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Our Team

Who We Are

A multi-generational team serving multi-generational clients.  We work closely with our clients to truly get to know them and foster a long-term relationship that is built on trust.

How We Work

How We Work

The Medley Vander Velde Group is built upon shared values of honesty, integrity, genuine care for clients, and respect for each other. Our diverse backgrounds allow us to bring unique perspective and our collaborative team environment allows us to deliver exceptional service for our clients.

Learn more about the client-focused service for which we are so well-known. Contact us today to explore a partnership.

Meet Our Team

Christopher Medley

Director, Financial Advisor


Christopher joined Baird in 2016 and brings 38 years of investment industry experience. Chris started his career as a Financial Advisor with A.G. Edwards in 1985 and successor companies Wachovia and Wells Fargo Advisors. In 2009, Chris joined RBC Wealth Management as a Financial Advisor. Throughout his career, Chris has worked with generations of families focusing his expertise on Tax Advantaged Investment, Retirement Income Planning, and Wealth Transition.

He is principally focused on the representation of individuals and families in the areas of conservative wealth accumulation, wealth preservation, and strategic wealth transfers. Out of all the impacts Chris has on his clients, he truly strives to develop long term relationships with the families he meets. His mission is to help clients plan toward and maintain financial prosperity to preserve, grow, and create income as well as transfer personal wealth on to new generations in the most tax efficient way possible.

Chris is an MBA graduate from Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing. He received a Finance and Economics undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas). He holds his FINRA Series 6, 7, 9, 10, 63, and 65 licenses, as well as licenses in Life and Health Insurance.

He currently serves on the Pittsburg State University Foundation Board as a member of the Investment Committee.

Chris has been a part of the Denver community for 25 years. He enjoys hiking, snow skiing, snow shoeing, golfing, fly fishing, and traveling.

Stuart Vander Velde, CFP®

Financial Advisor


As an outdoor enthusiast, Stuart jumped at the opportunity to join Denver’s Private Wealth Management branch. Stuart formed a partnership with Christopher Medley, Director, Financial Advisor, due to their likeness of upholding values in honesty, integrity and sharing a genuine passion to help clients accomplish what is important to them. Stuart provides wealth planning strategies to their clients and works closely with clients to help them implement their financial plan.

Stuart began his career at Baird in 2015 as a PWM intern. He quickly recognized an opportunity to merge his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for business with the prospect of helping others achieve their financial goals. Stuart’s decision to become a Financial Advisor was guided by his belief that anything worth doing is worth doing right.

After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2016, Stuart continued at Baird as a member of the Financial Advisor Foundations Program. During these two years in the Program, he studied Baird’s available resources and services to help clients plan for and navigate their financial lives. Stuart is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, holds his FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses, and life, health, and long term care insurance licenses.

Stuart attended the Tippie College of Business at The University of Iowa, where he graduated in May 2016 with a B.B.A. in Finance and a Leadership Studies Certificate. Stuart especially enjoyed classes for the Leadership Studies Certificate because of the diverse topics and the ability to work with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives. These experiences have shaped Stuart’s desire to work in an environment that fosters financial independence and emphasizes genuine interactions.

Outside of work, Stuart enjoys spending time outdoors including running, biking, backpacking, and camping. He has visited 22 National Parks in the U.S and has made it a goal to visit all 58.

Denise Stup

Senior Client Specialist


An alumna of the University of California San Diego, Denise came to Colorado in 1993 with her husband Kevin. She is FINRA Series 7 and 66 licensed, with professional financial and insurance experience prior to joining The Medley Vander Velde Group at Baird. Customer service and attention to detail has earned her respect within the financial community.

Having raised twin sons, Denise has made the move from the foothills to the town of Denver, enjoying the dining scene and local festivities. When she does break away, she enjoys all that the Rocky Mountains offer, including camping and back country explorations.