Ernest Hathaway, CFP®
Partner and Financial Advisor

A founding partner of FSI, Mr. Hathaway functions as the Registered Principal of the firm. He brings over 30 years of experience and an extensive background as a financial educator. Ernest has excelled at developing a unique educational focus for current and prospective clients enabling them to understand and address their financial needs, objectives, and goals.  Learn More About Ernest »

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Partner and Financial Advisor

SteVan (pronounced like “Kevin”) Gates has been a financial advisor for 24 years. His expertise spans a broad spectrum of services – from investment strategies to retirement planning, and from estate planning to income tax reduction. His broad background helps his clients to better understand and address their financial needs and goals. Learn More About SteVan »

biljeppsonBil Jeppson, CFP®, MBA
Partner and Financial Advisor (Ret.)

Bil Jeppson recently retired.  Prior to his retirement, he co-founded Financial Strategies Institute in 1994 with a mission to empower people through professional advice and financial education. The goal: create. Bil has conducted numerous training courses over the past decade. He has taught financial planning at the Continuing Education Departments of the University of Utah, Weber State University, and other institutions. Learn More About Bil »

David Gates, NSSA® 
Financial Advisor

David Gates is our specialist in Social Security Planning with the National Social Security Planning designation.  He also handles clients  401(k) management and 401(k) rollovers.  He offers expertise in two areas that almost everyone will need help with.  His unique ability to listen and understand clients and their desires make him a valuable asset to our team. Learn More About David »

Office Manager

Kathy’s many talents and abilities have been essential as she coordinates most of the behind-the-scenes work that supports client accounts and keeps FSI’s business running and organized. She juggles a variety of responsibilities with skill and a great sense of humor. She has been with FSI since February 2003 and is licensed for both securities and insurance.

Merry Dawn
Client Relations Assistant 

Merry Dawn currently holds series 6, 7, and 63 securities registrations as well as a Utah Life and Health Insurance license. She comes from a financial services background and has been with FSI since February 2000. She also assists FSI with compliance. Merry Dawn’s knowledge and attention to detail have made her an invaluable asset to FSI. She truly cares about our clients and the clients love her!

Client Relations Assistant

Peggy has been with FSI since 2009 and holds a Utah Life and Health Insurance License. She efficiently handles a multitude of requests and service matters for our clients. Peggy’s cheerful disposition and optimistic attitude make her appreciated by both clients and staff alike. She has been a wonderful part of the FSI team.


Lexie joined FSI in the Fall of 2017.  She has been a burst of energy for our office and brings so much light and fun.  Our clients love the enthusiastic greeting that she gives them as they step through our doors.   Lexie is always prompt with phones and returning calls.   She also does a great job assisting in event planning such as seminars and client appreciation events.  She has been a valuable asset to the team.