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Ron Carson

Founder & CEO

Ron Carson is Founder and CEO of Carson Group, which serves financial advisors and investors through its businesses including Carson Wealth, Carson Coaching, and Carson Partners. Founded in 1983, Carson Wealth has grown to become one of the largest wealth management firms in the country offering portfolio management and wealth planning services to high net-worth clients. Established in 1993, Carson Coaching has grown to become one of the leading advisor coaching programs in the country empowering advisors to overcome key business challenges through personalized coaching, proven strategies, marketing services, and a passionate community of thousands of advisors. Carson Partners empowers advisors to improve client service, efficiently run their practice, grow their business, and build a legacy through a turnkey integrated partnership. All three organizations are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska but serve a broad base of advisors and investors across the U.S. and Canada.

Ron first began honing his core principles while working from his dorm room at the University of Nebraska in 1983: a tenacious focus on serving clients’ best interests; a relentless pursuit of excellence across every activity; and a burning desire to learn, grow intellectually, and innovate. These driving principles enabled Carson Group to grow to over $15 billion in assets under advisement, which includes assets under management,* and have led Ron to receive many accolades. He is continually ranked among the top advisors by Barron’s magazine and was one of only two independent advisors inducted into Barron’s inaugural Hall of Fame.* Ron has been named to the Forbes list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors for several years*, included in Investopedia’s list of the Top 100 Financial Advisors (#4), recognized as an InvestmentNews Innovator, and acknowledged as an Inc. 5000 CEO of Carson Group, a two-time participant in the annual list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. He also appears regularly on broadcast media for FOXBusiness and Bloomberg as a leading expert advisor and commentator.

Ron is one of the most celebrated and respected financial advisors and executives in the industry—he is a sought after speaker, thinker, and investment strategist. In the spring of 2012, Ron continued to expand his industry leadership by co-founding aRIA. aRIA is a “think-tank” study group comprised of six forward-thinking RIA firms, which collectively manage more than $20 billion in client assets, and Advisor Growth Strategies, a leading consulting firm serving the wealth management industry. The group offers insight for advisors considering ways to enhance their firms’ enterprise values. As a member of the Financial Advisor Council of CNBC and frequent Forbes Contributor, Ron also writes guest columns and provides insight and frontline perspective to the CNBC Digital news team. In 2014, Ron joined The American College of Financial Services board of trustees for a three-year term. The College offers turnkey programs that produce effective advisors who are able to join a team and make an impact immediately, helping the industry by adding capacity, and building the next generation of advisors. Ron’s academic credentials include being a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Certified Fund Specialist, and a Chartered Financial Consultant.

Ron is also actively involved in the community. He and his wife, Jeanie, founded The Dreamweaver Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling end-of-life dreams for seniors with terminal illnesses. He also founded the American Charitable Foundation—a foundation established for a more efficient disposition of charitable assets—and served as a past President of the Child Saving Institute.

A nationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, Ron has shared his success principles through several books, including 2005’s Tested in the Trenches, 2007’s Avalanche, 2012’s second edition of Tested in the Trenches, and most recently The Sustainable Edge, released in 2016 and written for business owners who are seeking a fuller, more rewarding work-life balance.

Ron and Jeanie reside in Omaha and have three wonderful children. He enjoys spending time with his family, collecting and drinking wine, golfing, flying, pheasant hunting, and he’s an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan.

Areas of Expertise

  • Shifting From Advisor to CEO
  • Future of the Profession
  • Growing an Advisor Business

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Accolades

  • Barron's Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductee
  • Barron's Top 1200 Financial Advisors: #1 in Nebraska
  • Barron's Top 100 Financial Advisors: #9 in US
  • Barron's Top 100 Independent Advisors: #2 in US
  • Barron's Top 100 Independent Advisors for 10 Years Straight
  • Barron's Top RIA Firm Executives
  • Forbes Financial Times 300 Top RIAs
  • Forbes America’s Top Wealth Advisors
  • Forbes Best In State Wealth Advisors: #1 in Nebraska
  • Wealth Management Industry Award Finalist: Social Media Leadership, Thought Leadership, & Innovator of the Year
  • WealthManagement.com Top 25 High-Net-Worth Advisors
  • Investopedia Top 10 Advisors
  • Investment Advisor Top 25
  • Invest in Others Award Recipient

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Executive Leadership

Brian Green

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy

Teri Shepherd

President

Janet Anderson

Chief Operating Officer, Carson Partners

Alex Rodawig

Managing Director & Head of Carson Wealth

Ben Mathis

Chief Information Officer

Jud Mackrill

Chief Marketing Officer

Kim Reed

VP, Finance & Accounting

Dan Tobin

Chief Risk Officer

Kelsey Ruwe

Chief of Staff

Nelly Carson

Chief Comfort Officer

Ron Carson

Founder & CEO

Scott Conroy

Managing Partner, Business Consulting & Training

Lantz Hunt

Chief Transformation Officer

Aaron Schaben

President

Executive Board

Teri Shepherd

President

Jim Brown

Board Member

Ron Carson

Founder & CEO

Kevin Bhatt

Board Member

Aaron Schaben

President

Coaching & Consulting

Jaclyn Peal

Vice President, Business Consulting

Joanna Swanson

Vice President, Advisor Development

Pam Burwell

Senior Operations Associate

Diana Koger

Client Relationship Specialist

Mindy Dalrymple

Client Relationship Specialist

Bobby Steinau

Vice President, Business Consulting

Scott Conroy

Managing Partner, Business Consulting & Training

Jason Carver

Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

Business Development