Well, here it goes…..our very first blog post. Everyone said that the first one is the hardest….I can assure you they were right. After a lot of thinking I decided it would be best to introduce myself and provide some background about me, our company and this blog.
I am Jeffrey Miller, an Owner and Investment Advisor Representative, for Courage Miller Partners. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, I graduated from Norfolk Collegiate School and then attended Virginia Tech where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and my Master of Accountancy. After working for IBM and Duke University Health System, I finally made the decision to pursue my passion of personal finance and my desire to help others make better financial decisions.
I frequently get the question…..what do you do with your Biochemistry degree? I do the best thing I can imagine with that knowledge, I brew my own beer!
I now live in Chesapeake, VA with my amazing wife Melani and our three kids, Tyler, Mackenzie and Noah.
In late 2007, my partner Ralph Courage and I began officially working together. We made a decision to launch an independent company and opened the doors to Courage Miller Partners in August 2008. Well, opening doors is certainly figurative. We first started the business without finished office space, so our primary “office” was Ralph’s dining room. Because our office space was taking longer than anticipated to be completed, we moved into temporary office space. It was very raw and we ended up setting up plastic tables and chairs with cords running everywhere. Fortunately, the temporary office space was only for 4 weeks.
In October of 2008, we moved into our current location in the World Trade Center in Norfolk, VA. We recently renewed for 5 additional years.
After tremendous deliberation and research, we decided to walk away from the traditional broker/dealer arrangement in favor of a fully independent company that allows us to focus on what we enjoy most about what we do, help our clients. As a result, Courage Miller Partners is a fee only Registered Investment Advisor only compensated by our clients for our advice and not for any transactions or investment products through commissions.
Much to the dismay and surprise of our former firm…..we have not failed to thrive.
We are very grateful to all our clients for giving us the opportunity to help them with their financial planning and investment needs. We have developed tremendous friendships over the years with our clients. We feel that they are part of our family.
As dedicated professionals, we feel that we are also responsible for educating you about finances. We want to provide information that is useful for everyone to make better financial decisions, and that is what we hope to accomplish with our blog. We are going to cover information from retirement plans and budgeting to markets and economic data. Our goal is to cover topics about finance that will help you make better financial decisions.
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