2023 was one of those years with so much change. I graduated college, moved to KC, have become kind of a Chiefs fan, and am working full-time. Adult life is a love-hate relationship for me, but I am blessed to have found a great company to work for. In 2024, I hope to go to Hawaii with my girlfriend’s family, read many books, and maybe start an herb garden this summer.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
Chris Bouffard, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
2023 has been quite a ride for the Bouffard family! One of our birds left the nest; yep, our daughter, Alicia, graduated high school 🎓 and is a proud new member of Pitt State University. 🏛️ She’s totally loving the college vibe. Go gorillas! Our son Andrew is a junior year in high school and is really throwing himself into the Wrestling season (💪), with eyes already eagerly set on the Rugby field come Spring. We’ve kept the suitcase on a bit of a diet this year, not as many travels as we’d like. College tours kinda became our summer road trip, but we did squeeze in a couple of family jaunts to Florida and Atlanta. It’s always a good time with the extended tribe. As for me, I managed to sneak in more snowboarding this past year than the prior 3. Best stress relief ever, right? But snowfall in the Rockies has been on snooze mode so far this winter. Come on, Mother Nature, do your thing! ❄️ Hoping 2024 is full of great moments and new adventures for you all!
What a thrilling year it’s been! May took me to London and Ibiza celebrating my dear friend’s engagement. In June, my cherished K9 pal KC Mae hit the grand 11. July brought a delightful surprise as I met someone special. We ventured to sunny Mexico for Thanksgiving, and now, I eagerly await Christmas with my entire family in Kansas City, gearing up to cheer for the Chiefs at Arrowhead on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to you!
Looking back on 2023, we’ve been blessed with some incredible adventures and heartwarming moments. Exploring Colorado’s stunning trails alongside Julia has been an absolute highlight, gifting us with unforgettable memories in the midst of nature’s beauty. Our family beach getaway provided a welcomed break, offering a peaceful retreat from the usual routine. Reuniting with my family back in Maryland is always a heartfelt experience, marked by shared stories and laughter. As we approach the holiday season, we’re grateful for these cherished times and eagerly look forward to what lies ahead with my family visiting for the holidays.
Wishing you and your loved ones a season filled with warmth, love, and treasured moments.
Season’s Greetings! This year has been full of adventure and growth for us. My wife and I kicked off the year by visiting family in Houston, where we savored some delicious Texas BBQ and Viet Cajun cuisine. We also had the opportunity to explore the Houston Museum of Natural Science, which was a fascinating experience. Later in the year, we visited Denver and hiked three mountains, with the longest hike being 13 miles! It was a challenging but rewarding experience that we’ll never forget. In addition to our travels, I’m excited to share that I’ve made a career advancement and have switched from the client service team to the investment team as an Investment Associate.
I’m looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!
Kevin Jaegars, CFA
Chief Operations Officer
Doing some quick math, this is my eighth time writing our year-end holiday message. And even though there are roughly the same number of days, each year seems to pass by quicker than the last! The biggest change in our household for 2023 has been navigating our lives around a home remodel while trying to still live in the house. We are nearing the end of the project and plan to enjoy the updates for a few years as the kids grow and finish school. Somehow, we now have a senior in high school (Kaleb) and are in the process of helping him determine where he will continue his education. Kameron is playing basketball for his 7th-grade team and spends most of his free time playing and watching sports and time with friends. I’m fortunate that TRPG continues to grow and improve the lives of our team and the clients they serve. I hope everyone has a great holiday season and a happy and healthy 2024! Kevin, Kristianne, Kaleb (18), Kameron (13)
Lexie Barling, IACCP®
Chief Compliance Officer
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, TRPG Family! As the year draws to a close, it is nice to take a moment to reflect on the past year. As we prepare to celebrate, we’re reminded of the love of family and friends, amazing colleagues, and the anticipation of new beginnings – there is so much to be grateful for. I have especially enjoyed seeing photos from our clients sharing their vacations, hobbies, and dream retirement homes. Keep them coming! Spending time with our children and grandsons has been the highlight of our year. The little ones’ laughter and boundless energy fill our home with warmth and happiness. We’re thrilled to share the news that another bundle of joy will be joining our family in 2024! The anticipation of a new grandchild has added an extra layer of joy and anticipation to our holiday season. Wishing everyone a holiday season filled with love and laughter. May the coming year be filled with joy and blessings beyond measure.
Mike Russell, CFP®
This year has been unforgettable for Gabriela and me, marked by memorable experiences and meaningful milestones. Our travels took us to various destinations, including Las Vegas and the enchanting landscape of Hawaii. On the Big Island, we marveled at the beauty of swimming alongside stingrays and sea turtles, creating lasting memories. Family moments were at the heart of 2023 as well, with a family trip to Branson that brought smiles and laughter. Silver Dollar City and go-karting adventures became cherished shared experiences for our children — Aidan (19), Madison (16), Isaac (14), and Ava (12) — adding layers of joy to our family story. In a beautiful twist of fate, Gabriela and I sealed this remarkable year with a promise for the future. Our recent engagement marks a new chapter in our lives, adding an extra layer of warmth and love to the tapestry of 2023. As we reflect on the adventures, we eagerly anticipate the journey that lies ahead.
What a whirlwind year it’s been! Amidst the chaos of last-minute wedding preparations—spanning from delectable food tastings to dress alterations and an array of creative DIY projects—my (now) husband and I seized moments to connect with family, revel in live concerts, and witness the joyous unions of loved ones. We journeyed to Colorado thrice to attend multiple weddings for several family members, as well as my best friend. Easter in Cincinnati brought family warmth, while a trip to the tulip fields in Kearney added a touch of nature’s beauty. Professionally, I marked one year at TRPG and expanded my horizons with a work conference in Chicago. The rhythm of life was punctuated by lively concerts featuring All Time Low and Matchbox Twenty. As the year crescendoed, October 28 became an unforgettable day as I married the love of my life. Gratitude fills my heart for a year, brimming with love, personal growth, and cherished memories.
Wishing everyone a joyous holiday season!
Morella & Sidney
First birthdays, first trips to Colorado, first time dressing up for Halloween, and first bring your kid to work day! We’ve done all the firsts, and we’re ready for more. That’s right! Coming in February 2024, we’re going to have a baby girl joining the family. Meanwhile, one and a half year old Artie is learning new words, running wild with his cousins, and staying obsessed with every kind of ball. Kahler is busy with her baking, homemaking, and still dabbles in email marketing for our local Young Life group. Work at TRPG in 2023 has certainly been exciting, and I’ve been enjoying my new role as Project Manager, bringing efficiency and organization to every corner of our firm. As always, our family is incredibly thankful for the support and leadership of TRPG. Here’s to another great year! 🥂
2023, what a year! So much has changed and is continuing to change in my family. Brendan and Jeanie celebrated their first wedding anniversary in March, and they moved to Dallas in August; Dave and Megan are still living in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and my nephew turned three in September, and my niece is about to turn one! As for me, I have been working at TRPG for about a year in a half and I’ve recently moved into a new role as a System Administrator! I am continuing to learn new things as my role in the company changes. In my personal life, I’ve been training and competing in Jiu-Jitsu, and leading a bible study in Lawrence with some KU students. I’m excited to see where life will take me in the coming year, and I hope everyone has a joyful 2024!