Meet Our Team

Jay Bond

Founder/Partner

Jay founded Bond Financial in 1976 to work primarily with affluent individuals and owners of privately held and family-owned businesses in the areas of investment planning, business succession, estate distribution, and various tax reduction strategies. Jay is a Life and Qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table* and a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the AALU.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (with an Accounting Major) from the University of Washington, where he was a Husky academic All American in basketball. Jay lives in Seattle with his wife Loui.

Jesse Bond, ChFC®

Partner

For over 15 years Jesse has been guiding successful individuals and private business owners to make smart, strategic decisions in the areas of investment planning, lifestyle protection, estate and legacy planning, business continuity and exit planning, as well as charitable giving. Jesse has built a reputation as one of the premier financial advisors in the Pacific Northwest. He is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and the Associate for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU). Jesse is also a Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Top of the Table Member.

Jesse graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics. While there, he also played basketball and was Academic All-Conference.

Jesse is actively involved in his community and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Life Foundation and Transforming Age. He also serves on the advisory board of Full Life Care and served on their Board of Directors for over 6 years.

Aaron Leland

Client Advisor

Aaron joined Bond Financial in April 2016, after nearly a decade of experience in financial services. A Financial Advisor with Eagle Strategies, LLC, Aaron specializes in offering financial strategies to individuals, businesses and families within the healthcare, biotechnology and technology industries. With a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, and a number of years working in related industries, Aaron’s combination of education and experience allow him to provide unique insight. Aaron strongly values building relationships and working one-on-one with clients to develop a strategy that fits with their unique goals, hopes and dreams for the future, allowing them to spend more time focused on quality time with loved ones and getting the most out of their professional endeavors.

As a fourth-generation ‘Seattleite,’ Aaron has a vested interest in seeing his neighbors and friends succeed. Away from the office, he enjoys traveling and outdoor activities of all sorts, especially those that allow him to be in the mountains or the water. Aaron lives east of UW with his wife, two daughters, and their lab, Grace.

Mike Meland

Mike Meland

Associate Financial Adviser

As an Associate Financial Advisor, Mike has over 10 years of experience in the investment and banking industry. He joined Bond Financial in 2014, where his main focus is supporting the team with their investment solutions, operations, and financial planning, and helping to ensure that we have all the proper documentation for the investment onboarding process.

Mike can also assist our clients directly with investment service requests, including help with our Wealth Management System software. He graduated from the University of Washington and lives in Seattle with his wife Erin, daughter Abby, and their pug.

Emily Levine

Emily Levine

Operations Manager

Emily joined Bond Financial in June 2014. She manages the firm’s internal administration and operations, including compliance, project management and human relations; working closely with the team to ensure efficiency and accuracy in all areas. She also assists with client service and oversees the insurance application process.

A Seattle native, Emily graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Communication and Sociology. She brings experience working in small businesses development across a variety of industries. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys traveling, secondhand shopping, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her dog.

Debi Imel

Debi Imel

Client Concierge

Debi joined Bond Financial in February 2008 and has held several roles over the years. With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, she takes pride in providing excellent policy service and care for our clients. Debi graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Social Science, with an emphasis on Psychology and Economics. She enjoys working with people and problem solving, as well as gardening and spending time with her three pugs.

Maya Ting

Maya Ting

Administrative Assistant

Maya joined the Bond Financial team in Fall 2017, having previously worked for another New York Life and Eagle Strategies Advisor. She provides support for the team with calendar management, database administration, and overseeing a variety of projects. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Maya and her husband live in Northeast Seattle and have two kids who will both be in college in California. In her free time she enjoys reading, perusing interior design websites, and watching her son play Ultimate Frisbee.

Loui Bond

Emeritus

Loui has been involved in the business for more than 20 years, and has worn many hats at Bond Financial, including accounting, human resource management, and marketing. She is a graduate of the University of Washington where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Business with an emphasis on economics and finance.

Fluent in French, Loui enjoys traveling to Europe to visit friends in France and family in Belgium and the Czech Republic. Her passions include cooking for friends with her husband Jay, speaking French, and spending time with a growing family.

*MDRT is recognized globally as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.