Thomas H. Ruggie Recognized as One of America's Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors by Registered Rep. Magazine

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President of Ruggie Wealth Management Continues His Pursuit of Excellence, Receiving Yet Another Prestigious Industry Award

One of the Top 40 of the 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution

Thomas H. Ruggie, President of Ruggie Wealth Management in Tavares, Florida was recently named one of the "Top 100 Independent Advisors in America" by Registered Rep. magazine, a leading financial services industry publication. This annual ranking by Registered Rep. highlights many of the most prominent men and women in the field.

"We congratulate Mr. Ruggie for being recognized as one of the top independent financial advisors in the country," said Bill Dwyer, President of National Sales and Marketing for LPL Financial. "This accomplishment underscores his strong commitment to providing sound financial advice in the local community and to helping his clients achieve their long-term goals. We are proud to partner with Mr. Ruggie and support his accomplishments.

The magazine compiled registered Rep.'s 2010 ranking in-house. According to Registered Rep., advisors who personally manage at least $150 million in assets with a majority in client accounts were eligible for consideration and were ranked strictly by assets under management.

"This is a great testament to the terrific staff of professionals who've worked with me along the way and with whom I respectfully share this recognition." Ruggie says.

Mr. Ruggie is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), a Certified Financial Plannerâ„¢ (CFP®) and a 19-year veteran of the investment and financial planning industries. He began his career in 1991 and founded Ruggie Wealth Management to serve individuals, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. His entrepreneurial spirit, investment strategy and steadfast dedication to client service have allowed him to grow Ruggie Wealth Management into a boutique investment firm with $250 million under management.

In 2009, Florida Governor Charlie Crist appointed Mr. Ruggie to the Board of the Florida Prepaid College Plan, which manages nearly over $10 billion in assets, serves over 80,000 college students annually, and is the largest prepaid college plan in the country.

Mr. Ruggie is frequently quoted in the news media including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fox Business News and others. Mr. Ruggie has been nationally recognized as a top performing investment advisor by several investment media outlets including: Wealth Manager Magazine "Top Wealth Managers", 2010; Barron's "Top 1,000 Advisors", 2009; "Wealth Manager's Top Dogs", 2008; Wealth Manager, published by Summit Business Media; "Top 100 Wealth Advisors in the United States", 2006, 2007, 2008; Worth published by Sandow Media; Registered Rep Magazine "Top 100 Independent Broker/Dealer Advisors of 2010"; 401kwire "One of the Top 40 of the 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution" for 2010

About Ruggie Wealth Management:
Ruggie Wealth Management provides comprehensive asset management and financial planning services for individuals and businesses. Founded by Tom Ruggie, ChFC, CFP, who began his career in the investment industry in 1991, the firm represents a distinguished group of clients throughout the United States. Ruggie Wealth Management enjoys a well-deserved reputation for developing lasting client relationships, providing unbiased, research-driven financial advice and supporting other client needs through strategic alliances with experienced professionals.

About LPL Financial
LPL Financial is an independent broker-dealer with over 2,500 employees and offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. LPL Financial and its affiliates offer support to over 12,000 independent financial advisors who, in turn, provide independent financial advice to millions of Americans. For more information, please visit http://www.lpl.com. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.

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