Hope Gerdes

“I admire the client focused culture of Smith Moore and its attention to outstanding customer service. This compliments our team centered approach to investment allocation, holistic financial planning, and risk management to provide meaningful impact to my clients’ investment outcomes.”

Building strong relationships with clients is the cornerstone of Hope’s investment practice.  Relatable and down to earth, she believes straight talk builds an open and honest connection with clients that best helps achieve their aspirations.  She approaches wealth management with the heart of a teacher and values the opportunity to educate clients on their finances as they strive to reach their goals.

Wealth planning is the bedrock of her work as a financial advisor. Beginning with identifying clients’ goals and dreams, she will construct individualized investment portfolios tailored to each client’s means, timeframe and willingness to accept risk.  As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERtm professional, Hope holds a deep understanding of all aspects of the financial planning process. From wealth accumulation to retirement to estate planning services, Hope helps clients address their need for financial security and their desire to leave a legacy for the generation that follows them.

Personal life
Hope says she is fortunate to spend her life with her incredible husband Bryan, three sons (Dalton, Dylan and Mason), and two dogs (Holly and Ivy). She is an avid lover of the outdoors and can be found riding one of her two horses, hunting, gardening, woodworking, tackling home improvement projects, or spending time with her family.

Empowering women and guiding youth are passions which have led her to being a valued member of Zonta’s women’s club and the lead organizer for Linn area youth soccer. Hope is also a huge cheerleader for Special Olympics Missouri and a deeply involved 4-H mom.