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financial planner , Military officer

John Hardesty Alpers,, American financial planner, retired military officer. Registered investment advisory service executive. Decorated Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross (2), Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart (2), Air Medal (9), Air Force Commendation medal (2), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry; recipient ceremonial sabre United States Air Force Academy Cadet Corps., 1983.


Alpers,, John Hardesty was born on September 7, 1939 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Son of John Hardesty and Laura Elizabeth (Gaylor) Alpers.


Bachelor of Science, University Colorado, 1963. Master of Business Administration, Interamerican University University, 1969. Postgraduate, United States Air Force Squadron Officers School, 1969.

Postgraduate, United States Air Force Command and Staff College, 1978. Postgraduate, United States Air Force Air War College, 1979. Certified Financial Planner, National Endowment for Finance Education, 1989.

CFS, Institute Business & Finance, 1994.


Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1964. Advanced through grades to lieutenant colonel, 1979. SAC B-52 navigator, select radar bombardier Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, 1967-1970.

Squadron weapon systems officer Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, 1970-1971. Radar strike officer Linebacker II strike plans officer, 1972. Prisoner of war Hanoi, North Vietnam, 1972-1973.

Assistant wing weapons officer Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, 1971-1972, wing command post controller, 1973-1974. Assistant professor aerospace studies Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps University Arizona, Tucson, 1974-1978. Assistant division chief aviation science United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, 1978-1979, special assistant to commandant, 1979-1980.

Division chief plans, policy and standardization/evaluation, 1980-1983. Retired, 1983; regional representative Waddell & Reed, Inc., 1986-1990, Finance Network Investment Corporation, 1990-1997. Vice president FIn. Planning & Management, Inc., Boulder, Colorado, 1990-1997.

Chairman Gateway Finance Strategies LLC, Erie, Colorado. Registered representative, registered investment advisory Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., since 1997. President GFS Management, Inc., since 2000.

Managing member GFS Properties, LLC, since 2001. Lecturer, speaker in field.


  • Registered investment advisory service executive.


Prisoner Of War/Master of International Affairs Activist. With United States Coast Guard, 1961-1963. Member Air Force Association, Retired Officers Association, United States Strategic Institute, American Defense Institute, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, Arnold Air Society, Nam-POWS, Inc., Certified Fire Protection Specialist, Certified Financial Planner Board Standards, Registry Finance Planning Practitioners, International Platform Association, Sports Car Club American, Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing, HSR-West Racing Club, Vintage Auto Racing Association, Nostalgia Racing, Pi Kappa Alpha.


  • Other Interests

    Vintage race car owner, driver and enthusiast (Can-Am thunder series).


Married Sharon Kay Kurrle, May 1, 1971. 1 child, John Hardesty III.

John Hardesty Alpers,

Laura Elizabeth (Gaylor) Alpers,

Sharon Kay Kurrle

John Hardesty III Alpers,