We understand the unique financial challenges faced by solopreneurs and self-employed professionals
Gabe Nelson Financial, Inc. is a Registered Investment Advisory firm, based in Sioux Falls, offering fee-based financial planning and investment advisory services to solopreneurs and self-employed professional clients.
Our clients receive personal attention from a financial planner dedicated to helping them reach short and long term financial goals with specialized insight into the particular challenges and opportunities that arise in entrepreneurship.
We know what it’s like to be in business for yourself. We have over a decade of firsthand, in-the-trenches experience as a business owner serving other business owners.
Who We Serve
By working with Gabe Nelson Financial, Inc., clients get the expertise of an experienced financial advisor who not only understands financial planning but knows how to serve the unique needs of freelancers, independent contractors, solo-entrepreneurs, consultants, and other self-employed professionals.
We help clients navigate the markets, but we also help them manage budgeting, cash flow, debt, large purchases, education planning, taxes, estate planning, and other issues they face as business owners.
You’re good at what you do and you have a lot on your plate — you don’t have time to dive into the market like we do.
And though you want to be well-informed, you simply aren’t interested in poring over the financial news like we are.
So you recognize the value of working with a financial professional in much the same way that your clients and customers value working with you.
With almost three decades in the financial services industry and more than a decade as an independent small business owner, Gabe Nelson already had an established thriving practice and solid reputation in his industry when he recognized an interesting trend among some of his favorite clients.
More and more, he found himself working with self-employed professionals and solo-entrepreneurs. And as a business owner himself, he was fired up about helping them navigate the unique challenges they were facing – because he was just like them.
He understood that independent professionals have specific needs. Most financial advisors don’t know exactly what it takes to transition from employee to independent contractor status or establish long-term financial security without relying on a regular paycheck.
He also knew that with more of the workforce becoming self-employed every day, more people could benefit from working with an advisor who knows how to plan for the whole financial picture, including legal, estate, financial, retirement, life, disability, and more — with an entrepreneurial spirit.
So he took his passion for providing a personal touch with hands-on problem-solving and solution-oriented comprehensive planning and decided to focus on serving solo-entrepreneurs.
Gabe Nelson earned a BS in Economics from South Dakota State University in 1995, began working in financial services immediately following graduation, obtained his Certified Financial Planner® Designation in 2006, and founded Gabe Nelson Financial in 2008.
“With 25 years in the financial services industry and more than a decade as a business owner, I understand the importance of independent, objective, trusted advice. I’m as excited about my clients’ dreams as they are!”
“I also believe in strong relationships, both professionally and personally. After marrying my wife Melissa in 1995, we started a family and have three daughters: Lauren, Avery, and Lydia. You may see me in a local coffee shop having a meeting with a client, snowboarding in Colorado, or perfecting my stroke on the golf course.”
Christina Miser joined the Gabe Nelson Financial, Inc. team in 2020 as an Executive Assistant. She serves our clients in many ways, such as scheduling meetings, assisting clients with their needs, managing phone calls, and handling many of the inner workings of the administrative side of the business. Her experience and passion for the work makes her an invaluable part of our team as well as our customer’s experience.
Christina has over a decade of experience in executive assistance and has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from Northeastern University. She has also distinguished herself as part of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals as well as volunteering as a Course Supervisor with Landmark Worldwide.
Originally from Boston, MA, Christina now lives in Austin, TX, with her partner, Matthew. She is passionate about health and wellness so you will often find her cooking a delicious meal or working out in her spare time. She also loves to travel, and even has dual citizenship with Luxembourg!
- Favorite movie is The Goonies.
- Loves comedies and dramas.
- Favorite city is Amsterdam.
- Favorite dinner is wine and pizza night!
Client Services Manager
Every team needs that one person who provides exceptional frontline client service. For Gabe Nelson Financial, Inc. that person is Vicky Sawyer. Whether it is coordinating the opening of new accounts, chasing down a complicated transfer of assets, or simply taking care of day to day tasks, Vicky’s 29 years of experience and caring approach ensure clients have the peace of mind that someone is minding the details.
When away from the office you can find her volunteering as a Girl Scout leader and more notably Vice President of the Lake County Buckeye Square Dance Club. Vicky has been dancing since 1979 and is an expert in her field where she teaches her passion to young and old alike: the beauty of round dancing, square dancing, and many other eclectic styles such as the romantic rumba, waltz and energetic foxtrot, the jive and her favorite, cha-cha! When resting at home she loves to read, sew, craft, bake, cook, and spend time with family, both the human and the furry kind.