Meet Our Team

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Darwyn Sprik, RICP®, LUTCF®, CLTC

Founder & Financial Advisor

Darwyn Sprik, founder of Sprik Financial Group, has been helping his clients in financial, business succession and estate planning since 2009. Through asking the right questions and getting to really know his clients, Darwyn is able to help his client crystalize their goals. Once the goals are clearly laid out, Darwyn is able to utilize some of the best resources in the industry to build a plan with his clients to obtain these important goals and give his client the peace of mind that is so often desired. Through these type of joint efforts, he is able to help his clients “Begin with the end in mind”.

Darwyn has earned the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF), Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®), and Certified Long-Term Care (CLTC) designations. He recognizes that learning is never complete and therefore is a student of his industry with ongoing seminars, continuing education and market research.

Darwyn is a volunteer for the Sioux Valley Huntington’s Disease and he volunteers in the classroom for Junior Achievement to help educate kids on finance, business and entrepreneurship. Darwyn grew up in Platte, South Dakota and was involved in the family business Lumber Yard and construction business. Darwyn is married to his wife Andrea, they have lived in Sioux Falls since 1999 and have 2 children, Jenna and Jacob. His hobbies include traveling, pheasant hunting, but most of all is exploring a new golf course!

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Stacey Smidt

Registered Service Assistant

Stacey is a Registered Service Assistant and works with Darwyn as his Office Manager. She has been with New York Life since 2006 and started working with Darwyn in 2010. She has completed her Series 6 & 63 exams and continues her education with yearly classes. Stacey often works directly with clients to ensure that their experience with Sprik Financial Group is an exceptional one. Stacey not only provides service to our clients, but she also completes and reviews all paperwork, forms and applications and works with our underwriters to ensure a quick turn-around time. She assists Darwyn in scheduling appointments and tends to policy service to make sure all requests are completed. Stacey received her Associates Degrees in Marketing and Business Administration from Southeast Technical Institute in 2007.

She resides in Luverne, MN with her husband Jordan where they own Big Top Tent Rentals. They have two daughters, Belle and Baylee. When outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, teaching dance classes, baking and volunteering at her church and with her local Girl Scout Troop.

Sprik Financial Group is proud to office with the members of Garry Associates. This alliance allows us to provide our clients with the best possible ideas, strategies, communication and service.

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Kevin Garry, CLU®, ChFC®

Kevin Garry joined the family business, Garry Associates, right out of college in 1985. Kevin graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Business and served six years as a non-commissioned officer in the South Dakota National Guard’s 147th Field Artillery.

Kevin has attained his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designations. He prides himself in doing complete financial and estate planning, and his process takes his clients though all of the necessary areas of planning that need to be addressed. Whether it is retirement planning, such as a 401(k) rollover, or making sure that family members are provided for in the event of an unexpected death, Kevin looks at all of the opportunities and potential pitfalls in his clients’ finances.

After his sister, Cathy, passed away in May of 2019, the family could not be more thankful for the estate plan that was set in place years ago. Cathy was a large farm and ranch owner with her husband, Steve. The farm was able to continue on through Steve and their children after Kevin and the Garry Associates team helped to execute the detailed plans.

Kevin states, “There are so many people walking the walk in their planning situation, but they are not sure where the sidewalk will take them.” Through state of the art technology, Kevin and his team are able to set up planning modules that will tell you where your current and/or future financial plans will take you so you can be confident in your path forward.

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Tyler Garry

Tyler Garry is a proud member of Garry Associates since 2010. Tyler has a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Financial Economics. He is now a financial adviser with Eagle Strategies LLC and a partner at Garry Associates LLP. Tyler has completed a series of exams which includes the Series 7, 65, 6, 63. Tyler is a financial professional through NYLIFE Securities.

Tyler’s financial process navigates and organizes his clients’ financial lives to make their dreams possible. Whether it is retirement planning, wealth management (i.e. 401k rollover or inheritance), business planning (buy-sell plans, establish a 401k or split-dollar arrangements) or making sure that family members are provided for in the event of an unexpected death of a loved one, Tyler looks at all of the opportunities and potential pitfalls in his clients’ finances.

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Theresa Lauck

Theresa Lauck is an Administrative Assistant with over 38 years of experience working alongside the executive team at Garry Associates. She was hired by Don, the founder and first generation of the Garry Associates family, and has worked with each generation since. Theresa is an integral part of the team and provides the highest level of service to our clients and advisors. She maintains the presence for Garry Associates in Salem, SD where the firm was originally founded, and also travels to our Sioux Falls office to lend her assistance and expertise.

Theresa, along with her husband Ken, live in Salem, SD where they raised their four sons. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her four granddaughters and attend their school activities.

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Kasha Fritsch

Kasha Fritsch joined the Garry Associates team in July of 2019 as Executive Administrator. She welcomes the learning opportunities and variety her role offers, but her favorite part is client support and service. The fact she can play a small part in helping clients achieve their life goals and eliminate some stress by making the administrative process run smoothly makes her job extremely rewarding. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources and International Management from Southwest Minnesota State University. In the future, she has goals to complete additional professional licensing that will allow her to be involved in more complex aspects within the firm.

Garry Associates, LLP: 7521 S. Louise Avenue, Suite 100, Sioux Falls, SD 57108; 605-332-5900

Kevin Garry (CA Insurance Lic. #OH65010) and Tyler Garry (CA Insurance Lic. #0K11742) are agents collectively licensed to sell insurance through New York Life and other various independent unaffiliated insurance companies in the states of SD, IA, NE, MN, and CA. No insurance business may be conducted outside these states. Kevin Garry (CA Insurance Lic. #OH65010) and Tyler Garry (CA Insurance Lic. #0K11742) are collectively Registered Representatives of and offers securities products & services through NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, A Licensed Insurance Agency. In this regard, this communication is strictly intended for individuals residing in the states of AZ, CA, CT, FL, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, SC. No offers may be made or accepted from any resident outside the specific states referenced. Kevin Garry (CA Insurance Lic. #OH65010) and Tyler Garry are registered as investment advisor representatives with Eagle Strategies LLC, A Registered Investment Adviser, offering investment advisory services in the states of SD, CA, IA, MN, and NE. As such, these services are strictly intended for individuals residing in the specific states referenced. Neither New York Life Insurance Company, nor its agents or affiliates, or Garry Associates nor its employees or agents, provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal, or accounting professional before making any decisions. Garry Associates is not owned or operated by NYLIFE Securities LLC or its affiliates, or Sprik Financial Group