MEET OUR TEAM

We often refer to our team as our “work family,” and when you spend the majority of every day with the people on your team, it definitely rings true. Our work family is designed to serve you and your family by providing top-notch service and giving you the experience you deserve.  With clients in over 20 states, our team’s approach enables clients to receive exceptional service and advice, regardless of location.

With over 70 years of combined industry experience, each team member brings a level of experience and education that covers the broad range of needs our clients have.

Gary Baker

Managing Partner, President & Director of Relational Planning

Gary decided to become a financial advisor nearly 20 years ago out of passion for investing and desire to help people live exceptional lives.  He feels privileged to serve our clients and work with them towards achieving all they want to in life, in their careers and in their businesses.  Gary is proud of the firm we have created because he knows the integrity of each of team members is core to their success, as everyone on the team understands who the most important people are in our business, our clients.

Gary received his B.A. in Personal Finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia and an M.B.A. from Washington University. Gary is also involved with two projects that he is deeply passionate about; The People Centric Project and The Warrior Transition Network. He also knows that the most valuable “assets” in his life are his family.

Dan Kraus, CFA, CPA

Managing Partner, Director of Investments

Dan believes money and investments are only important if it helps individuals and families live their best possible lives and achieve their goals. That’s why he believes goal oriented investing and financial planning, the intersection of life and money, is the only way to truly succeed. Money and investments serve us best when they support and facilitate family relationships, personal well-being, health, purpose and legacy.

Dan applies his training and experience to help clients live their best possible lives and achieve their goals. Dan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He received a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dan brings institutional investment experience to our clients. Prior to joining the team, he was the Assistant Treasurer and primary investment officer of Anheuser-Busch. In addition to mergers and acquisitions and global cash management, Dan managed the retirement plans and charitable foundation with investments totaling over $5 billion. Dan is also a CPA, though not currently practicing, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Dan and his wife Katy live in Chesterfield and have three grown children. They support a number of charitable organizations in the Saint Louis area.

Kim Rubenstein, CFP ®

Managing Partner, Director of Financial Planning

Kim joined the team in 2005 after years of working in other various finance focused areas of business including working in Securities Research and Investment Banking. Upon joining the team, she quickly realized her role would be providing comprehensive financial planning for our clients as her passion for helping people could be practised in her daily work.

Kim is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM (CFP) professional and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM (CRPC). She graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Business, with an emphasis in Finance and International Business. Kim lives with her husband, Jeremy and their son, Nicholas, in Wildwood. She supports many local organizations including providing financial education to women as a guest speaker at The University of Missouri Extension and serving as The Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Gateway to Hope, a breast cancer lifeline in MO & IL. She is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as she was a Big Sister since 2011, with her Little Sister recently graduating from High School.

Kim Peaker

Director of Client Services

Kim’s focus is to provide exemplary service to all clients, as well as to the rest of our team. She graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2004 with a B.A. in Communication. Shortly after, she began her career working for A.G. Edwards as an Operations Specialist in the branch operations department. While in that position, she learned the basics of the industry, the inner-workings of the operational aspects, and earned her Series 7/General Securities registration. After five years, she changed roles to join our team, earned a Distinguished Service Professional award based on her service and professionalism, and is continuing to expand upon her industry knowledge.

Kim lives with her husband Zach and their children, Miles and Daisy, in Defiance, MO. She is a staunch believer that we must “protect our earth today for our children’s tomorrow” and takes pride in doing so through her family’s own physical efforts as well as by supporting environmental organizations. In addition, she supports local charities that focus on children and senior citizens.

OUR PARTNERS

Why we partnered with Kestra Private Wealth Services?

Headquartered in Austin Texas, Kestra knows that growth is imperative for every advisor and investor. But it’s not just business or portfolio growth, it’s a mindset to evolve, reinvent, and innovate. These principles are the foundation of Kestra Financial.

Since 1997, they’ve partnered with sophisticated financial advisors who provide their clients with superior service. This focus on advisors led to their remarkable growth in the industry, and in 2016, triggered an opportunity to become independent.

Their independence has created even more flexibility today to do what’s right for advisors like us and our clients. They’ve built an industry-leading technology platform and offer a wide range of tools and services, all to help us help you achieve your goals.

 

Why we partnered with Fidelity?

Headquartered in Boston, Fidelity serves its customers through 10 regional offices and more than 190 Investor Centers in the United States. With 40,000-plus associates, their global presence spans eight other countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia who are also working tirelessly to meet the needs of their customers.

As a privately held company, Fidelity has the freedom to focus on the long-term success of our customers. 

Check out their video on “Their Purpose- Sharing our financial expertise is our way of helping people live the lives they want”. It is completely in line with our view of how our clients should be served.