Christine Terpening
Contributing Writer

(Photo by Cindy Gaedert-Gearhart/TCJ)

With the rising cost of groceries, fuel and the staples of living, saving and investing for retirement, for many, has taken a back seat to making paychecks stretch until the next. So much has changed financially over the years, but the need to prepare for retirement does not change. A competent, knowledgeable, caring professional can help solve challenges that face today’s future retirees.
Jacob Vanator is that professional for Eaton Rapids and surrounding communities. Vanator is the proud owner of Vanator Financial Services LLC. Many already know him from his previous/current business, Vanators and Associates CPA, PC. Not only is he a certified public accountant, he is now licensed to help clients with financial planning, licenses, securities and related products for a more secure future for his clients. He is licensed to both buy and sell securities. Vanator is worth the drive for one stop shopping for not only retirement planning, but taxes and accounting needs.
“If someone has a question about retirement or investments, I can help,” says Vanator. According to, 22 percent of Americans have less than $5,000 saved for retirement, and 15 percent have no retirement savings whatsoever as of 2023. That is alarming data with significant disparities in sex, race and location. “We care. We really do want people to succeed. We’ve done our job when the people we serve are successful,” stated Vanator.
Smaller communities are unique. Often you receive more personal care with people who are invested in the community they serve. Vanator emphatically stated, “If you make an appointment with me, you’re going to see me.” Vanator assures that he plans to be around for a long time adding to client trust.
In his fourth tax season as a CPA, Vanator stands out as his two businesses combine to offer a variety of services that most people dread, especially when they have to seek the services of multiple providers. He became licenced as a financial advisor last June and is working with Marty Latchaw of Latchaw Financial Service to purchase the practice after Latchaw’s retirement with uninterrupted service. Anyone interested in planning for retirement is in need of this local firm. This multi-skilled firm is able to help clients in accounting, tax and investment problems all under one roof.
To make an appointment to discuss your financial needs and goals you can call Vanator Financial Services LLC at the offices of Vanators and Associates CPA, PC at (517)663-4204 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. They are located conveniently across the road from Quality Dairy in Eaton Rapids.
*Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a broker-dealer. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser. Cambridge and Vanator Financial Services LCC are not affiliated.