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.

  • My first meeting with a client is sitting down and asking the question, 'What's most important to you?' because it's about legacy not numbers.

    Sherry Teat

    Financial Advisor

    Charlotte, NC

  • 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

  • Money is often a source of anxiety in people’s lives. My goal is to help each client achieve peace of mind regarding their financial decisions. This is accomplished by helping them apply the biblical principles of finances to their unique situations.

    George Andrews

    Managing Director

    Orange County, CA

  • I believe the clients of Ronald Blue & Co. are exceptional, and we consider the task of serving this group of individuals, families, and organizations a blessing, a privilege, a unique opportunity, and an awesome responsibility.

    Zack Fulmer

    Sr. Financial Advisor

    Orlando, FL

  • The opportunity to have someone come alongside you and help make decisions and have a rhythm to your decision making has been transformative in my own life.

    Dan Grover

    Sr. Financial Advisor

    Charlotte, NC

  • The number one priority in our firm is to take care of our clients and adopt the mindset that we are sitting on the same side of the table as them.

    Aaron Klopfenstein

    Managing Director

    Indianapolis, IN

  • Our clients value our team approach where they can come to our firm and have the full financial picture understood and taken care of all in one place.

    Lori Davis

    Partner

    Orange County, CA

  • I firmly believe in what we do and I love serving clients. I love when those two things can come together.

    Janine Zeltwanger

    Sr. Financial Advisor

    Indianapolis, IN

  • My desire for myself and my clients is to hear God say “Well done good and faithful servant”, and experience these true riches. In our fallen world, it is so easy to get distracted but our time on earth is preparing us for eternity.

    John Yukawa

    Sr. Financial Advisor

    Chicago, IL