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We, as Advisers, want to inspire and educate our clients to embrace the positive impact Financial Planning can have on their lives, and then help them through the process of creating a Plan for themselves so they can enjoy a more meaningful life.

Financial Planning

Financial planning is a process, not a product. It is the long-term method of wisely managing your finances so you can achieve your goals and dreams, while at the same time negotiating the financial barriers that inevitably arise in every stage of life. In order to create a sound financial plan, goals must first be established.

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Retirement Income Planning 

Retirement Income Planning helps you decide when you can retire and have the confidence that your retirement years will be as enjoyable as you always dreamed about! We will help you answer these questions so the stress of making this decision will be eliminated and replaced with joy.

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Investment Management

You've identified your goals and done some basic research. You understand the difference between a stock and a bond. But how do you actually go about creating an investment portfolio? What specific investments are right for you? What resources are out there to help you with investment decisions?

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Serving Spokane and the surrounding areas since 1997.


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Michael W. Balderson, MBA, CFP®

Financial Planner & Partner
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  • Founding partner of Balderson & Hebert, LLC in 1997.
  • Earned the LUTCF ( Life Underwriters Training Council Fellowship)
  • Earned the REBC (Registered Employee Benefits Consultant) and the RHU  (Registered Health Underwriter ) from the American College.
  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner.
  • Over 24 years of experience in the financial services industry.
  • Graduated with a B.A. in business management from Eastern Washington University.
  • Graduated with a MBA from Eastern Washington University.
  • Proud member of the Financial Planning Association.
  • Recipient of 2017 & 2018 VFA Chairman's Circle award.
  • President's Club with Voya Financial Advisors 2016, 2017 & 2018.
  • Voya Premier Partner 2011 through 2018.

Mike met his wife at Eastern Washington University and they have been together for over 34 years.  They both moved to Spokane after Mike's graduation in 1983. Mike played football and following in his father's footsteps also ran track at Eastern.  While not as fast as in his younger days, he is still involved with his Alma Mater and is a passionate Eagle fan.  Scuba diving is his favorite hobby as he gets to see the world from above and below the surface.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification and designation CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, which it awards to individuals who successfully pass the CFP Boards initial educational, experience, and testing requirements while also continuing to maintain their annual educational requirements.



HONORS & AWARDS

Voya Chairman's Circle Recipient -2017 and 2018

Voya Financial Advisors, Inc., has honored Michael W. Balderson of Spokane, WA, one of its Investment Advisor Representatives, with the prestigious Chairman's Circle recognition. This program is the highest level of recognition for Voya Financial Advisors and acknowledges the top three percent of all advisors. Achieving Chairman's Circle underscores Michael Balderson's unwavering dedication to helping his clients better save and prepare for retirement.

To be recognized as a Chairman's Circle member, Michael also exceeded a business growth milestone in assets under management that sets him apart as a financial professional.

“We are so appreciative for all our advisors do to support their clients, furthering Voya's vision to be America's Retirement Company™, and I'm thrilled that Michael Balderson has achieved this high-level recognition for his role in furthering our vision,” said Tom Halloran, president of Voya Financial Advisors. “The Chairman's Circle recognition is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the tremendous achievements of Mr. Balderson, who is helping clients work toward achieving financial confidence and freedom every day.”

Throughout the year, Voya Financial Advisors brings Chairman's Circle members together to celebrate their successes and provide opportunities for them to network and share ideas.



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Jonathan Allen

Financial Advisor
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  • Graduate of Whitworth University BA in Business
  • Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University
  • Over 19 years of experience in the financial industry

Jon and his wife Raechel have been married for over 21 years. Raechel is a school counselor at Spokane Public Schools and their daughter attends Northwest Christian High School. Jon Grew up in the Spokane area and has lived in Eastern Washington his entire life. In his free time Jon is involved with Financial Peace University, volunteers with youth at Fourth Memorial Church and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Jon enjoys the outdoors, including; camping, boating, and golf.

My firm is committed to providing simple, common sense education and empowerment, seeking to give hope to everyone, regardless of their age or income. We provide an easy-to-understand and ethical approach for solving the investing and financial planning challenges of today's marketplace.

We strive to learn and understand individual and business financial information, build and maintain long-lasting relationships, and provide the highest quality information, service, and products to help bring financial confidence.

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Meet the Rest of Our Team

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Cindy is the office manager for Balderson and Hebert, LLC.  She is also the personal administrative assistant for Mike Balderson. Cindy has been an integral part of the company since it was founded in 1997 by her husband, Steve Hebert, along with Mike Balderson.

Cindy earned her Life and Health Insurance license in 1995.  She manages the office budget and is responsible for the FINRA and SEC compliance requirements and monitoring.  She also provides the administrative support for the firm's Group Medical book of business.


Erica joined the team in January 2006. She has over 31 years experience in the insurance industry, and in 2008 earned her Property and Casualty Insurance license. Erica is Balderson and Hebert's Customer Service representative for both the Property and Casualty division, and the individual client Life and Disability lines.  She is also the Receptionist and Client Relationship manager for the office.  She coordinates the advisors' schedules and is the first contact for the firm's clients.  

Erica first met her husband in Spokane at a previous employer.  They connected in later years, and have been married for over 15 years.  Erica enjoys cooking and traveling to fun destinations with her husband.  The two of them also love animals, and support local pet shelters.         


Jesse, a native of the Washington Olympic Penninsula, is responsible for the firm's marketing and online presence. He takes care of Balderson & Hebert's social media, website, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and also offers additional administrative support to the team.

Jesse, along with his wife, 2 kids, and pets recently moved away from his Spokane area family and friends to the East Coast, near Philadelphia, PA. He continues to work with the team at Balderson and Hebert from afar, and hopes to return to Spokane someday. Jesse's passions are drawing, animation, and being creative. He loves kayaking, hiking, camping, movies, and animal watching with his family in his spare time.

Balderson & Hebert, LLC was established in 1997 when Michael W. Balderson and Steven W. Hebert combined their practices to form an independent financial planning firm to provide unbiased advice for our clients.  We chose to be an independent firm of advisers so our clients would always know their interests come first.

We believe that the process of Financial Planning is not a “once and done“ experience in which the client receives a binder with a bunch of numbers in it, and are told to take it home and just follow the recommendations.  We understand that Financial Plans are made for human beings, and being human, our circumstances can change every year. Therefore, we believe in providing annual updates to your financial plan. We will also spend several meetings analyzing our client's goals and resources before we make any initial recommendations. 

Taking the time to develop the initial plan is just the beginning of our relationship with our clients. We don't send you adrift to fend for yourself.  Instead we conduct annual meetings to make sure you are on course and suggest recommendations as your situation changes.  We stand side by side with our clients and expect to serve them for their entire life.

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Balderson & Hebert, LLC offers many services to help you Plan for Today & Tomorrow.


Financial Planning

Financial planning is a process, not a product. It is the long-term method of wisely managing your finances so you can achieve your goals and dreams, while at the same time negotiating the financial barriers that inevitably arise in every stage of life. In order to create a sound financial plan, goals must first be established. Data is then gathered to analyze and evaluate your financial status. Once complete, your plan can be developed and implemented. Monitoring the plan on an ongoing basis is essential in order to make necessary adjustments to reach your goals.

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Retirement Income Planning

The whole point of Dynamic Retirement Income Planning is to help you decide when you can retire and have the confidence that your retirement years will be as enjoyable as you always dreamed about! We will help you answer these questions with the goal of eliminating the stress of making these decisions and replaceing with joy.

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Investment Management

You've identified your goals and done some basic research. You understand the difference between a stock and a bond. But how do you actually go about creating an investment portfolio? What specific investments are right for you? What resources are out there to help you with investment decisions?

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Other Services

Do you need assistance with other services to help plan for your financial well being, such as personal or business tax and accounting, estate planning, wills, and other legal services?  Recommended Tax and Law Associates are conveniently located in the same building as our office.

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Insurance Services

Our team here at Balderson & Hebert, LLC offers insurance products and services for individuals and employer sponsored employee benefit plans. Let us help decipher the ever changing insurance markets for you!

As an independent firm, we represent our clients and put their interests first. By operating in a fiduciary manner and being transparent in our processes, we disclose the pros and cons of different insurance companies with our clients before any decisions are made.

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