First wisdom, then wealth

Discover unwavering confidence through your retirement years.

Our qualified team is committed to supporting and guiding you every step of the way by creating a strong financial future that meets your specific needs. Honesty, integrity, and the Golden Rule are at the core of how we operate.

Why Choose Us

We are independent & full service.

We are not owned by any insurance or investment companies. This means we can give truly objective advice. As a registered investment advisory firm, we are fiduciaries and are required to act in our client’s best interest. That comes naturally for our team as it’s part of our core company values.

We show people how to make work optional.

If you get to the point in your life where you are only working because you want to and not because you have to…this is true financial freedom! Making work optional is a very worthy goal. This means you have options, and options make you feel wealthy.

We are education-based.

As a former teacher, our founder has built Wise Wealth on the foundation of wisdom. Our slogan is “First Wisdom, Then Wealth” which means we provide education and wisdom before building successful financial plans. Our clients receive continued education on specific retirement topics through our Wise Wealth University and Summer Education Series classes.

Meet the team
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Stephen Stricklin, CFP®, CKA®

President & CEO

Stephen is the president and founder of Wise Wealth, LLC, an independent, full-service, education-based, wealth management firm. After starting his career as a teacher and a coach, Stephen took his passion for educating others and adapted it to the financial services industry. He worked as a representative of an insurance company and an advisor of a national investment brokerage firm, before launching Wise Wealth in 2007. The slogan he developed as he began remains the cornerstone of his firm and its advisors: First Wisdom, Then Wealth. 

Stephen is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, a Certified Kingdom Advisor™, and he holds insurance and securities licenses. He is the author of the book, “Simplify Your Retirement” and the founder of the Simplify Your Retirement® educational workshop. Stephen has served as financial advisor counsel for the Insured Retirement Institute for several years. 

In 2022, he earned a national award “Advisor to Watch” for being one of the fastest-growing firms, among other criteria. Stephen believes financial peace comes from having a plan which is the basis for all other decisions. He believes in listening to his clients and creating customized financial plans based on their unique needs and goals. He enjoys working with business owners, professionals, families, and individuals who believe that wealth is a tool that needs to be managed wisely to produce the best results. 

More than being a fiduciary, Stephen and his team believe in the timeless principle known as the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would want to be treated. He has built and trained a qualified and competent group of financial professionals who share his values and philosophy. 

Stephen is married and has four children and resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and is an avid sports fan. He is active in his local church, sits on several non-profit boards, is involved in international missions, and is a significant contributor to many philanthropic endeavors. 

Ben Malick, CFA®, CKA®

Vice President & CIO

Paul C. Brock

Vice President & COO

Becca Ollar, CPA​

Director of Tax Services

Barbara Duffey​

Director of Legacy Planning
Melissa Daigle

Melissa Daigle, CFP®

Sr. Financial Advisor
Nick Phillips

Nick Phillips

Financial Advisor

Brandon Smith, CRPS®

Financial Advisor

Hannah Noel

Director of Operations

Brooke Arnold

Director of Client Services

Ashley Selk

Marketing Director
Samantha M. Compton
Senior Financial Advisor
Jonathan Dold, MBA
Senior Financial Advisor
David Sandhu, CRPC®
Senior Financial Advisor
Brian K. Wronko
President & CEO
Our Affiliations

Building investment models that follow biblical principles.

Simplify Your Retirement® is a proprietary retirement workshop, podcast, and book.

What does your ideal retirement look like?

The ideal retirement is being able to focus on what matters most to you, whether that’s spending time with grandkids, traveling, or pursuing new hobbies. At Wise Wealth, we believe that protecting your lifelong savings and building a comprehensive financial plan is key to achieving this goal. Our mission is to provide you with the confidence you need to fully embrace retirement so that you can #GSEL® (give, serve, and enjoy life) like never before!

Ben Malick, CFA®, CKA®

Vice President & CIO

As Chief Investment Officer at Wise Wealth, Ben manages the investment offerings available to Wise Wealth clients. He enjoys helping people make the most of the resources entrusted to their care. He has been managing investments and providing advice since 2008.

Ben earned his bachelor’s degree in financial management at Northwest Missouri State University and his MBA at the University of Kansas. In addition, Ben is a Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA®) and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation, the most respected and recognized investment management designation in the world.

In addition, Ben is a thought leader in a values-based investing movement known as Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) or Faith Driven Investing (FDI). His expertise has been featured in Forbes, MarketWatch, Yahoo! Finance, Credit Karma, and Investor’s Business Daily. He enjoys educating others on this important yet overlooked area of biblical stewardship.

Ben resides in Grain Valley, MO with his wife Shelby, and they have three children together. He loves spending time with family and friends, serving in the local church, reading, and anything competitive.

Paul C. Brock

Vice President & COO

After graduating from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, Paul worked in ministry for several years. In 2004, while living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an opportunity arose for Paul to take his career in a new direction—and industry—and he begin working for Allianz Life.

There, he moved up the corporate ranks and worked in everything from new business to helping policyholders understand how their policy works to helping advisors grow their businesses. It was there he felt something was missing. It didn’t feel right to him to only be talking about one company’s products. That’s when he decided to start a new chapter in Topeka, Kansas working for Personalized Brokerage Services (PBS), as an insurance product and marketing specialist.

In 2008, Paul started working with Stephen, where he discovered their background and beliefs were similar, not to mention they worked great together as a team. Their friendship and complementing styles continued to grow, and Stephen offered Paul a position at Wise Wealth in 2010.

As Vice President of Wise Wealth, Paul has varied responsibilities because of his unique background and experience. He focuses on case design, builds customized client plans, handles insurance and Medicare-related questions, as well as big-picture marketing strategies for the company’s advisors. 

Along with the responsibility of overseeing the firm’s day-to-day operations, he provides continued education to our team ensuring our clients that they will receive the same level of expertise no matter who they work with at Wise Wealth. His drive comes from his desire to help people, a belief that’s what God put him here to do.

Outside of the office, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Crystal, and their three children, Tyeisha, Angel, and Christian. He is actively involved with his church and considers himself a connoisseur of great coffee, leading local caffeine crawls and brewing quality coffee at home.

Becca Ollar, CPA

Director of Tax Services

Becca Ollar works directly with our clients on tax planning and preparation. She specializes in building tax-efficient investment strategies by ensuring our clients utilize all tax savings, while also making sure they have a better understanding of their tax liabilities.  

Becca graduated from Missouri State University with her undergraduate degree in accounting, and her master’s in business administration. She received her Certified Public Accountant License in 2018 and continues to meet the requirements of receiving 40 hours of continuing education each year to stay up to date on all new tax law changes. 

Becca is married to her husband, Brad, and has a son who was born in December 2021. They enjoy taking trips around the country to find the most beautiful places to hike. One of their favorite trips so far was a road trip around the state of Washington, where they hiked over 20 miles. In her free time, Becca enjoys working out and running. She is also a big Chiefs fan and loves making homemade chili while watching the games with family and friends.

Barbara Duffey

Director of Legacy Planning | Paralegal

Barbara Duffey serves as the Director of Legacy Planning at Wise Wealth, where she is
dedicated to guiding clients through the complexities of legacy planning. With over a decade of experience in the legal field, Barbara brings invaluable insight and expertise to her role.
Barbara’s journey into legacy planning began with her dedication to mastering the intricacies of paralegal work. Through hands-on experience and specialized training, she has honed her skills to offer clients comprehensive guidance in estate planning and wealth preservation.

Driven by a passion for helping others secure their legacies, Barbara remains committed to
staying up to date on the latest legal developments and strategies in estate planning. Her dedication to professional growth ensures that clients receive the highest level of expertise and service. Beyond her professional pursuits, Barbara finds fulfillment in cherished moments with her family. Together, they embark on adventures and immerse themselves in the serenity of nature. In her leisure time, Barbara indulges in activities that rejuvenate her spirit, nurturing her love for nature through gardening and finding solace and enrichment in the pages of books.

Melissa Daigle

Melissa Daigle, CFP®

Senior Financial Advisor

Melissa Daigle has worked in the financial industry for 25 years, with over 20 of those years spent as a Certified Financial Planner. (CFP®) She thrives on relationship building and using her experience to help clients navigate their financial journey with clarity and ease.


Raised in a family that prioritized a strong work ethic and being financially sound, Melissa understands the profound trust clients place in her when seeking financial advice. She is deeply passionate about providing the best financial planning education, advice, and attentive service to each client, reflecting her genuine care for their well-being, future, and families. Melissa wholeheartedly invests herself in the success of every client’s financial plan.


With two decades of experience in investment management, Melissa brings a unique blend of critical thinking skills and empathetic understanding to her financial planning approach.


Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree at MidAmerica Nazarene University and is state-licensed in life and health insurance. Throughout her career, she has held many securities licenses including Series 4, 6, 7, 26, and 63.


Outside of work, Melissa can be found engaged in various volunteer activities at her church and the equestrian world. Together with her husband Brian, she resides on acreage where they share hobbies such as gardening, fishing, and raising chickens. Melissa cherishes quality time spent hosting family gatherings with their five daughters and eight grandchildren. Additionally, she enjoys pursuing interests in healthy cooking, reading, crafting, and maintaining anactive lifestyle.

Nick Phillips

Nick Phillips

Financial Advisor
As a Financial Advisor for Wise Wealth, Nick works with prospective clients to identify their goals and help implement a plan to make their dreams a reality. He enjoys educating families on financial matters and helping them to better understand the solutions available in order to obtain peace of mind for their future.

Nick earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a dual major in Business Management and Finance. In addition, he is a Registered Investment Advisor holding his series 65 license. His career has stretched across several facets of the financial industry, including Real Estate Investing, Mortgage Lending, Insurance, and Wealth Management. Nick has been helping clients with their investment and planning needs since 2016 and looks forward to serving clients for many more years.

Nick resides in Independence, MO with his wife Jaclyn, and their 5 amazing children. When he is not meeting with clients, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, working out, cooking, and serving in their local church.

Brandon Smith, CRPS®

Financial Advisor

As a financial advisor for Wise Wealth, Brandon is dedicated to serving clients for the long term and is committed to cultivating genuine, trusting relationships that extend beyond financial transactions. He believes in investing time and effort into understanding his client’s unique goals, values, and aspirations, ensuring that his guidance is tailored to their individual needs.


After starting his career working in management for Chick-fil-A, Brandon took his passion for serving and leading others and adapted it to the financial industry. Brandon has been helping clients with their investments and planning needs since 2014, with experience working as a personal banker, investment specialist, retirement consultant, and financial advisor. 

Brandon completed his bachelor’s degree at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. He holds the Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM designation and is state-licensed in both life and health insurance. In addition, he is a registered investment advisor (RIA) holding his series 65 license. He has held many other securities licenses throughout his career, including the Series 6, 7, and 63 licenses. 


Outside of the office, Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife Ashlee, and their two children: Hudson and Haylee.He serves on the hospitality and preschool teams at his local church, and some of his hobbies include working out, disc golf, and traveling to national parks.