We have business heritage going back over 30 years and have acquired expertise and a national following for our tax and financial engineering services to small business owners. If you are a business owner and are looking for strategic tax consulting and to prepare for retirement, look no further.



Kenner French

R. Kenner French

Chief Investment Officer

Kenner is responsible for all investment related decisions involving portfolio companies. He has been with Vast or its related industries since 2006. Prior to joining Vast, Kenner was with ING Group, the multi-national investment concern as a Regional Vice President. In the past, he has worked at such companies as Wells Fargo Bank as a Vice President, Pacific Portfolio consulting (leading investment research), Mercer Investment Consulting (as investment research analyst for the Northwest), and Wall Street-based Ladenburg, Thalmann & Company, Inc. (holding a number of positions). Kenner lives outside of Seattle on Bainbridge Island with his wife and two sons.

Josh Pflum

Josh Pflum

Director of Administration

Josh joined the company to expand its small business retirement practice. Josh recently moved to Washington from Colorado and is currently studying for his actuarial certification. He has a background in mathematics and enjoys the challenge of retirement planning for those who want to have their money outlive them. He finds interest in mixed martial arts and vigorously working out while also studying for exciting actuarial exams.

Carissa Young

Carissa Young

Director of Marketing
Captive Insurance Specialist

Carissa's goal for the company is to network and build relationships with our local community on the Kitsap Peninsula. She actively seeks a challenge and is helping lead the company in Captive Management. She has background experience in the financial industry as a client relationship manager and graduated college with an Arts degree. Carissa was born and raised in southern Oregon and moved to the peninsula in the summer of 2006. She enjoys participating in running events and outdoor activities, and is a die-hard football fan for the Oregon Ducks and Seattle Seahawks.