Rick Epple of Aurochs Financial Group Honored With the 2017 Five Star Wealth Manager Award

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Award winners represent a select group of wealth managers in the Twin Cities area.

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I greatly appreciate the opportunity to help our clients work towards and achieve their most important financial goals in line with their values.

Rick Epple, Aurochs Financial Group is featured in a special section of the January issues of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business as a 2017 Five Star Wealth Manager award winner.

Five Star Professional partnered with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business to identify and showcase an exclusive group of wealth managers who have demonstrated excellence in their field.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to help our clients work towards and achieve their most important financial goals in line with their values,” stated Rick Epple of Aurochs Financial Group.

The 2017 Five Star Wealth Manager award winners have been carefully selected for their commitment to providing quality services to their clients. The award is based on an in-depth research process incorporating peer and firm feedback with objective criteria such as client retention rates, client assets administered, industry experience and regulatory and complaint history.

“The research behind this award is extensive with each wealth manager being thoroughly vetted from numerous angles. We are proud to showcase these distinguished professionals,” stated Jonathan Wesser, Research Director, Five Star Professional.

Rick loved the help his financial advisor in San Diego gave to him and his wife, Madalyn, in the early 90’s. They needed help figuring out how to move two houses and two careers to Minnesota as they started their lives together. With his advisor’s support, he explored a career change and found financial planning to be a great fit to utilize both his technical skills and people skills.    

When asked about his business, Rick said, “Our core purpose is to provide our clients with peace of mind regarding their finances by balancing today with tomorrow. Because so much is possible with a strategic, consistently implemented plan, we’ve created a proprietary method called The Smart Decision Process™. This method ensures nothing is overlooked while creating a dynamic model for making smart decisions based on your most important objectives and values. Simply put, it allows for flexibility and diligence in achieving your goals throughout the planned and unexpected developments in your life. We’re here for the long-term with our clients. Ultimately, to be there to see you living that life of your dreams. We’re planning your success.”

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As de¬fined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not: A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them [settled or pending] with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy; E. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Ful¬filled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 2,304 Twin Cities wealth managers were considered for the award; 836 (37 percent of candidates) were named 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers.

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