In 1989 Art started his career in financial services as an agent for Mutual of Omaha in Shelton, Connecticut. He quickly climbed the corporate ladder and during his ten year tenure he served as a District Manager, an Advanced Markets Consultant, and General Manager Unassigned in the company’s home office in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1999 he accepted a transfer to Des Moines and shortly thereafter decided to change career tracks from management to building his own practice. After leaving Mutual of Omaha, Art associated with New York Life and later Central Financial Group where he met Matt Kacer. They decided to continue working together when DV Financial was launched in 2009. Art is an experienced speaker and teacher. After several years of teaching industry courses to professionals for career enhancement and continuing education, he was offered a part time faculty position teaching business courses for Des Moines Area Community College where taught Introduction to Investments, Personal Finance, Introduction to Management, Small Business Management, and Introduction to Business.
Art holds a full complement of insurance licenses and securities registrations. He earned his Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation in 1992, Charter Life Underwriter (CLU) in 1994, Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) in 1999, and Certified Financial Planner TM in 2002. He is a past president of the Des Moines Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and was awarded the Gene Hilton award for outstanding service to the organization in 2007.
Out of the office Art is a pilot for the Des Moines Skydivers and a long distance runner who completed the Des Moines Marathon in 2011. He is married to Christina and lives in Clive with their son and two daughters.
As a child Aaron dreamed of being a professional athlete or a marine biologist but he has been in the insurance industry since November of 2003 and owns Integrated Insurance Group, an independent insurance agency. His philosophy on insurance is to shop all the major carriers and put together a coverage package which fits the client’s needs and budget. “The most rewarding part about owning an insurance agency is the protection we provide for families.”, Aaron says. “Whether it is the changing nature of health insurance and helping a client navigate the federal marketplace or discussing how much death benefit a person needs, knowing the few hours I spend with someone can make such a huge impact on their family is my big motivator.”
In his free time Aaron enjoys golfing and spending time with his family. He lives in Ankeny with his wife (Kerri) and two children (Bryce and Brianna).
Matt joined New England Financial in 1994 and quickly grew passionate about health insurance. Every aspect of medical insurance is dynamic. State and federal laws keep changing. Insurance companies keep changing the coverage and benefits. All while the premiums continue to go up faster than incomes.
Matt recognized that clients need someone who is independent and well versed about all the different health insurance options; someone who represents them and not an insurance company. So in 2001 he formed Individual and Group Benefit Associates, Inc. to help clients and other insurance representatives navigate the medical insurance maze. After leaving New England Financial, Matt associated with Central Financial Group where he met Art Dinkin.
Matt lives in Altoona, Iowa with his two children Lucas and Mariah. He enjoys golfing, coaching children’s baseball, basketball, and soccer, and spending time with his kids.
Julie came to DV Financial in February of 2016 to provide administrative support. After spending two years as a stay at home mom, she was ready for a change of pace and scenery. She says, “I am really enjoying working at DV Financial for Art. Being new to the financial industry, every day is filled with new challenges that allow me to expand my skills and knowledge in this fast paced profession.”
“At DV Financial, we are passionate in our work, committed to our clients, and will not compromise in our standard of excellence. I am proud to be a part of such a fine organization.”
Julie and her husband live in Waukee with their son William and two poodles. In their limited spare time they enjoy cooking, spending time outside with their son, and the occasional vacation in Mexico.