Our Team

Mike Steele, ChFC®, MBA

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Kathryn L. Moran, CPA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Brett Wessels, CFA®

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Bradley Lewis, CPA, CFP®

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Nick Smith, CFP®, CPA

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Chris Boxleiter, CFP®

DIRECTOR OF COMPANY SPONSORED RETIREMENT PLANS

Nick Hoffman

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Brian Kallback

DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL PLANNING

Martin J. Smith, MBA

INVESTMENT ADVISOR

Chip Murray

CONSULTING SERVICES

Jennifer Kress
Jennifer Kress

CLIENT SERVICE COORDINATOR

Dawn Otting

RETIREMENT PLAN SERVICES MANAGER

Jenny Kettering

DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES

Marcia Bierman

OFFICE MANAGER & CLIENT SERVICE ASSOCIATE

Mike Steele, ChFC®, MBA

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mike Steele, our owner and CEO, has been one of the nation’s predominant financial advisors for over thirty years. As a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC), he leads many of the firm’s comprehensive financial planning engagements. He also leads the firm’s investment committee, which researches and selects investments for utilization in client portfolios and is instrumental in establishing the firm’s investment philosophy. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Business, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Michael (Mike) Doyle, J.D.

PRESIDENT

Mike Doyle joined Steele Capital as President in December 2021. Doyle is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business and delivering exceptional value to clients while driving forward Steele’s vision for long-term strategic growth. Prior to joining Steel Capital, Doyle had successful tenures at Northwestern Mutual Life, Richardson Financial Group, and Ernst & Young, LLP. where he focused on working with individuals and corporate groups in the areas of retirement, investment, and estate planning. Most recently he served as Vice President for Advancement and Treasurer (CFO) at Loras College. During his 15-year term at Loras, Doyle spearheaded the largest capital campaign to date, Inspiring Lives & Leadership, raising over $105 million. Mike graduated magna cum laude from Loras College in 1991 with a BA in Business Finance and Business Marketing. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School in 1994. In 2002, he passed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ exam. Doyle lives in Asbury, Iowa with his wife Martha and sons Jack and Hugh.

Kathryn L. Moran, CPA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Katie Moran, our Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, is responsible for developing and maintaining the firm’s overall operational strategies in addition to managing and safeguarding company financials.  In her role as Chief Compliance Officer she leads both the design and implementation of the firm’s compliance policies.  Katie earned her Accounting degree from the Tippie College of Business at The University of Iowa and has passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination. Prior to joining Steele in 2002, she worked in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Brett Wessels, CFA®

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Brett Wessels, our Chief Investment Officer, leads the firm’s strategic investment planning initiatives and portfolio construction.  He also plays an integral role in developing and maintaining the firm’s operational efficiencies through multiple applications.  Prior to joining Steele Capital Management, Brett served as an investment analyst with FBL Financial Group, Inc., focusing on fixed income investment portfolios for insurance companies and mutual funds. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Business with an undergraduate degree in Finance and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.  He is currently a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Iowa.

Bradley Lewis, CPA, CFP®

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Brad Lewis, Senior Portfolio Manager and member of the firm’s Investment Advisory Committee, plays an integral role in the management of our clients’ investment portfolios. He also assists our clients with the tax aspects of financial planning. Bradley is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Business, where he earned both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Accounting. He has since passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination and has been designated as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. He joined Steele Capital Management in 1997.

Nick Smith, CFP®, CPA

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Nick Smith, Senior Portfolio Manager, is a member of the firm’s Investment Advisory Committee and plays a significant role in developing firm-wide investment policy and portfolio construction.  Nick is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner and leads the firm’s efforts in developing tax-efficient investment portfolios.  Prior to joining Steele Capital Management, Nick served as an auditor at Roth & Company, P.C. for four years focusing on financial institutions.  He earned his Accounting degree from the University of Northern Iowa College of Business.

Chris Boxleiter, CFP®

DIRECTOR OF COMPANY SPONSORED
RETIREMENT PLANS

Chris Boxleiter is the Director of Company Sponsored Retirement Plans and a member of the Investment Advisory Committee.  Chris leads the firm’s efforts in developing and implementing fiduciary investment policy in qualified retirement plans, along with consulting businesses on fiduciary liability and risk management.  He earned his Finance Degree from Clarke University and has earned the Certified Financial Planner designation.

Nick Hoffman

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Nick Hoffmann, Portfolio Manager, provides clients investment management and advisory services as well as financial planning tailored to their personal goals. Nick also works closely with the Senior Portfolio Managers to collaborate with clients and enhance the firm’s financial planning process. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance from St. Ambrose University and has passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination. Prior to joining the Steele team, Nick worked for 4 years as a staff accountant at Honkamp Krueger & Co.

Brian Kallback

DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL PLANNING

Brian Kallback, our Director of Financial Planning, provides support to our firm’s portfolio managers by leading our financial planning practice. This allows us to provide value-added comprehensive financial planning services to our clients in areas including retirement planning, tax planning, risk management and insurance, investments and estate planning. Brian is also the program director for Loras College’s financial planning and wealth management CFP® registered program. Prior to Loras and joining Steele Capital Management, he worked in the financial services industry for eight years. Brian is a graduate of Loras College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and History and Master of Arts in English Literature. He is also designated as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

Martin J. Smith, MBA

INVESTMENT ADVISOR

Marty Smith, Investment Advisor, meets with clients to assess their needs and assists with the construction and monitoring of their portfolios. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment Advisory Committee, providing key research and analysis for current and future security investments. Marty received a BA in Economics from Simpson College, an MBA in Finance from Western Illinois University, and has passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination. Prior to joining Steele Capital Management, Marty worked for four years in the Chicago office of Prairie Capital Management.

Chip Murray

CONSULTING SERVICES

Francis A. “Chip” Murray Chip joined Steele Capital Management in September of 2022 and provides consulting services to our firm. With over 40 years of experience in the trust and financial services industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team and clients. Part of Chip’s role will be to provide oversight of the estate planning services that we will be providing to our clients. Chip retired as President and CEO of First Community Trust, N.A., a national trust company with its home office in Dubuque, IA in 2021. Chip graduated from Loras College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Speech in 1974. He’s a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and the ABA National Trust School at Northwestern University. He received his Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication & Leadership from the University of Dubuque in 2008. He has been an adjunct professor at Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Chip and Julie Murray have two sons, Michael and Matthew, a daughter, Maggie and seven grandchildren.

Jennifer Kress

Jennifer Kress

CLIENT SERVICE COORDINATOR

Jennifer Kress is a Client Service Coordinator and Operational Generalist with 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Among her many roles, Jennifer oversees the onboarding of accounts and administration of the new client services as well as providing primary support to the CFO/CCO. She also coordinates the functions of outside solicitors and venders with the accounting, IT, compliance, and human resources departments to optimize firm operations.

Dawn Otting

RETIREMENT PLAN SERVICES MANAGER

Dawn brings a wealth of experience in the retirement plan industry to the table. She started her career twelve years ago at Steele, working in a qualified retirement plan administrative management role, coordinating everything from processing retirement plan payrolls, year-end compliance testing, Form 5500’s, as well as being the point person for some of our most valued clients. Dawn has since expanded her responsibilities as a licensed investment adviser after passing the Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination. Dawn now serves as an integral part of our relationship management team and coordinates our clients’ retirement plan educational programs and fiduciary reviews.  

Jenny Kettering

DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES

Jenny Kettering, our Director of Client Services, oversees our team of client service professionals and guides the operational aspects of our investment advisory platform. She manages our portfolio management software, oversees all trade executions, produces quarterly performance reports, and assists clients with establishing new accounts and transferring assets. Jenny has passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination and has been with Steele Capital Management since 1992.

Marcia Bierman

OFFICE MANAGER & CLIENT SERVICE ASSOCIATE

Marcia Bierman joined Steele Capital as our Office Manager & Client Service Associate in August of 2022 and brings over 30 years of experience in office management and administrative support. Marcia fills several roles for our team providing administration of special projects, coordination of office processes and procedures, primary administrative support to our President and client service support to our Senior Portfolio and Portfolio Managers. Prior to joining Steele, Marcia spent over 10 years at Loras College with the majority of her time served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement and Chief Financial Officer.