At The Palm Financial Group, we realize that when it comes to pursuing your financial goals, there is nothing more important than who you choose to stand by your side. As a third-generation family-based team, we continually strive to earn your loyalty through hard work, the right advice and a dedication to developing long-term relationships.
Our goal is to create a roadmap for you and your family by combining the financial planning capabilities of UBS and our own multigenerational experience of serving our clients.
Whether you are navigating life's milestones or planning your legacy, our goal is to provide relevant guidance that continuously grows with your family's financial needs.
Over 35 years ago, our team's founding partner, Alan "Cubby" Wolfe opened the Madison, Wisconsin office (formerly under PaineWebber). Cubby was later joined by Mike Palm in 1991, who now currently leads the team.
Michael G. Palm, CFP®, CIMA®
Mike has been with UBS for over 25 years, where he advises individuals, families, and businesses with wealth management and philanthropic planning. His past work experience includes time at Smith Barney, Alliant Energy and CUNA, Inc., which involved investment management and reporting.
Mike earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification in 2012 and his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation in 2004. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a BBA in Accounting and Information Systems, a dual major.
Both Mike and his wife, Deb, are Madison natives. Together they have three adult children and three grandsons. Outside of work, Mike enjoys golfing, boating, traveling and attending UW football and basketball events.
Currently, Mike is a member on the advisory boards for the Sinsinawa Dominicans and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
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Terrence James "T.J." Hankerson
First Vice President - Wealth Management
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T.J. has served as Financial Advisor at the UBS Financial Services Inc. office for more than 30 years. He utilizes his personal experience and the global resources of the firm to develop personalized plans to fit his clients' financial priorities.
Prior to entering the financial services industry, T.J. served as Chief of Staff for the Wisconsin State Legislature's Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules and later as the External Affairs Liaison for the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Vocational Education. He also established and managed the Madison office for a National OTC brokerage firm. T.J. often refers back to his previous work experience and expertise within these roles to provide his clients' with comprehensive investment strategies. T.J. received a B.S. and M.P.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.
T.J. resides in Madison with his wife, Cathy. Outside of work and family, he enjoys giving back to his community. He has sponsored and directed a tennis fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and has served as president of the Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association.
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Kirk M. Hager, CFP®
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
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Since joining UBS in 2000, Kirk has successfully helped clients manage their wealth through all market conditions. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), he helps create a financial strategy to see the big picture and set long and short-term goals. Prior to joining UBS, Kirk worked as a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
Kirk earned his BBA in Investment Finance from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He holds his Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses, as well as Life, Accident & Health Insurance licenses. Kirk earned his CFP® certification in 2012.
Kirk and his wife, Chris, live in Madison with their son Liam. They enjoy spending time together as a family; camping, fishing, traveling and exploring with their son.
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Matthew M. Palm, CFP®
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
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Matt works closely with individuals and families to build comprehensive financial plans that are personalized to each client's unique financial situation. He has earned the Certified Financial Planner™ certification. The CFP® certification identifies those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP® Certification Examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning strategies.
Prior to joining UBS, he worked in Private Wealth Management at Robert W. Baird, supporting financial advisors with the advisory solutions offered to clients. Matt began his career in financial services with Marshall & Ilsley Wealth Management and BMO Global Asset Management.
Matt has an MBA with a Finance specialization from Marquette University and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Finance from St. Norbert College. Additionally, Matt holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses, along with his WI Life, Health, and Long-Term Care insurance licenses.
Matt resides in Madison with his wife, Ann, and their sons, Colin, Andrew and Wesley. In his free time, he enjoys staying active with various sports, boating, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
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Nick works with small business owners, individuals and families, to understand their needs and financial goals in order to develop and propose a comprehensive financial plan. Prior to UBS, Nick worked in the public accounting industry. He worked closely with small businesses in the Madison area to provide a wide range of technical accounting and audit services.
Nick graduated from St. Norbert College with a major in Accounting and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, Nick holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses, along with his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. He currently lives in Madison and in his free time, enjoys attending sporting events, running, playing tennis, golf, and boating.
Currently, Nick is a member on the advisory boards for the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation and the Our Lady Queen of Peace Finance Council. In addition, Nick is also a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA).
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Michele joined the Palm Financial Group in May of 1997 as a Client Service Associate. Michele educates clients on account services and capabilities, leverages various communication channels to keep in touch with clients and processes account service requests.
In July 2005, Michele earned her Senior Client Service Associate designation. Michele's role is to enhance the client experience by servicing clients and providing excellent operational and administrative support to the team.
Michele resides in Verona with her husband Mike and their Bernese Mountain Dog Finley. In her free time she enjoys running, biking, snowmobiling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Brooke joined UBS in November of 2015 as a Client Service Associate and acquired her Series 7 and 66 registrations. She graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Throughout her tenure at UWP, Brooke was a 4 year member of the Varsity Volleyball Team and team captain her senior year. Brooke embarked upon the staffing industry following graduation as a Talent Management Consultant/Recruiter.
Brooke's role at UBS is to handle all client and administrative needs while building lasting relationships with various levels of communication. Brooke and her husband, Greg, reside in Lodi with their son. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys staying active, playing/coaching volleyball, singing, and spending time with friends and family.
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