As one of the owners of Birchwood, Damian Winther meets with clients on a daily basis and helps them get a sense of whether they are on track to achieve their goals. He works extensively on developing and implementing tax and Social Security strategies with clients.
Overall, Damian aims for efficiency with client plans and takes into consideration their unique financial situations. He communicates each of the options available to clients and helps guide them to a decision and assists them with the implementation process. Damian finds a great deal of value in working as a team at Birchwood; he believes it is integral to successfully creating appropriate recommendations and finding the best way to help clients achieve their goals.
Damian is able to analyze a problem and provide a solution that is efficient and straightforward. He excels at translating complicated financial language into plain English to provide clients with an understanding of the rationale behind a recommendation and how that will affect them today and down the road. He is proud of the relationships he has built with clients and enjoys getting to know them on a personal level and discovering what is important to them and their families.
Damian remains active in the community’s youth and adult sports associations and is also a member of the Financial Planning Association of Minnesota. He is also involved with the BestPrep e-mentor program, where financial professionals communicate with high school students weekly and discuss budgeting, finance, investments and goal planning to help them understand the correlation between what they learn in the classroom and what they will use in real life. Damian and his wife, Jill, live in Minnetrista with their four daughters, Camryn, Keeley, Hayden and Finley. When not working, Damian can often be found on the golf course, at a local ice arena or coaching his children’s sports teams.
Five Star Wealth Manager Program
The Five Star program is the largest and most widely published financial services award program in North America. Award candidates are evaluated against 10 objective criteria to determine the Five Star Wealth Managers in more than 40 major markets. The Five Star Wealth Manager award process includes:
Nominations by peers and firms:
Wealth managers, including SEC- and state-registered investment advisory representatives and registered investment advisors, are nominated by their firm or a peer to be considered for the Five Star Wealth Manager award. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Objective selection process:
Award candidates are evaluated against 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria: 1) Credentialed as an investment advisory representative (IAR) or a registered investment advisor; 2) Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years; 3) Favorable regulatory and complaint history review; 4) Fulfilled their firm review based on internal firm standards; 5) Accepting new clients; 6) One-year client retention rate; 7) Five-year client retention rate; 8) Non-institutionalized discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9) Number of client households served; 10) Educational and professional designations.
Regulatory and consumer complaint process:
Feedback from consumer surveys will augment a regulatory history review.
Firms will have the option to provide input on award candidates from their firm, regardless of the nomination source.