Our Team

Our Team

The people who work at Newton Financial Solutions have the knowledge and experience to help you pursue your financial goals. We also have access to a very wide universe of tools and investments that enables us to find the right combination for each unique portfolio we build. Plus, we work with you as a team. Our staff is ready to address your concerns, answer your questions, and help you navigate the road ahead! We also offer tax and accounting services to help meet all your financial needs under one roof!


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Tim Newton, CFP®, AIF®, AAMS®, CRPC®

Chief Executive Officer

Tim brings 20 years of experience and education to the process of creating and fulfilling life-plans for his clients. Prior to cofounding Newton Financial Solutions, Tim and his son John both worked at Edward Jones as financial advisors. During this time, it became apparent that he and John both had a desire to build a values-driven business that offers a comprehensive mix of investment solutions that can be tailored to fit each client, no matter what income level. This desire to offer clients a broad mix has evolved to helping clients with several aspects of financial planning including investment management, retirement, Social Security filing strategies, tax planning strategies, education planning, charitable giving, and estate planning services. Tim wants to improve his clients’ lives by finding the right solution and by encouraging his clients to be life-long partners of their own financial plan.

Tim earned a BS from Northwestern University in 1982. Once he became a financial advisor, he obtained certifications as an Asset Management Specialist, a Chartered Retirement Plan Consultant, and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. He completed his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification in 2008.   

He and his wife, Mary Beth, have raised three kids, are enjoying their six grandkids, and enjoy traveling and sailing when the time permits. They both serve as musicians on the worship team for their church, and that love for music has led them to take years of dance lessons. Tim was a pastor's kid and moved all around Minnesota when he was growing up, but he and Mary have lived in the Cambridge area for 35 years now! Tim has had the good fortune of setting foot on all seven continents, thanks to a 2017 trip to Antarctica with his son John. At heart, Tim is a teacher, so reading and learning are passions that he developed early in life and continues to foster.

Tim and Mary Beth
Tim and Mary Beth




Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon Adventure


Rachel and Mary Beth
Rachel and Mary Beth


Tim and Peter Hiking
Peter and Tim hiking


Tim and John in Antarctica
John and Tim in Antarctica


Tim and Mary Beth in boat
Tim and Mary Beth


Tim and brother
John and his brother waiting for the eclipse!



John Newton, AIF®

Chief Financial Officer

John is cofounder of Newton Financial Solutions and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designee.  While logging more than 16 years of experience, John has become deeply committed to doing what is in the best interest of his clients, helping them to reach what they define as their financial success.  John not only recommends investments, but he also strives to optimize client’s portfolios for tax purposes, estate planning, planning for children’s college, and charitable giving. He is the lead investment researcher for the team and has an extensive history in finding the right investment especially as it relates to risks within a portfolio and goals of the client.

John attended Northwestern University in St. Paul, MN, and worked for Edward Jones for five years before joining his dad in the creation of Newton Financial Solutions, LLC.  John holds FINRA Series 7 securities registration and has been certified as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary
® designee.

John and his wife, Marci, have a sports enthusiast 13-year-old boy named Michael, a 10-year-old girl who loves to sing named Grace, a 7-year-old boy who loves construction and Nerf guns named Timothy, and two very boisterous dogs named Kirby and Barkley! They have helped raise a foster son who has graduated from high school and gone on to college. They have also hosted two exchange students from Korea and have hosted another child from a family serving in the U.S. military. John has coached soccer for Cambridge Christian School. John and Tim enjoy going to baseball stadiums and recently completed their goal of attending every major league baseball stadium in the country! John is also a blue belt in judo and loves playing the bass guitar. John grew up in Cambridge and resides in the country, just outside of town. In 2017, John traveled to Antarctica on vacation!

Marci and John


John's family


John and Family


Summertime fun!


Michael and John enjoying a Twins game!



Giants Ridge



John and Tim Antarctica
John and Tim in Antarctica



John and Family
Newton Financial 10-Year Anniversary Celebration






Peter Newton, CFP®, AIF®, CPFA

Registered Representative

Peter has more than 10 years of experience in the financial services arena. He helps companies manage their employee retirement plans and provides advice to small business owners and other professionals. Peter enjoys the day-to-day interactions with individuals and couples of all income levels to determine their best path to financial success. He is knowledgeable in aspects of retirement planning, investment management, risk management, tax planning, and estate planning. Peter enjoys meeting new people and brings a thoughtful attitude to the financial planning process. 

Peter attended Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After college, Peter worked as a logistics manager for an IT company and as a veterans service representative for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. He holds the FINRA Series 7 securities registration and has completed the Accredited Investment Fiduciary
® certification and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification.

It was at Bethel where Peter met his wife, Amanda. They have three children: Haley and Jemma are 7-year-old identical twins and Anna is 3. Peter grew up in Cambridge, and after getting married, Peter and Amanda moved back to Cambridge in 2012. Peter enjoys hunting, hiking, sailing, sports of all kinds, and playing drums. He has coached soccer for Cambridge Christian School and serves on the finance committee of his local church.


Amanda and Peter
Amanda and Peter


Peter's family


The girls


Peter and Tim
Tim and Peter hiking


Deer hunting in MN


Peter and John at Lutsen




Dan Johnson, CPFA

Registered Representative

Dan joined us in 2013. He came from a management position at Cub Foods, where he worked for 31 years. Dan learned every aspect of that business and worked his way up from stock boy to manager of the store. He understands well how employees and employers have to function in order for a business to succeed. At Newton Financial Solutions, he helps both employers and their employees with 401(k) plans. He also meets with individuals and couples to map a financial plan to guide them to retirement and helps the team with investment decisions. Dan is committed to helping clients create a successful financial plan by offering diverse investment options for every stage of life. He can assist with education and retirement planning, and business planning, especially in the area of business-based retirement plans. Dan brings excellent customer service and a great work ethic to the team.

Dan attended Anoka Ramsey Community College (1984) and St. Cloud State University (1988). Dan currently serves on the Cambridge-Isanti Rotary Club as chairman of the International Committee and treasurer of the club and serves on the council for Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti. Dan holds the FINRA Series 7 securities registration and has successfully completed the Accredited Investment Fiduciary coursework.

Dan grew up on the family farm east of Isanti, and he enjoys golfing, hunting, curling, and biking. He is married to Kathy and has a daughter and two grandchildren.

Kelly Nelson, CPA

Tax and Accounting Team Leader

Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant; she joined Newton Financial Solutions in 2010 after several years working in the Cambridge community as an independent CPA. She offers experience in tax and accounting services for individuals as well as small businesses. Kelly and her husband, Barry, have four adult children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, camping, and traveling.

Lisa Novak, Enrolled Agent

Tax and Accounting

Lisa has been in the accounting field since 1987 and doing taxes since 2001. She has a husband, Scott, and a son as well. They live in Harris, Minnesota. Lisa enjoys reading, riding her bike, or hiking around the North Shore.

Don Hannay, CPA

Tax and Accounting

Don joined our team in 2019 as a tax and accounting specialist. Don comes to us with more than 26 years of experience in internal accounting and bookkeeping for corporate employers.  Don has a passion for helping people and looks forward to delivering exceptional service.  

Some fun facts about Don:
Don grew up on the Iron Range and is happy to be back in Minnesota after spending 16 years in Branson, Missouri. Don, his wife, Rachael, and his three kids now reside in Cambridge. Don enjoys the great outdoors, road trips, fishing, hunting, church family, sports, coffee, and Mountain Dew!


Julie Gebauer

Tax and Accounting Administrator

Julie joined Newton Financial Solutions in 2010.  Julie has over 18 years of experience working with payroll, accounting, and various tax services.  She enjoys helping clients with their payroll and accounting needs.  She also handles numerous tasks behind the scenes to help our business operation run smoothly. 

Julie's previous work background includes auditing mortgage loans and working with claims and accounting for a commercial insurance business. 

Julie is married to Lance. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time with family the most, but also enjoys camping, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Cindy Szafranski

Operations Manager

Cindy joined the team in 2014. Before joining Newton Financial Solutions, Cindy was with a local bank for 13 years. She easily transitioned to being responsible for a diverse set of administrative tasks, from the coordination of client events to the processing of account paperwork. Cindy’s positive attitude and welcoming demeanor complement Newton Financial Solution’s strong commitment to client service.

Cindy graduated with a BS in business computer information systems from St. Cloud State University in 1998. She currently serves on the board of Cambridge-Isanti Dollars for Scholars. Cindy has served on the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and other local committees.

Cindy and her husband, Mike, have two girls; Alayna (13) and Madalyn (10) and live in Stanchfield, MN. When she isn’t busy running her girls to softball or hockey, she enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and playing with their two yellow labs, Yogi and Trooper. 




Heather Anderson

Operations Assistant

Heather joined us in 2018. She has more than 21 years of experience in the banking industry. She is the first person you will meet when you walk in the door or the first to say hello when you call us. Her dependability and friendly personality keep the office running smoothly. Heather executes day-to-day operational tasks and handles new accounts, money requests, data entry, and prepares client meetings.

Heather has an accounting degree from the Minneapolis School of Business. She has served as treasurer for a local township.

Heather is married to Nate and is step-mom to Nate’s two kids: Taylor (16) and Hayden (11). She enjoys playing with her two dogs: Bella and Reilly, both shih tzu-bichons.