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Chris Shadowens

Chris joined The America Group team as a financial advisor in December 2020 and is focused on helping investors meet their goals with a welcoming approach.

With 23 years of investment industry experience, Chris believes trust and comfort are essential to the client/advisor relationship. He partners with clients to take a team approach to their financial planning decisions.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at Southeast Missouri State University, majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. His most gratifying experience came as a collegiate baseball player at SMSU where he achieved 1st team honors and was named Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Player of the Year in 1986. He went on to earn an MBA from Fontbonne University and completed his CFP® certification coursework at Bryant University.

If given the opportunity, he’d like to have dinner with his dad, his grandfather, and Jesus “just to make sure they’re all doing ok.”

The one thing Chris is most proud of is his daughter Jayme Shadowens, who is currently enrolled in graduate school majoring in Psychology, specializing in student psychology.

Chris has a passion for helping others, both in his personal and professional life and that’s how he spends his time away from work.

Michael Wollenberg

Mike Wollenberg is a Financial Advisor with The America Group. He specializes in helping his clients find the money they are currently losing unknowingly and unnecessarily. Mike’s goal is to increase his client’s future standard of living by utilizing what he knows to be true about money. He strives to utilize strategies that help make his clients more money without needing to take on more risk.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with an emphasis in International Business and a minor in Chinese from Missouri State University. To complete his degree, he also went to college at Shaanxi University in Xi’an, China. He is set to graduate from the University of Missouri Saint Louis with an MBA in Finance in 2020. Mike is currently licensed for the Series 7, 66, and Life and Health insurance.

Positively impacting the lives of others through maximizing the efficiency of their hard-earned dollars is one of Mike’s passions. He believes that he can positively influence his clients not by telling them what he knows to be true about money, but by showing them exactly what he implements for himself.

Mike is most proud of mentoring new students that joined in his fraternity. He helped establish a system of accountability for time management and keeping a high GPA. He remembers how stressful his first year of college was and takes pride in helping new students maintain a positive college experience.

If Mike could have dinner with anyone, real or fiction, he’d choose George Washington and Michael Scott. As a history enthusiast, the American Revolutionary War is one of Mike’s favorite time periods to study. As for Michael Scott, his dinner parties seem like they’d be a really fun time.

Mike spends his free time appreciating the outdoors. He enjoys his free time, hiking, mountain biking, bow hunting, fishing, and golfing. One of Mike’s favorite experiences was getting to hike on the world’s most dangerous hiking trail on a sacred mountain in China. This hike is completed during the night, so you can view the sunrise on the very top of the mountain while America was viewing the sunset.

Sean Loetscher*

Sean Loetscher is a financial consultant with The America Group and comes to his position as a financial services representative with a unique approach: he helps people find money they are losing unknowingly and unnecessarily. By identifying this money, Sean can then help client use it to solidify their financial future preferably without impacting their current lifestyle.

Sean graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration. Sean majored in Finance and Banking along with an emphasis in Real Estate. Helping people create a worry-free future is something he is passionate about, and a key part of what he brings to his position at The America Group.

Helping others extends outside of his job. Sean coached baseball for two years with the same organization that he was once a part of. He’s proud that he can give back by helping other kids grow and develop into young men.

While growing up, Sean spent a lot of summers in Gilbertsville, KY, but currently he enjoys going out west to ski in the winter as the highlight of his year. If he could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, they would be Gary Vaynerchuk, due to his ability to be his genuine self no matter what anyone tells him, and Kobe Bryant because of his unmatched commitment both in and out of sports, and his perspective that he was a small part in a big plan and lived every day without regret.

In his free time, Sean enjoys watching the remade Hawaii Five-0 and spending time with friends and family out on the Kentucky Lake.

* Sean is not affiliated with The O.N. Equity Sales Company or O.N. Investment Management Company.

Thomas Sullivan

Thomas Sullivan is a Financial Services Representative at The America Group. He works with individuals, couples, and businesses to help facilitate their financial goals and provide education and resources for his clients. Thomas graduated from Maryville University with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Services. He served as a College Financial Representative Intern at Northwestern Mutual while in school before being hired at The America Group.

The main goal of Thomas’ work is to empower his clients to achieve their financial goals. He is very proud that everyday he can make a strong and direct impact on the lives of many people by preparing them to succeed financially and helping them avoid unforeseen financial struggles. Showing a client the power of being efficient with the resources that they have is what Thomas focuses on.

Outside of work Thomas can be found hiking, biking, play golf or spending time with friends and family. Thomas loves anything outdoors and is always looking to try something new.

Collin McCarty

Collin McCarty, RICP joined The America Group in 2000 and is an award-winning expert in retirement income planning.

Throughout McCarty’s 24 years of industry experience, he has received the Ohio National Financial Services’ Executive Council and Wall of Fame awards on more than one occasion.

He is most proud of his family, his wife who is also his business partner and their two children.

When off the clock, you can find McCarty spending time with his family, golfing or biking.

He’s also a huge fan of National Parks. Last summer, he and his family visited seven National Parks and Monument Valley (Navajo Nation). McCarty plans to visit more and next on his radar is Acadia in Maine and the Freedom Trail in Boston.

Chris Lawrence

Chris Lawrence is a dedicated agent focusing on serving families to help them meet their financial and life goals.

Lawrence enjoys meeting new people, hearing their story and introducing his clients to efficient strategic concepts that best suits them in accomplishing their goals. He is proud of his clients and is honored to serve people who value their family and strive to make a difference.

He graduated from Murray State University with a finance degree in 2002 and has served clients in the financial and insurance industry since 1999. He joined The America Group in 2015.

Most people don’t know Lawrence is a collegiate pastor for Hardin Baptist Church and a basketball junkie. He roots for the Murray State Racers and the Kansas Jayhawks.

Lawrence feels blessed to be married to his wife, Brandy and to have their three children, Graham, Brax and Hannah. All of his free time is spent with his family.

Fun fact:

  • Lawrence’s favorite TV show is 24

Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith is a career agent for The America Group. He joined the company in 2008.

He is most passionate about building relationships and being able to help people.

Jeffrey received his bachelor’s degree in management and marketing with a minor in history at William Jewell College on a baseball scholarship. Before working at The America Group, he spent 16 years as a supervisor at Dixon Distributing Company, a distributor of Anheuser Busch products.

Jeffrey is most proud of his family and he’s a hardcore baseball fan. His favorite moment was being able to witness in person a St. Louis Cardinals World Championship game with his wife and daughter.

Bryan Bloom

Bryan serves as a CPA at The America Group. He spends most of his time coaching other financial professionals. He provides hands-on coaching, meeting with the financial professional and their clients in real life live interactions. He is the only person to have been awarded both the Navigator Award (2010) and the Tschantz Lifetime Achievement Award (2020) from Ohio National Financial Services.
He graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from University of Illinois. In 1977 he earned his CPA designation, and in 1989 his Master’s Degree (MBA) from the University of Illinois.

Bryan is passionate about applying the Internal Revenue Code in the most efficient way possible for clients in retirement. The Internal Revenue Code provisions do not require the filing of an income tax return during retirement if a person’s retirement income is structured correctly.

He’s most proud of receiving The Navigator Award, since it is awarded based on an individual’s integrity.

His favorite experience has been exploring different countries and people groups through worldwide travel, and he spends his free time interacting with his grandchildren. If Bryan could have dinner with anyone, he’d choose Jesus Christ because he would love to have a road to Emmaus experience to ask anything.

Chester Lawrence

Chester is a financial representative with The America Group. He joined the company in 2004 with the goal of helping clients achieve their financial goals and building relationships that feel more like partners working together to meet their goals.

Chester received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in education at the University of Kansas. He resides in Vienna, IL with his family. An interesting thing to know about Chester is that he worked in a prison for several years, but today enjoys the experience of watching the spiritual and educational growth of his family.