President and principal financial adviser,
Triangle Financial Services
- Likes to grow her own food.
- Guilty pleasure is bread.
- Dream dinner party guests: Warren Buffett, the Dalai Lama and Robin Williams.
It’s no wonder Kendra Erkamaa became a financial adviser: When she was a child, she witnessed adults struggling financially.
“I want to empower others so that they financially grow,” said Ms. Erkamaa, who purchased Triangle Financial Services in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2007, after having joined the firm just two years earlier. Since then, she has increased the firm’s assets under management to $100 million.
As a certified divorce financial analyst, she often works with lawyers. “Divorce can be collaborative rather than confrontational in nature,” said Ms. Erkamaa, who serves on the Grievance Commission of the Iowa Supreme Court, reviewing complaints against attorneys. “I like to know lawyers are upholding ethical standards.”
Among her many charitable pursuits is budget counseling for women at the nonprofit Beacon of Life shelter. “Financially, we all want the same things,” she said. “They may manifest differently but it all ties into our humanity.”
— Juliette Fairley