Founder and CEO
Co-Chief Investment Strategist
Ron Carson is Founder and CEO of Carson Group, which serves financial advisors and investors through its businesses including Carson Wealth, Carson Coaching, and Carson Partners. Founded in 1983, Carson Wealth has grown to become one of the largest wealth management firms in the country offering portfolio management and wealth planning services to high net-worth clients. Established in 1993, Carson Coaching has grown to become one of the leading advisor coaching programs in the country empowering advisors to overcome key business challenges through personalized coaching, proven strategies, marketing services, and a passionate community of thousands of advisors. Carson Partners empowers advisors to improve client service, efficiently run their practice, grow their business, and build a legacy through a turnkey integrated partnership. All three organizations are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska but serve a broad base of advisors and investors across the U.S. and Canada.
Ron first began honing his core principles while working from his dorm room at the University of Nebraska in 1983: a tenacious focus on serving clients’ best interests; a relentless pursuit of excellence across every activity; and a burning desire to learn, grow intellectually, and innovate. These driving principles enabled Carson Group to grow to over $15 billion in assets under advisement, which includes assets under management,* and have led Ron to receive many accolades. He is continually ranked among the top advisors by Barron’s magazine and was one of only two independent advisors inducted into Barron’s inaugural Hall of Fame.* Ron has been named to the Forbes list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors for several years*, included in Investopedia’s list of the Top 100 Financial Advisors (#4), recognized as an InvestmentNews Innovator, and acknowledged as an Inc. 5000 CEO of Carson Group, a two-time participant in the annual list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. He also appears regularly on broadcast media for FOXBusiness and Bloomberg as a leading expert advisor and commentator.
Ron is one of the most celebrated and respected financial advisors and executives in the industry—he is a sought after speaker, thinker, and investment strategist. In the spring of 2012, Ron continued to expand his industry leadership by co-founding aRIA. aRIA is a “think-tank” study group comprised of six forward-thinking RIA firms, which collectively manage more than $20 billion in client assets, and Advisor Growth Strategies, a leading consulting firm serving the wealth management industry. The group offers insight for advisors considering ways to enhance their firms’ enterprise values. As a member of the Financial Advisor Council of CNBC and frequent Forbes Contributor, Ron also writes guest columns and provides insight and frontline perspective to the CNBC Digital news team. In 2014, Ron joined The American College of Financial Services board of trustees for a three-year term. The College offers turnkey programs that produce effective advisors who are able to join a team and make an impact immediately, helping the industry by adding capacity, and building the next generation of advisors. Ron’s academic credentials include being a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Certified Fund Specialist, and a Chartered Financial Consultant.
Ron is also actively involved in the community. He and his wife, Jeanie, founded The Dreamweaver Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling end-of-life dreams for seniors with terminal illnesses. He also founded the American Charitable Foundation—a foundation established for a more efficient disposition of charitable assets—and served as a past President of the Child Saving Institute.
A nationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, Ron has shared his success principles through several books, including 2005’s Tested in the Trenches, 2007’s Avalanche, 2012’s second edition of Tested in the Trenches, and most recently The Sustainable Edge, released in 2016 and written for business owners who are seeking a fuller, more rewarding work-life balance.
Ron and Jeanie reside in Omaha and have three wonderful children. He enjoys spending time with his family, collecting and drinking wine, golfing, flying, pheasant hunting, and he’s an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan.
Getting to know Ron
Favorite Food: Wine
Favorite quote: “Today is the first day of the rest of our lives, make the most of it.”
Best piece of financial advice received: To get rich, concentrate. To stay rich, diversify.
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite movie: Top Gun
Hidden talent: Ron is an Auctioneer – he even went to Auctioneer school!
If Ron could meet anyone, past or present, it would be: Jesus
What motivates Ron: Leaving the world a better place than he found it
Place Ron would most like to visit: The moon
Favorite book: Tuesdays with Morrie
Something on Ron’s bucket list: To play golf at Augusta with Billy Payne…accomplished!
Biggest accomplishment: Three great kids
*Please note that the amount of CWM, LLC’s Assets Under Advisement is considerably larger than the amount of the firms regulatory Assets Under Management. Assets Under Advisement include regulatory Assets Under Management reported in CWM, LLC’s Form ADV I, in addition to assets with respect to which CWM, LLC may provide consulting and/or financial planning services, but does not have any management, execution or trading authority. CWM, LLC’s regulatory Assets Under Management can be found in Item 5.F of CWM, LLC’s Form ADV I, available at https://www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.
Recognition from rating services or publications is no guarantee of future investment success. Working with a highly rated advisor does not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance of results. These ratings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluations. Forbes ranking algorithm is based on quality of practice, including: telephone and in-person interviews, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations and quantitative criteria. Barron’s rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Factors included in the rankings: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. Financial Times candidate firms were scored based on six criteria: assets under management (AUM), AUM growth rate, years in existence, advanced industry credentials, online accessibility and compliance records. WealthManagement’s Top 25 High-Net-Worth Advisors are ranked by total assets under management. To land on the list, high-net-worth clients had to account for 76 percent or more of the firm’s business. Firms also had to have a focus on financial and retirement planning; institutional clients do not make up a substantial portion of their businesses.