Our Team

Our Purpose

Our goal is that you & your family look back in 20 or 30 years & say:

"Working with Paul & his team was one of the best financial decision we’ve ever made!"

Paul Ludacka

Paul Ludacka, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor
Office 402-891-2304
Thomas N Zirbel

Thomas N Zirbel

Chief Operating Officer

Tom partnered with Paul Ludacka in the Spring of 2019. Prior to joining the Ludacka Wealth Partner team, Tom’s has some 37 years of financial services industry experience.

His career has spanned Investment Banking (biotechnology), Broker/Dealer senior leadership, and consulting from coast to coast. Tom has led various organizations including Brokerage firms, RIAs, Money Management firms, a Credit Union CUSO, and consulting projects with insurance carriers, IMOs, and individual advisor groups.

He brings to Ludacka Wealth Partners a passion for enhancing the delivery of financial advice while enriching the client experience.

Tom has volunteered through Rotary International, various Chambers of Commerce, Junior Achievement, and Boy Scouts of America. Tom and his wife Kay have been married for 27 years. They enjoy long distance motorcycle touring, golf, and international travel. They look forward to making new friends in Omaha.

Audra Simpson

Audra Simpson

Executive Assistant

Audra joined Ludacka Wealth Partners in 2018. Prior to joining Audra worked at Creative Planning as an Administrative Assistant.  Her smiling face and joyful personality will welcome you the moment you walk through our door!  As our Office Coordinator, Audra keeps everything running smoothly.  With her passion for our team and enthusiasm for helping others, she truly enjoys interacting with our clients, scheduling appointments for them and providing any servicing needs they may have. 

Audra is a graduate of University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre: Technology and Design.  She spent seven years in the Kansas City area working as a Stage Manager and Props Designer.

She is a newlywed and her and her husband Brian have a son Jack. In her free time, she can be found crocheting, watching cooking shows, or creating a new craft around the house.

Chad Bautch

Chad Bautch

Operations Associate
Office 402-391-6651

Chad joined our team in 2019 as our Operations Associate, Chad participates in meeting preparation, case notes and client documentation. He helps maintain our client database, assists with projects and presentations, and he routinely provides workflow assistance to help ensure every detail is attended to. Chad brings an additional level of service to our clients and helps to increase our overall efficiency.

Prior to joining our team, Chad and his wife worked as family teachers at Boys Town. He has also earned his Life and Health licenses and is currently pursuing courses to earn the series 7 and 63 certifications.

As a lung transplant and cancer survivor Chad is a walking miracle. He treasures time with his wife Heidi and their children. He loves the New York Yankees and would love to visit each major league stadium. 


Jared Rohrer

Jared Rohrer, MBA

Director of Investment Operations
Office 402-891-2308

Jared joined Paul in 2010, after spending a year as a relationship manager with Waddell & Reed. He brings a high-level skill set to our firm. As Director of Investment Operations, Jared is responsible for our client onboarding and he maintains an efficient system for our clients’ account follow-up and servicing.  He prepares reports and assists in the ongoing analysis of our clients’ portfolios. He also plays a primary role in supporting our 401(k) business. Jared thrives on the highly analytical work he does for our firm, and with his engaging personality, he is a tremendous asset in client meetings, as well.

Jared graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Sport Management from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2009 and received his MBA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2013.

In his free time, Jared is passionate about Habit for Humanity. His favorite service trip was to Solola, Guatamala. He loves catching a movie whenever he can and is a big Nebraska Husker football fan. Jared is a new father and he and his wife Taylor enjoy golfing in their spare time.

Jennifer Samuelson

Jennifer Samuelson

Director of Marketing
Office 402-891-2306

Jen came to Ludacka Wealth Partners in 2016. In her role as Director of Marketing, Jen coordinates events, oversees community involvement and the client experience. Her background and passion for detail allow her to create atmospheres and experiences for our clients that are not only amazing, but memorable.

Jen has always had a passion for serving others and her experience in marketing, partnerships, relationship-building, philanthropy and events contributes a specialized skill-set to our team.

Jen loves serving with our community partners – Abide, Youth for Christ, and Open Door Mission. She enjoys design and spending time with her family and friends.

Kurtis Kammerer

Kurtis Kammerer

Director of Insurance Services
Mobile 402-891-2305

What you should know
As a life insurance subject-matter expert, Kurtis regularly helps our clients understand that life insurance isn’t only beneficial for its death benefit, but even more so for its tax, investment, and collateral benefits. His expertise is integral in helping our clients see how life insurance can and should play a role in their overall financial success.

Favorite movie quote?
"Heroes get remembered, but legends never die." – Sandlot

One thing you’d like to do before you die?
I’d like to build a home by hand. No one really does that kind of thing anymore and I’ve always loved building things from scratch.

Vacation of a lifetime?
One day playing golf at Augusta National with my grandpa who taught me the game. I think that would be really special!


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