Meet the professionals who can help you pursue your goals.
The team behind Peterson Financial Group is made up of qualified financial professionals who are passionate about helping individuals and families achieve their ideal retirements.
As founder of Peterson Financial Group, Eric Peterson, has dedicated over 20 years of his life to educating and assisting retirees and pre-retirees of central Iowa on how to plan for and protect their financial future. An advocate for comprehensive financial and retirement planning, Eric ensures all components of a client’s financial affairs work in collaboration, producing the best possible outcome. He specializes in identifying potential loopholes of financial, accounting and estate plans, and detects where unnecessary money is “falling through the cracks.”
Creator of a proprietary 4-Step Review process, Eric utilizes this straightforward approach for assessing the impact of any major financial decisions, most specifically in the areas of retirement income, tax reduction and risk management.
Eric is a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC), earned his MBA from Drake University and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Eric was also featured in the special, 2014 Investment Guide issue of Forbes magazine as one of the Midwest’s most trusted and experienced financial leaders. Eric published his first book, "Preparing for the Back Nine of Life – A Boomer’s Guide to Getting Retirement Ready," in 2015. You can find the book online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble retailers. He also hosts the Retirement Ready Radio Show on WHO 1040 AM from noon to 1 p.m. each Sunday.
He is an instructor for the Financial Educators Network, which facilitates financial education courses at 300 colleges and universities across the country. Eric is an active member of the Ed Slott Master Elite IRA Advisors Group. This year-round program, taught by Ed Slott himself, educates Eric continuously on IRA planning, distribution strategies and current tax laws – a highly specialized area.
When he is not helping clients increase their confidence about their financial futures, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years, Teresa, and their two children, Travis and Natalie, cooking great meals for them and playing golf. They reside in Ankeny, Iowa, and are proud to have raised their family in that community.
Tamara Smith was born and raised on a farm in northwest Iowa in the town of Hull. After high school, she moved to Des Moines, Iowa, to attend the American Institute of Business and obtained her associate degree in business administration/accounting. She later graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in management with an emphasis in marketing.
Tamara joined the Peterson Financial Group team as a financial advisor in October 2016. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry working with a prominent local company, Principal Financial Group. Tamara is excited to continue her career alongside Eric and the team at Peterson Financial Group, working with pre-retirees and retirees of central Iowa. Her areas of expertise are retirement income analysis and retirement distribution strategies. Tamara is passionate about helping individuals develop strategies to take control of their financial future and achieve their goals – whatever they may be.
Tamara enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. She has volunteered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, and was in charge of the South Dakota American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. In addition, she enjoys volunteering at church and her kids’ schools.
While away from the office, Tamara enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Chad, and their children, Meghan and Asheton. She also enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, time at Lake Ponderosa, golfing and vacations! Tamara and her family currently reside in Waukee.
Kathleen H. Young
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