Professional

Matt Abels serves as the Director of Wealth Management at Foster Group.  In this role, Matt is tasked with leading our planning committee which guides the best practices of the firm and ensures our advisors have all the tools and resources they need to effectively serve our clients.  Matt also maintains responsibilities as a Lead Advisor, helping clients navigate the complexities of their financial situation.

Prior to joining Foster Group in 2013, Matt spent five years as a financial planner for Abels Financial Services in West Des Moines, and six years at the Principal Financial Group, where he divided his time between Retirement and Investor Services and Group Underwriting. Matt graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and currently holds his Certified Financial Planner™ designation.

Personal

Growing up on a farm in northern Iowa, I learned the value of hard work and integrity. From an early age, I learned you could accomplish almost anything if you work hard and treat people with respect.  These values continue to shape the person I am today.

One of my favorite quotes is from Benjamin Franklin: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” I’ve always felt the more education and information you have, the better decisions you can make.  I find this especially true not only in helping people understand their financial situations, but in day-to-day life, as well.

My wife, Annie, and I were married in 2006 and we were blessed with our daughters, Jessa, in 2010, and Ada, in 2014. While I am now outnumbered by women in my house and my man cave is slightly less manly than I envisioned, I’ve been surprised by how much fun I have playing kitchen and building sand castles. When I’m not playing kitchen, I really enjoy playing or watching sports. As an avid sports fan, one of my favorite books is, “Quiet Strength” written by former NFL coach Tony Dungy.  It chronicles his playing and coaching career and I found that it gave me great perspective on the importance of being a good husband and father while balancing the demands of your career.

Education

B.A. Finance, University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa)