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Our Roots

The year was 1980, Gail Enders was the store manager for the Good Housekeeping Shop in Dearborn, Michigan. After many years of being an iconic Detroit brand, a change of ownership closed the store and Gail was out of a job. At age 50, Gail needed to find work to support his family and re-build his future. From this, the roots of Enders Wealth Management were born.

Gail started working in the life insurance industry in Troy, Michigan - helping small business owners secure insurance for their succession planning. He also became active with Clarenceville School District & Oakwood Hospital’s 403(b) plans, where he worked with local educators and medical professionals setting up their retirement plans. His success came so quickly that his son, Steven Enders, joined him in 1983 to help manage the retirement planning side of the practice.

Steve worked side-by-side with his father and brought Enders Wealth Management to the forefront of retirement planning in Metro Detroit. It was Steve who ushered in a new era for the practice by learning about modern products being introduced to the market. He worked with area businesses setting up their company sponsored retirement plans while maintaining close relationships with local educators and medical professionals.

Being a successful father/son team worked for over decade, then the need to expand happened once again. This time, a woman was brought into the mix: Kimberly Crichton Enders. Working alongside Gail and Steve in the insurance business to start, she launched the brokerage side of the practice in 1995 by moving into securities and wealth management programs. Kimberly rounded out the practice by engaging in more portfolio management & comprehensive financial planning.

In 1998, Gail retired from the practice and left Enders Wealth Management with Steve at the helm. At the same time, Kimberly broke away and joined a large investment firm to build and manage investment portfolios. Enders Wealth Management soldiered on.

Staying current in the industry, Steve began teaching educational seminars under the name Successful Retirement Planning Seminars; bringing retirement planning education to Macomb County. Steve made a name for himself in Utica, Michigan and the practice continued to flourish. In 2003 Kimberly came back to the practice, bringing with her the skills she had developed when working at one of Wall Street’s largest investment bank and financial services companies. She worked again with Steve and handled the portfolio management side of the practice.

The new decade had ushered in tremendous changes in the financial services industry and Enders Wealth Management once again met this change and embraced it. Steve stopped teaching seminars and dedicated himself to helping his clients, such as weathering the storm during the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Kimberly earned her CFP® marks and rose to partner status in 2014. Embracing technology and the speed in which information was exchanged…the role of the financial planner had evolved, too. Customized communication plans tailored to meet the needs of clients as they work harder and faster themselves.

Keeping the legacy alive as we approach our 40th year, Enders Wealth Management has always stayed true to its roots: building the trusted relationship between client and adviser & helping reduce the financial stress within families by taking the emotional bias out of complex financial decisions. These challenges have stood the test of time and we continue to stand ready to help.