Tyler is an Independent Investment Advisor (IAR) holding his Series 65 and Life Insurance licenses. He earned the LUTC designation with the Life Underwriter Training Council, an insurance training and education institution, in the year 2000. Tyler began his career in financial planning in 1995 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Communication from the University of Oregon. He also studied for two years at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado as an undergraduate after receiving a Congressional appointment in 1991 from United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Tyler was the President of Financial Techniques, Inc. for 15 years in Portland, OR and worked for NW Tax & Wealth Advisory Group, Inc. These years were crucial to his building an advanced understanding of investment, retirement and insurance planning.