Founder / Principal
We're physically based in Dallas, Texas and in Fayetteville, Arkansas - but we are a virtual practice. We can work with you seamlessly and efficiently, regardless of where you are in the world.
I have always had a passion for helping people and resolving complex issues. My diverse experiences working in different areas of finance – accounting, tax, family office environment, hedge funds and ultimately becoming an entrepreneur – make me uniquely qualified to serve your needs.
My professional career started with three years in public accounting at Arthur Andersen, where I learned firsthand the positive impact of strategic tax planning on wealth accumulation. I transitioned into investment management at a Dallas-based family office before venturing into non-traditional investment strategies and founding Paradigm, where we successfully managed alternative investments for over two decades. I received a Masters of Accountancy with a concentration in Taxation and a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Tennessee. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).
When I'm not helping others plan for their future, I'm enjoying time with family and friends. My favorite activities include walking, bridge, savoring good food and wine and traveling anywhere and everywhere...connecting with others along the way while I explore local cultures.
Michelle Gass is a Member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors - highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.
NAPFA members live by three important values:
- To be the beacon for independent, objective financial advice for individuals and families.
- To be the champion of financial services delivered in the public interest.
- To be the standard bearer for the emerging profession of financial planning
At Paradigm, we value objectivity, integrity and transparency. We provide fee-only financial planning focused on guidance and support. Our advisors don’t collect commissions on any investments we recommend, allowing us to offer truly objective advice.
We’ve created a three step process that makes it easy to collaborate and customize a plan tailored to your goals.
Step 1: Design
We want to understand who you are and where you want to be, both now and in the future. We’ll work together to aggregate your information, then we’ll design a plan that works for you. Paradigm Advisors uses Riskalyze to help discover your patented Risk Number®.
Step 2: Implement
We’ll help you take the second (and sometimes scariest) step: putting your plan into action. Whether we’re diving into the details around purchasing a new home or revising your estate plan, we’ll come up with solutions together. We provide strategic direction, asset allocation and investment advice.
Step 3: Live
Living your life with peace of mind should be a priority, but we’re all human. We know that life is unpredictable and its only constant is change. As questions start to arise, feel confident that a team of advisors at Paradigm will support you each step of the way.
Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent: Three Important Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor.
- Comprehensive Financial Planning
- Tax Planning
- Investment Management
- Retirement Income Planning
- College Education Planning
- Growing Families
- Business Owners and Executives
- Sudden Money Situations
- Novice Investors
- Those Nearing Retirement
- In-Office Meetings
- Virtual Meetings
- Clearly Defined Fees
- No Product Sales
- Complimentary Initial Consultation
Professional Designations & Affiliations
Michelle Gass is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.
Michelle Gass is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional - Click for Verification
CFP® professionals are held to strict ethical standards to ensure financial planning recommendations are in your best interest. What’s more, a CFP® professional must acquire several years of experience related to delivering financial planning services to clients and pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Exam before they can use the CFP® designation.
Michelle Gass is a Certified Public Accountant (Learn More)
A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a designation given by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to those who pass an exam and meet work experience requirements.
Michelle Gass is a Member of the XY Planning Network
The XY Planning Network is the leading organization of fee-only financial advisors who are focused on working with Generation X and Generation Y clients. Our mission is to connect consumers with best-in-class financial advisors who specialize in working with clients just like you.
Contact Michelle Gass
8117 Preston Rd Ste 725
Dallas, TX 75225-6410
102 East Sunbridge, Suite 2
Fayetteville, AR 72703