Our Team

Investing in Professional Financial Planners

At Copper Leaf Financial, we are dedicated to attracting and retaining the highest caliber of professionals. Our financial planners have obtained and maintain the most highly regarded professional designations: Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Public Accountant. Having a CPA as a Financial Planner provides a trusted advisor, an accredited professional aware and mindful of all tax implications related to your investments and financial planning, and one who is not a commissioned salesperson. In addition, many of our clients have already worked with our CPAs at Davis & Hodgdon Associates. As well, we make substantial investments in our team members through continued education and varied professional resources within their respective areas of concentration. 

When you partner with us, we offer clear, easily understood explanations of the financial planning process. Copper Leaf Financial clients have a solid understanding of when they may be able to retire, how they can meet their goals and the risk and return expectations for each of their investments. We consult with our clients’ legal and insurance providers to ensure their best interests are front and center when we develop a personalized program and roadmap. 

John W. Davis, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner™


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John is a Partner of Copper Leaf Financial. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in accounting and is also an alumnus of the Leadership Champlain program in Burlington, Vermont. John is a CPA with 35+ years of experience in the financial world including both public accounting and financial planning. John works with business owners on succession planning to help facilitate the continued success of all areas of the business, including key people over time. He focuses on working with clients to help achieve their short- and long-term financial goals – mindful of the need to adjust strategies as life circumstances evolve. John lives in Williston, Vermont with his wife Sand and has two grown children – Zach Davis of Williston, Vermont and Erin Davis of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In his spare time John enjoys golfing, skiing, gardening, and anything and everything dealing with entrepreneurs.

John earned the CFP® professional designation in 1982 and also has Series 7 licensing administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), providing him with the qualifications necessary to make different types of trades with corporate securities.


Bret L. Hodgdon, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner™


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Bret is a Partner of Copper Leaf Financial.  He is a CPA and CFP® professional and graduate of Lyndon State College with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.  Bret also graduated from Leadership Champlain and most recently from the Champlain College Excellence in Executive Leadership (ExcEL) 2013. With over 15 years of financial experience including public accounting and financial planning, Bret works closely with individuals and business owner clients to define their financial goals and fine-tune strategy to help ensure sound financial strategies. He lives in Jericho, Vermont with his wife Nicole and their two children, Grace and Gavin. Bret is a devoted Red Sox fan and enjoys skiing and spending time with his family.

He holds Series 7 licensing administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Michael L. Thompson, Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®)


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Michael is a financial planner with 18 years of experience in the finance industry. He works extensively in financial planning, wealth management and philanthropic planning for retirees, executives, and entrepreneurs. Michael is also an entrepreneur, experiencing success when he founded an organic food distribution company while attending the University of Florida. He remains passionate about small business and sustainable food systems and currently serves on the board of directors of Burlington’s Intervale Center. Michael and his wife live on a farm in Jericho, Vermont.

Michael holds FINRA Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 24 (Registered Securities Principal), Series 51 (Municipal Securities Limited Principal), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law), and Series 66 (Uniform Combined State Law), has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) professional designation from The American College, and is currently pursuing the advanced financial planning professional designation of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).

Rebecca Fetterman


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Rebecca is a Client Services Associate with 10 years of customer service experience, eight years within the finance industry. She provides extensive support to Copper Leaf’s clients and works closely with the financial planning team to provide operational and administrative assistance. Rebecca plays a key role in Copper Leaf’s mission to provide clients with timely, personalized retirement and investment planning services.  She lives in Richmond, Vermont with her husband Dylan and young son Ryder. In her spare time, Rebecca is an avid gardener and enjoys spending time with her family.