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?)
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?
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
Amber Rebar
Client Relationship Manager | "The Saint"

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What is your pet peeve?
One-uppers — you don’t always have to have the best story.
What is one thing you obsess over?
Keeping my stainless steel refrigerator clean … I’ve been known to clean it during parties.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Mountain Meadow … it sounds way more relaxing than my actual life
What is your “special talent”?
I can hang on a ledge by my shoulder blades
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Harry S. Truman
What is your favorite song from a Broadway musical?
Mein Herr from Cabaret — I won a solo dance competition in college to that tune
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?
Bryan Montemurro
Financial Planner

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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”
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
Dan Kitts
Plan Consultant | "The St. Louis Guy"

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What is your pet peeve?
Being pinched
What’s your favorite food that is bad for you?
Cheese
What is one thing you obsess over?
Safety
What is your favorite salty snack?
Potato Chips
If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Winston Churchill
What TV re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
Seinfeld
Laura Rogers
VP, Strategic Partnerships | "Hammer"

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What was your first job?
Scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins … Daquiri Ice was the worst!
What gets you dancing?
Wine + wedding receptions = the perfect combination for me to suddenly become the world’s greatest dancer.
What is your favorite Broadway musical song?
“Seasons of Love” from Rent
What TV re-run do you sit down to watch whenever it is on?
Any James Bond, Jason Bourne or John Hughes movies
Pet Peeve(s)
Any of the 7 Deadly Sins
What is your favorite quote or saying?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do.”
Maryse Schlenk
Client Relationship Manager

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What is your pet peeve?
Not cleaning the food particles off the dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.
What was your first job?
Midway Café, waitress, age 10
What did you want to be when you were a little kid/Childhood dream job?
Astronaut
What gives you nightmares?
Zombies, no actually Aliens!
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
Ron Woelk
Plan Consultant | "The Wise Sage"

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What’s your favorite saying?
“Not All Who Wander Are Lost”- Gandalf, Lord of the Rings
What gets me dancing?
My Wife
What is your favorite salty snack?
Cashews
What was your most embarrassing hairstyle?
Flattop w/butch wax
What favorite movie would you watch again?
The Jason Bourne Movies
What song do you love to dance to?
“Stand by Me” by Ben E. King & “Groove Me” by King Floyd
Tim Jansen
Plan Consultant | "The Optimizer"

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What is your obsession?
Bicycle racing. Cornering at speed with a pack of racers in a tight and technical criterium is exhilarating
What gets you dancing?
Swing music! Sometimes I can drag my wife out on the dance floor.
What is a favorite saying or quote?
Luck favors the prepared. – Louis Pasteur
What do you miss from your childhood?
As nice and convenient as the internet and smartphones are, the ability to be totally disconnected from them until adulthood before they were prevalent was amazing.
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