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Our Team

At our firm, we have the client—and only the client—in mind.

Our reasons for becoming financial professionals are deeply personal. We repeatedly saw many friends and family struggling to find the help they needed to map out their financial future. We are confident that with our understanding of personal finance, coupled with our training as financial professionals, we can help people better prepare for the future. After years in the business, we have developed a reputation for educating individuals in an easy-to-understand manner so they can grasp personal finance and use those concepts to pursue their financial objectives. We feel a commitment to our community.

Over the years, we have found that a team approach can be an effective method to help clients who have a wide variety of needs as they maneuver through a complex financial-services world. We invite you to discover and experience the power of our services. We believe it has far-reaching benefits for our clients to get opinions from several sources with diverse backgrounds, education, and experience.

No one strategy fits everyone, which is why every client gets our undivided attention—from planning to execution to follow-up. We take a proactive approach to helping you develop a strategy to address your financial goals and objectives, using the most efficient methods available.

 Mitchell J. Thompson, CFP®, CDFA®, ChSNC®, AEP® Photo

Mitchell J. Thompson, CFP®, CDFA®, ChSNC®, AEP®


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Mitchell works closely with clients to address their financial concerns and help them achieve their financial goals, and he regularly reviews investment selections for their continued suitability. He also collaborates with tax advisors, attorneys, estate planners, and other financial professionals to help ensure that all of his clients’ financial needs are met.

Mitchell has been working in the financial service industry since 1998. He formed MJT & Associates in 2000. Mitchell earned his Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation in 2006, his Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA®) designation in 2018, and his Chartered Special Needs Consultant® (ChSNC®) designation in 2020. He is an active member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFP), Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA™), Collaborative Law Institute, and Twin Cities Estate Planning Council.

Mitchell’s commitment to the community includes volunteering for the SFP Pro Bono planning alliance with the MS Society, the Autism Society of Minnesota, and he is a proud supporter of Westonka School and Community activities.

Mitchell grew up in southwestern Minnesota in the small farming community of Renville. He obtained his B.A. in 2000 from Jamestown College with a concentration in economics and personal financial services. Away from the office, Mitchell enjoys his family, traveling, spending time outdoors, working in his woodshop, and visiting his cabin with family and friends. Mitchell and his wife along with their four children, reside in the community of Minnetrista, where they enjoy all of the area’s activities.

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Mark W. Rekow, CFP®

Client Navigator

(320) 269-7889


Mark is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. His passion is helping clients successfully navigate life’s challenges while pursuing the goals they have established. He and his wife and daughter live in Montevideo.

Valuing community organizations, Mark is involved actively in the programs committee of the Minnesota chapter of the Financial Planning Association and is a board member of Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital, a member of the Chippewa County Volunteer Caregiver Program, and treasurer of Montevideo Area Community Foundation.

Mark appreciates the unique opportunities that each client brings to the financial planning and investment management process. Previously having worked several years in medical settings, counseling patients and their families struggling with health issues, he understands the importance of establishing clear, attainable goals and a systemic process for achieving them.

He and his family appreciate traveling, biking, tennis, skiing, running, and golf.

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Melanie A. Gades

Financial Service Associate

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Melanie is a financial service associate. She provides internal administrative support and client management and attends to the company’s day-to-day operations.

With over 20 years of financial and client services expertise, Melanie feels that each client’s needs are unique and essential. Her focus is on helping individuals with all aspects of their financial lives by providing exceptional service and advice. She believes in treating every client as an individual, with caring attention, respect, accessibility, and responsiveness.

Melanie lives outside of Montevideo with her husband and two children, where they run a family farming operation. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and outdoor activities. Besides helping on the farm she is very involved in her children’s activities.

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Karmie L. Gilbertson

Office Administration

(320) 269-7889