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Tom Ruggie, ChFC®, CFP®
Tom Ruggie, ChFC®, CFP®
Founder and CEO
About Me
Some of the most successful people in the world were born into it. Tom Ruggie started with nothing – the son of divorced parents, living in a single-wide mobile home in the “middle of nowhere”, struggling to graduate from high school — and through hard work, talent, tenacity, and a burning drive for excellence and innovation created one of the preeminent wealth management firms in the country. After excelling in college at the University of Central Florida, Tom went right into the financial industry in 1991, founding Central-Florida based Ruggie Wealth Management from scratch more than 30 years ago. In July 2023, Destiny Wealth Partners, the independent RIA that includes Ruggie Wealth, Destiny Family Office and Nichols Wealth Partners, exceeded $1B in assets under management.

Tom has become one of the most respected financial advisors in the industry, receiving national recognition as a top-performing investment advisor by organizations including:

  • 7X Forbes/Shook Research “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors” – 2024 (#1 N Florida)

  • InvestmentNews Awards “RIA Team of the Year” – 2024

  • 12X Barron’s “Top 1200 Financial Advisors” – 2024

  • Forbes “Top 250 RIA Firms” – 2023 (#7 Florida, #155 U.S.)

  • InvestmentNews “Top 75 Fastest-Growing Fee-Only RIAS” – 2023

  • 11X Financial Advisor Magazine “Top RIA’s/Fastest-Growing Firms” – 2023

  • 3X Family Wealth Report Awards Finalist - 2024

  • Forbes Finance Council Since 2016

He has also had his insights and thought leadership reflected in articles published in financial media giants including Forbes.com, Crain Currency, and as a monthly contributor to Kiplinger.

The Florida native has served on numerous boards of directors serving for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and foundations. He was appointed by the Governor to the Florida Prepaid College Plan which manages more than $10 billion in assets and serves over 80,000 college students annually and served as its vice-chairman.

In 2013, he and wife Kim created the Tom and Kim Ruggie Family Foundation to support projects that strengthen the bond of families, improve the quality of people’s lives and enhance opportunities for access to life-enriching services such as healthcare and education.

In 2018, Tom was named to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) Board, which is committed to helping children in Central Florida, especially those most at risk, realize their full potential.

Tom, his wife, son, daughter and son-in-law are ‘addicted’ to CrossFit and working-out in general. In 2020, Tom earned the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer designation.

He also enjoys traveling with his family, red wine and has a significant sports’ memorabilia collection.

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