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Before he joined the firm in 1993, Jon learned leadership, discipline, and responsibility from six years in the US Navy. Jon served on an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean and was Chief Engineer on a high-speed hydrofoil in the Caribbean.
Prior to his Naval service, Jon’s academic career began at the University of Wisconsin. When he returned from the Navy, he continued his studies and earned a MBA in both Finance and Money and Financial Markets from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Following a successful military service career and graduate studies, Jon pursued a career in finance and gained the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) charterholder and Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional. This knowledge and years of experience has made Jon a valuable team player as well as a leader and trusted professional.
In his 25+ year career with Gardey Financial Advisors, Jon has worn and continues to wear many hats. In addition to his duties as President and CEO, he is also a Financial Advisor, the Director of Research, and Chairman of the Investment Committee.
Jon brings his knowledge, experience and leadership skills to a number of key institutions in his field and he is also an active member of his community. He is a Past-President of the Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council, a member advisor of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the CFA Institute, and the CFA Society of Detroit. Jon is a member of the Board of Directors at financial, educational, and private enterprises, including Covenant Healthcare System, Delta College Endowment Fund Investment Advisory Committee, Stevens Center for Family Business at Saginaw Valley State University, and Central Equity Investments Incorporated.
Jon lives in Thomas Township with his wife and two son’s. He also has two daughters. His oldest daughter is married and has a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician and his other daughter is a senior at Central Michigan University. He enjoys spending time with his children and others, serving as Treasurer of his son’s Boy Scout Troop, is an assistant coach for his youngest son’s football team, and he is a member of the stick crew for the Swan Valley High School Varsity Football Team. In his spare time he has earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys sailing.
Jonathan M. Gardey
President & Chief Executive Officer
Robert M. Whiting - Vice President, Financial Advisor
Bob has been a part of the team since 2006 and brings expertise on multiple levels to Gardey Financial Advisors.
He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northwood Institute and began his finance career with Second National Bank, now Huntington Bancorp, where he was Vice President and Trust Officer. There he worked as a senior manager in several fields, including business development, personal trust administration, and retirement plan administration. With over 30 years of experience in trust administration, Bob is the team’s trust specialist. He is also a valuable member of Gardey’s Investment Strategy Committee, Financial Planning Committee and Center of Influence Committee.
Bob shares his expertise with important finance and community institutions, including the Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council and the Health Source of Saginaw Advisory Board. A Saginaw native, he is active in his home town as chairperson of weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at Health Source Pathways Substance Abuse In-Patient program and the Saginaw Correctional Facility.
Bob is passionate about American history, particularly the Colonial era. He takes a trip every year to Colonial Williamsburg and also visits historic landmarks in Newport, Cape Cod, and Nantucket. A proud grandfather, Bob enjoys spending time with his grandkids, reading, personal investing and gardening.
Robert M. Whiting
Vice President,Financial Advisor
Melissa A. Seamon - Financial Advisor
Melissa is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional and has been with Gardey Financial Advisors since 2001. Melissa graduated cum laude from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1999 and in 2006 earned her Certified Financial Planner™ license.
With her role as Financial Advisor, she serves on the firm’s Investment Strategy Committee and the Financial Planning Committee. Melissa is also a member of the Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council.
Melissa and her husband live in Saginaw with their dog and two cats. She continues to share her professional skills outside the office by writing and submitting grants for the food distribution committee at church. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys traveling with her husband on his motorcycle, volunteering at the local animal shelter and discovering new ice cream shops throughout Michigan.
Melissa A. Seamon
Douglas L. Hail Jr. - Investment Strategist
Doug joined Gardey Financial Advisors in 2008. A member of the firm’s Investment Strategy Committee, Doug assists the Research Department with the formulation of company-wide investment policies.
Before coming to Gardey, Doug earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University. After graduation, he started at the Dow Chemical Company. During his 35-year career at Dow, he initially held managerial and technical positions in engineering and operations before joining Dow’s Corporate Finance Department. His knowledge and expertise in finance, and his leadership abilities later brought him to Gardey.
Doug and his wife Barb are active members of their church and community, and proud parents and grandparents. He is president of his church congregation and volunteers his time serving lunches to the homeless. For relaxation, he enjoys spending time outdoors and trail hiking with his family.