Resonant History

Late 19th to early 20th Century

An Immigrant Story – From Europe to America

Resonant founders’ ancestors arrived in Wisconsin and New York from Scandinavia, Germany and Ireland. All are affected by World War I and the Great Depression. The Germans settle in Milwaukee and one survives the 1930s by lighting gas street lamps. The Scandinavians (Norwegian and Danish) migrate to Door County, settling in Sturgeon Bay and on Washington Island. The Irish pass through Ellis Island and find their way to the Bronx. All eventually send family members to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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1975

From a Hobby to a Career

Resonant CEO Walter Dewey buys his first stock (Allis Chalmers) with money from his paper route. A lifetime passion is born and a teenager’s hobby becomes a career. The same year, Resonant President Ben Dickey is born to parents Mary and Walter, and grows up in Roxbury, Wisconsin.
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1980

Tailgating for Bucky

Walter attends UW-Madison, along with many football game tailgates (He no longer wears striped coveralls on gamedays).
1987

Barb and Walter first team up

Firm Principal and Client Service Leader Barb Herro and Walter first work together at a Wisconsin-based predecessor to a now-national bank. Reagan was president, the Giants won the Super Bowl and the first Millennials are being born.
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1991

Redhead on the market

Chief Investment Officer Richard Thompson joins Walter and Barb as an investment analyst. A big spender donates $350 for a date night with the local boy, who is still known as a “snappy dresser”.
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1993

True lifetime career networking

Chief Operating Officer Dan Blake grows up across the street from Walter on the west side of Madison. His high school attitude doesn't cost him a future career opportunity.
2000

Hanging up the cleats

Ben returns to Madison for law and business school at UW after 4 years as a student-athlete (soccer) at the University of Chicago. He puts himself through school by coaching youth soccer. One of the members on his first team is Walter’s son Carlton.
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2003

I fought the law

Ben becomes fast friends in law school with Resonant Chief Compliance Officer Rebecca Schmidt’s husband Jeff.
2008

Building a Business

Walter, Ben and Barb join forces and begin building a wealth management practice, incorporating the opportunities presented by the RIA industry, technology, their clients and partners. Along the way they work with Resonant Director of Research James Genske and Director of Investment Operations Dave DeVito.
2012

Madison community connections

Walter and Resonant CFO Jill Derr work together as volunteers to support their local Madison church and Edgewood High School. Ben ‘s time as President and Board member at Blackhawk Country Club introduces him to Brad O’Loughlin. Brad’s development sees him move from caddy to intern to lead Financial Planner at Resonant.
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2018

Resonant Capital Advisors launches on Capitol Square

Resonant is formed from a combination of the successful spin-out of Walter, Ben and Barb’s practice and the willingness of a talented group of 4 other professionals to take a risk. A new kind of wealth management business is formed in a beautiful space overlooking Lake Monona. Special furniture (a family business story in its own right) soon follows.
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2020

Partnership & Perseverance

Today Resonant counts 11 team members, hundreds of clients, endless movie quotes and lifetimes of appreciation for its clients, partners, employees and friends.