Tom Ruggie, ChFC®, CFP®, and Morgan Hatfield of Ruggie Wealth Management Have Both Received the 2016 Five Star Wealth Manager Award

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

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Thomas H. Ruggie, ChFC®

"I believe we have earned this distinction because we take the time to understand our clients and their needs and take our fiduciary responsibility to put their needs above our own very seriously.”

Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Thomas H. Ruggie, ChFC®, CFP®, president, and Morgan Hatfield, retirement specialist, of Ruggie Wealth Management have been chosen as Five Star Wealth Managers for 2016.

Five Star Professional partnered with Orlando magazine to recognize a select group of Orlando-area wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients. Thomas H. Ruggie, ChFC®, CFP®, and Morgan Hatfield are featured, along with other award winners, in a special section of the May issue.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for this award,” said Thomas Ruggie of Ruggie Wealth Management. “I believe we have earned this distinction because we take the time to understand our clients and their needs and take our fiduciary responsibility to put their needs above our own very seriously.”

Ruggie Wealth Management provides services to individual and corporate clients, as well as to a select group of endowments and foundations. As the flagship company of Ruggie Capital Group, Ruggie Wealth offers a broad range of services and products to help clients achieve their financial goals. Ruggie Capital Group is now developing a multifamily office to expand their continuum of services to high-net-worth clients.

“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,” says Jonathan Wesser, Research Director, Five Star Professional.

The firm has offices in Tavares, Winter Park and The Villages®, FL.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria: 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 (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*); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients; 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 awarded. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The award methodology does not evaluate the quality of services provided and is not indicative of the winner’s future performance. 632 Orlando wealth managers were considered for the award; 120 (19 percent of candidates) were named 2016 Five Star Wealth Managers.

*To qualify as having a favorable regulatory and complaint history, the person cannot have: 1. been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a suspended or revoked license, or payment of a fine, 2. had more than three customer complaints filed against them (settled or pending) with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process, 3. individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority, 4. filed for bankruptcy, or 5. been convicted of a felony.

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