Leadership

Russell D. Crosson

President and CEO, Principal

Russ Crosson is President and CEO of Ronald Blue & Co. He was hired by Ron Blue in 1980 as the second employee of the newly founded firm. He has worked extensively in all areas of financial planning - specializing in comprehensive financial planning, estate planning, and transgenerational family planning. Prior to his current position, Russ served as Executive Director of The National Christian Foundation (NCF). Russ graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Education. Russ is the author of three books, Your Life…Well Spent, The Truth About Money Lies, and 8 Important Money Decisions for Every Couple.

Brian Shepler

Chief Financial Officer, EVP Client Services, Principal

Brian Shepler is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Client Services for Ronald Blue & Co., LLC. Leveraging his background in the investment banking and private equity fields, Brian also serves Ronald Blue & Co. clients who own family businesses, providing counsel regarding business succession, mergers and acquisitions, strategic growth planning, and corporate capital planning. Brian began his career with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and came to Ronald Blue & Co. in 2000 from SunTrust Banks, Inc. He received a BA in Mathematics from DePauw University and earned a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

Erik W. Daniels

Executive Vice President, Principal

Erik Daniels is the Managing Director for Ronald Blue & Co. Private Client Group. He has earned a reputation as a popular financial speaker, bringing an informative and entertaining perspective on money management to national as well as local venues. Prior to joining the firm in 1980, Erik worked as a senior accountant with Blue & Co., a CPA firm based in Indianapolis. He received a BS from Indiana University and a Masters in Taxation from Georgia State University. Erik is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Vince Birley, CFP®, AIF®

Chief Strategy Officer, Principal

Vince Birley is the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Advisor Services for Ronald Blue & Co, LLC. He serves on the firm’s Management Committee and chairs the Investment Policy Committee, which shapes the investment policy for the firm. Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Vince was a Founder and Principal with Atlantic Capital Management, LLC, where he served as Managing Partner. Vince holds a BA in Business from Central College and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant. He also recently earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional designation.

Deborah Kimery, CFA

Executive Vice President of Operations, Principal

Deborah Kimery is the Executive Vice President of Operations and a principal of Ronald Blue & Co. She leads the Advisor Services Teams that are responsible for the service and support for Ronald Blue & Co. financial advisors and their staff. Before joining Ronald Blue & Co., Deborah was a Vice President with ING North America Investment Centre, Inc. Deborah earned her BS in Accounting and Finance as well as an MBA in Management from Miami University. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Patty Warren

Vice President of Human Resources, Principal

As Vice President of Human Resources and Professional Development for Ronald Blue & Co., Patty provides organizational leadership in all people- related areas including recruitment and retention strategies, compensation and benefit administration, succession planning, internal communication, and professional development. Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Patty worked for Psycare America d/b/a Rapha and Charter Medical Corporation as the Human Resource Director.

  • We cannot control the events of life, just our response to those events.

    Bob Stoddard

    Managing Director

    Montgomery, AL

  • Assisting people in finding clarity and contentment in their finances through unchanging principles is the reason I am a financial advisor at Ronald Blue & Co.

    Jason Gehl

    Sr. Financial Advisor

    Phoenix, AZ

  • We live in a complex world and a major part of our role is to help simplify the world for our clients.

    Erik Daniels

    Executive Vice President

    Atlanta, GA

  • It does not matter how much or how little you have, everyone deserves to receive good advice

    Jamey Gibson

    Personal Financial Advisor

    Atlanta, GA

  • I enjoy being on the journey with our clients and enjoy seeing them accomplish big things in their lives.

    Melanie Fitzgerald

    Personal Financial Advisor

    Atlanta, GA

  • Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one. - Benjamin Franklin

    Charles Terry

    Financial Advisor

    Charlotte, NC

  • The joy I get from my career comes from working with clients and helping them make informed, sound financial decisions so that they can spend time on things that matter most to them.

    Scott Kiesel

    Sr. Financial Advisor

    Indianapolis, IN

  • We tie everything back to our clients’ goals, quantify their financial goals, and then help to make sure they are doing the right things with their money to help them achieve those goals.

    Jim Wise

    Managing Director

    Orlando, FL

  • My greatest desire is to serve my clients well and advance the Kingdom of God through the exercise of wise stewardship.

    Don Vanden Brink

    Financial Advisor

    Holland, MI

  • I`ve been with the firm over 14 years. The vision of the firm is so powerful and I`ve seen the results in the lives of our clients.

    Carol Jackovich

    Personal Financial Advisor

    Atlanta, GA