ABOUT BUILD FINANCIAL MUSCLE
Build Financial Muscle was born out of my love for fitness and for personal finance. I previously worked as a full-time personal trainer and I really enjoyed the interaction with my clients and also serving their fitness needs. When I became a professional financial planner, I couldn’t help but notice there were so similarities between the obstacles clients faced in building a healthy body and also taking control of their financial situation.
I love writing and teaching others about personal money management, so I wanted to provide resources to help people achieve financial fitness. The Build Financial Muscle book series is designed to cover all the important topics I help clients with on a daily basis. Build Financial Muscle Boot Camp is an online course which covers those same topics through video lessons and lectures. My mission is to help everyone I can succeed with money and use it as a tool to live your life to the full.
Founder and CEO
I am a professional financial planner, NASM-certified personal trainer, author, and speaker. I am extremely passionate about assisting others to make transformations in their lives. I have had the great honor to serve many individuals and help them overcome obstacles to achieve their goals.
Before I pursued my passion for all things financial muscle, I worked in a variety of corporate positions in information technology and energy management. My career prior to starting my business was much like the character Peter in the movie Office Space! Despite working with some amazing people, I knew that corporate life was not for me. Once I finally got the opportunity to pursue my dream business, it’s been such a joy.
I am the owner of Financial Muscle Planning LLC which provides personalized fee-only financial planning, and Build Financial Muscle LLC which provides client education using old-school and cutting-edge principles.
I was born and raised in the Metropolitan Detroit area and I have been a lifetime Michigan resident. I still reside with my wife Isabella in the Great Lakes State. Michigan has been a great place to live, but I am getting more cranky about winter, especially since it interferes with golf season!
I consider it an honor to serve others on the road to financial independence. Please contact me to discuss your needs and set up a consultation.
• Bryant University – Financial Planning Course (2016)
• Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination , NASAA Series 65 (2016)
• National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer (2014)
• Project Management Institute , Certified Project Management Professional (2008)
• Charter Oak State College – Bachelors of Science in Business (2007)
VOLUNTEERING / IMPORTANT CAUSES
Secretary/Treasurer – Fredi the Pizzaman Foundation
The Fredi the Pizzaman Foundation is an IRS 501c3 registered charitable organization. The Fredi the Pizzaman Foundation provides support and funding to educational programs designed specifically to assist persons with Autism and other developmental disorders, special education needs, and trouble with social interaction and communication.
My friend Fredi “The Pizzaman” Bello is passionate about assisting families with children affected by Autism. He has donated thousands of dollars to educational programs committed to helping children with Autism and other social interaction challenges. These programs truly are life-changing for these wonderful and special kids. I am honored to serve as the Secretary for the Foundation. For more information on how you can help us out visit:
Supporter – Kennedy’s Disease Association
Kennedy’s Disease is an adult-onset disease with symptoms generally developing between the ages of 30 to 50. Kennedy’s Disease is often misdiagnosed as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Both the spinal and bulbar neurons are affected causing muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body. It is most noticeable in the extremities (legs/arms) , face, and throat causing speech and swallowing difficulties. There are many other symptoms associated with the disease. Fortunately, life expectancy is noted to be at or almost normal. However, most patients end up struggling with daily activities for the rest of their lives as the symptoms progress.
It takes an enormous amount of research funding in order to find treatments for diseases such as Kennedy’s. There has been exciting progress in recent years toward finding effective treatments and preventative measures. However, there is a long way to go in order to find a cure.
One of my best friends is affected by this disease, and I am so impressed with the attitude and outlook he has toward his condition. He is a wonderful husband and father, and works hard everyday to support his family and not let his symptoms stop him. I am so hopeful that treatments can be developed to help improve his quality of life and others who suffer from Kennedy’s Disease.