Meet the Partners

Sahand Elmtalab CFP, ChFC, CLU

Financial Planner and Partner

Sahand graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 2007 with a BA in Applied Economics and signed a contract in the Insurance and Investment services industry. Sahand has achieved his CLU, ChFC, CFP and MBA designations thus far. He is on the board for Carlson's part time MBA program called "LAB" - Leadership Advisory Board. Sahand is known for being an exceptionally hard worker and straight to the point. His passion for others' growth and happiness, along with his own motivation to research and learn, make his current role of constructing financial plans for clients based on their goals and objectives the perfect fit. On his day off, you will find Sahand researching, watching sports (Go Pack Go!), spending time with his family, golfing, traveling or watching Shark Tank. Sahand lives in Plymouth with his wife and business partner Sarah, their son Isaac, and their dog Paisley.

Marty McAlpin CLU


Marty began his financial security planning practice after graduating from St. John's University in 1986 with a BA in Marketing, where he was also a member of the university's football team. He continues his commitment to the Johnnies as a member of the Fellows Society. Marty holds his CLU designation from the American College. Marty loves the relationship focus of our business: "We do not just serve our clients, we are blessed with enduring, lifelong friendships." Marty strives for a life focused on others, with a strong belief in giving back. He is on the board of Resource MN and volunteers with the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital. He also sits on the local board of NAIFA (National Assoc. of Insurance and Financial Advisors), served as President-elect for 2014. When Marty is not working with clients, you will find him on his favorite lake, waterskiing at sunrise. He also enjoys running, golfing, traveling and spending time with family at the cabin. Marty is married to Jennifer, they live in Stillwater and has five children and four grandchildren.

Sarah Elmtalab

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2006 with a BA in Retail Merchandise and a minor in Management from the Carlson School of Business. Sarah's career started in retail as she worked with Nordstrom in Chicago and Esprit and Ralph Lauren in London, England. She planned to stay overseas but felt a missing void in the industry, when a man named Sahand brought her back to the states where she decided to pursue a career in the Insurance and Investment services industry. Sarah has been in the business since 2007; she is licensed in securities and insurance and is currently working on her CLU. She has worked extensively in every aspect of the business and is currently operating as the COO and head of marketing for M&E Catalyst Group. Sarah sits on committees for Women Wine and Wishes and The Women's Philanthropy Task Force with Make a Wish and has previously been involved with The Jr. League of St. Paul. On a day off (and even some days on) you will find Sarah at the yoga or barre studio where she teaches part-time, on a jog, spending time with her family or reading a book.

Emily Mieling

Chief Office Administrator

A native of Illinois, Emily moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. After working with children for many years, Emily joined our team in February of 2013 and now oversees the underwriting process for insurance. She maintains communication with clients, beginning with ordering medical exams through the final step of policy delivery. Emily enjoys a good cup of coffee, traveling, and spending time with her fiancé and family.

Sara Warren

Insurance Specialist

Sara graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Child Psychology and worked for several years in child care, retail, restaurants and Social Services. She joined M&E Catalyst Group in April 2014 and specializes in your insurance needs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, dogs, family and friends.

Aaron Hoyne

Financial Paraplanner

Aaron graduated from UW-EC in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance & Information Systems. He started his financial career with Minneapolis Financial Group as a Financial Planner for two years before switching roles to join M&E Catalyst Group as a Financial Paraplanner. In his free time, Aaron plays soccer and enjoys going to sporting events. He also is a volunteer coach for youth soccer in Champlin.

Sara Noyes

Investment Planning Associate

Sara began working in the financial industry in 2000 and has strong background in brokerage operations. She joined the M&E team in May of 2015 as a financial paraplanner, and now works in investment planning. A proud veteran of the US Army, Sara served as a military police officer. She is a big Minnesota sports fan, and currently plays softball on her time off. She is married and has two boys.

Pam Norman

Events and Marketing

Pam comes to our team from a varied background in real estate and the hospitality industry and has also studied architecture. Pam spent several years working in the insurance area of our business and now oversees the planning of all our events. Pam is a lifelong Minnesotan and has been an Eagan resident for many years. She and her husband own a lake home and enjoy spending time with their family on the lake, both boating and snowmobiling as often as they can.

Natalie Williams

Scheduler/Marketing Associate

Natalie graduated in 2013 from Providence College in Providence, RI, with a BA in English and a minor in Spanish. She came back home to work for a Minneapolis-based publishing company, but after three years decided to change career paths. Natalie joined M&E Catalyst Group in September 2016 to manage scheduling and marketing. In her free time, Natalie enjoys reading, running the Minneapolis lakes, teaching yoga, babysitting her nieces and nephews, and walking her labradoodle Max.