Lasting relationships. For all that matters

Where are you today and where do you want to be tomorrow? We recognize that a lasting relationship starts by listening and understanding your priorities and concerns. We'll work together to look at the big picture, discuss your vision for the future and help you confidently pursue your life goals.

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Michael C. Cates, CFP®, CEPA

Financial Advisor


As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and CERTIFIED EXIT PLANNING ADVISOR, I help individuals, families, and business owners plan and invest with purpose by:

-Facilitating in-depth financial discovery meetings to establish short and long-term goals

-Tailoring personalized financial plans and investment strategies

-Providing education about risk, opportunity, and cost effectiveness for various investing tools

-Providing thorough implementation, vigilance and regular communication


For individuals, I help with:

-Life changing events like family deaths or divorce

-Advanced cash flow analysis for estate planning and inheritance

-Philanthropic and charitable giving



For families, I help with:

-Next generation financial education

-Discussions around long held assets, estate planning efficiencies, and charitable gifting

-Transition of privately held business interests

-Establishing what is most important to a family and drafting a “legacy” statement


For business owners, I help with:

-Maximizing qualified savings accounts

-Evaluating business strengths and weaknesses

-Determining the most desirable exit strategy



About me – I’m an avid angler, runner, hiker, and golfer.  Additionally, I’m very passionate about volunteering with my local Kiwanis Club.  I also love traveling with my wife Victoria, and going on adventures with our dog Hank. 


If you would like to learn more about me and the Gibbs-Cates Wealth Management team, feel free to reach out via email at or phone 303-267-3045.  You can also see more at our website

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Registered States:
  • AR
  • AZ
  • CA
  • CO
  • FL
  • GA
  • ID
  • IL
  • MD
  • MI
  • NJ
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OR
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • WY


  • BA Biochemistry and Minor in Business, University of Colorado



Our advice is comprehensive. We help diverse clients in a broad range of areas, including:

Financial planning
Business succession
401(k) plan services
Lending services
Multi-generational families
Family Offices
Legacy planning
4600 South Ulster Street
Suite 700
Denver, CO 80237
  • (303) 267-3045

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