Ryan Millar, MBA
Born: Spokane, WA. 1977.
Family: Wife, Katie. Kids: Aubrey, Julia, Grace, Nathan.
Education & Accreditations:
- B.S. Accounting, Brigham Young University*
- Master of Business Administration (MBA), Babson College**
*BYU Accounting is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the country (see here)
**The Babson College MBA has been ranked #1 in the country for entrepreneurship for the past 21 years by U.S. News & World Report (see here)
Joined PFG: February, 2013.
What do you enjoy most about wealth management?
I love helping people, period. Throughout my life, my most rewarding and memorable experiences have all revolved around serving, teaching, and helping others. With wealth management, helping is what I do every day! I am able to work through my clients’ complex financial issues and devise a plan that will lead to their ultimate financial independence. Creating this plan, teaching my clients how to implement it, and then celebrating their resulting financial success is what makes this work so enjoyable.
What do you love most about Practice Financial Group?
I appreciate most the high level of integrity that everyone here at PFG conveys. First, no matter the circumstance, we are upright and honest in all of our dealings. We never even approach the “gray area” in any of our internal or client-related decisions. In addition, each member of the PFG team freely owns up to any mistake he or she makes. Not only do we admit our mistakes internally, but as a company, if we ever make an error that affects a client, we acknowledge our part in the problem and go above and beyond to remedy the situation.
Other than to pay bills, why is PFG in business?
The question, “why are we in business?” is one that every business owner should ask in order to uncover the true motivation behind the work produced by the business. When Nate and I asked each other, what is our “why”, we both independently came up with the same answer: to help our clients do the most good in the world. The thinking behind this idea is that if our clients don’t have to worry about their money, then they can focus their energy elsewhere: serving more patients, making a difference in their church and community, etc.
What do you do at PFG?
I work with my clients to help them reach financial independence as quickly as realistically possible. To me, financial independence means not having to work for money. My main focus in implementing a plan for my client is to allow them to go to work, not because they have to for the money, but because they choose to. And then, when they choose not to, I want them to be able to walk away knowing that they will be set financially.
In addition to this main role, I also oversee the payroll, bookkeeping, and financial reporting side of the business, where we work to improve our systems and service in order to continually exceed our clients’ expectations.
What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?
Going back to school to get my MBA is one of my proudest achievements because I did it while I was a young father and holding down a full time job. Needless to say, this was quite the juggling act. During those two years, I remember many nights where I was happy to get 4 hours of sleep between studying and waking babies. But the things I learned during my MBA have been invaluable as I find myself giving almost as much business and entrepreneurial advice to my clients as I do financial advice.
What strengths of yours make you suited for what you do?
A little family history might help here. My dad is a retired accountant and I got my numbers brain from him. My mom, on the other hand, is a retired school teacher and I’d like to think I got a little of her talent in teaching. My ability to understand the financial side of things and then to teach it has helped immeasurably in serving the needs of my clients.
What are your interests outside of work?
I love my family and I spend most of my time outside of work playing with my kids and working with my wife to create a great home life. When I do find time for personal pursuits, I love playing sports (when my aging body allows) and reading. My favorite reading material, even during off-work hours, is business books and magazines.
What personal accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my amazing family. Making the BYU football team as a walk-on and going on a two-year church mission to Oklahoma are also big personal accomplishments. Educationally, getting a 720 on the GMAT, earning a 3.97 GPA in college, and being my high school’s valedictorian rank up there as well.
Prior Professional Experience:
- Intel Corp
- Forest Laboratories, Inc.
- Boston Scientific Corp
- Practice Financial Group, LLC