Before I can speak intelligently about the services that might be appropriate for you and your family, I need to get to know you. And, before you can feel comfortable sharing your goals and dreams, you need to get to know me.

I have always had a job since I have been of legal age.  During my high school years I worked in food service and as a lifeguard.

After High school I joined the US Coast Guard. In my 4 years of service I advanced to the rank of E-5 and learned what true leadership looks like by some of our best in the US military. This was a part of my life that really shaped me and gave me a great deal of respect for any service member, law enforcement, fireman, or medical professional. 

It was during my time in the coast guard that I was introduced to money and saving. I read a book called "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and was hooked.  I had to know everything there was to know about finance and read anything on the subject I could find.  I started helping other military friends develop strategies for their own retirement and investments and then decided this is what I was called to do with my life.

My next stage in life was to move back to North Dakota to marry my wife Jessica and go to a university. Because I was taking classes while in the military I was able to test out of my first year of school and obtain a 4 year degree in just 3 years graduating Cum Laude in finance through MSUM.

This is where I met Northwestern Mutual.  In 2008 just before the market crashed I started the internship that changed my life. My first year I ended 8th in the country out of about 2400 people.  That was the catalyst I needed to confirm this was the right path for me.

Over the last few years I have had plenty of ups and downs and so has the market. My team has grown and so have my clients.  I am extremely grateful for all of them and I am very excited to see what the future holds.


Neil A Van Dam, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor


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