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John Challas, ChFC®, CLU®

John Challas, ChFC®, CLU®

Chief Operating Officer


John joined IEM in July 2022 as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, both as an advisor and executive, John brings a distinct perspective to the COO position. With a history of coaching and consulting with financial advisors, as well as leadership teams, John helps make the complex simple.

Education and Experience

John earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and is a graduate of The American College of Financial Services. He’s also a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and currently holds his Series 4, 6, 7, 24, 26, 63 and 65 FINRA registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network®.


An avid golfer, John enjoys nothing more than traveling and playing courses across the state and country. He lives with his wife of 36 years, Beth, and their two dogs, Laney and Huxley, in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.