Russell A. Donath, Financial Advisor & Agency Employee Benefits Specialist

Russell A. Donath,  Financial Advisor & Agency Employee Benefits Specialist

My goal is to make the often difficult world of employee benefits simple and streamlined for small to medium sized companies. I provide total financial needs analysis with expertise in:
• Employee benefit and retention services
• Retirement analysis and programs
• Estate strategies
• Advisory services
• Business continuation strategies
• Trust services

Along with a team of professionals, I offer guidance to my clients to help them reach their financial goals.

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