About Us - Video Introduction with CEO, Mike Kurz
Mike Kurz, CIMA®, CFP®, CAIA, CPWA®
Chief Executive Officer – Financial Planner
Mike has spent 20 years in the corporate world of Wealth Management in counselling Investors and Financial Advisors. His professional experience includes coaching on investment advisory programs, private equity, hedging strategies along with formalized Financial Planning and he often speaks at wealth management events, conferences and workshops.
Mike shares that, "The greatest pleasure in helping others encompasses using technical knowledge strengthened by creativity and shared experiences to inspire my audience to develop their personal call to action."
Education and Certifications
Mike earned his B.B.A in Finance at Midwestern State University and is an Investment Advisory Representative. In addition, he is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM designee, Certified Investment Management Analyst® professional, a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designee and a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® professional. Mike previously served as the founder and President of the North Texas Investment Management Consultants Association Chapter. In addition, Mike volunteers time for Financial Literacy Education and Research.
Have Fun - Stay Young!
Outside of the boardroom or classroom, Mike rides dirt bikes for fun, and enjoys cycling on both mountain bikes and road bikes. In addition, Mike is proud to be a voting member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Mike and his wife Melinda are 16-year residents of Frisco and have enjoyed raising their two children and family dog “Baxter” in this growing North Texas community.
Certifications and Designations to Investigate
Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) is an advanced professional certification for advisors who serve high-net-worth clients. It’s designed for seasoned professionals who seek the latest, most advanced knowledge and techniques to address the sophisticated needs of clients with a minimum net worth of $5 million. Unlike credentials that focus specifically on investing or financial planning, the CPWA program takes a holistic and multidisciplinary approach.
Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification is the peak international, technical portfolio construction program for investment consultants, analysts, financial advisors and wealth management professionals. The CIMA program is distinctive as one of only a few global certifications in financial services to meet international accreditation and quality standards for certification programs.
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® (CAIA®) is the globally-recognized credential for professionals managing, analyzing, distributing, or regulating alternative investments. The global authority in alternative investment education and an internationally recognized finance credential and the gateway to a network of more than 10,000 alternative investment leaders in more than 95 countries.
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professionals are rigorously trained in 72 areas of financial expertise and must accrue thousands of hours of experience prior to earning their certification. With a CFP® professional, you get a financial planner partner committed to working in your best interest and the confidence that comes with building a comprehensive plan. Through the Code of Ethics, CFP® practitioners agree to act fairly and diligently when providing you with financial planning advice and services, putting your interests first. The Code of Ethics states that CFP® practitioners are to act with integrity, offering you professional services that are objective and based on your needs. They are required to provide you with information about their sources of compensation and conflicts of interest in writing.