James T. Reding CEO & Managing Member

Jim is CEO and Managing Member of Paradigm Financial Advisors, LLC. (“PFA”). Jim has over twenty years of experience providing value added advice for our clients related to investment management, estate planning, tax strategies, asset protection and business sales.

Jim started his career at Monsanto Company as a Financial Analyst in 1991 where he worked on Monsanto’s 401(k) Plan, Stock Option Plan, Pension Plan and Mergers & Acquisitions. After leaving Monsanto in 1999, Jim founded Castle Financial Advisory, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisory Firm. Jim acquired Paradigm Financial Advisors in 2011 and merged the two companies under the Paradigm Financial Advisors name.

Jim attended Rockhurst University on an athletic scholarship for soccer and graduated with honors with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Economics. Jim received his Law Degree from St. Louis University School of Law, he graduated with Cum Laude in 1995.

Jim is a member of the National Association of Fee Only Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF), Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) and Missouri Bar Association.

Jim volunteers his time to serve as a Trustee and member of the Investment Committee for the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in O’Fallon, Missouri and served for many years on the Investment Committee for St. Alban Roe Catholic Church.

Ryan Powers Senior Wealth Manager

Ryan is a Wealth Manager at Paradigm Financial Advisors and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Ryan also serves as a member of Paradigm's Investment Committee. He received a B.S. in Business Economics and Finance from Southern Illinois University. Ryan is also a NAPFA - Registered Financial Advisor™.

Prior to joining Paradigm in 2011, Ryan served as an investment advisor at Edward Jones and SagePoint Financial. Ryan also served as an Investment Consultant at a local CPA firm, where he worked closely with high net worth clients on tax planning and portfolio management.

Melissa Yost Director of Tax Planning

Melissa is a Director of Tax Planning at Paradigm Financial Advisors. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Missouri. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting from Saint Louis University and her Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership from Michigan State. Melissa assists clients in providing and implementing tax planning strategies. Prior to joining Paradigm Financial Advisors, Melissa worked at a family office in the capacity of Chief Administrative Officer and Business and Tax Advisor working with high net wealth clients. Melissa worked as a Tax Manager for Ernst Young for three years. Melissa began her career at UHY Advisors helping families and their small businesses meet both their accounting and tax needs. She also has experience working with nonprofit boards and accounting departments.