Our Team



Donald A. Warner, 


Chairman of the Board






Mr. Warner began his financial planning career in 1975 after graduating from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. In 1976, Mr. Warner began his partnership with Mr. Grant Lindaman. Mr. Warner specializes in asset management, estate planning, and wealth management.

Mr. Warner has achieved the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (Chfc). Mr Warner has received numerous industry awards and served as an advisor to numerous companies in the financial industry.

Mr. Warner's personal interests include philanthropy, politics, travel, and sports.




Grant F. Lindaman





Mr. Lindaman began his financial planning career in 1975, after graduating from Arizona State University. In 1976, he began his partnership with Mr. Donald Warner, which has continued for nearly three decades. 

Grant enjoys working with high net individuals seeking individualized solutions to wealth management issues, asset management, and estate planning. 

Grant is married and the father to three adult children. He is involved with several non-profit organizations. His personal interests encompass a broad range of outdoor activities including horseback riding and big game hunting.



Shad Ketcher








Shad Ketcher is a hardworking, knowledgeable, and dedicated financial planner who fully enjoys helping people reach their significant life goals and making informed decisions about their money.

Shad cares about his clients; and wants them to do well. He works hard to find new and creative solutions to help people reach their financial goals. He has helped many people to get started on the road to financial success. He has helped others who have done well to finish well. Shad believes that we all need a trusted advisor to help us to stay the course and remain committed to a long term strategic plan. 

Shad grew up in Central Minnesota and served in the US Army. After his tour of duty, he returned to Minnesota and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in business. He supported himself through college by running his own business. He learned the value of hard work, money, and what it takes to be successful in business. Today Shad runs his own business in affiliation with New Era Financial Group Inc. Shad lives and works in Hutchinson, Minnesota, and serves clients and businesses throughout the state of Minnesota. He is married and the father to two daughters and a son.

Shad wants his clients to know that he values a relationship of mutual respect and trust. He works hard to make his client's plans work over the long term. These plans often include a dignified retirement and a goal of providing that your children and grandchildren can have the opportunities you desire; and creating and passing on wealth to the people and organizations that you value.





4 Time Winner

Qualification for Ed Slott's Elite IRA Advisor Group SM  is based on completion of education modules and payment of training and membership fees.  Qualification should not be construed as an endorsement of the financial advisor and is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the financial advisor will continue to meet this qualification in the future.


The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not: A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them [settled or pending] with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy; E. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 2,673 Minneapolis wealth managers were considered for the award; 825 (21% of candidates) were named 2016 Five Star Wealth Managers.





Gene Larkin





Gene graduated with an economics degree from Columbia University in 1984. After graduating, Gene played 10 years with the Minnesota Twins and was a member of their World Series Championship teams of 1987 and 1991. Gene joined New Era Financial in 1994 where he specializes in asset and wealth management.





Benjamin   Johnson






Ben has been with New Era Financial Group since 1995. After interviewing with several financial services firms, he chose New Era for several reasons. In 1995, being independent was quite rare. "Financial planning" was often simply a product delivery system for firms that specialized in the sales of securities and insurance. New Era was different and unique in its approach. New Era's institutional relationships with firms like Charles Schwab were also important. New Era Financial Advisors, Inc., an affiliated firm, was a registered investment advisor with the SEC, which allowed him to do fee based financial planning and investment management for his clients. 

Ben is married to Michelle and lives in Minnetonka with Grace and Peter. He coaches his kid's soccer teams and is active in the cycling community in Minnesota. He races mountain bikes and road bikes and also hosts a race in the spring and the fall.




Patrick Houlton






Pat is a graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. After college, he played in the NFL for a brief time. Pat joined New Era in 1984 as a financial advisor. He has spent his career serving individuals and businesses in the achievement of their long term financial goals. 

Pat lives with his wife, Janet, in Stillwater and in his leisure time, enjoys fishing, camping, and traveling to visit his seven children and their families who now live throughout the country.








Craig Meuer






Craig joined New Era in 1998 after several years with a local brokerage firm. He is committed to serving his clients as they strive to achieve the important financial goals of their lives.

Craig and his wife, Lynnae, live in Bloomington, MN, with their daughter, Delaney. 

For more information on Craig Meuer and his financial ambitions, please feel free to visit the link below his picture.




Geoffrey London







Geoff London has been helping families and individuals make sound long-term financial and investment decisions for over 30 years. His experience in the investment industry includes his time as investment consultant, portfolio manager, and branch manager. He enjoys exploring priorities, values, goals, and legacy ambitions with each client. Topics covered include planning for retirement, education for children and grandchildren, and giving to individuals and organizations.





Kari Roehrich

Client Coordinator





Kari Roehrich was born and raised in Cook, MN with three siblings. She grew up working in the family business and learned the value of a strong work ethic and caring for clients. Kari entered the financial services industry as a financial planner in 2007 and joined New Era Financial as a planner in 2010.

She now serves the organization as its client relations coordinator and is dedicated to serving the firm's growing clientele. Kari focuses on building and supporting the strong, long-term relationships we have with our clients around the country.