thriving in a more efficient environment.

She also serves a key role in managing and directing the Denver RPO’s administrative and operations support team. She provides oversight and guidance to BOMs in eleven additional RPOs – San Ramon, Portland, Irvine, San Diego, Westlake Village, Phoenix, El Paso, Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.

While working for LFA, Paisley has contributed to the creation of the KUDOS project, development of Virtual University, organization of the Premier Partners Staff Symposium, as a speaker for the Master Series, and the formation of an enterprise-wide career calibration initiative.

Paisley has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Human Resources Management, from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She earned the designation of Professional in Human Resources in 2000.

Paisley and her husband, Aaron Huntoon (Director of Planning), reside in Castle Pines, Colorado and enjoy traveling as frequently as possible. Paisley currently serves on the Executive Board of the Colorado State Chapter for the International P.E.O. Sisterhood.

 

Kevin Connor

Financial Planner

Email Address

Kevin.Connor@LFG.com

Kevin started his career in 1987 advising individuals and small businesses at one of the large national investment firms. At Lincoln Financial Advisors since 1999, Kevin works with teams of specialists to create customized approaches to retirement planning, estate and business owner planning and wealth management strategies.

He believes in providing his clients with clarity and solutions that help meet their needs. Each financial plan is systematically reviewed to ensure it remains consistent with the client’s long-term goals and objectives, and is aligned with our ever changing world. Each client receives confidential, highly customized, personal service.

Kevin and his staff utilize sophisticated software to review portfolios to measure returns and the risk taken toward achieving these returns. He specializes in developing portfolios that place an importance on long-term total return potential by managing risk. Kevin’s client reviews include the reviewing of life insurance and long term care insurance to assist clients in protecting their goals and portfolios from unexpected health issues.

 

Charles C. Dierks II, CRPC®

Financial Planner

Email Address

Chuck.Dierks@LFG.com

Charles (Chuck) Dierks has been with Lincoln Financial Advisors/ Sagemark Consulting since 1998 and specializes in helping successful individuals and business owners build and preserve the wealth they have managed to accumulate during their lifetimes. By designing and implementing a financial plan that is based on their objectives and in accordance with present tax laws, the benefit of Chuck's work can have a significant impact on the lives of his clients and their families.

Charles (Chuck) Dierks graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business and currently lives in Olathe, Kansas. Prior to joining Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., he gained extensive business experience in the employee benefits and insurance arena as an advisor with Midwest Benefits Group, a local Kansas City firm, as well as Owner/Operator of farming operations in Leoti, Kansas. Chuck is a member of Lincoln’s Agribusiness Services team, specializing in estate and succession planning for the farm industry. In addition, he is a member of Sagemark Consulting Private Wealth Services, a group within Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. that specializes in working with high-net-worth families and business owners. He is also a committed supporter of local youth sports and church activities.

Together with the members of his staff, Chuck has the expertise necessary to help solve complex financial problems, the resources to keep you informed as worldwide economic forces change, and the commitment to provide advice that makes a difference. Chuck’s practice is supported by a national team of specialists whose credentials include CPA’s*, JD’s*, and CFA’s.

*Licensed, not practicing.
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Charlotte Gist, CFP®

Financial Planner

Email Address

Charlotte.Gist@LFG.com

Charlotte is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has earned a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner certification from the College for Financial Planning, Denver, Colorado and has been a Registered Representative with CIGNA Financial Advisors and currently Lincoln Financial Advisors since 1987. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association and has served on the board of Directors of the Heart of America ICFP Society. She is also a member of Lincoln's Chairman's Council and President's Cabinet based in part on assets under management, sales and compliance criteria and has been named to Marquis Who's Who in Finance and Industry.

Charlotte has been featured in The Kansas City Star as a financial makeover specialist and has participated in KMBC TV's "Net Worth" call in program.

 

William W. Gist

Financial Planner

Email Address

Bill.Gist@LFG.com

As a private wealth advisor, Bill manages client assets by developing portfolios that place importance on both long-term total return and risk management. In addition, he develops income strategies for retirees while providing estate planning advice for clients as part of a holistic approach to financial planning.

After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1995, Bill began working as a congressional aide to Kansas Congresswoman Jan Meyers and later her successor, Congressman Vince Snowbarger. He began his career as a financial advisor in Kansas City with PaineWebber in 1998, worked for a period at Mellon Bank’s Dreyfus mutual fund division in their New York City headquarters, and has been with Lincoln Financial Advisors since 2006.

Bill is a life-long resident of the Kansas City area and resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife and children.

 

John Godfrey

Financial Planner

Email Address

John.Godfrey@LFG.com

John's career started in October of 1990 with Lincoln Financial Advisors solving the specialized financial planning problems of his affluent clientele.

The focus of John's practice is in retirement planning working with individuals between the ages of 45-70 who face the responsibilities of investing / caring for their retirement assets and who are concerned with the effects of taxation and inflation on the growth of retirement capital.

Together with the members of his staff, he has the expertise necessary to help solve complex financial problems, the resources to keep his clients informed as worldwide economic forces change and the commitment to provide advice that makes a difference.

John attended Rockhurst University where he received a BA in business communication.

 

Dennis Henks, CFP®, MBA

Financial Planner

Email Address

Dennis.Henks@LFG.com

Dennis Henks has been with Lincoln Financial Advisors since 2004 and is a founding member of Lincoln’s Agribusiness Services group. Dennis specializes in assisting agribusiness owners, farm business owners and other related successful professionals with tax reduction strategies, business succession and transition strategies, planning for retirement and efficiently transferring their assets to their children, grandchildren and other chosen heirs.

Before joining Lincoln Financial Advsors, Dennis spent 15 years in agriculture business. He was responsible for 70 employees and a multi-million dollar budget. He also worked closely with business owners and veterinarians providing financial analysis to help them sustain and/or grow their business.

Dennis grew up on a diversified family farm near Carrollton, Missouri where his family is still actively involved in both crop and livestock farming. Dennis received his bachelor degree in Agriculture from the University of Missouri and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri with his wife, Machelle, and their three children, Gabe, Seth and Nate.

 

Christopher T. Nelson, CFP®

Financial Planner

Email Address

Chris.Nelson@LFG.com

Chris Nelson designs and implements financial plans based on client objectives. He specializes in helping successful individuals build and preserve the assets they have accumulated during their lifetimes. The benefits of working with Chris and his team can be significant in helping to create wealth and reduce estate taxes.

He works in conjunction with his father, Jeff, to bring their clients the experienced financial planning they need today, as well as the longevity and continuity they desire in the future. Chris is one of a select handful of members in Lincoln Financial Advisors’ LEGACY program. LEGACY is Lincoln’s formal advisor succession program, enabling the next generation of financial advisors to serve their clients. In fact, Chris’s grandfather recruited Jeff into the business, which makes Chris a 3rd generation planner. He is Series 7 Securities registered and life and health insurance licensed.

Chris graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and currently lives in Overland Park, KS. Outside of work he remains a proud member of the scouting community as an Eagle Scout. If you do not find him on a local golf course or at a restaurant trivia night with friends, he is likely cheering on the Jayhawks as he was the university’s mascot, Big Jay, during his time in school.

 

Jeff Nelson, CFP®, ChFC

Financial Planner

Email Address

Jeff.Nelson@LFG.com

Jeff Nelson has been with Lincoln Financial Advisors/ Sagemark Consulting since 1989 and specializes in helping successful individuals build and preserve the wealth they have managed to accumulate during their lifetimes. By designing and implementing a financial plan that is based on their objectives and in accordance with present tax laws, the benefit of Jeff's work can have a significant impact on the lives of his clients and their families.

Jeff graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing and currently lives in Lenexa, Kansas. Prior to his many years with Sagemark Consulting, he gained extensive business experience as an Officer of a Kansas bank, as well as a General Manager of a closely-held corporation. Jeff is a member of the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City, the Financial Planning Association, and Sagemark Consulting Private Wealth Services, an elite group that specializes in working with high net worth families. He is a frequent speaker at local and national meetings for financial planners and has been quoted in various publications. Jeff is also a committed supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Together with the members of his staff, Jeff has the expertise necessary to help solve complex financial problems, the resources to keep you informed as worldwide economic forces change, and the commitment to provide advice that makes a difference. Jeff's practice is supported by a national team of specialists whose credentials include CPA's*, JD's*, and CFA's.

*Licensed, not practicing.

 

Mike Popp

Financial Planner

Email Address

Mike.Popp@LFG.com

 

 

 

 

Chester Shipps

Financial Planner

Email Address

Chester.Shipps@LFG.com