About Us

Your Milestones

Our firm is focused on YOUR Milestones. This is why we changed our name in 2010, to better align our name with what we do.

A milestone can be thought of as a turning point, a marker in the road to your destination. Many milestones are placed to give people a sign that it is time to change or turn directions. Are you, as an investor, at a turning point? Many large investment firms are losing touch with their clients, and you may not know where to go with questions.

We’re independent, and as such, provide independent advice. We work with you, face-to-face, to figure out what you want and how you can get there. The comprehensive platform we offer means there are options for investors of all types. You know where your money is, where it’s going, and why. We treat your money the way it deserves to be treated.

When you need to make a change, add funds, or just pick our brains about the market, we’re right here for you. When you need to develop a strategy that effectively uses those tools, we’re still here. With our expertise and a solid plan, we will strive to reach your financial milestones.

You set the milestone. We’ll help you reach it.

Our Team

Brett D. Dodds, ChFC®, CLU®

Chartered Financial Consultant®, Chartered Life Underwriter®

Brett believes in a comprehensive and consultative approach toward financial planning for clients. Having guided clients through the ups and downs of the markets for over 20 years, Brett has the experience and long-term perspective to help you reach your goals.

Brett is greeted at home by his wife, Vicky. He spends as much time as he can outside, cycling, skiing, and sailing.

Brett@MilestoneWM.com

Jaakko Kasko, CFP®, CRPC®

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor®

Jaakko enjoys providing financial planning services to small business owners and professionals who lack time and energy to plan their personal finances on top of running their business. When working with you, his focus is on helping you align your financial resources with the things you most value in life.

When Jaakko is not serving clients, he enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with his wife Susan, their dog Buddha, and cats Tommy and Sadie.

Jaakko@MilestoneWM.com

Tyler Buitenwerf

Staff Advisor

The newest addition to Milestone, Tyler completes our wealth management team. He is dedicated to his pre-retirement clients, specializing in retirement funding and financial strategies that help retirees maintain their current lifestyle. Before entering the financial field, Tyler spent ten years as a teacher in Cedar Springs. 

Outside of work, Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife, Anita, and their two children. As a long time bicyclist, Tyler maintains that many of his best ideas have come to him while riding his bike.

Tyler@MilestoneWM.com

Bobbie Ehlers

Operations Director

Bobbie joined the team in 2001 and quickly became an indispensable asset in executing business processes. With a background in management, customer service, and business logistics, we are fortunate to have her leading our firm’s operations.

Bobbie is passionate about Australian Shepherds, and she and her husband, Dave, breed and raise these phenomenal dogs. They are empty nest parents and are avid St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues fans.

Bobbie@MilestoneWM.com

Natasha Thomas

Administrative Assistant

Natasha joined the team in late February 2020 and it is assisting Brett, Jaakko and Tyler.

Natasha@MilestoneWM.com

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