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.

C. Scott Houser, CFP®

Vice President, Principal

Scott joined Ronald Blue & Co. in 1981 and has served in multiple roles as he played a key part in establishing the company as a nationally recognized financial advisory firm. When he served as Chief Compliance Officer, Scott oversaw the risk management and securities compliance functions for Ronald Blue & Co. Currently Scott still devotes most of his time to the firm’s Compliance area, and he also oversees designated administrative area. He serves on the Management Committee and the Risk Management Committee of the firm. He earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant.

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.

  • Everyone needs a financial advisor. We are living in a world where more and more information is available and what's missing is the filter to process that information.

    Joe Helms

    Managing Director

    Seattle, WA

  • I love being a financial servant, helping others plan, manage, and give away the money they steward.

    Thomas Talbott

    Financial Advisor

    Baltimore, MD

  • 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

  • If we free up our clients to focus on what is most important in their lives, then we have done our job.

    Jeff Chinery

    Managing Director

    Atlanta, GA

  • Our bench of different subject matter experts frees me to be an “expert” on my client, which is exactly where I want my focus to be.

    John Dodd

    Sr. Financial Advisor

    Nashville, TN

  • I help my clients manage their wealth wisely, so they are free to focus on true riches. Luke 16:11

    Stan Huneycutt

    Sr. Financial Advisor

    Atlanta, GA

  • Two of the goals I have for all of my clients, relatives, and friends are 1) that they have peace of mind regarding their finances, and 2) that they feel like they are making intentional financial decisions consistent with their goals.

    Scott Goldsmith

    Financial Advisor

    Indianapolis, IN

  • 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

  • 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

  • The principal focus of a great financial planning and investment management strategy is to buy time: time to make lasting investments in family and friends, and time to pursue your life`s passions.

    Roby Kotcamp

    Sr. Financial Advisor

    Phoenix, AZ