Our Team


Galen Dody

Galen D. Dody is the owner and lead planner of Generation Strategies. Galen grew up working the land on his own successful family farm in rural America. It wasn’t until he was a young man with a family of his own that he reached a fork in the road and left the family farm. With his financial acumen and deep understanding of the issues that can plague a family farm if not addressed, Galen strives to find the best solutions for your family to preserve your legacy.

Galen’s successes over the last 30 years include scores of awards and recognition in the financial industry, not to mention involvement and recognition in elite planning and financial groups. His passion is helping farmers get from where they are to where they want to be.

Galen is an active member of First Baptist Church and serves on numerous non-profit boards, and he enjoys hunting in his spare time. He and his wife Julie delight in spending time with their children and grandchildren in Clinton, Missouri.



Garrett Harper

Garrett Harper works in the Lawrence, Kansas office and has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and brings a unique background to the financial business. Having an entrepreneurial heart he previously owned a successful small business that he sold in 2009 to pursue a personal goal to help others achieve their financial dreams. In 2010 he partnered with New York Life and as with his previous business, has worked hard to build a successful company built on referrals.

He is committed to helping provide individuals, families, and businesses with the appropriate products & services to help meet their financial needs. Being strictly referral based means that you as a customer are satisfied enough with your financial strategies to have other friends and families taken care of by Garrett and his team.

Garrett married Humbelina in 2002 and together they have four children. Joaquin, Sofia, Aurora, and Adelina. Garrett's biggest hobby is his children. He is involved with his church and various community organizations.



Gary Myers

Gary Myers, LUTCF®, works out of the Wichita, Kansas office. His role within the company is to help his clients crystallize their objectives on a business and personal basis so that he can assist them in taking the next step. What makes Gary passionate about his work is the opportunity it provides to serve as the "virtual CFO" to busy business owners and other professionals.

Gary carries with him extensive expertise in the corporate world with both small and large companies. It is this experience that allows him to work with business owners and truly understand their needs and goals. Working with Gary means working with a hardworking, compassionate, fun, and trustworthy agent.



Rich Rainforth

Rich Rainforth has been a New York Life Agent since 2000 and is associated with New York Life's Des Moines General Office in West Des Moines.

Rich has earned the designations of Certified Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) awarded by the American College. These programs typically require an average of 400 hours of study and a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years. Rich is also certified in the Macro Asset Perspective, commonly referred to as the MAP®. He is the only certified agent in Des Moines.

Rich was raised in SW Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University and has lived in Central Iowa since 1996. He has two daughters, Alexa and Mattea, who reside in the Chicago metro area. 



Brad Scheideman

Brad Scheideman works in the Hampton, Iowa office. For over 20 years, Brad Scheideman ChFC®, CLU®, LUTCF®, MS has been a financial professional. Brad strives to provide personal service in a professional manner. By keeping current with economic trends and practices, Brad helps clients crystallize where they are today and where they are going. 

When Brad isn’t helping his clients, he enjoys serving his church, staying fit through personal training and sports, and enjoying time with his family.



Scott Schmailzl

Scott Schmailzl began his background in finance at Central College in Pella, Iowa where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a focus area in Finance in 2003.

Scott immediately entered the Insurance and Investment industry and began to build his practice as an agent for New York Life Insurance Company and Eagle Strategies, LLC, as a Financial Adviser.

Scott quickly achieved several prestigious designations within the Financial Services industry including that of a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and finally Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), which is perhaps the most advanced designation the industry offers. Each of these programs requires approximately 400 hours of study and a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Scott also belongs to the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers as he has always believed that being as current as possible on the issues that surround the Financial Planning industry is the key to effectively serving the needs of his clients.

Scott was raised in SW Iowa and now resides in West Des Moines, Iowa with his wife Abby where they spend most of their free time with family, friends, and their yellow Lab Herbie.



Craig Willeke

Craig Willeke works in the Lincoln, Nebraska office. Craig has been in the financial services business since 2003.  Prior to that he worked in health case as an Occupational Therapist.  He has always had a passion for helping the family farmer.  Although he didn’t grow up on a traditional farm, his parents owned honey bees and a Christmas tree farm.  Starting at age 12, Craig worked on nearby farms including Dairy, Hog breeders and row crop farms.