Our Team

Our Team

Jesse W. Bell

CFP®, AIF®, ChFC® – President

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Jesse graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor's in personal finance. He has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner certification and the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designation through the successful completion of coursework, rigorous examination, experience, and ethics requirements. Jesse has been doing personal and corporate planning since 1996. As president, Jesse coordinates overall activities of the organization while also serving his individual and corporate clients. In his free time, he serves on several nonprofit boards. He enjoys cycling, skiing, and tossing a football with his son.

President’s Club
Jesse W. Bell is proud to have been recognized as a President's Level advisor for 2015—a distinction based on annual production attained by just 17 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network

Stephanie L. Hintsala

Operations and Client Service Manager

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Stephanie has been in the customer service field for more than 20 years. Before joining Bell Financial, she worked in the corporate office of a leading real estate franchise and then as the executive assistant to the president of one of the top brokers in the Metro Detroit area. Chief among Stephanie’s many responsibilities is initiating, tracking, and communicating client service requests. Another of her favorite activities is planning and executing client workshops and events. In her spare time, she enjoys attending sporting events with her husband, especially watching her son, Tyler. Go, Miners!

Andrew Rickauer

MBA - Paraplanner

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Andrew is from the mountains of Colorado. He discovered the beauty of the UP when he attended Northern Michigan University for his undergraduate degree. After graduating, Andrew returned to the mountains to manage a ski area and went on to get his MBA with a financial emphasis. He then returned to Marquette with his wife, Krys, where they live now with their three active daughters. Andrew enjoys helping people discover the path to financial independence. Andrew sits on the board of several nonprofit organizations and enjoys spending time with family, biking, trail running, and skiing!

Whitney L. Saunders

Media and Retirement Plan Coordinator

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Whitney studied English at Northern Michigan University and accounting at Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina. She was previously employed as a reporter and photojournalist at a newspaper group as well as a graphic designer and lifestyle photographer. She is very interested in finance and is hoping to gain knowledge and skills here at Bell Financial. Whitney lives in Michigamme with her husband, James, and daughter, Quinn. She enjoys photography, horseback riding, ice skating, and hiking, as well as everything Lake Michigamme has to offer.

Dennis L. Bell

Founder and Consultant

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“At first, Dennis Bell wanted to be a hermit.” This opening line from a 1977 Mining Journal article profiling our company’s illustrious founder helps to highlight the incredible transformation Dennis underwent on his journey to today. His varied life experiences make for great conversation; ask him about his time spent hitchhiking across the country as a teenager, or living on a hippie commune in Colorado, serving honorably in the U.S. Army in Okinawa, Japan, or building by hand a geodesic dome he designed with pencil and paper. After all this playing around, Dennis enrolled at Northern Michigan University where he graduated with a degree in economics in 1983. Upon graduation, Dennis immediately began his financial services career as an agent with a large insurance company. In 1985, Dennis incorporated Bell Financial Services (then called Dennis L. Bell & Associates) to operate primarily as a third party administrator to qualified retirement plans and eventually to be the conduit for providing investment and financial advice to individual clients. He built and ran the company, improving the lives of thousands of people, and retired after 30 years in the business. He remains on call to provide insight and support to the Bell Financial team as needed. Dennis enjoys watching his grandkids play sports, traveling to other continents, and riding all of Marquette County’s best mountain bike trails.