Riaan Nel

Managing Partner

For seventeen years Riaan has been working with clients to ensure their financial stability. He brings them an international perspective as well as strong experience in the U.S. system. Prior to forming Detlefsen Nel & Associates with Melba Detlefsen, he was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. Riaan's education and licensures include the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (International Political Economy) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Certificate of Achievement (Economics), Edinburgh Business School, Harriot-Watt University, Scotland
  • Series 7 Registration, General Securities Representative, administered by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)*
  • Series 31 Registration, Futures Managed Funds, National Futures Association*
  • Series 66 Registration, Investment Advisor Representative, administered by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)*
  • Oregon, Utah & California Insurance Licenses: Health, Life, & Variable Annuities
  • Morgan Stanley National Financial Advisor Training, World Trade Center, New York
  • Fundamentals of Estate Planning, American College, Pennsylvania
  • Fundamentals of Financial and Insurance Planning, American College, Pennsylvania

* Securities registration held with LPL Financial.

Riaan was born and raised in South Africa and worked as an Economics Researcher, Strategic Planner and Manager of a Parliamentary Research Unit in the South African Parliament before immigrating to the United States in 1998. He was also a staff member on the Constitutional Assembly which finalized the negotiations between Nelson Mandela's party and the previous governing party of South Africa.

Riaan has lived in Eugene for 17 years and enjoys spending time with his wife, Hope, and their 5 children. He also enjoys reading, writing and politics. Riaan is a former chair of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council. He served on the Board of Directors of HIV Alliance and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley. He was past president of Emerald Business Partners. Riaan is currently a board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley.

Riaan is co-author of a book entitled: It's the Income, Stupid! 7 Secrets of a Sleep-Well Retirement.


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