Brian L. VandenBrink, CIMA®

"Developing meaningful relationships with clients and colleagues is the central focus of my work. For individuals and institutional clients, this begins by creatively exploring client’s ‘financial life’ and developing wise solutions to their unique and complex needs. Within CapTrust, leading and serving a team of professionals, and coordinating their unique gifts and talents for the benefit of the clients we serve, is a profound privilege."

With CapTrust Since


College / Degrees

Cornerstone University – B.S. Business Management & Leadership

Professional Certifications & Equipping

Certified Investment Management Analyst® Professional  certification administered by Investments & Wealth Institute™ and taught in conjunction with the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Certified Private Wealth Advisor® Candidate

Advanced Investment Strategist Certificate administered by Investments & Wealth Institute™

Innovation Through Education – California Institute of Technology


CapTrust Financial Advisors, Advisor / Managing Partner, 2002 – Current

The Bank of Holland, Business Development Manager, 1999 – 2002

First Michigan Bank (FMB), Investment Advisor and Banking Office Manager, 1994 – 1999


Holland, Michigan


I’ve been happily married to my high school sweetheart, Tamara, since 1995. Her ‘love language’ is acts of service, mine is decidedly not…this keeps life interesting. We have two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law, and as of 2021 our first grandchild! Family life for us is a profound cornerstone in our lives.

Hobbies and Relaxation

Spending time outdoors in creation is where you will most often find our family when not at the office or school. A few standout activities we’ve come to really enjoy include watersports, golf, tennis, pickleball, and skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing in the winter months.


Inspired by the conviction that our love and compassion for others is enhanced by seeing the world from another’s context, our family has embraced traveling domestically and overseas. The enhanced worldview has been a gift, and one I hope we can continue to embrace for the rest of our lives!

  • Where I’ve Been:
    • Most states and regions in the U.S.
    • Caribbean
    • Central America
    • Africa
    • Israel
  • On the List:
    • Glacier National Park
    • Europe

Community Service

  • Board Member:
    • DISHER Corporation
  • Former Board Member:
    • Zeeland Christian School
    • Holland Rescue Mission
    • Poetice International
    • Holland Christian Endowment Committee
    • Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management Advisory Council Member
  • West Coast Leadership Graduate
  • Member of the Grand Rapids Economic Club
  • Active mentor to young adults

What got you interested in this field?

In short, a combination of relationship and industry factors. An interest in finance and investment markets, paired with a deep desire to build relationships with others, gave me an opportunity to help people become the best versions of themselves and achieve their life calling.

Investments & Wealth Institute™ (The Institute) is the owner of the certification marks “CIMA,” and “Certified Investment Management Analyst.” Use of CIMA, and/or Certified Investment Management Analyst signifies that the user has successfully completed The Institute’s initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for certification.

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