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Our team’s approach to planning is constructed to last.

We are built to deliver continuity and ongoing planning for you and your family. Our team is made up of a lineup of multigenerational advisors who are poised to serve your family’s needs for generations to come.

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

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Scott Schmailzl, ChFC®, CFP®, CLU®

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Joshua R. Ervasti

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Jeff Woody

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Carter Mallett

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Jaynie Sweeney

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Chrissy Ervasti

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

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Rich Rainforth has been working in financial services and insurance for more than 22 years. Raised in Southwest Iowa, Rich graduated from Iowa State University, and has lived in Central Iowa since 1996. He has two daughters who both graduated from Waukee and Iowa State as well. They now live in Dallas, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri. He also has one grandson.

Rich started his career working with two of Iowa’s most recognizable companies; Maytag, which was based in Iowa based at the time, and Meredith. He worked in sales, marketing, and sales management for 14 years.

Rich came into financial services after tragically losing his 5-year-old son to a struggle with a brain tumor. This framed how and why he is in the financial services industry today. He wants to make sure he encourages and assists others in planning for the best while helping them to protect against the worst. He has earned his Certified Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) certifications from the American College. These programs typically require an average of 400 hours of study and a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two years.

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Scott Schmailzl, ChFC®, CFP®, CLU®

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Scott began his background in finance at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business management with a focus in finance in 2003. Upon graduating, Scott immediately entered the insurance and investment industry and began to build his practice.

Scott quickly achieved several prestigious certifications within the financial services industry including that of a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and finally CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional (CFP®), perhaps the most advanced certification the industry offers. Each of these programs requires approximately 400 hours of study and a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two years.

In 2014, Scott co-founded R² Financial Strategies, an independent financial advisory firm. His business is based on holistic financial planning for individuals, families, and business owners. The scope of his advisory services includes insurance planning, wealth management, retirement income planning, and estate planning.

Outside of the office, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, Abby, and their two daughters, Cora and Lola. He enjoys golfing, boating, traveling, and is an avid college sports fan, always cheering on his Cornhuskers.

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Joshua R. Ervasti

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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 2019 joined the R² Financial Strategies team, where he focuses 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 enjoys serving his local community through his involvement with his sons’ Cub Scout pack and volunteering with local charitable organizations such as Children’s Cancer Connection and Amanda the Panda.

Josh is also an active member of Lutheran Church of Hope, where he is on the leadership team with the Connecting Faith & Work ministry, serves on the hospitality ministry, Men of Hope, and with the special events team.

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

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Jeff Woody

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Jeff was a football player at Iowa State and earned his master’s degree in biomedical sciences, which led him to owning and operating Ankeny Sports Performance in Ankeny, Iowa. Somewhere along the line, life threw a few wrenches at him, and because of a lack of knowledge and a plan, he was left with a maxed-out credit card, with next-to-no cash in the bank, and unable to afford a $500 unplanned expense. But being at that bottom is where things changed forever for him.

After that point, he enrolled in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Within four months, he had become completely debt-free and able to save and invest. This has only continued to bloom and bear fruit over the years.

Jeff wants to help his clients achieve this same sense of freedom, stress reduction, and confidence and guide them in reaching their goals—whether paying off debt, starting a business, protecting their loved ones, or saving for retirement.

He is on his way to earning his designations as a Chartered Financial Consultant, Certified Life Underwriter, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER to continue to pursue a lifelong passion for empowering people to live their best and happiest lives. He was raised in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, and now lives in Des Moines with his wife, Erin, and two dogs.

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Carter Mallett

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Carter entered the insurance and finance industry in 2017 as an intern for R² Financial Strategies, where he learned to build his practice as a financial advisor. 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 advisor and is actively building his own practice.

Carter was raised and currently resides in Norwalk, Iowa. Carter enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, and snowboarding.

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Jaynie Sweeney

Office Manager

Jaynie 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 her boys’ sporting events and cheering on Wisconsin sports teams.

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Chrissy Ervasti

Client Relations Manager

Chrissy grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Upon graduating from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, she relocated to the Des Moines area where she spent time in education, the mortgage industry, and youth ministry.

After nine years as a stay-at-home mom, Chrissy joined R² Financial Strategies in 2020 and focuses on client relations and marketing for the firm. A lifelong gymnast, Chrissy is also a USAG Certified Level 10 and Xcel judge and serves as a judge for youth gymnastics and at the collegiate level. Chrissy is an active member of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, serving on the worship ministry, HopeKids ministry, and special events team.