Who We Are

Who We Are

Two West was founded on the belief that two people with common goals journeying together in the same direction have a better chance of arriving at their destination than going it alone. In other words, we’re big fans of the buddy system. Because of this core principle, engaging with people in authentic ways and investing in their life’s journey is at the heart of all that we do. We believe we have an opportunity and a responsibility to leave the world a better place and positively impact the lives of the people we come in contact by joining them in their journey, traveling alongside them, and helping them get farther down their path. We envision a world where people are closer to their destination and have a greater enjoyment of their journey because our paths have crossed.

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Marko Ungashick
CEO | "The Rock"

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What was your first job?
Cutting grass for my grandma
What gives you nightmares?
Unfinished homework
What is one thing you obsess over?
Finishing my homework
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Tan… no one ever uses Tan!
What do you miss from your childhood?
Saturday morning cartoons and recess (remember his issue with homework?)
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Ryan Rink
President | "The Connector"

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What three things would you want with you on a desert island?
My Bible, Pandora Radio, Unlimited Chardonnay … Assuming there is food and water … if not I would have one heck of a 4 day run to the finish line!
What did you want to be when you were a little kid?
Funny Famous … I wanted to be an actor or radio personality that made people laugh … Loved Chris Berman!
What was your most embarrassing hairstyle?
I rocked the 1986 mullet in high school with a home perm in the back … I know it will be back soon and I will be the person to bring it home!
What song do you love to dance to?
Any 80s era cheesy love song or glamour band … I am known for my high kicks and unusual dancing style … Even in my 40s, I still bring it at weddings.
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Jesus … I would like to know how I am doing?
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Vern Cushenbery
Chief Investment Officer | "The Wonk"

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Worst Nightmare?
Spiders. I will scream louder than any of my four little girls
What is your obsession?
Rows and Columns – I’m an accountant by trade.
What was your most embarrassing hairstyle?
Shaved head; but left the burns (on a bet – KICK THE FIELD GOAL AND COVER THE SPREAD GREEN BAY!!!)
What is your favorite quote?
“To have a sense of humor is to be wise enough to see things in proportion” – St. Phillip Neri
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Benjamin Franklin
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Andy Mich
Chief Operating Officer | "Swordfish"

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What is a favorite saying or quote?
Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man In The Arena” speech.
What do you miss from your childhood?
Summer vacation and Nintendo.
What TV re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
Seinfeld
What book can you read over and over again?
Goodnight Moon. Wait, was the question what book have my kids made me read over and over again?
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Bryan Montemurro
Financial Planner | "The Mayor of Income Town"

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What was your first job?
At age 13, I began mowing yards
What’s your favorite food that is bad for you?
Chili Dogs
What is a favorite saying or quote?
“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball”
What Tv re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
The movie “Airplane”
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Chris Ratigan
Financial Planner | "The Strategist"

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What was your first job?
Newspaper Delivery. The Des Moines Register
What’s your favorite food that is bad for you?
Cheeseburgers
What did you want to be when you were a little kid/Childhood dream job?
Airline Pilot
What gives you nightmares?
Flashbacks to military school
What is the best food on a hot summer day?
BLTs and Summer Beer (or Bloomer Droppers, as Granny calls the concoction)
What was your most embarrassing hairstyle?
Late 80’s mini-mullet…maybe my basic training buzz-cut.
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
JFK
What do you miss from your childhood?
My Grandparents
What is your favorite song from a Broadway musical?
“The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” from Oklahoma
Kyle Harris
Kyle Harris
Plan Consultant

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What was your first job?
Worked at dry cleaners in high school and throughout college
What three things would you want with your on a desert island?
Xbox, TV, and good wifi
What is a favorite saying or quote?
Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.
What TV re-run do you sit down and watch whenever it is on?
The Office
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Mike Curran
Plan Consultant | "Swiss Army Knife"

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What is your pet peeve?
Selfish people
What food(s) do you crave?
Chinese
What is your favorite salty snack?
Cretons Popcorn (Caramel and Cheese combo bag)
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Julius Caesar and Christopher Columbus
What book can you read over and over again?
Shawshank Redemption, Pygmalion
What “red-neck” activity do you like to do?
Ride 4-wheelers and play Washers
Scott Eggers
Scott Eggers
Plan Consultant

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What was your first job?
Farming. Not ideal when you have hay fever.
What is a favorite saying or quote?
If you pray for rain, you have to deal with the mud too.
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Chris Farley
What do you miss from your childhood?
Summer day. Riding bikes and swimming at the pool all day, little league baseball games at night, and Dairy Queen to cap it off.
What TV re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
The Office
Stephanie Smith
Stephanie Smith
Wealth Management Operations Manager

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What was your first job?
Barista at Barnes & Noble Cafe (where I met my husband)
What did you want to be when you were a little kid/childhood dream job?
Veterinarian and ballerina
What gets you dancing?
Anything with a good beat, but I do love 90s tunes
What is the best food on a hot summer day?
Watermelon
What is your favorite salty snack?
Dots Pretzels – original flavor
What TV re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
Bones and That 70’s Show
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Tim Jansen
Plan Consultant | "The Optimizer"

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What is your pet peeve?
Selfish people
What food(s) do you crave?
Chinese
What is your favorite salty snack?
Cretons Popcorn (Caramel and Cheese combo bag)
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Julius Caesar and Christopher Columbus
What book can you read over and over again?
Shawshank Redemption, Pygmalion
What “red-neck” activity do you like to do?
Ride 4-wheelers and play Washers
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