Our Team

Our Team

Dodds Wealth Management was launched on November 1st 2014 by Brett Dodds, a veteran financial advisor. Brett sought the freedom that comes with being a truly independent wealth management business with no proprietary broker/dealer products and with the support of Commonwealth Financial Network provided the platform to do so.

We are fiduciaries for our clients. This means that we put our clients interests first in every case. If you are familiar with the investment advice world, you'll know that this is a hot-button issue right now with the Department of Labor fiduciary rule for retirement accounts. The majority of financial advisors are not fiduciaries for their clients, but are instead bound by a suitability requirement - i.e. does this product simply fit the need even if it's not necessarily the best option. We operate as fiduciaries for all of our business, on a voluntary basis - because it is the right thing to do.

We are long-term focused. With investments, retirement saving, charitable giving strategies, and most other parts of your financial life, the timeframe is often years if not decades. You will likely encounter many challenges along the way. Our goal is to help you become prepared to navigate through these situations, by having a robust plan in place, and offering experience based advice to help you move forward. We have seen over and over that small decisions now have large consequences down the road. We'll help you make the right ones.

If you are looking for someone to simply invest your money, we are probably not the right place for you. We are also not the cheapest wealth management provider - for that you'll likely want to look at on-line providers. We are relationship oriented. We take time to get to know you on a personal level. We develop solutions that fit your circumstances. We get to know your other financial professionals, and coordinate with them. We understand that the real goal is to help you live a rich 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.