Irl A. "Andy" Oaks
Andy brings a legal education and many years of experience in the corporate and small business worlds to Tallgrass. He enjoys working with a smaller firm, where he can interact on a more personal level with clients. He is energized by the number (and diversity) of challenges comprehensive financial planning entails. Ultimately, he derives the greatest satisfaction in his work from earning the trust of his clients and helping them solve their financial issues. He shares Skip’s vision for financial planning: the creation of a small, independent firm that prioritizes client relationships above all else.
Andy and his wife, Laura have three children, Emily, Lucas, and Brady. They have lived in the Kansas City area since 1991.
Arthur H. "Skip" Tichenor
Skip earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his graduate degree from Webster University. After a highly successful career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, he discovered his professional strengths of problem solving, strategic thinking, attention-to-detail, instructing, and motivating matched those required of an effective financial advisor. Through additional rigorous study, practice, and testing, Skip became accredited as both a Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) and a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®). Add the fact that the first meeting with Skip is “obligation free,” and you have an advisor worth standing in line to see.
Outside the office, Skip is a fan of college basketball – “Go Hoosiers!” – and professional football – “Go Chiefs!” He reads historical literature and plans, someday, to learn to fly fish. He and his wife, Jeanene, enjoy a blended family with six children, eleven grandchildren, and “lots of laughter!”
She previously worked 10+ years for the U.S. Navy and is comfortable working around sensitive information and understands the importance of getting the details of the job correct.
After moving to Kansas from Southern California in 2004, Melanie, her husband Dan and their four children, Shianne, Carsen, Chase, and Colten live in Lenexa.