Asset Builders of America is a non-profit organization that has been teaching financial capability and economic empowerment to low and moderate income youth and families since 1999.
Director, Asset Builders, Madison
Richard Entenmann is Asset Builders’ co-founder and has served as Executive Director since 1999. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Boston College Law School, he was an attorney with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission at its headquarters office in Washington DC, playing a key role in the Commission’s investor protection and education programs.
He has served as Business Representative for the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Council, and as President of the Eastside Lakers Blue Line Club (hockey team booster club). Mr. Entenmann is a member of the Rotary Club of Madison (Downtown) and serves on the Board of Directors of Madison’s Integrated Community Work, Inc. In his spare time, Richard enjoys being with family, boating, cooking, and splitting wood. For some reason he has developed a specialty of organizing season-ending banquets for his children’s high school sports teams.
Board Chair and Director. Community Volunteer (US Bank ret.), Wausau
Treasurer and Director. US Bank, Milwaukee
Scott Beyer has been with U.S. Bank for 19 years and currently holds the role of Senior Vice President, Agile Experience Owner. In his role, Scott leads a number of cross-functional agile delivery teams in developing and implementing customer and employee facing digital capabilities for the Business Banking Segment. Additionally, Scott leads a Business Banking team focused on strategic initiatives, credit risk, and change management. Scott has previously held roles in consumer and business lending product management and various leadership positions in the retail bank.
Summit Credit Union and Board Secretary
Eric Christiansen is a mortgage manager at Summit Credit Union in Madison, WI and has been a part of the credit union industry since 2006. His focus over the past 15+ years has been on helping consumers understand and prosper in their financial lives. In his personal life, Eric lives in Verona WI. He enjoys playing soccer and basketball, roots for his home state Florida Gators, and enjoys time with his family and two dogs. Eric has served on the Asset Builders of America board of directors since 2019.
Director. Manpower Group, Milwaukee
Nafessa Burdine serves as a Full-Service REALTOR® with Atlanta Realty Central in Duluth, GA. Receiving her Pre & Post Housing Counselor Certification, Nafessa assists her clients throughout the entire Home Buying and Home Selling process. Prior to real estate, Nafessa Burdine was employed nearly twenty-years with a Fortune 500 multinational corporation in Milwaukee. Nafessa’s skills and expertise allowed her to progress through nine-different roles: with her final role representing as brand ambassador serving as Community Impact Leader & Foundation Administrator. It was in this role where Nafessa met her passion of connecting individuals to the needs of local communities.
Director. Community Volunteer (UW Foundation ret.), Middleton
Jim has earned degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Indiana. He has worked as a commercial casualty insurance underwriter for Chubb, Inc. spent 19 years in commercial banking, with focus on entrepreneurial business and commercial real estate lending, and spent 15 years with the University of Wisconsin Foundation, working on behalf of the Wisconsin School of Business.
Director. Isthmus Partners, Madison
Joe McNeil began his financial services industry career in 1991 with Robert W. Baird & Co., as a Financial Advisor, held senior positions with US Bank and Strong Capital Management, and joined HGMR Investment Management in 2002. Before entering financial services, he worked as a Legislative Assistant in Washington D.C. for both a U.S. Senator and Congressman. Joe is a founding partner of Isthmus Partners, LLC where he directs Advisory Services for the firm. He specializes in comprehensive investment planning and portfolio management for individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied Political Science, Economics and History. Joel C. McNeil is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional.
Director. Community Volunteer, Sun Prairie
Steven graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Agribusiness and a certification in Leadership/Management from UW-Madison. His career has been focused in the Animal Health and Nutrition fields developing solutions for dairy cattle. Steven carries a passion for giving back to the Dairy Industry by serving on the Board at UW-Platteville, School of Agriculture Advisory Council, and the Dairy’s Foundation® Board of Directors; in addition, he supports his local community food bank and church. Steven has traveled to 48 states and 32 countries throughout the world, experiencing the differences and similarities in agriculture. His hobbies include the watching the Green Bay Packers, Badger Football, and investing.
Director. Law Offices of Steven DeVougas, Milwaukee
Steven is a Milwaukee attorney whose practice focuses in the areas of commercial real estate, transactional business law and business litigation. He started his career as a banker with M & I Bank after graduating from the University of Michigan and Marquette Law School. Steven has received professional recognition by the Milwaukee Business Journal, Wisconsin Law Journal, Lawyers of Color, Wisconsin Super Lawyers, and the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Steven is an Asset Builders alumnus, having participated in an investment club in collaboration with ReDonna Rodgers and the Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
In his spare time, Steven enjoys cooking, reading and lifting weights, and is a restaurant owner.
Director. Oakdale Credit Union, Oakdale
2022 begins my 35th year with the Oakdale Credit Union. Our Credit Union is $115 million in assets and serves just over 11,000 members. As part of my duties as CEO, I serve on the Wisconsin Credit Union League Government Affairs Committee and, the Wisconsin Credit Union Review Board as President. In my spare time I enjoy helping my community by serving as the New Lisbon School Board President and I am also on the Wa Du Shuda Days committee.
Director. Sentry Credit Union, Stevens Point
Tim Barthel is the President of Sentry Credit Union in Stevens Point, WI. He has been part of the Credit Union Movement for over 20 years, working with a number of Credit Unions. His professional focus is helping his members live their best financial life by ensuring they have the products, services, and education to make wise financial decisions. His heart is focused on helping others, always looking to be a support where he is able. He loves taking his family on fun adventures, which include many outings to watch his favorite baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers. In his spare time you will find him wood working in the garage, enjoying the outdoors, or playing games with the fam.
Asset Builders Board of Directors
Pam Anderson, Board Chair and Director. Community Volunteer (US Bank ret.), Wausau
Richard Entenmann, Director. Asset Builders, Madison
Steven DeVougas, Director. Law Offices of Steven DeVougas, Milwaukee
Scott Beyer, Treasurer and Director. US Bank, Milwaukee
Chris Laurent, Director. Cinnaire, Madison
Eric Christiansen, Director. Summit Credit Union, Madison
Steve Vale, Director. Community Volunteer, Sun Prairie
Nafessa Burdine, Director. Manpower Group, Milwaukee
Jim Kubek, Director. Community Volunteer (UW Foundation ret.), Middleton
Jane Roloff, Director. Huntington Bank, Milwaukee
Joe McNeil, Director. Isthmus Partners, Madison
Colleen Woggon, Director. Oakdale Credit Union, Oakdale
Tim Barthel. Director. Sentry Credit Union, Stevens Point
Founders Richard Entenmann and Robert Wynn were both working in financial investor protection—Entenmann with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Wynn with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. They both saw the damage that lack of wealth and financial illiteracy were creating for millions of Americans and together, they founded Asset Builders. Their goal was simple—to proactively educate and prepare individuals to avoid financial pitfalls and predatory practices, as well to show a better way to create personal wealth and economic stability. Almost twenty years later, we think Asset Builders’ record speaks for itself.
Along with dozens of instructors, hundreds of volunteers, and numerous sponsors and donors, we have spent the last two decades empowering communities through education and financial literacy. To date, we have taught over 20,000 individuals…and counting.
We produce a variety of programs targeted to low and moderate income youth, young adults and families. Our current programs include The Money Conference, Finance & Investment Challenge Bowl, Youth P.O.W.E.R. Academy of Finance, The Millionaires’ Club,, Go4It!, as well as our Got Money! Teen Conference.
We are proud to serve communities throughout Wisconsin, including Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, the Fox Cities/Appleton, Beloit, Janesville, Green Bay, Hayward, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Rhinelander, Eau Claire, Sheboygan/Manitowoc, Southwestern Wisconsin/Platteville, Wisconsin Rapids, and Wausau.
We provide unbiased and quality information taught in a relatable way on a subject that will quite literally define an individual’s future.
Asset Builders staff:
Mr. Entenmann joined Asset Builders of America in 2000 and has served as Executive Director and member of the Board of Directors continuously since then. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Boston College Law School. The Association for Investment Management and Research awarded him a Chartered Financial Analyst charter in 1998.
Mr. Entenmann practiced law on the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission at its headquarters office in Washington, DC for five years, where he played a key role in the Commission’s investor protection and education programs.
Mr. Entenmann’s community service has included volunteering with the United Way of Dane County, founding an NAIC/Better Investing investment club as a volunteer at the Madison Senior Center, serving on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), serving on the Board and as Treasurer for East Madison Little League, serving as Business Chair and Councilman with the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association, volunteering with the Madison Patriots Youth Hockey organization and serving as President of the Eastside Lakers High School Hockey Blue Line Club. Mr. Entenmann is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Madison (Downtown), and the Madison Metropolitan School District Personal Finance Advisory Board, and serves on the Board of Directors of Madison’s Integrated Community Work (ICW).
Robert Wynn JD co-founded Asset Builders in 1999. Previously, Mr. Wynn served as Financial Education Officer at the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions and as Director of Minority Business Development at the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. A graduate of the University of North Carolina (BA) and University of Michigan (JD), Mr. Wynn served a three-year term on the Federal Reserve’s Consumer Advisory Council and he was a long-time National Board Member of Better Investing/NAIC.