Our Team

 

Richard R. Rainforth, CLU®, ChFC®, LUTCF

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Rich Rainforth has been working in the financial services & insurance field since early in the year 2000. He is a Financial Advisor and a career agent with New York Life Insurance Company and is associated with New York Life's Des Moines General Office in Ankeny.

Rich has been a qualifying member of Million Dollar Round Table since 2007 (MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance).

Rich is a “Life Member” of New York Life Council representing 20 consecutive years of Council Level production. Council status is based upon production in life insurance, annuity, long-term care insurance and investment sales.

Rich has earned the designations of Certified Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) awarded by the American College. These programs typically require an average of 400 hours of study and a minimum of 32 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Rich is active in his community. His involvement with Amanda the Panda (a grief counseling and support group) was extended through a New York Life Foundation Community Impact Grant. These funds were used to renovate the Children's Garden - a courtyard area of their facility.

Rich was raised in SW Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University and has lived in Central Iowa since 1996. He has two daughters, Alexa and Mattea, who reside in the Chicago & Kansas City metro areas respectively.

 

Randall “Scott” Schmailzl, ChFC®, CFP®, CLU®

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Scott Schmailzl began his background in finance at Central College in Pella, Iowa where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a focus area in Finance in 2003.

Scott immediately entered the Insurance and Financial industry and began to build his practice as an agent for New York Life Insurance Company and Eagle Strategies, LLC, as a Financial Adviser.

Scott quickly earned several prestigious designations within the Financial Services industry including that of a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and finally Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), which is perhaps the most advanced designation the industry offers. Each of these programs require approximately 400 hours of study and a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Scott also belongs to the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers, as he has always believed that being as current as possible on the issues that surround the Financial Planning industry is the key to effectively serving the needs of his clients.

Scott was raised in SW Iowa and now resides in Cumming, Iowa with his wife Abby and their two children, Cora and Lola. They spend most of their free time with family, friends, and their yellow Lab Herbie.

Josh was raised in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and holds a Finance degree from Drake University. Josh began his career in the financial services industry in Arizona in 1996 after graduating from Drake. While in Arizona, he specialized in working with pre-retirees and retirees on their personal retirement plans.

After several years in Arizona, Josh moved back to Iowa to be closer to family. He continued his work in the financial services industry, and in 2010 joined New York Life Insurance Company and Eagle Strategies, LLC, as a Financial Advisor, where he concentrates on planning for established professionals and business owners. He also specializes in working with veterinarians and recent veterinary medicine graduates.

In addition to his professional work, Josh serves as the tournament director for Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Volleyball Tournament, which has raised over $270,000 for Children’s Cancer Connection since 2007.

Josh is an active of Lutheran Church of Hope, where he is a leader of the Connecting Faith & Work Ministry, serves on the hospitality ministry and with the special events team.

He currently lives in West Des Moines with his wife Chrissy and their two sons, James and John.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for man.
Colossians 3:23

Carter began his background in Finance at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2019.

Carter entered the insurance and financial industry in 2017 as intern for R2 Financial Strategies where he learned to build his practice as an agent for New York Life Insurance Company. After completing his internship, Carter furthered his industry knowledge by joining Charles Schwab and serving their high net worth clients for nearly two years. In 2021, Carter rejoined the R2 team as a Financial Adviser and is actively building his own practice.

Carter was raised, and currently resides, in Norwalk, Iowa. Carter’s hobbies include spending time with friends and family, golfing, and snowboarding.

Jaynie Sweeney | Office Manager

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Jaynie Sweeney is originally from Wisconsin, attended Oshkosh University and transferred to Milwaukee Area Technical College to finish a Degree in Applied Sciences, Surgical Technology. She currently lives in Urbandale with her husband Colin and three boys, Jack, Julian and Jonah.

Jaynie spends her free time attending the boys’ sports and cheering on Wisconsin sport teams.

Chrissy Ervasti | Marketing Coordinator

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Chrissy Ervasti lives in West Des Moines with her husband Josh and their two boys, John and James. Chrissy is a gymnastics judge and stayed home with her boys prior to them going to school. She is excited to partner with R2 Financial Strategies with a focus on marketing.

Chrissy is also an active member of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, serving on the worship ministry, HopeKids worship ministry and special events team.