SARA M. ERPESTAD 720.420.4878
JESSICA D. AURAND 720.512.2722
KIM A. ENGLER 720.420.4875
SARA M. ERPESTAD, FPQP™
Financial Plan Analyst
Sara got her start in financial services in January of 2008, when she was a Financial Representative Intern with Northwestern Mutual. Shortly into her internship, she realized that the analyzing and planning aspect of the industry suited her talents more than the Representative role. During this time, she met Adam Way. It was apparent to Adam that Sara's skills were a great fit for Adam's practice vision, and he brought her onto his team as a Financial Plan Analyst. Over the past 10+ years, Sara has been a GWS&A mainstay, the primary component of Adam's original team.
Since entering the financial services world, Sara has attended numerous Advanced Planning seminars, Estate Planning seminars, and focused her knowledge on how to bring all aspects of a client’s financial situation together. In keeping with GWS&A's philosophy of furthering one's education, Sara obtained her RP® (Registered Paraplanner) designation in 2014, now retitled as FPQP™ (Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional).
Sara specializes in analyzing current and future planning ideas and goals for our clients. She works closely with clients' estate planning attorneys and CPA’s to determine how our clients financial situations could be improved and what steps need to be taken in order to make these improvements.
Sara grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado and then attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where she earned a degree in Sports Health & Wellness. Sara currently lives in San Diego with her husband Sam, daughter Grace, and their dog Ben. While Sara loves sunny Southern California, much of her heart still resides in Colorado, where she makes frequent trips back to visit family and enjoy the Colorado lifestyle. In her free time, Sara enjoys photography, mountain biking, and camping.
JESSICA D. AURAND
Client Service Manager
Jessica got her start in the financial service industry in 2006 as a bank Teller at a local bank in the Byron, IL. A quick learner, she soon transitioned to the bank’s Mortgage Department, assisting Loan Officers with a myriad of duties. During her time working in banking, she grew a passion for building personal relationships and providing an optimal customer service experience to clients. Jessica reconnected into financial services in 2015 with the Hoopis Group, in Chicago, IL. Her position involved firm compliance, as well as the contracting and licensing of financial service professionals.
Jessica understands the need for close attention to detail and excels at completing complex assignments, from start to finish. For the GWS&A team, Jessica works directly with our clientele, beginning in the on-boarding process and throughout different times in our client relationships. Because of her skill set, she has multiple touch points with clients throughout implementing and maintaining the financial plan. Her strong backgrounds with compliance and high-level customer service are essential to her day to day role and make her an integral member of GWS&A.
Jessica has her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. She is licensed in Life and Health Insurance and currently pursuing her FINRA Series 7 license. After growing up in rural Illinois, Jessica lived in Chicago, before recently moving to Denver. Her active lifestyle of snowboarding, marathon running, Tough Mudder, and Spartan Races, sparked her interest in relocating to Colorado. She is very eager to get out and learn about all of what Colorado has to offer. In her free time, Jessica enjoys running races, music festivals, and exploring the outdoors.
KIM A. ENGLER
The newest member of the GWS&A team, Kim began her professional career working as the office manager for a company in southwest Denver. She immediately discovered an enjoyment for interactions with clients and a passion to help them on their way to completing their career goals. She loves working in a fast-paced environment and uses her master multitasking skills wherever needed. She is currently in progress to obtain her Associates in general studies at Arapahoe Community College this Summer.
At GWS&A, Kim takes charge of meeting all of the office administrative needs. Her warm and welcoming personality are a perfect fit for greeting and interacting with clients. She assists in the maintenance of data imperative to client profiles and records, while fielding calls, and also interfacing with different members of the GWS&A team. Her willingness to pick up a project from any point and follow through to finish makes her a valuable asset to GWS&A.
Kim is a proud Colorado native who spends as much time as she can outside. She lives in East Denver with her dog, Aspen, and they are constantly looking to discover more of the Colorado outdoors, soaking up all that can be found in the Rocky Mountains.