Owner and Founder
Gary was born in Garden City Kansas, moving with his family to Salem, Oregon at the age of 5.
He graduated from Willamette University in 1974 with a double major in psychology and philosophy. There being a scarcity of philosophy jobs, Gary took a harrowing nine-month stint at Oregon State Hospital as a psychiatric security aide on the women’s maximum security unit. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed there during that time, which only added to the chaos. The experience prompted Gary to change careers. He graduated from Willamette U. again, in 1977, with an MBA.
After 18 years with Farmers Insurance, first as an underwriter, then supervisor, and then as an agent, Gary left in 1996 due to the purchase of Farmers by British American Tobacco.
In 1997 he completed the last series of courses and exams to get the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation from The American College at Bryn Mawr PA.
Now Gary provides comprehensive financial plans and the appropriate insurance and investments to implement them, continuing ethics education classes for insurance agents, as well as public seminars. He is currently on the faculty of Portland Community College’s Community Education department to provide retirement education to pre & current retirees.
Gary served a three year term on the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission and was chair of the Surface Water Management advisory committee. He was Treasurer on the Clackamas Community Land Trust board of directors and helped merge the CCLT with Proud Ground, their Portland counterpart. For cutting edge information about the county visit: http://www.co.clackamas.or.us/ He is also a charter member, past President and current Treasurer of the Happy Valley Business Alliance.
Gary loves what he does mostly because of the people he gets to work with. Many clients and friends have been made over the years.
Licensed in Oregon for investment advice; Insurance licensed in Oregon and Washington.
Janet Wojcik is Executive Assistant to Gary Duell. Janet has over 10 years of experience supporting Executives in the Financial Services Industry. She attended Portland State University for undergraduate studies, and Colorado State University, Denver Business School for her Project Management Certificate. Janet started in the Financial Services world as a Marketing Director and then moved into Operations Management where she earned her series 7, 63 and 24 dabbling in compliance before moving into Executive Support.
When she is not tending to the needs of clients Janet enjoys the many natural attractions that Oregon has to offer. Hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing, are among her favorite things to do, but she also enjoys the many cultural opportunities that Portland offers and traveling is a passion. Janet imagines that in another life she was born as an Italian and lived a colorful life in Venice.
Phone: 503-512-7674 Email: Janetlwojcik@gmail.com