Our Team

Our Team

Most significant financial events happen a handful of times, or just once. Think about retirement, for example. It will happen once (hopefully) in your entire life, and there's a lot to it. Consider something simpler like learning to swim. If the first time you were just dropped into the deep end, how do you think that would have turned out? Probably not so well. You learned how to swim through practice.

Many financial decisions are so infrequent that there is no opportunity for practice. You don't get a do-over if you make a catastrophic investment mistake, don't have appropriate insurance coverage, or don't save enough for retirement.

We have had the opportunity to practice. We have repeatedly worked through major financial decisions and situations with our clients. We apply experience-based advice to your goals and concerns, helping you live a richer life.

Brett D. Dodds

Private Wealth Manager

Born and raised in West Michigan, Brett began his financial services career after graduating with a finance degree from Western Michigan University in 1993. He obtained both his Chartered Financial Consultant® (2003) and his Chartered Life Underwriter® (2008) designations from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

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 to help you reach your goals.

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

Brett maintains FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations, as this qualifies him as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. He also maintains registrations to work with insurance products in both Michigan and Indiana.

Jaakko Kasko

Wealth Manager

Jaakko was born in Finland and traveled extensively through his youth. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Economics from Vanderbilt University, and a Master's degree in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan.

Jaakko is the resident CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner at Dodds Wealth Management. Jaakko finds that his services are most valuable to small business owners and professionals who lack time and energy to plan their personal finances on top of running their business. He is passionate about helping clients align their resources with the things that matter most. When working with you, his focus is on helping you build systems that make the right decisions for you with the big things in your life, so that you can worry less and enjoy life more.

When Jaakko is not serving clients, he enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking in the great outdoors, weight lifting, yoga, reading, golf, and spending time with his wife Susan and their cats Tommy and Sadie.

Jaakko maintains FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations, as this qualifies him as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. He maintains registrations to work with insurance products in Michigan. 

Bobbie Ehlers

Operations Director

Bobbie joined Brett 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 with 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.