Your Team

Richard Fennema
President

Richard has been serving clients within the financial industry for well over 30 years. Prior to opening his own firm, he worked as a branch manager with Morgan Stanley. While he enjoyed his time with the company, he wanted to take the service he offered his clients to the next level, which he felt could only come from having an independent office. It is this reason he chose to form Ark Financial Management. By combining his firm with the unparalleled investment and banking access services of Prospera Financial, he is now able to offer his clients the best of both worlds.

 

 

Melanie Smith
Senior Registered Account Administrator

Melanie has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She began her career with Prudential-Bache Securities, and prior to finding her true home at Ark Financial, she spent several years with Morgan Stanley. Melanie is passionate about service and enjoys getting to help clients find a path to reach their financial goals. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hilary Pluemer, CFP®
Director of Practice Management

Hilary works to create efficiencies and refine the processes of our practice to help us continually raise the level of service we provide. In her role, she has oversight on all business services and resources we may need as a firm. In addition, she facilitates ongoing educational opportunities and idea exchanges to help us stay at the forefront of our industry.

As a CFP® professional, Hilary has been in the industry for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas McComb's School of Business and a Masters in Financial Management from the American College of Financial Services. She holds the Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 63 and 65 licenses. To keep an innovative mind, Hilary can often be found reading published pieces by various thought leaders in the industry. Outside of her passion for helping us provide the best service for our clients, Hilary enjoys morning runs and spending time with her husband and two children.


 

Nicole Marsh, CFP®
Account Manager - Marketing and Communications

Nicole works to provide marketing support to our team, including social media help, print and design support, project management and event design. Additionally, she serves as a liaison and expert on available third-party marketing resources.

Previously with GuideStone Financial Resources, Nicole is a CFP® certificant who brings over a decade of experience in the areas of retirement planning, insurance, risk management and high-net worth marketing strategies. She has a bachelor's degree in both marketing and management from Baylor University and completed her financial education for the CFP® at Southern Methodist University. Nicole enjoys being a part of the community and spends time serving with her church on the hosting team and as a life group leader. As a dedicated professional, she takes pride in serving the esteemed clients of Ark Financial Management.


 

Caryn Borden
Operations and Service Manager

Caryn's responsibilities include overseeing the day to day aspects of our firm's operations and managing customer service delivery by reviewing account transactions to ensure high-quality service standards for all clients at Ark Financial Management.

Caryn has over eight years of experience in the financial industry and obtained has a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. She holds the Series 7, 24 and 66 securities licenses. In her spare time, Caryn enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.


 

Paul Keeton
Vice President of Advisory Services

Paul is responsible for supporting the firm through the introduction of new tools, models and other advisory solutions. By focusing on advisory specifically for the independent business owner, he brings a renewed approach towards executing the advisory needs of Ark Financial Management.

Paul is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in Civil Engineering. He began his career in finance with Dorsey, Wright & Associates in 1997, ultimately serving as Sr. Vice President. During his tenure Paul led the development of many of the firm's investment solutions, including Guided Models, Exchange Traded Funds, Structured Products, and Managed Accounts strategies such as Tactical Tilt.  Paul has co-authored several books on investing and has taught risk management best practices to financial professionals for more than two decades. Paul and his wife have two kids and reside in Richmond, Virginia.


 

Wes Shindler
Compliance Officer

Wes is responsible for the compliance aspect of our firm. In his role, he works to provide guidance for best practices by tracking relevant laws and regulations, reviewing our policies and procedures, and most importantly, helping to preserve the integrity of Ark Financial Management. His work is a key component to supporting our firm's core values of care character and competency. 

Wes has held several roles in the financial services industry, providing our firm with a huge foundation and expertise in his role. Wes' previous positions included the titles of trader, trading manager, operations manager, and compliance manager. Wes obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas and is Series 7, 63, 66, 24 & 55 licensed. When he is not spending time at the office, he enjoys working out and playing in the band for and at his church.