Steven D. Zimmerman, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®
Co-Founder and Senior Financial Strategist
Steve co-founded the firm with Susan in January 1988. As senior consultant for financial planning at MAP, he mentors the next generation of planners about business and personal financial plans. Steve has extensive knowledge of business, company benefit plans, state, tax, investment, and retirement income planning. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in Natural Science and Math from St. John’s University, Minnesota. Steve’s credentials in financial services include Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). Steve has been recognized as a “FiveStar Best Personal Wealth Manager” for several years by Twin Cities magazine.
Susan Zimmerman, ChFC®, CLU®, LMFT, CCTP
Co-Founder and Program Director
Co-founder, author, and Program Director at MAP, Susan has developed innovative tools that integrate your unique history and money personality into your overall planning. Her MAPA system (Motivated Asset Pattern Assessment) helps you gain self-awareness of styles and preferences and prioritize meaningful goals for financial life planning. Susan has extensive credentials in both financial planning and psychology. Her ChFC & LMFT (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist) bring a beneficial blend for improving your planning experience while making meaningful progress. Susan’s Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science is from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree is from the Adler Graduate School of Psychology.
Investment Analysis Coordinator
Dan has been with MAP since August 2000 and oversees investment strategies and portfolio analysis and asset allocation. Dan is knowledgeable in the multiple facets of your financial plan and the investment holdings you maintain. He supervises multiple steps in the investment process at MAP, and works diligently with the investment strategies team to integrate our analytical research and portfolio recommendations into your comprehensive plan.
Dan Heiar, CFP®
Partner/Sr Financial Planner
Dan is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional with MAP since April 2011. We especially appreciate Dan’s compassion for clients and team members, along with his significant charitable work outside of MAP for Team World Vision. Dan has always maintained a high interest in advanced continuing education and ways to integrate new services with MAP.
Dan has worked in the financial services industry since 2001. In addition to helping our personal planning clients, he oversees our client’s business retirement plans as well as owner benefits and transition planning. Dan finds fulfillment in playing an integral role in helping clients enhance both their financial and their human assets. He enjoys assisting clients to fully understand how money concepts impact their personal situation throughout several life stages. This results in optimal money decisions and meaningful progress toward achieving financial objectives.
Mark Brice, CFP®
Partner/Sr Financial Planner
Mark is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional with MAP since July 2012. Mark’s extraordinary analytical and technical skills from his financial and engineering experience have served MAP clients well. At the same time, Mark has a genuine deep caring for the needs of MAP clients and highly values offering comprehensive services tailored for the diverse needs of our clients whom we serve. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Minnesota and joined MAP with industry experience as a consultant helping advisors better serve clients. He helps clients in making quality decisions that align financial resources with core values, motivations, and preferences. Mark embraces MAP’s comprehensive and mindful approach to guiding clients’ financial well-being. As a collaborative partner, he focuses on encouraging mindfully aware and attentive choices throughout life’s many transitions.
Nick J. Augustin, CFP®
Partner/Sr Financial Planner
Nick is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional with MAP since July 2016. He has been steadfastly committed to delivering custom planning strategies that transform the framework for how our clients make life decisions while honoring their values and motivations. Nick’s industry experience prior to MAP included work for the State of Minnesota Disability Determinations Services evaluating Social Security Disability claims for five years. He earned his B.A. at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a major in Political Science and minor in History. Nick values helping clients experience the joy of expanding their money preferences awareness, peace of mind, and financial confidence. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Sara and their fuzzy adopted cocker spaniel, Rosie.
Becky Sebastian, CFP®, CDFA®
Partner/Sr Financial Planner
Becky is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional with MAP since May 2015. She attained the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst certification in September 2020. Becky’s considerable talents span analytical and technical skills to a natural aptitude for seeing the big picture and delivering clear communications in all circumstances. Her authenticity and reliability are of great benefit to clients and MAP team members. Becky has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. Cloud State University with industry experience in personal banking, Trust services, and insurance. She facilitates the development of financial plans and the diverse aspects of their implementation, while coordinating both. This ensures a high level of integrity and quality of outcomes. Becky deeply values helping clients gain confidence and security throughout their financial planning experience at MAP.
Lee Ryan, CFP®
Lee joined MAP in July 2018 as a Certified Financial Planner™ professional (CFP®). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physiology from the University of Minnesota. Lee has a penchant for helping clients achieve financial independence to reduce stress and increase their overall sense of well-being. Lee began his career in the financial services industry in 2012 as an advisor and project manager. He excels at finding unique solutions to ensure financial peace of mind and create a smooth, enjoyable client experience from start to finish.
Emily Briney, AFC®, CFP® candidate
Financial Planning Resident
Emily joined MAP in June 2020 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Counseling and Planning at Iowa State University. She attained the Accredited Financial Counselor certification in January 2022. Emily appreciates MAP’s focus on clarity and honesty in relationships with clients and is excited to continue learning from the MAP team. She is passionate about financial counseling and mindful approaches to financial well-being. Emily has previous experience from a financial services firm and continues to grow her knowledge in preparing and supporting lead advisors in delivering client’s financial plans. She is in the process of earning her CFP® designation.
Trevor Ausen, CFP® RICP®
Trevor joined MAP in August 2019 as a Certified Financial Planner™ professional (CFP®). Trevor brings three years of experience to MAP in the financial planning industry as an advisor assistant. He enjoys finding unique planning strategies that improve client’s lives and helping them through the many segments in the planning process. Trevor has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas, and a RICP (Retirement Income Certified Professional) certification. He lives with his wife Annie who is an accomplished musician.
Financial Planning Resident
Matt joined MAP in June 2021 as a financial planning resident, after beginning his financial services career in 2019 at an independent investment advisory firm. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a management minor from the University of Minnesota. Matt believes there should be a balance between achieving financial independence and maintaining quality of life and strives to help clients along that journey. He commits himself fully to finding tailored solutions and implementing client goals through collaboration and MAP’s comprehensive approach, ultimately cultivating an enjoyable and beneficial experience.
Investment Analysis Specialist
Attracted by MAP’s distinctive process for financial planning, Tom joined the firm January 2021 as an Investment Analysis Associate. He has bachelors’ degrees in finance and history from the University of Minnesota. Tom values the commitment MAP makes in providing unbiased and sound advice to clients. Tom is enthusiastic about learning all aspects of MAP’s business operations, from technical planning to communications and education. He especially appreciates that the firm works to provide clients with comprehensive knowledge and the peace of mind that comes from knowing they are financially secure.
Business Operations Coordinator
Jeff joined MAP in the Spring of 2021 after 15 years as an Event Planner. His ability to manage details on multiple projects is a significant asset to the MAP team. It contributes to several areas that aid overall coordination of services that help clients achieve their goals. Jeff values MAP’s mission to provide unbiased, compassionate financial planning that focuses on mindful integration of financial and human assets. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and a Minor in Business from the University of Minnesota. He is passionate about the value of time and money and how MAP helps their clients find the right balance of both. Jeff is a Twin Cities native and currently resides in Apple Valley.
Investment Analysis Associate
Michael joined MAP in October 2021 as an Investment Analysis Associate. He has knowledge of account maintenance, financial plan preparation, and investment reporting. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors’ degree in Finance. Michael appreciates MAP’s core values and the distinct process for financial planning. He is passionate about helping people achieve financial freedom and ensuring clients have peace of mind. Michael brings a strong work-ethic, positive attitude, and a keen eye for detail. He resides in the South Metro. Outside of work he enjoys golfing, skiing, and watching Minnesota sports teams.
Sue Osterberg, CPCU®
Client Service Specialist
Sue joined MAP in the Fall of 2021 with more than 25 years of experience serving clients in the insurance and travel industries. Her operational experience and skills allow coordinated alignment of the MAP Team, its operations, and most importantly, its clients. Sue balances a drive for organization with a passion to serve the human side, believing clients here should feel like family. Her charter is to work side-by-side with the MAP Team to facilitate client progress, security, and prosperity. Sue is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Aspen University in Colorado. Sue and her husband, Eric, live in Shakopee with their two cats.
Client Operations Specialist
Erika joined MAP in November 2021, as a Client Operations Specialist. Erika was drawn to the firm’s values and mission of helping clients see the big picture of their finances, prioritize customized objectives, and help them to accomplish their goals.
With career experience in Education and Business Operations, Erika combines her passion for helping people, with accrued data and technological acumen for the clients of MAP. She utilizes those skills in the operational aspect to implement client strategies. Erika finds it rewarding to aid in clients reaching their financial, and in turn, life goals.