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We provide the highest level of care and accountability. Everything we do must be in your best interest.

Complete Transparency

No magic tricks or distractions. Everything we do is transparent. Log into our online system to see your accounts any time, from any device, no matter where you may be.


We have been serving client needs for over 30 years which means we probably have experience in situations like yours.

Local & Available

We are not a large institution. We are your neighbors who happen to offer financial expertise. When you call, we answer. When you need someone, we are here.

Different People. Unique Needs

Some people need help accumulating and growing wealth. Others need assistance with the responsibilities wealth creates. No matter your money issues, we will help you find the solutions which best fit

Retire Confident

Retirement is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but we have helped people retire comfortably and confidently for over 30 years. We can help you too.

Get Comfortable

We provide a safe and relaxed environment where you can be comfortable with your money.

Wealth is not determined by money

Wealth is determined by love, happiness, and relationships. The number of dollars in your account does not make you more or less than anyone else.

Independence brings freedom

Our “product” is our guidance and advice, not specific investments. We are neutral and transparent when selecting the solutions necessary to implement your plan.

The media provides exposure, not advice

In this age of information overload, there are an over-whelming number of financial opinions. We help you focus on your specific financial goals by using our experience and knowledge as a filter to cut through the constant noise and chatter.


It is our job to explain your money in simple and straight-forward terms, not to impress you with jargon and investment “speak”. You can never ask too many questions. 

You are not your neighbor

There is no magic formula that works for everyone. We have the knowledge, experience and tools to help you plan and achieve your goals.

Putting it all together

All the parts of your life are connected. Getting to know you goes beyond your finances. We want to know your values, hopes, and dreams so your success is not purely financial. A life measured only in dollars can never be rich. 

It is a journey,
not a destination

No matter what your stage of life and career, we can help you. As you change and grow, we adjust so your plan continues to fit your needs.

It takes two to tango

We provide the know-how; you provide direction and guidance. 

Investing, not trading

It is not flashy, but the long term outlook has stood the test of time. We seek to capitalize on this trend through patience and discipline rather than guessing when to zig and when to zag.

Meet the Team

All the parts of your life are connected which is why we want to know more about you than your finances. We want to know your values, hopes, and dreams. Maybe you want to know a little about us too. Here are the people who, together, make the magic happen at DV Financial.  


Art Dinkin, CFP®

Husband, Dad, Swim Official. Pilot

Art Dinkin, CFP®
Owner & Certified Financial Planner™ Practitioner

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 before launching DV Financial 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 for 10 years.

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.

Art and his wife, Christina, live in Clive with their son and two daughters. Before the kids took up competitive swimming, Art used to be a pilot for the Des Moines Skydivers and enjoyed long distance running. Now he is often found at swim meets where he is an active swimming official or enthusiastically cheering for his kids.

Ihla Oertwig

WIfe, Mother and Step Mom, Crazy Cat Lady

Ihla Oertwig
Administrative Assistant

Ihla joined DV Financial in October 2022 after retiring from a 30+ years of service as a Secretary in multiple departments at the State of Iowa. She and her husband Ord live in Des Moines with their cat Bolt. She sees her son often as he lives locally while her step daughter (along with her husband and two kids) are living in California where she is stationed in the US Navy.

A lifelong resident of central Iowa, Ihla went to Des Moines Tech (now Central Campus). 

A self-proclaimed crazy cat person, Ihla knew DV Financial was a good place for her when she was "interviewed" by Paisley.

Outside of the office, Ihla enjoys working out and rehabing a home she and Ord hope to retire to some day.


Friendly, Cuddly, Cute, Quiet Beagle

Chief Beagle Officer
She is a dog. She really can't respond!

Paisley joined the DV Financial team in December 2018 as a young pup without any industry experience. During her furry tenure, she has developed a unique role in the operation.

For example, she provides primary notification whenever someone new comes to the office. First to arrive, she makes sure everything is in order and nothing smells rotten. She likes to attend client meetings in the hopes of someone tossing her a bone or providing a few pats on the head or scratches to her belly or behind the ears.

We do have concerns about her future development within the organization as she often falls asleep during client meetings and has been known to snore or make noises as she dreams of running and chasing wildlife.

Despite her misgivings, she does make people smile and brings joy (and a little shedding) to all who visit. Don't worry too much about the shedding. We are happy to provide a lint brush so you leave DV Financial cleaner than you arrived.