Who We Are

Who We Are

Jonathan Brandt

Jonathan founded Journey Tree in 1993 because of his passion for helping people make smart financial decisions. In addition to guiding the company, he takes the lead in developing investment portfolios to match clients’ needs. He believes that a thoughtful and caring approach to financial planning and investing will provide clients with the security and confidence to enjoy life.

He earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Iowa and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. He is past president of the Financial Planning Association of Mid-Oregon and a member of the Eugene Estate Planning Council. Jonathan attends numerous conferences and educational sessions each year to find new ways for clients to make the most of their investments.

Jonathan has a penchant for civic involvement. He has been past president of The Eugene Gleemen, Willamette Repertory Theatre, and vice president of the statewide Friends of Trees. He currently serves as president of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts. He values family time with wife Sara and adult children Sam and Ingrid as well as mini Aussie Archie and cat Romeo. He is also an avid basketball player, hiker, and he sings with The Eugene Gleemen.

Matt Mathiesen Jr.

Matt joined Journey Tree in 2021 to lead our financial planning services. He has over 12 years of experience working in the financial services sector. Matt’s focus is making sure clients can easily understand every step in the process and to help them become confident in their future financial plans.

Matt graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the University of Oregon and later became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Currently, he is a board member of the local Financial Planning Association chapter and a member of the Eugene Estate Planning Council. Through his ongoing research, Matt is always on the lookout for the best planning solutions for our clients.

When not helping families plan for their future, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Laurel and their two children. He has taken up tennis, enjoys boardgames, and his Monday nights are spent playing pinball in the local league. The couple is often spotted at local brewpubs with friends or in Bend enjoying the outdoors.

Jennifer Paterson

Jennifer Paterson

Jennifer joined Journey Tree in the fall of 2017. She has over 20 years of administrative and customer service experience which she puts to good use serving clients and helping to keep the office running smoothly.

She graduated with a B.S. in Liberal Studies from Oregon State University. In 2019, she passed the securities licensing exam. Jennifer has worked for a diverse range of companies, including Lane Community College, AKS Engineering & Forestry, and The Home Depot. Her varied background has given her the skills necessary to provide exemplary customer service and solutions to meet our clients’ needs.

Jennifer and her husband John moved to the Eugene area in 2016. They enjoy life with their dog, Luna, and gecko, Dina. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys paddleboarding, camping, wine tasting, vacationing in Hawaii, and spending time with family.