Ron Sloy, CFP®
“I’ve always been a fierce competitor. This is an absolute necessity for managing money in this constantly changing economy.”
Ron Sloy is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and co-founder of Sloy, Dahl & Holst, Inc. Ron’s ever-expanding practice has brought him to the attention of both local media and national publications including Forbes, Fortune, Bloomerg, Money Magazine, and landed him a slot as a contributor on the KOIN-TV program Keep It Local, offering concise market reviews and forecasting.
A lifelong athlete, Ron competed on national television in the pro-football halftime game Punt, Pass and Kick at age ten. He was a three-sport star athlete in high school, playing baseball, basketball and football. He made first-team all-state in baseball, and joined the Sigma Chi first-team All-American roster as the only freshman during his first year at University of Oregon.
“I get great pleasure when a Client shakes my hand to thank me. It reminds me when my Coach would congratulate me after a ball game for a job well done.”
Ron was drafted by both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Montreal Expos. Instead of pursuing the major leagues, he applied his competitive nature to his new passions: personal finance and wealth management. Ron began his career at Alexander Hamilton Life Insurance Company and later joined Interwest Financial Advisors before co-founding Sloy, Dahl & Holst, Inc. in 1986.
Ron also brings his competitive nature to the golf course. He is a scratch golfer, and has won numerous Northwest tournaments and dreams of one day giving the Senior PGA Tour a run. His passion for golf was the inspiration behind the Sloy, Dahl & Holst Annual Golf Invitational. Which has brought the likes of celebrity guests, Gary McCord, Rocco Mediate and Holly Sonders.
James C. Holst, CFP®
“I’m a strong advocate of a coordinated approach to wealth management. Working in tandem with accounting, insurance and legal advisors guarantees the best result in every situation.”
Jim Holst is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and co-founder of Sloy, Dahl & Holst, Inc. Putting his analytical background to use, Jim has developed several of the computer models we rely on for asset allocation and money management. These models assist in structuring portfolios to successfully balance risk and rate of return.
Jim focuses his practice on asset management and comprehensive retirement planning. His extensive client base benefits from his decades of experience and an investment philosophy which incorporates thorough planning, careful review, and custom asset allocations geared to meet the unique needs of each client.
An active member of the American Association of Individual Investors and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners, Jim has been a featured speaker at financial planning seminars throughout the Portland metropolitan area.
When he’s not working, Jim enjoys taming his nearly half-acre property into a garden worthy of Sunset Magazine. He is also an avid beachcomber, spending hours with his children hunting for agates and special shells. Prior to co-founding Sloy, Dahl & Holst, Inc., Jim provided investment management services to a variety of profit-sharing plans, pension plans and trusts.
Tony Dahl, CFP®
Former Principal, Founder
A co-founder of Sloy, Dahl & Holst, Inc., Tony Dahl was a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). A good friend and loving husband, Tony was an avid runner, golfer and beach volleyball player with a passion for microbrews and the outdoors. In 1996, Tony lost his battle with cancer. He is honored every day as Sloy, Dahl & Holst, Inc. successfully continues the legacy he helped envision.
Michael Tudor, QPFC®, AIF®
Chief Operating Officer
“I absolutely love what I do. It’s my goal to ensure that 401(k) participants understand what they need to do in order to fully fund their retirement.”
With a career rooted in the Qualified Plan industry, Sloy, Dahl & Holst’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Tudor is a Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), as well as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) through fi360. Michael joined the firm in 2008, leads the operations of SD&H’s practice, and manages their Seattle office. Michael is also the President and COO of Smart Investor, a Sacramento, California based Registered Investment Advisory firm purchased by SD&H in 2017.
Michael is passionate about making sure retirement plan participants and individual investors are meeting their financial goals and are on track for a successful retirement. He finds that the typical 401(k) program lacks clarity, leaving the average investor feeling confused and dis-empowered. Michael is committed to ensuring that is not the experience of any participant within the Qualified Plans managed by SD&H and Smart Investor.
Michael earned his BA degree in Economics from the University of Washington. He enjoys spending time with family and friends; especially his wife Brittany and daughter Sienna. He’s an avid golfer and a fitness buff, and once upon a time completed four half-Ironman competitions.
Chief Investment Officer
“When someone Googles me at the end of my days I hope that they find a trail of professional and personal adventures. I’ll keep learning and reinventing myself until the end. I hope that those around me do the same. Our digital world demands it.”
Paul Meeks has been an Equity Analyst and Portfolio Manager since 1987 and for over 20 years has specialized in technology stocks. Starting from scratch, while working with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, he built the world’s largest technology mutual fund franchise including six portfolios with nearly $8 billion in assets under management.
He’s among CNBC’s ten “Platinum Portfolio Managers” and has been featured on air and in print (online and offline) in the media since 1995.
Paul has a BA from Williams College. He also earned a MM (MBA) from Kellogg where he specialized in finance and financial accounting. He has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) since 1996. Meeks has taught at three universities since 2005, and is currently adjunct finance faculty at Western Washington University.
His passion for education extends beyond the classroom as he is also the Chair of the Finance Committee at Bellingham Technical College, where he and his wife, Mary, focus their charitable giving on the school. Paul’s Home Boss, Mary is dedicated to the Whatcom County Humane Society where she’s a Board Member. Mary’s license plate reads “DOGLVRS.”
Paul lives with his wife and their two children in Bellingham, Washington. A college football and lacrosse player, he still competes in lacrosse and tennis. Since joining forces with Sloy, Dahl & Holst, Inc., he’s committed to improving his golf game just to keep up. His other “hobby” is American history through the Reconstruction Period (1877). He plans to teach the subject upon “retirement.”
Paul Wedin, MBA
“Saving for retirement is one of the most important decisions one will ever make. I learned this lesson at a young age and knew I wanted to help others do the same.”
Paul has focused his career on the Qualified Plan industry. In his current role as Sloy, Dahl & Holst’s Director of Participant Education, he works directly with plan participants to help them achieve financial freedom. He knows that it is crucial for individuals to invest properly and he finds great satisfaction in helping others achieve their financial goals. Sloy, Dahl & Holst prides itself on excellent client service, and Paul is committed to making sure that every Qualified Plan managed by Sloy, Dahl & Holst receives the highest standard of care.
Paul earned his BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and his MBA from Ashford University. Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan, Paul has enjoyed all manner of outdoor activities from a young age. He is an avid golfer. When he is not on the course, he enjoys spending his free time backpacking and exploring everything the Northwest has to offer. Shortly after completing his collegiate career, his love for the outdoors brought him to Portland, Oregon; where he lives with his wife Alison and their pup, Mya.
“Solving problems is a significant part of my job. Whether it’s transferring assets, executing a trade or managing a client request, there is always something to keep me on my toes.”
With more than twenty-four years in financial services, Christine Cruz pairs a sophisticated level of industry experience with a gift for client communication, negotiation and trouble-shooting. Our clients and our team members rely on her expertise and attention to detail.
When she is not busy generating quarterly reports or researching on Morningstar, Christine can be found playing the piano at a local parish or with one of Portland’s best salsa bands.
“I believe it’s the personal touch we offer our clients which sets us apart.”
Celeste Lucas joined our team as an assistant to Ron Sloy. Her initial duties included premier customer service, client trading, and client reporting. Over the years, Celeste has accumulated vast experience in the financial industry, and accordingly, her duties have expanded to all aspects of managing Ron’s practice.
In 1998, Celeste met her husband Michael in the elevator of our office building. Their short trip made a strong impression and they were married three years later.
Operations Manager, Financial Educator
A Sacramento native, Rachel Freeman studied Jazz Trumpet Performance and Music Education at California State University, Sacramento. Before joining the Smart Investor team, she worked at Apple, Inc., repairing client relationships and iPhones, iPads and Macs at the Genius Bar. Building on 10 years of experience as a music educator, combined with her affinity for technology, Rachel provides innovative client support and financial education solutions to all of our clients, bridging the gap between investors, their dependents and beneficiaries; children, grandchildren and great-‐grandchildren.
In her free time, you can find Rachel golfing, playing music, and spending time with her wife Torre and their energetic Viszla, Harriet.
• B.A. Jazz Trumpet Performance, California State University, Sacramento
• B.A. Music Education, California State University, Sacramento
“The best part about facilitating our events is watching clients and friends come together to have fun.”
Shantel Sloy brings more than twenty years of customer service and marketing experience to her position. She joined our team in 2003 to strategically plan and execute all events for Sloy, Dahl and Holst. Our crown event is the Sloy, Dahl & Holst Annual Golf Invitational, which we host every summer.
In her free time, Shantel enjoys spending time with her family & friends, experimenting with new recipes, entertaining, traveling and photography.