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Michael Cranford

Michael Cranford, CFP®, CWS®, CAP®

Sr. Private Wealth Advisor, Partner
Charlotte, NC

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Michael Cranford is a senior private wealth advisor for the Private Wealth division and partner of Ronald Blue Trust and serves his clients out of the office in Charlotte, North Carolina.

As an experienced wealth advisor to individuals, families, and businesses, Michael uses his objective perspective to help clients make wise financial decisions to experience clarity and confidence and leave a lasting legacy. His goal is to help those he serves focus on the things that matter most to them. Michael and his team integrate financial planning, investment management, and trust services into financial plans tailored to his clients’ needs.

Prior to joining Ronald Blue Trust in 2008, Michael worked as the director of business retention and expansion for the Union County Partnership for Progress, where he focused on helping both small and large businesses flourish and grow in Union County, NC.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Wingate University with a BS in finance. Michael is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certificant, holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation, and is a Certified Wealth Strategist® (CWS®).

Active in his community, Michael serves as a board member at multiple organizations, including Greyfriars Classical Academy and Caleb Ministries. He has also served for several years as a trail guide at his local chapter of Trail Life USA. In addition to his volunteer work, Michael is passionate about local agriculture. Along with his wife and three sons, Michael maintains a small farm at their home in Midland, NC where they seek to use agriculture as a means to teach the Lordship of Christ over all the earth.

Michael and his family are members of a local church in Matthews, NC.

"We first called Ronald Blue Trust to determine how soon I could retire. Our Ronald Blue Trust advisor guided us on a spiritual path at exactly the right time to focus us on God’s will at this stage of our lives and we will be forever thankful."

"I've been involved with financial planners for well over 40 years. There's very few of them that do it like Ronald Blue Trust. Very few concentrate on giving as part of the overall plan."

"Working with our Ronald Blue Trust advisor and their team of experts has been a 'game changer' for us to ensure we are managing our wealth wisely and being generous with the time, talents, and treasure we’ve been given--all from a biblical worldview."

Resources from Michael

  • Navigating Economic Disruptions: The Importance of Identifying Behavioral Biases