With over 65 years of combined experience, our team of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals is knowledgeable, reliable and passionate about empowering our clients.

Our advisors bring a diverse set of talents and strengths to work for you. We use a collaborative approach in caring for our client families, meeting weekly to discuss what’s happening in their lives and finding ways where our individual strengths can most benefit their unique situation. This way, our clients get the best of us all.

The H Group - Independent Wealth Management Solutions - Certified Financial Planning - Salem Oregon

Larry Hanslits, CFP®

Larry has spent over half his life in this industry and developed a knack for explaining difficult money concepts simply. He’s often collaborating with business owners on retirement planning, building and business buyouts, and the challenges of leaving a career they love. It’s not uncommon for Larry to join a client as they meet with their estate planning attorney to brainstorm the best ways to meet their philanthropic goals.

In addition to his work with clients, Larry speaks at collegiate and professional events for various organizations throughout the state and country. He serves on the Investment Policy Committee for The H Group, Inc., which provides strategies and guidance to the portfolio management team.

Married to his high school sweetheart, Laurie, the two of them enjoy cooking, trips to the Oregon coast, and golfing in their backyard at Illahe Hills Country Club. Their kids, Eric and Jenna, are living in Portland and Georgia, both pursuing successful careers.

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Qualifications:

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ since 1990
  • Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance | Oregon State University, 1985

Professional Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor | Oregon State University
  • Fellow | Wealth Strategies Institute
  • Fellow | The Esperti Peterson Institute
  • Adjunct Professor, Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice | Michigan State University
  • Member | Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Member | Financial Planning Association, Oregon & SW Washington Chapter
  • Past Board Member | Financial Planning Association, Oregon Chapter
  • Past Co-Chair of Programs | Financial Planning Association, Mid-Oregon Chapter

Community Involvement:

  • Fundraising Co-Chair | The Gerry Frank Salem Rotary Amphitheater
  • Member | Rotary Club of Salem
  • Treasurer, Finance Committee Member | Illahe Hills Country Club
  • Past President | Peace Harbor Hospital Foundation
The H Group - Independent Wealth Management Solutions - Certified Financial Planning - Salem Oregon

Katherine Keppel, CFP®, CLU®

With over 30 years of experience, Katherine has a wealth of knowledge around financial planning, investment management, and client service. She has a unique ability to get clients to open their minds to possibilities they haven’t thought of yet and loves to ask, “What if?” Katherine is a strong believer in the power of a plan and works with her clients to customize steps to get them to where they want to be.

In addition to her CFP®, Katherine also carries the designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter. This gives her special insight into the insurance needs of our client families.

Katherine loves the outdoors and the arts. In her free time, you can find her training her Sheepadoodle pup, Quill, kayaking the Santiam, camping on the Oregon Coast, or attending fabulous plays at Keller Auditorium as a season ticketholder. Katherine’s sons, Ben and Josh, are grown and living in Eugene and Southern California.

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Qualifications:

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ since 2005
  • College for Financial Planning | CFP® education certificate
  • Chartered Life Underwriter professional since 2006
  • The American College | Chartered Life Underwriter advanced education certificate
  • State of Oregon Insurance Consultant license for life and health

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member | Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Member | Financial Planning Association, Oregon & SW Washington Chapter
  • Past Board Member | Financial Planning Association, Mid-Oregon Chapter

Community Involvement:

  • Member | Rotary Club of Salem
  • Volunteer | Marion Polk Food Share
  • Past Board Member | Eugene Concert Choir
The H Group - Independent Wealth Management Solutions - Certified Financial Planning - Salem Oregon

Sarah Sepulveda,  Advisory Associate

Sarah graduated with degrees in economics and management and initially chose to pursue a career in nonprofit administration. She later learned about the financial planning profession and, finding that it unites her passions in planning/organizing, answering real-life numerical questions, and building relationships, switched career tracks by joining The H Group in 2018.

Starting in client services, Sarah first built a foundation of knowledge and made improvements within the administrative and operations sides of serving our clients. She now assists with financial planning and continues to enjoy learning our clients’ stories and being a part of our collaborative team that helps clients identify, pursue, and achieve their definition of success, plus make sense of the complex world of personal finance.

Sarah and her husband, Peter, who respectively hail from Minnesota and Maine, moved to Salem in 2016 and enjoy hiking and otherwise exploring the beautiful landscape, interesting sites, and delicious food in the state they now love calling home. When not on those adventures, Sarah enjoys traveling to new places, attending and participating in the arts, biking, reading, and playing with their two dogs, Nanuk (Samoyed) and Brody (goldendoodle).

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Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Minors in Management & Statistics | St. Olaf College, 2015
  • Notary Public | State of Oregon

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer | McKay High School Performing Arts
  • Past Member | East Salem Rotary Club
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Eric Tanikawa,  Client Services

As a client service specialist, Eric works in-depth on the administrative details of client accounts. This includes processing withdrawal requests, preparing paperwork for client meetings, and proactively finding ways to serve our client families. You may also hear his voice greet you when you call our office.

Eric and his wife, Amy, moved to Salem from Florence, Oregon, four years ago. On the weekends, he is busy mastering his BBQ techniques and baby back ribs. At holidays, Eric is renowned for barbecued turkey and prime rib. Eric enjoys the outdoors, camping, and hiking with Amy and their two teenage sons.

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Qualifications

  • Notary | State of Oregon
  • Bachelor of Science in Financial Management | Cal-State University of Long Beach, 1985

Community Involvement

  • First Citizen Award Recipient in 2013 | Florence Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Past President | Boys & Girls Club of Western Lane County

  • Past Member | Kiwanis of Florence

  • Past Race Director, 5k & 10K | Annual Rhody Run

  • Past Committee Chairman | Elks Children’s Christmas Party

  • Past Board Member | Siuslaw Athletic Booster Club

  • Past Board Member & Grant Writer | Siuslaw Baseball Association

  • Past Committee Member | Siuslaw School District Vision Team

  • Past Steering Committee Member | Habitat for Humanity, Peer Court and Oregon Together

  • Pitmaster | Rub Baby Barbeque Team
  • Member | Steak Cookoff Association (SCA)
  • Member & Judge | Pacific Northwest BBQ Association
The H Group - Independent Wealth Management Solutions - Certified Financial Planning - Salem Oregon

Ron Kelemen,  Financial Planner Emeritus

Ron Kelemen was a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ licensee for over 35 years, and as an Advisory Associate of The H Group, Inc., served as the founder of the Salem location. The firm continues to use his leadership as a compass, carrying over many of the values that started our firm nearly four decades ago.

His book, The Confident Retirement Journey – Your Personal & Financial Roadmap, is available on Amazon. Ron started a quarterly newsletter in 1992 that continues beyond his retirement, as do many of the trails he blazed. He has also written a wealth management column for local medical societies and has served as contributing author to three wealth management reference books. In addition, he has been quoted in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Money, Smart Money, and numerous professional publications.

In retirement, he and his wife Kathy enjoy bicycling, cooking, Airstream trailer camping, snowboarding, classical music, and international travel. They stop by the office frequently and we enjoy staying in touch.