Meet Mike


I prefer to personally get to know my clients, learn their goals and develop strategies to pursue those goals. I believe networking with my client’s insurance, income tax, and legal professionals is vital to determine what is in their best interest and putting my client in a position to succeed.

Mike is the CEO and a Wealth Advisor at Gertsema Wealth Advisors. Mike was born and raised in southwest Minnesota, as one of nine children on a dairy farm. It was on the dairy farm that Mike learned a work ethic that has carried him to this day. He began his business career managing farmer owned grain, feed, and fertilizer cooperatives in southeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota. In 1991, Mike changed careers to Personal Financial Advising with American Express Financial Advisors, offering investments, fee-based personal investment planning, retirement planning, and estate planning strategies. In 1997, as an Investment Executive, he joined the Dain Rauscher, Inc. office in St. Joseph, Missouri (now RBC Capital Wealth) to continue to provide his clients the best service and resources.

On March 1, 2002, Mike helped open the first Raymond James Financial Services office in St. Joseph, Missouri. In July 2006, that office became Gertsema Wealth Services, an independent branch of Raymond James for over the next ten years. In May 2012, Mike and the Gertsema Wealth Management Group joined Stifel with Mike as the Senior Vice President/Investments and Branch Manager where he was recognized annually with membership to the President’s Council or the more prestigious Chairman’s Council.

Mike holds NASD Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 63, 65 registrations.

Mike loves to spend time with his wife of almost forty years, his three adult children: Angela, a graduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, New York; Nicholas, a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri; and Anthony, a graduate of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

Mike has seven grandchildren: Thomas, Johnny, Elliott, Emma, Max, Anna, and Maggie.

Mike loves to use his smoker and grill in his outdoor kitchen, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between – anything to get him outside. When Mike isn’t cooking outside, he is out working in the yard with he and his wife’s two beagles.

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Favorite food:

Boneless Ribeye Steak from his grill.

Best piece of business advice received:

The client always come first

Favorite quote:

"Work like you’re going to live forever and live like you’re going to die tomorrow."

If you could meet anyone, past or present, it would be:

Earl Nightingale

Favorite book:

The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall

Favorite movie:

Back to the Future

What motivates you:

Helping others succeed (personally and financially)

Favorite holiday:

July 4th

Biggest accomplishment:

Raising three well adjusted, successful children with morals and integrity.

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