JD, CFP®, RFC / President, Financial Advisor
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As an attorney and nationally known financial advisor, Katherine is uniquely qualified to work with doctors and their numerous, complicated financial issues.
Katherine grew up in a medical family. “I observed my own parents moving from being extremely comfortable financially to almost bankrupt, after my parents made a few bad financial choices,” Katherine said.
“The first thing I learned,” she explained, “Was no matter how educated you are, we all need help with issues outside our area of expertise.” The second thing: “I wanted to make sure other doctors and their families, didn’t suffer the way mine did when the bottom fell out of our finances.”
Katherine uses her legal background to address issues of concern to many doctors: how to protect their assets from frivolous suits and how to reduce their taxes now, during retirement and for their heirs.
“The statistic I am proudest of is our referral rate,” Katherine explained. “Last year over 90% of our new clients came as referrals from our existing clients. We know that doctors don’t refer their colleagues to just anyone, so we are very grateful for their vote of confidence and the trust they have placed in us.”
A Certified Financial Planner®, Katherine has written three books and almost 100 Published articles. She has received the 5 Star Professional Wealth Manager Award three times!
In 1989 Katherine became Vice President and Officer of the IDS Mutual Fund Group, where she was legal counsel to the independent directors, including President Gerald Ford. Later she created two ethics programs for American Express. She has also served on the CFP® Board of Ethics.
Some of the top financial firms in the country have engaged Katherine to help their advisors. That list includes: American Express, ING/Voya, Merrill Lynch, H&R Block, Financial Planning Association, Northwestern Mutual, Charles Schwab, State Farm, LPL, John Hancock and others.
Katherine and her husband/business partner, Peter, have three adult children with whom she loves to spend time. Katherine is also dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and enjoys activities such as kickboxing and kettlebells to stay in shape.
CRPC® / Chief Operations Officer, Financial Advisor
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Years of financial planning experience, as well as a specialized professional certification, are only a snapshot of the expertise Josh brings to MD Financial. When he isn’t meeting with doctors Josh oversees the financial planning department, portfolio management, insurance department, operations, and client services.
“I am committed to helping all of our doctors feel more secure about their financial future,” Josh said. “In order to do that I know it takes not only the educational training of my profession, but also attention to detail, an understanding of the unique circumstances and stressors our doctors face, and clear communication of a complex financial world. This level of service is very important to our doctors, and we are happy to help them,” Josh explained.
With sharp organizational skills and a critical eye to detail, Josh works diligently with all of our teams to coordinate and deliver that exceptional level of service.
Josh previously worked at Ameriprise Financial Advisor’s #2 nationally ranked team. When not working, Josh enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and riding his Yamaha FZ1 motorcycle.
PETER M. VESSENES
Peter has served as a high-level corporate advisor since 1983. Projects that began with assisting presidents of Fortune 100 companies broadened to include mid-sized corporations, closely held companies, start-ups, and assistance with capital formation.
By 1991, he refocused his efforts towards fast-growth and emerging companies and has been instrumental in helping entrepreneurs gain control of both their businesses and their lives. In 1996 he joined Katherine in her efforts in the financial services industry working with financial advisors, broker/dealers, insurance companies, large corporations, and third-party providers to help professionals and doctors realize their dreams.
Peter is a popular platform speaker and the co-author of the book “Building Your Multi-Million-Dollar Practice”. The book outlines practical suggestions and proven techniques to create a highly productive, prosperous financial services practice with less stress, while serving the critical needs of clients. Peter also authored a critically acclaimed book in 2012, “The Golden Rules of Economics: The Real Way Out of America’s Financial Crisis”.
He has worked with Financial Network Investment Corp, Texas Instruments, Woodbury Financial, H.D. Vest, Merrill Lynch, State Farm, Pacific West Financial Group, Digital Equipment Corporation, NCR, ING, LPL Financial, and more.
Peter’s works have been published in Investment News, Wall Street On-Line, The Journal of Financial Planning, Producers Web, Horsesmouth, The Register, Financial Planning Magazine, Advisor Max, American Management Magazine, American Venture Magazine, Broker Dealer Magazine, and more.
Associate Financial Advisor
With several years of experience in the advisory arm of a Fortune 100 financial services company, Mike was attracted to MD Financial team by their high-caliber of expertise, professionalism, and client-centric thinking.
With a passion for excellence, Michael is constantly focused on providing clients with an outstanding experience and freeing our advisors to do what they do best: give advice to clients. He holds or has held a Series 7, 66, and life and health licenses.
Michael graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Economics and Finance, as well as a minor in Mathematics. Currently residing in Minneapolis with his wife, he enjoys good books, camping trips, and playing the guitar.
Client Service Manager
Intrigued by the specialization and expertise of MD Financial, Tara joined the team in March 2017. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance as well as minors in Financial Planning and Psychology. While attending school, she was the Co-President of UMD’s Financial Planning Club.
Tara is also pursuing the CFP® Designation in order to further her expertise in the Financial Planning Industry. She has a passion for education planning and being an advocate for women in the financial industry. In her spare time Tara enjoys traveling, relaxing at her cabin in Northern Wisconsin, and spending time with her family and pets.
Client Service Manager
John gained experience working in the life insurance industry with Prudential, but was attracted to MD Financial due to its comprehensive financial planning services offered. He joined the team in May 2017 and works each day to provide clients with the best possible experience.
He recognizes the importance of providing a concierge service to busy physicians which allows them to be more secure in their financial future.
John graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Economics and a concentration in Finance. During that time he was a member of the St. Olaf Investment Club. He currently lives in Minneapolis and spends as much of his free time as he can during the short Minnesota Summer golfing with his father.
Office General Manager
Alyssa is the backbone of MD Financial. Her exceptionally high standards ensure consistent progress toward company and employee goals, but most importantly our clients’ financial goals.
Alyssa graduated from Rasmussen College with a degree in Business Management. Beyond work, she loves to spend time with her husband, two boys, and the rest of her family.
Impressed by the high caliber of talent on the MD Financial team and the client-focused (not product-focused) views of the company, Victoria came on board in 2012. As Finance Controller, she manages all of the company’s financial matters. With 20+ years of financial management experience, Victoria has played an essential role in MD Financial’s thriving business.
In her free time Victoria loves spending time at her cabin in Northern Minnesota with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends.
Chief of Staff to Katherine Vessenes
Melissa joined the team in February 2017 with 9 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has an extensive background working with complex client situations and her impressive investment knowledge is great addition to our team. Melissa strives to ensure we meet our client’s expectations and is always happy to help them reach their goals.
Melissa currently resides in Minnetonka. She enjoys spending as much time as she can on the lake with her family, in the garden and hiking with her dog Stella.
Client Services Manager Supervisor
Chris joined the firm with 20 years of experience in client services, efficiencies excellence, operations and multi-million dollar inventory management. She was drawn to MD Financial because of our passion and dedication to improving and protecting the livelihood and financial security of our clients. Chris joined MD Financial in December 2016 as an intricate part of our insurance team while assisting with all aspects of client support.
Chris loves to spend her personal time with her husband, children, and grandkids. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and as much time boating as our Minnesota summers allow.