About Michael . . . . . .
Hi, I’m Michael Ruger. I’m the managing partner of Greenbush Financial Group and the creator of the Money Smart Board blog. I created the blog because there are a lot of events in life that require important financial decisions. The goal is to help our readers avoid big financial missteps, discover financial solutions that they were not aware of, and to optimize their financial future. I have been featured in the Washington Post, ABC News, The Seattle Times, Fox Business, and other national media outlets.
Whether you are planning for retirement, purchasing your first house, or a business owner looking for advanced tax strategies, I designed the blog to put our best financial planning, investment, and tax strategies out in the open for all to see and benefit from.
I genuinely love finance. I have been in the financial planning and investment industry for over 15 years. My career started in the investment department of a bank that specialized in employer sponsored retirement plans. I later obtained by CFP® designation and expanded into personal financial planning and investment management. At the age of 26 , I became the Chief Investment Officer of Greenbush Financial Group and over the past 10+ years we have grown the firm to over $260,000,000 in client assets. I maintain the following well recognized designations:
- Certified Financial Planner
- Qualified 401(k) Administrator
- Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
My Family & Hobbies
Family wise, I’m married to my wife Joelle and we have three daughters, Maddie, Ellie, and Mia. The only other male in the house is my French Bulldog named “Knox”. We are fully emerged in what I have come to call the “organized chaos of life” juggling work, kid’s sports, house projects, homework, family gatherings, etc. For fun, I’m big into running and anything fitness related. I’m also a super early riser. My day typically starts at 4am with a run or workout and then the work day begins from there. Love it!