Michael Johnson, CFP®, J.D.

About Michael Johnson, CFP®, J.D.

Michael is a visionary for our clients and our firm. One of his greatest talents involves diving into the unique and complex planning issues our clients face. His strong desire to help others, combined with his analytical nature and extensive experience, allow him to guide our clients comfortably along their financial paths in life.

Michael has worked in the financial and investment industry in Lincoln since 2001. Prior to becoming an advisor, Michael worked as Director of Compliance and Corporate Counsel for a Nebraska based broker-dealer.

Michael grew up in Hastings, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Juris Doctor degree from the UNL College of Law. Prior to his investment career, he practiced law in Omaha and Lincoln, focusing on the areas of estate planning, real estate development, and corporate law.

Michael is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, Lincoln Estate Planning Council, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. He also donates his time and resources to numerous local non-profit organizations.

Michael and his wife, Jill, are the parents of Sam, Sophie and their Labrador, Rocky. Michael enjoys reading, playing golf, hiking in Colorado, spending time with his family, and coaching his children’s sporting events. He would like to climb at least one 14’er in Colorado in the next 5 years, attend the Master’s golf tournament, and travel to Scotland and Ireland.

Dan Stous, ​CFP®

About Dan Stous, CFP®

When my wife and I were newlyweds before I was in the financial planning profession, we got some bad financial advice from a few different financial “advisors”. With little knowledge of how different compensation structures worked, we trusted in people who were really selling a product instead of providing fiduciary advice. Now, I help people avoid some of the same mistakes I made. As a fee-only planner, I work with clients to help them determine whether they’re on a path to meet their goals and form recommendations if they need to make some adjustments.

I’ve lived in Lincoln for nearly my entire life. I married my wife, Kate, in 2013. We have a toddler daughter who is both a ton of fun and a ton of work. We also have two Balinese cats named Neville and Luna after some of our favorite Harry Potter characters. I love traveling to new destinations and enjoy saving money on traveling by using points almost as much as I love traveling itself. I’m also passionate about good food, good drink, and good music. I’m also somewhat of a barbecue enthusiast – eating it, and making it. In fact, I’m writing this bio while in a 4-hour line for brisket at Franklin BBQ in Austin, Texas.

Richard C. Salmen, CFP®, CFA, EA

About Richard C. Salmen, CFP®, CFA, EA

An experienced fee-only financial planner and servant leader, I guide a team that helps hundreds of families across the United States fulfill their dream of reaching financial independence. Our focus on middle and upper-middle class clients allows us to provide holistic, fiduciary advice on a fee-only basis to those who previously did not realize such a service existed for them. By leading our clients through understandable systems and processes we coach them to use money more effectively to realize a satisfying and fulfilling life. We strive to be a vital resource providing clarity and focus in our clients’ complex financial lives.

My passion for leadership led to a natural transition to serving the financial planning profession. During my tenure on the Financial Planning Association (FPA) national board I served as national President in 2009. The financial crisis that emerged during my service set the stage for the next stage of my volunteer leadership journey. FPA, NAPFA and the CFP Board started formally working together to advance the financial planning profession. The Financial Planning Coalition that resulted has been a powerful voice for protecting the public.

I served as the 2018 Chair of the CFP® Board national board of directors. Our mission to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical financial planning resonated deeply with me.

Since I live our message of Planning For Some Serious Freedom, I spend a few days per month enjoying my side gig which is flying Cessna Citation Jets as a professional pilot. Some of my free time is spent at my vacation home on the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska water skiing with my children. And, if you want to talk sports cars and/or motorcycles feel free to reach out.