About Us

Founded in 2003, Midwest Capital Advisors is an independent, Michigan-based, SEC-registered investment advisor. As a fee-only fiduciary, we are focused on meeting the needs and goals of our clients.

How We're Different

Our Story

Midwest Capital Advisors was founded on a sole principle: Always do what is right for the client. There are too many advisors selling high-cost products and not acting in the best interests of their clients. We wanted to be different.

So, in 2003, we did just that. We built a transparent, independent advisory firm where people would feel comfortable working with us. We are a fiduciary, which means our clients come first. No products. No commissions.

We simply offer unbiased advice from a team of hard-working and honest professionals.

Staff

Mike DeSmyter, AIF®

Mike DeSmyter, AIF®

Managing Principal

Mark Satkoski, AIF®, CFP®

Mark Satkoski, AIF®, CFP®

Principal

Laura Corbiani, CFP®

Laura Corbiani, CFP®

Advisor

Jack N. Tunge, CFP®, CRPC®

Jack N. Tunge, CFP®, CRPC®

Principal

Steve Witte, MBA

Steve Witte, MBA

Director of Operations & Compliance

Malinda Petersen

Malinda Petersen

Office Manager

Jeffrey Freeberg

Jeffrey Freeberg

Associate Financial Planner

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Malinda Petersen

Malinda holds the office together, doing anything from fixing IT issues to liaising with vendors and keeping the books to communicating with clients. Malinda has a BFA in theatre from Drake University, which qualifies her to collaborate, communicate, and organize wherever is required. She recently earned the Certified Customer Service Professional certification from the National Customer Service Association. She is also working on her master’s in communications and graduate certificate in online blended learning at Grand Valley State University.

Outside the office you will find Malinda in the audience of a theatrical production, walking her Goldendoodle with her husband, and spending as much time as possible with her lovely family from daughter to bonus kids and parents to siblings, nieces, and nephews.

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Jeffrey Freeberg

Jeff’s broad experience base includes the common theme of customer service. He graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in politics. He has worked in the tax, think tank, and wine spaces, which pair nicely with his client service role at MCA. He is an investment advisor representative and has passed the Securities Industry Essentials® (SIE®), Series 7, and Series 66 exams. He intends to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Jeff’s upbringing in Sonoma County, California, makes him a natural with wine, and besides baking and cooking, he spends his free time learning anything and everything he can about the libation. Jeff also enjoys golfing and watching any and every sport, and he really enjoys being married to his wife Kaileen.

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Steve Witte

Steve is a seasoned compliance professional. His calm demeanor and quick wit are a team asset and perfect fit for managing everything from the firm's compliance obligations to operational tasks. Steve has a BBA in business economics from Grand Valley State University as well as an MBA from Washington State University. He is an investment advisor representative (Series 65), a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals, and he has completed the National Regulatory Service Investment Advisor Core Compliance Program.

Steve and his fiancé Kayla share a love for travel and their high-energy silver Labrador Jax. Steve is a big-time tennis fan and regularly participates on local league teams​​. He is a dual citizen of both the US and Austria and loves visiting his family in Austria whenever possible.

Jack N Tunge
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Jack thrives on solving complex problems. When he graduated from Central Michigan University with a BSBA in law and economics, he knew his true calling was helping people navigate the complexities of their everyday financial lives. Tax-efficient distribution strategies for retirees are Jack’s major focal points. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

As often as he can, Jack hits the links for some fun and a good reason to meet clients outside of the office. He volunteers with the Leadership and Advisory Council for Make-A-Wish Michigan. Outside of that, he spends time with his wife, Allison, and daughter, Charlie.  He’s already working with Charlie in hopes of raising a future LPGA player. 

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Laura Corbiani
CFP

You may be surprised when you first meet with Laura; she has interests that range from finance to fine art to materials science and engineering. Laura started her career in materials science at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory before pivoting to financial planning in 2013. She became a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional in January of 2017. As a graduate entering the workforce in 2008, Laura has had the opportunity to feel the difficult effects of economic downturns firsthand, which helped her to form her resilient yet optimistic outlook.

She and her husband Dan lived in Washington until 2018 when they decided they wanted to move further east. They landed in Grand Rapids.  They love living in West Michigan and participate in culinary and artistic adventures alongside their daughter, Elsie.  Laura is still active in creating artwork, and MCA is happy to host several of her drawings.

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Mark Satkoski

Mark’s strong presence provides clients with added confidence. He has a passion for relieving the stress people face when overwhelmed by their finances. Mark has the heart of a teacher and can explain how to plan for your financial future in a way that anyone can understand. Mark has an MBA and BBA from Grand Valley State University and over 15 years of experience as a financial advisor. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®.

Mark loves his family, and he is happiest when he is outdoors, especially golfing.

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Mike DeSmyter

Mike joined the MCA team in 2009, and he is now the managing principal. He earned his BBA from Central Michigan and an MBA from Western Michigan University. Mike is practiced in providing advice for both retirement plans and families. He likes the challenge of finding the appropriate investment solution for clients.

Mike has two wonderful kiddos and a super wonderful wife. He loves to travel with them, and he is a committed college sports fan.