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Welcome to Catalyst Planning Partners

We aim to provide sophisticated, state of the art financial strategies, and deliver them as straightforward, easy to understand, advice. Our most savvy clients want assurances that their plan will work, that it is efficient, that no detail or opportunity is overlooked... but too often, that comes with a high degree of complexity... and turns people off... So, in working with us, our clients have said that they get the best of both worlds... We deliver strategic financial planning in plain English... sophisticated planning, and straightforward advice.

Since 2002, we have focused on streamlining the financial lives of time-pressed entrepreneurs and those preparing for retirement. It is our belief that by forming enduring relationships with our clients, we can build a plan that remains relevant throughout time. We combine our deep knowledge for planning strategies with our client's vision for the future, and the result is an efficient plan where every dollar has a purpose.

Please take a few minutes to learn more about our philosophy, our team and our mission. Thank you for visiting!


Catalyst Planning Partners Mission

"To provide sophisticated strategies in a straightforward manner to help our clients achieve financial security."

Fee-Based Financial Planning

When engaging on a fee-for-planning basis, the plan itself is completely product-neutral, and we will not recommend any investment/insurance/banking products unless you specifically request that we go to the marketplace to do so.  We are held to a fiduciary standard of care when providing the analysis and advice, and it’s ultimately up to you how and where you’d like to implement our plan.  

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Today’s Retirement Planning: Getting To and Through Retirement

Watch this short video to learn why strategies you use to get you to retirement are not the same strategies you’ll need to make sure your money lasts through retirement.

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Joe works extensively with Physicians and Dentists on their financial wellness, including disability insurance with a Medical Occupation Definition of Disability.

As a member of Physicians Nationwide, Joe has exclusive access to a nationwide network of Northwestern Mutual Financial Representatives who are uniquely qualified to help address the financial needs of those who have devoted their lives to the practice of medicine.  This network helps us to stay engaged in the medical community by sharing the most effective ideas and financial strategies that have been successfully implemented across the country.  PN also provides for continuity and personalized local service opportunities as our clients move and expand.

Our Fight Against Childhood Cancer

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A cancer diagnosis for a child creates a "domino effect" that affects the patient and family. Northwestern Mutual Foundation has teamed up with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and Starlight Children's Foundation to fund childhood cancer research and provide support families fighting this disease.

Financial Literacy for Kids

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Joseph Smith would like to introduce you to an interactive Web site designed to help parents raise "money smart" kids. Visit the site for fun activities, games, and challenges for students; tips for parents; and extensive resources for teachers. Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and the National Council on Economic Education.

Joseph M. Smith, CFP®, CLU®
Wealth Management Advisor

Catalyst Planning Partners


Home is where the greatest moments are shared and where the most valuable and meaningful memories are made. But sometimes, life happens. From technology and social media to work-life imbalance to competing schedules, families can struggle to be present and connect on a more personal level at home.

This fall, Northwestern Mutual wants families to find that connection at home again. Parents can submit a video or photo of their kid's ultimate home experience inspiration — the bigger, the more out-of-the-box, and the more imaginative the ideas, the better — and we may just ring your doorbell to make your dream a reality!

To enter:  Join the conversation on social and enter to win with #IfItWasUpToMyKid! 

Learn more and submit your entry here now.

If you live for it, we’ll help you plan for it.

See what our version of financial planning looks like.

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Good News for Our Clients

In 2018, we expect to again lead the industry in total dividends paid to our clients. Read more.


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