Our Team

Our team is a diverse multi-generational group that focuses on helping successful families, professionals, businesses, and entrepreneurs.

Ron S. Bullis

Co-Founder & President

Ron co-founded Lifeworks Advisors in 2016 after more than ten years in the financial services industry. He developed and designed the Family Strategic Planning System™ to help individuals and families simplify their financial lives, focus on what matters most, and live an intentional life. Ron spends most of his time working with successful entrepreneurs, professionals, and families helping them build systems and strategies that empower them in the stewardship of their family and financial wealth.

Ron is also the proud father of five beautiful children and founder of the Ella Bullis Foundation, which he started to honor the memory of his daughter Ella.

Kurt A. Van Dyken

Co-Founder & Wealth Management Advisor

Kurt co-founded Lifeworks Advisors in 2016 after more than ten years in the financial services industry. He grew up in a multi-generational family business and understands the unique financial and relationship considerations that come with running a business. He spends most of his time working through the Family Strategic Planning System™ with successful business owners, helping them connect their life’s work to what matters most.

Kurt is married to his wife, Ashley, and is a father to four energetic boys. He spends his free time with family enjoying the outdoors, playing sports, coaching his boys, and being a part of a men’s Bible study.

Derek Vermeulen

Partner & Director of Business Development

Derek is an experienced financial professional who is adept in creating, developing, and executing short- and long-term strategies to achieve specific investing goals. After several years of successful trading for a large proprietary trading group in Chicago, Derek started his own company. Derek's company currently operates on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. With 14 years of industry experience and 7 years of trading his own capital, Derek has become highly accomplished in risk management and managing wealth in all types of market conditions. He is passionate about using his experience to help clients accumulate and protect their wealth.

As a graduate of Calvin University, Derek is glad to call Grand Rapids home for himself and his wife and three children.

Trevor Herin

Partner & Financial Advisor, CFP® ChFC®

Trevor is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®). He co-leads the financial planning process and spends most of his time designing and implementing financial plans for our clients. Trevor is passionate about teaching people how to make wise decisions with their financial resources and empowering them to live the life they want.

Trevor is happily married to his wife Brittany. When he isn't in the office, he is playing sports (he was once a world-ranked Croquet player), playing guitar, traveling, or spending time with his family. He was born and raised in Grand Rapids and is involved in his church and the organizations they support.

Eric Olivero

Financial Advisor

Eric spends most of his time working with successful young professionals and families. He has a missionary's heart and wants to see clients come alive with a clear vision for how they desire to live, help connect what they're building with what matters most, and then guide them with the tools and resources to get there.

Prior to starting with Lifeworks in June 2018, Eric worked for five years in college ministry. He and his wife Maura enjoy spending time with family, mentoring young adults, and fostering meaningful connections within their community.

Brett Smith

Portfolio Manager

Brett is involved in most of our client projects and helps with the management of our investment portfolios. Before joining our team, Brett was an intern for several years at a large national financial services firm. He graduated from Davenport with a degree in finance.

Brett and his wife Courtney enjoy traveling, golfing, camping, hiking, and spending time with family. They are very involved with their church and love working with and getting to know the young couples and families there.

Brad Ward

Director of Investments

Brad joined the team in 2015 with extensive experience in investment analysis and portfolio management for institutional clients. He is steady and consistent by nature and brings a depth of technical proficiency to our investment strategies. As the Director of Investments, he oversees our investment strategies, research, and the management of our clients' portfolios.

Before working in financial services and starting a family, Brad traveled North America as a professional golfer.