Zachary Mindel

Financial Advisor
Forum Financial Advisor Zachary Mindel

Why Did You Become a
Financial Advisor?

Three reasons: numbers, reverse engineering, and family.

After a decade-long military career flying jets, it was time to come back down to the ground. I didn’t want to lose the technical and numerical aspects of my job, so I traded glide slopes and nautical miles for spreadsheets and dollars.

I also love to reverse engineer. I take joy in figuring out how something works, so I can put it back together better than before. This methodical mindset transfers well to financial planning, which involves analyzing a client’s financials and making recommendations on how to make their money work better for them.

Last, but certainly not least, I am proud to follow in my father’s footsteps. Growing up I saw firsthand how fulfilling the role of financial advisor was for my father, Forum Partner Norbert Mindel. I plan to build the same strong friendships with my clients that my father developed with his, offering no-nonsense and intelligent advice that boosts the financial confidence of my clients.


Military and Government
Financial Planning

I spent over 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator and flight instructor. Taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier taught me that no matter how much you study and prepare, things do not always go as planned. Being flexible and adapting to an ever-changing environment is important in all aspects of life — especially finances.

As a veteran and member of the Naval Reserves, I am effectively positioned to offer financial insight and advice for individuals who have spent time in the military or work for the federal government. I am familiar with the complexities of government pay structures, retirement plans and other benefits specifically associated with military service such as VA loans and the Savings Deposit Program.

Kiplinger Series

Guide to Military
Benefits for
Retirement, Pay and Savings

Kiplinger Series

Guide to Military
Education Benefits and Resources

Kiplinger Series

Major Financial
Benefits for Military
Veterans and Their Families



Zachary Mindel joined Forum Financial Management in 2023 as a Financial Advisor. Before joining Forum, Zach served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy in the rank of Lieutenant Commander and continues to serve in the Naval Reserves as a pilot and instructor.

Throughout his professional life, he has had a passion for teaching others and helping them progress in a way that is meaningful to them. His objective is to develop trusted relationships with clients by learning about their goals and how they envision their financial future at each stage of their life. Zach prioritizes financial goal setting to help clients stay on track, so they can focus on doing what they love (and takes this same approach in his own life).

Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation science and administration and a minor in accounting from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Zach and his wife volunteer with the local food bank and parks district in Anacortes, Washington. They also give back to charities that are meaningful to them including veteran organizations, environmental causes, and disaster relief.

In his free time, Zach enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with his family, snowboarding, flying, track racing and anything else that involves high speeds.



Tell Us About Your Financial Life and Aspirations

Your experience begins with an initial meeting to identify your financial vision for the future and risk tolerance levels. We review our investment philosophy and approach with you so that you fully understand each milestone of our process and how our relationship will evolve over time.

Discuss Topics Crucial to Your Financial Success

Over the course of the next few meetings, the content and breadth of each meeting is defined by your personal needs. We can review your estate planning and risk management needs, discuss retirement accumulation or distribution planning, evaluate educational funding needs, review your tax situation, and go over any other items crucial to your financial success.

Develop a Strategic Plan Unique to You

Once you select an allocation, we put together a strategic implementation plan that will coordinate investment of your portfolio between qualified (tax-advantaged) assets and non-qualified assets in order to maximize tax efficiency. The topics we address during our time with you vary depending on your unique needs and situation.

Putting Your Plan Into Action

We establish your Forum account based on the portfolio allocation we discussed and what we learned about your risk tolerance and financial goals. With your new Forum account now in place, you will have the opportunity to access your Forum Client Portal for the first time and connect with members of the Forum Client Service team.

Review Goals and Plans When Your Life Changes

You will receive reporting that will clearly show your performance net of all fees and compared to applicable market indexes. Additionally your assets are held at a reputable third-party custodian that furnishes independent monthly reports so you can feel confident about the safe handling of your money.

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