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Our first priority is helping you take care of yourself and your family. We want to learn more about your personal situation, identify your dreams and goals, and understand your tolerance for risk. Long-term relationships that encourage open and honest communication have been the cornerstone of my foundation of success.

Our site is filled with educational videos, articles, slideshows, and calculators designed to help you learn more. As you search our site, send me a note regarding any questions you may have about any particular investment concepts or products. We'll get back to you quickly with a thoughtful answer.


Retirement Solutions LLC, is a local financial advisory firm specializing in multi-generational financial planning including tax and social security planning. Our customized programs are designed to provide trustworthy and high quality financial advice for accumulating, preserving and distributing wealth. 

If you are an individual investor it is common for us to assist you and if applicable, your parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, relatives and trustees in a comprehensive financial advisory framework to help guide you to your goals. The multi-generational focus of our firm and the intimate knowledge of your unique circumstances are what differentiate us from our competition.

Why choose Us?

We work for you in a fiduciary capacity using our advisory platform, ensuring that your best interest is always our number one priority. Our financial advisors collectively have more than 45 years of combined financial planning experience. Simply put, Retirement Solutions provides you with unbiased professional advice.

We understand and work with you on helping to combat the 5 challenges with retirement: living longer than you expect, healthcare costs, inflation, changing market conditions, and running out of money.

Whether you are an individual investor, business owner or retirement plan sponsor, Retirement Solutions understands that you have a choice when selecting a financial advisor. With that in mind, we have provided you with some information below that may assist you in your search.

Please feel free to explore our site and learn more about the services we provide. Should you have any questions or would like more information on our firm, please email us at or call (608) 821-1777. 

Brent Pahnke

President - Wealth Management

(608) 821-1777

(608) 821-1140

Brent Pahnke started in the financial industry during the downturn of 2001. This experience has helped him to become one of the premier retirement planning advisors in the area. He started his career with one of the largest...

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Shawna Sutor

Operations Manager

(608) 821-1777

(608) 821-1140

Shawna joined Retirement Solutions in November 2010 as our Operations Manager, she takes pride in providing the best client experience, in all aspects of the business, whether it is a phone call, paperwork or estate matters. Drop by...
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Chad Karl


Chad J. Karl, CFP, is the founder and principal of Chad J. Karl & Associates. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional, Chad is responsible for assisting his clients with their insurance and financial planning needs, and also...

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Kendra Pahnke

Marketing and Client Support


Kendra joined Retirement Solutions in May 2019 as Marketing and Client Support. She recently graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In her free time she loves to travel and has already been to Australia, Spain, and...

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