Our Story

Local History And Values

LaFleur & Godfrey is a SEC Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The firm traces its origins to 1987, when James LaFleur and Richard Godfrey began serving individuals and families in the West Michigan area with professional money management services. Although both Jim and Rick have since retired, Dan VanTimmeren, John Koczara, and John Dice lead the firm with the same high standard and investment principles set forth 35 years ago.

While we have grown organically throughout the years, in 2020, L&G acquired the assets of Gimbal Capital Management and in 2021, Investment Counsel, Inc. came on board. More importantly, these transactions enabled us to deepen our investment team with the addition of Chris Walker and Aaron Ritsema.

“Our investment philosophy was simple and still holds true today— identify quality companies with good growth prospects that are run by ethical and competent managers. Buy them at a reasonable price and, importantly, be patient.”

– James LaFleur, Founder

Meet Our Team

Daniel VanTimmeren

Dan is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager at Lafleur & Godfrey, having started his journey with the firm in early 2007. Dan has more than three decades of experience in the financial services industry in the Michigan area – previously managing money at a private family office.

John Koczara, CFA

John is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager at LaFleur & Godfrey, having joined the firm in 2013. John has been in the investment management industry for over 30+ years experience on both the sell-side and buy-side servicing high net worth private clients and institutional relationships. Prior to joining LaFleur & Godfrey, he co-managed two large cap equity portfolios at a local registered investment advisory firm.

John Dice, CFP®, CEBS, MBA

John is the Chief Operating Officer at LaFleur & Godfrey, LLC. He is a lifelong resident of West Michigan. With more than 30 years in numerous leadership roles in the fiduciary and investment management industry, John leverages his experience to help elevate and improve the overall client experience.

Chris Walker

Chris is a Senior Portfolio Manager and President of Investment Counsel a Division of LaFleur & Godfrey LLC.  Chris joined the firm as a result of the May 2021 merger between Investment Counsel, Inc. and LaFleur & Godfrey LLC (“Firm”). He is a member of LaFleur & Godfrey’s investment committee and continues to service client relationships. Chris has more than 35 years of investment experience. During the last 20 years, Chris managed the predecessor to the current Focused Blue Chip Equity Strategy.

Aaron Ritsema, CFP®

Aaron is a Senior Portfolio Manager and joined the Firm in April 2022. He has nearly 20 years of investment and financial planning experience having previously served as a financial advisor at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. He is a member of the investment committee and is also responsible for servicing and growing client relationships. Aaron  obtained his Certified Financial Planner™ designation in 2014.  

Client Service Team

Over 50 years of collective experience.

Kelli Hoogerland

Assistant Portfolio Manager & Head Equity Trader

Kimberly Hauenstein

Senior Client Services & Trading Associate

Kristen Armock

Senior Operations Associate

Our Focus Partnership

Joining the Focus Partnership Has Given Us a Deeper Bench

LaFleur & Godfrey Private Wealth Management joined the Focus partnership in 2013 – a leading international partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms.

This partnership provides LaFleur & Godfrey with unrivaled access to the investment knowledge base, operational expertise and industry best practices of independently managed fiduciary wealth management firms.


To Help Our Clients Realize Their Financial Dreams


To establish multi-generational peace-of-mind by delivering proven wealth and investment solutions


As a Fiduciary, we will always put the interests of our clients ahead of the firm and ourselves, while maintaining privacy and transparency in all that we do