Meet Chris

Farm Bureau Advisor

With nearly two decades of experience, Chris advises high net worth individuals, families, and institutions on a full array of wealth management solutions.This includes investment policy development, asset allocation, portfolio construction, risk management, as well as tax and estate planning.Chris's particular focus is toward  building investment plans that are highly targeted to the overall life and legacy plan. 

Chris's strengths and traits are that of a curious thinker, individualism, competitveness, and enthusiasm. Thus, he is one of the rare advisors that can combine the deep analytics of portfolio design and construction with the strategic thinking necessary to create a unique and tailored plan based upon each clients' complex financial matters.Utilizing those strengths, he is then able to leverage the vast resources of Farm Bureau Financial Services while still providing his clients the feel of an exclusive wealth management boutique. 

Chris came to Farm Bureau in October 2019 after almost a decade with Northwest Wealth Management (an affiliate of Northwest Bank) in which he was at that firm's first advisor in August 2010, starting the Wealth Management team in West Des Moines.  

He is a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA) certification administrated by the Investments & Wealth Institute and taught in conjuction with the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.CIMA certification is the peak international, techical portfolio construction program for investment consultants, analysts, financial advisors and wealth management professionals.CIMA certification stands out among other financial certifications for its effective emphasis on the combination of theory and practical application. 

Chris has served and held leadership positions with numerous non-profit and service organizations.  Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees for EveryStep Care & Support Services and also serves on the Board of the HOPE Agency, which empowers those with special needs to enjoy independent, productive lives.  

Chris is a Des Moines resident, living downtown with his teenage son who attends Iowa State University.

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