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®
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.
Patrick entered the financial services industry in 2010 as a personal banker for Wells Fargo. During his 10-year tenure there he earned his Series 6a, 63b, and 65c along with his insurance license. He was one of only three Senior Business Banking Specialists in the State of Iowa his last 3 years with the bank. Patrick attributes his client-oriented perspective to the combination of his time in banking paired with years of previous experience in the Restaurant and Retail industries.
In August of 2020 Patrick joined DV Financial as a Financial Advisor to use his experience and knowledge helping clients become aware of the options they have when it comes to their wallet. He believes each person has a story to tell, and he spends the time to find out what is important to every client to help them reach their goals.
Patrick and his wife Shantelle live in West Des Moines with their 3 children and dog. Patrick enjoys being a part of the kids' school by volunteering as a Watch DOG at their elementary school. He likes to cook and enjoys being outside with his family playing in their backyard or riding bikes on the local trails.
aSeries 6 - Investment Company & Variable Contracts Representative
bSeries 63 - Uniform Securities Agent State Law
cSeries 65 - Uniform Investment Adviser Law Exam
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.
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.