Gardey Financial Advisors proudly announces that Ashley M. Ciolek (Gasta), the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President of Operations has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Ashley M. Ciolek joined the firm in 1993 as an intern.  She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Saginaw Valley State University, while working at Gardey Financial Advisors.  Ashley continued her education and became certified as an Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP®) and a Risk Management Specialist.  She earned her compliance certification after completing a two year program developed by the National Regulatory Services (NRS) and the Investment Advisor Association (IAA).  There are 798 IACCP® designees in the United States. Ashley is one of only 20 people in Michigan to earn this designation.

Ashley’s knowledge, skill, dedication, and leadership abilities make her an exceptional member of the Gardey Financial Advisor’s Team.  Since joining the firm, Ashley has worked in many areas of the business, giving her a depth of knowledge and experience that is very beneficial to both clients and co-workers.  As COO, Ashley will run the firm’s daily operations in addition to her compliance responsibilities.

Ashley lives in Freeland with her son and their two pets.  Besides spending time with her family and friends, Ashley enjoys shopping, traveling, reading, golfing, and throwing steel tip darts.


Gardey Financial Advisors is a hometown financial planning firm serving clients in the Great Lakes Bay Area and 16 other states from their Saginaw Township location.  As a Fee-Only, Registered Investment Advisor, they are a Fiduciary. This means they will always act in their client’s best interest, ensuring advice is based only on reaching a client’s financial goals. To learn more please visit www.gardey.com.  For a free consultation, contact Cheri Gardey, 989-791-3880.