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 on contract with Portland Community College’s Community Education department to provide retirement education to pre & current retirees, most notably, Social Security optimization. This is a common element of well-to-do individuals and couples: they are lifetime students. Every class has several “millionaires-next-door”.
Gary served a three year term on the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission. 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 former 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. A majority of his time is donated to individuals and couples who can’t afford an advisor.
Licensed in Oregon for investment advice; Insurance licensed in Oregon, California and Washington.
Born in the California Bay Area, Amanda moved to Portland with her family when she was young and has always considered the Pacific Northwest her home.
Amanda graduated from Washington State University in 2014 with a major in Marketing and a minor in Anthropology. Her professional experience in the Marketing and Administration fields combined with her passion for financial education brings a unique set of skills to Duell Wealth Preservation.