Advanced Wealth Strategies


We help you to develop your goals.


We design a solution for your goals.


We defend against the everchanging.

Advanced Wealth Strategies

About Us

Our firm was established in 2010 and has a unique ability to service those that work for non-profits such as hospitals, universities and K-12 schools. While most advisors can either help you with your employer plan or outside assets, Advanced Wealth Strategies has created the necessary partnerships to be able to help you with all the pieces of your financial puzzle.

Our Process

Our financial process begins by partnering with you to help establish your specific goals and objectives. Next we help you understand your current situation by organizing what you currently have going towards these goals. Once we know where you are and what you have going towards your goals, we create a custom plan designed to help reach your goals. Our holistic approach provides clients with a high-level overview of how all the pieces come together. 

Our financial planning process is more than just managing your assets, its helping you understand how areas such as estate planning, protection planning, legacy planning, and investment planning work together. We believe in the importance of educating our clients to help you make informed decisions. Since life is ever changing, we monitor and track your progress and adjust your financial plans along the way.

How we help you get “from here to there” through our disciplined process.

Our team

Meet the Team

Aleia K. MacDonald | aleia@advanced-wealth.com

Aleia K. MacDonald | aleia@advanced-wealth.com


Aleia MacDonald’s career in finance begin in 2002 while completing her BBA from Eastern Michigan University. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™, Aleia has dedicated her career to helping families turn their dreams into reality. Aleia specializes in working with those seeking retirement planning, accumulation goals, and wealth management.

Aleia is active in both the Livingston and Washtenaw County communities professionally and philanthropically. She currently is a member of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and is the Lead Assistant Governor for Rotary’s District 6380. Aleia has put her passion for youth and ending hunger by volunteering with Reaching Higher, Gleaner’s Community Food Bank, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Aleia, her husband Ryan, and their son Makai live in Ann Arbor. They enjoy boating, traveling, golfing, and spending as much time as they can together as a family.

Registered Representative of Geneos Wealth Management, Inc.  

Nick Urban | nick@advanced-wealth.com

Nick Urban | nick@advanced-wealth.com

Investment Advisor Representative

Nick Urban joined Advanced Wealth Strategies in August 2019 and is an Investment Advisor Representative with the firm. Nick’s primary focus involves para-planning and new client onboarding. Nick graduated from Central Michigan University with honors, obtaining a B.S.B.A in Personal Financial Planning and is on track to attain his Certified Financial Planner designation. Among already receiving the Registered Financial Associate designation from the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants due to national achievements, he is also a member of the Financial Planning Association.

In addition to his full-time advising role, Nick spends time giving back to his alma mater by volunteering at the business college and helping lead students through the Personal Financial Planning program. In his free time, Nick spends it cooking, working out, and enjoying outdoor activities with his family.

Joann Shmyr | joann@advanced-wealth.com

Joann Shmyr | joann@advanced-wealth.com

Wealth Management Client Associate

Joann Shmyr joined Advanced Wealth Strategies in November of 2020 as an Operations Associate. Joann graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Insurance and Risk Management in May 2021. She is working towards completing the requirements to become an Investment Advisor Representative and Certified Financial Planner. Joann is currently overseeing our insurance cases, and is instrumental to our new client onboarding process.

Joann is the youngest of seven kids, so when she’s not at work she’s probably spending time with her family or her dog, Lady. Joann’s favorite way to spend her free time is up north at her family’s cottage with family and friends enjoying every season Michigan has to offer. Joann is also an avid cook and plant enthusiast.

Riley Derwich| riley@advanced-wealth.com

Riley Derwich| riley@advanced-wealth.com

Operations Associate

Riley Derwich joined Advanced Wealth Strategies in July of 2021 as an Operations
Associate. Riley is a current senior pursuing a double Bachelor’s degree in Economics
and Psychology from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.
He is working towards completing the required licensure to become an Investment
Advisor Representative and Certified Financial Planner. Riley is currently involved in brokerage processing, client servicing, and assisting in meeting preparation.

Apart from work, Riley loves spending time with his friends and family, visiting the
cider mills in October, and snowboarding through the Colorado trees during the
winter with his girlfriend Jess. Above all, Riley loves learning how he can utilize the
tools of financial planning to help create a genuine difference in the lives of the clients we serve.

Paige Millikin| paige@advanced-wealth.com

Paige Millikin| paige@advanced-wealth.com

Operations Associate

Paige Millikin joined the Advanced Wealth Strategies team in June of 2021 and currently is serving as an Operations Associate. Paige is nearing completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Planning from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Project Management. She is also working towards completing the required licensure to become a Certified Financial Planner. Paige’s areas of focus include insurance case management, assisting with the new client onboarding, data entry, and servicing our existing clients.

When she is not working Paige enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting out on the water, and traveling as much as possible. She has a passion for helping people achieve their goals and is excited to be a part of a firm that does just that!

Makai MacDonald

Makai MacDonald

Director of Inspiration

Makai was born in 2016 and since then has grown into a very inquisitive young man. He has a strong love of learning, which he channels at Daycroft School where he especially enjoys working in the art and music programs. Always a curious one, Kai is passionate about Legos and constantly seeking to learn how things work together. He continues to foster a love for books and reading, especially when they are science and dinosaur books! Outside of school, Kai feeds his sense of adventure spending time with his family boating and swimming. His ever-growing love of learning and life makes Kai the perfect candidate for our Director of Inspiration.

Contact Us

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(734) 661-5331

3131 S. State Street, Suite 302, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

915 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 107, Howell, MI 48843

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