Meet Our Team

The KTM team has been carefully assembled during 30 years of developing processes that support families, individuals, business owners, and foundations succeed in pursuing their goals. This process has produced a hand-picked team of experienced professionals with the sole focus of striving to meet our clients’ desired outcomes.

John Unice

Senior Partner, CFP®, HDP™

“It is exciting to be allowed to create strategies that deploy our clients’ financial wealth as a tool to strengthen and deepen their most valuable assets – their family (including future generations), their personal characters, and valued relationships. It is a privilege to be allowed to help make a difference and work with a team of people who share that vision.”

John is a principal, Co-founder, and Senior Partner of Keeler Thomas. He has been educating and working with the public in the financial and estate planning industry for over 40 years. As a highly respected presenter, John has taught financial principles over the years in numerous venues across the United States. He is a published author and spearheaded the formation of the firm’s current emphasis on providing customized financial services, and multi-generational wealth continuity for families.
Besides the family legacy emphasis, John has led the company in providing consulting, financial, and negotiating skills for support of our business and high net worth clients. Business succession, purchase strategies and funding, expansion and growth needs are all in his quiver of talents and tools. John also directs the comprehensive wealth management programs for many of the firm’s clients.
Mr. Unice formerly served as the Chairman of the Endowment Committee of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and then continued to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University and a member of the Board of Directors of the I Care Foundation.
Within the company, he serves as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee for Keeler Thomas as well as directing Family Office Services for the firm. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brigham Young University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (CFP®), a Certified Heritage Design Professional™ and holds Series 7, 63, and 24 securities registrations and is a Registered Securities Principal.

Richard Jones

Senior Partner, CFP®, MBA

“Having spent over three decades in this business, I have a good sense of what it takes to manage successful client relationships. One thing is certain: I couldn’t do it by myself. My associates at Keeler Thomas continue to learn and enhance their skills in order to provide the best strategies and most favorable client experiences possible. All are committed to this endeavor and this translates
into more informed and happy clients.”

As a Co-founder and Senior Partner for Keeler Thomas Management LLC, Mr. Jones brings over 40 years of experience in financial, estate, and tax planning. Since 1979, he has been serving Keeler Thomas clients throughout the intermountain west and across the country.

Richard is a noted speaker and workshop presenter, having presented financial topics in front of multiple audiences and thousands of participants in the last decade alone. Besides his experience in advising clients and their families, Richard also specializes in the research and recommendations of select categories of investment choices within the firm. He currently serves as a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for Keeler Thomas.

Richard earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Arizona State University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, and holds Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations. He currently serves on the Utah State University Gift Planning Advisory Board.

Gerald Garrett

Senior Partner, MBA, HDP™, AIF®, PPC®

“There are few times and vocations where we can make a positive, multi-generational difference in the lives of families. It is gratifying to be engaged in such a cause with the professionals at Keeler Thomas.”

Jerry is Co-founder, Senior Partner and President of Keeler Thomas Management, LLC. He has been active for over 30 years in creating and developing successful domestic and multi-national businesses. Using that experience, he has helped to build Keeler Thomas into a highly successful investment management firm that serves clients in over 30 states throughout the United States.
Besides his strategic planning responsibility, he plays a key role in developing the firm’s ongoing current emphasis on family wealth strategies and multi-generational legacy planning. He is an author and presenter on multiple subjects that directly help families develop the necessary skills to discover and promote their values, principles, and unity, and subsequently pass those forward to future generations alongside the family financial inheritance.
Jerry has served on the Utah Valley University Foundation Board of Directors, is former Chairman of the UVU Gift Planning Advisory Board and is current Chairman of the Utah State University Planned Giving Advisory Board. He is former President and Chair of the Utah Financial Planning Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Accounting from Brigham Young University and has a Master of Business Administration from Utah Valley University. He is a Certified Heritage Design Professional (HDP™) with The Heritage Institute, holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation (AIF®) and the Professional Plan Consultant® designation (PPC®) from fi360.

* Gerald is not registered to offer securities through SagePoint Financial Inc.

Charles J. Unice III

Senior Partner, *Senior Portfolio Strategist, MBA, ChFC®

“The Keeler Thomas team is keenly aware of the responsibility we have in helping our clients sustain and improve their lives. The decisions we make directly influence your well-being. We are committed to meeting that obligation to the best of our ability.”

Chuck has been a principal and Senior Partner with Keeler Thomas since 1988. As the company’s Senior Portfolio Strategist, he also specializes in asset allocation modeling, modern portfolio theory, and securities selection for individual client and firm investment portfolios exceeding $200 million. He is the primary bond and stock trader for the company, serving both as Vice Chair of the Investment Committee and Senior Portfolio Strategist. Over the last 30 years he has successfully advised clients concerning their investments, retirement, and estate planning needs.

After graduating from college, he served as an active duty pilot with the U.S. Air Force for 10 years until 1984. In 1985 he kept his commission in the Air Force Reserves and joined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith for three years as a Registered Representative. Chuck retired as a Colonel from the USAF Reserves after a long and distinguished career as a military pilot.

Chuck graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree and earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Golden Gate University. He currently holds Series 7, 63, 65, and 24 securities registrations, as well as the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designation.

* Chuck is a Senior Portfolio Strategist for Keeler Thomas Management, LLC

Adam Jones

Senior Advisor, AIF®

“At Keeler Thomas we are passionate about being dependable and reliable. It’s important for us to be as reliable in our performance for you as the facts we give you.”

Since joining the Keeler Thomas team in 2008, Adam has become one of the firm’s senior advisors. Adam focuses in working with individuals and corporations by focusing on financial planning, investment management, retirement planning and fiduciary responsibilities. As an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), Adam works with Business Owners, Third-Party Administrators, Board Members and Retirement Plan Participants to educate and train them on Fiduciary issues and best practices.
Adam is a noted speaker on financial topics and presents at numerous venues throughout the state of Utah. He is passionate about educating and empowering families as they navigate growing their assets, protecting their wealth and planning their legacy.
Adam graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Economics in 2007. He also received the Certificate of Financial Planning from Utah State University. Adam holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation as well as Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations. He also holds Life, Health, and Disability licensing with the state of Utah.

Amy Marty

Senior Advisor

“My strength is listening to and understanding all of my client’s needs. It is our duty at Keeler Thomas to exceed clients’ expectations. I do this by paying attention to every client detail because goals and objectives are ever-changing.”
Amy has spent the past 20 years advising clients and families with their financial investments and decisions. She joined Keeler Thomas in 2007 and is a valuable member of our client advisement team. Amy is also skilled and proficient with the various forms of insurance programs as they relate to strategically using insurance as part of overall retirement and investment strategies.
Amy has previously held vice-president positions with both Wells Fargo Investments and Zions Investment Securities Inc. She holds Series 7, 63, and 66 securities registrations. She also holds Life, Health, and Disability licensing with the State of Utah.

Nikki Jonas

Client Services Administrator, Paraplanner, FPQP™

"One of the strengths I value most about Keeler Thomas is the teamwork approach we utilize every day in meeting client needs. As a team, we are able to bring a higher standard of service as well as greater competency and knowledge that benefits everyone."

Nikki has been with Keeler Thomas since 2002. Over the years, Nikki has excelled at working diligently to meet clients’ needs. In addition, as Client Services Administrator, Nikki oversees the scheduling and completion of tasks office wide. She works directly with all back office employees to assure they are properly trained and maintain the necessary skill sets to meet all current and potential scenarios. Nikki has many organizational talents and uses them to help select and maintain the company software platforms as they relate to database support and CRM activities.
Nikki holds the Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional designation (FPQP™) as well as Series 7 securities registration. She also holds Life, Health and Disability licensing with the state of Utah.

Teri Garrett

Client Service Specialist, Marketing Specialist

“At Keeler Thomas, we strive to provide our clients with an exceptional experience. No two clients have the same goals or needs. That’s why we make every effort to know our clients and create a pathway for them to be successful. The company culture is one where values, integrity, trust and respect for each other are paramount.”

Teri has been with Keeler Thomas since 2007. Her responsibilities include helping advisors fulfill client processing issues and following up on client requests. Besides being the assistant to our executive team, she is also a specialist in insurance back office support, guiding us expertly through the myriad of requirements that arise as clients add to or upgrade their insurance needs.
Teri came to us with many years’ experience in both the financial and medical fields, working at times as both office manager and customer support liaison. She has worked at various times managing investment databases, managing medical offices and their billing/collections processes, and compiling detailed information for Title companies.

Michele Young

Accounting Manager

“I personally believe that for our company, integrity is a fundamental component that is essential to have present in all of our dealings.”

Michele has been with us since early 2003. As the Accounting Manager for Keeler Thomas, she oversees the complexity of our financial record-keeping with the Broker-Dealer and all other financial agencies, maintains our financial databases, and manages the company’s financial records. In her time here at Keeler Thomas, she has worked in several departments where she can always be counted on to bring structure and organization. We value her detail orientated nature that is the hallmark of her character as our Accounting Manager.
Prior to her time at Keeler Thomas, Michele was the General Manager of a popular retail establishment which included functions such as human resources, training, financial controls, and customer service.

Ben Pali

Operations Manager, Compliance Manager, Paraplanner, FPQP™

“At Keeler Thomas we put our client’s needs first. We help them put a plan in place for whatever financial goals they have and then help them pursue those goals.”
Ben joined the Keeler Thomas team in 2014. Ben fills the role at Keeler Thomas of Operations Manager and Compliance Manager. He manages our client services team, working hard to oversee the systems that clients experience at Keeler Thomas. He facilitates the many facets of the office including training, billing, technical support, compliance, and client service. Ben’s determination and flexibility make him a valued member of the Keeler Thomas team.

Prior to coming to Keeler Thomas, Ben worked for Wells Fargo Advisors. In 2013, he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Ben holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 security registrations and the Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional designation (FPQP™). He also holds Life, Health and Disability Insurance licensing for the state of Utah and is a Utah Notary Public.

Katie McDaniel

Client Services Specialist, Paraplanner, FPQP™

“As a client of Keeler Thomas prior to becoming an employee, I have experienced firsthand the care, concern, and professionalism of the Keeler Thomas Team. From the moment you walk in the door you know that you are in good hands. At Keeler Thomas we always strive to put the client first and we value our relationship with each and every client that we partner with.”

Katie joined the Keeler Thomas team in 2017. As a member of the highly trained Client Services team, Katie’s responsibilities include supporting all client financial services as an assistant to the advisors. She also engages client questions and researches specific answers as needed. Her caring and patient attitude make her a natural fit for our client service department.
Katie comes to us with 10 years of excellent experience in client service and support. In 1998, she graduated from BYU-Idaho with an associate degree in Elementary Education. She currently holds the Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional designation (FPQP™) in financial planning and services as well as Life, Health and Disability Insurance licensing for the state of Utah. She is also a Notary Public for the state of Utah.

Nathaniel Evans

*Senior Portfolio Manager

“At Keeler Thomas, each member of our team has adopted the company’s philosophy of creating a client centered atmosphere. Focusing on each client individually gives us the opportunity to show the client that we truly care and are committed to helping them achieve their personal financial goals.”

Nathaniel is currently serving as the Senior Portfolio Manager for the firm. Prior to coming to Keeler Thomas, Nathaniel worked as a graduate assistant in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. During that time, he helped developed a series of training videos on how to use the Bloomberg Terminal (Bloomberg Professional Services), one of the leading software programs used extensively by finance professionals worldwide. In addition, he is an adjunct professor, teaching the Securities Industry Essential and Series 7 licensing exam preparation course at Utah Valley University.
Nathaniel graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree and earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Utah Valley University. Nathaniel is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) candidate. He currently holds Series 7 and 66 securities registrations.

* Nathaniel is a Senior Portfolio Manager for Keeler Thomas Management LLC.

Tyler Bernards

Assistant Research Professional, CFP®

“At Keeler Thomas, we are keenly aware of the fact that we are entrusted with our clients’ livelihoods, dreams and aspirations. I am beyond grateful to work with a team that takes that responsibility to heart with such great passion and dedication.”

Tyler is currently serving as an Assistant Research Professional in the Investment Management Department for the firm. Prior to coming to Keeler Thomas, Tyler worked as a Registered Representative at Fidelity Investments for several years. There, he specialized with addressing a variety of complex needs for Fidelity’s high net worth clients including options and margin strategies, equity and mutual fund trading, and fundamental tax strategies. He achieved impressive statistical performance metrics and earned multiple awards for his dedicated work.
Tyler Graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Personal Financial Planning, Cum Laude. Tyler obtained his Series 7 and 63 security registrations in 2015 and his Series 66 in 2019. Tyler is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Mission, Vision, and Values

For over 30 years, KTM has developed its own branded processes that help chart our clients’ meaningful journeys and outcomes for themselves and their families. Using proprietary systems and special designations, KTM is uniquely qualified to partner with our clients in pursuing their financial wellness, retirement, and family legacy goals.

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