In December of 2007 Rich created IAM Financial to serve clients seeking objective, affordable, independent advice. Prior to this, Mr. Feight was an investment advisor representative of Creative Financial Design, where he was responsible for the selection of securities used in, and management of, asset allocation portfolios for numerous client accounts. His career began as a registered representative of Vestax Securities Corp. where he was a fee-based advisor. Rich was also licensed in the state of Michigan with Jackson National Life to advise and sell life insurance.
Rich is a graduate of Michigan State University where he received his degree in Finance. Rich has earned the Certificate of Financial Planning from The College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado that was comprised of intense graduate level classes grounding him in the various foundations of financial planning. He is a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner®) since 2001, meeting the experience, education requirements and passing the two-day, 10 hour exam, making him one of the few in the country who hold the designation.
Rich became an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service in January 2011. An Enrolled Agent is a federally authorized tax practitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation, and who is empowered by the Department of Treasury to represent tax payers before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals. Only Enrolled Agents, attorneys and CPAs may represent taxpayers before the IRS.
Since 2004, Rich has subscribed to the stringent and mandatory annual educational hours, experience, and code of ethics to meet the requirements to be a NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor. Out of the 800,000 individuals in the country who claim they are financial advisors/planners, fewer than 2,000 in the country qualify for the membership; Rich is one of them.
Rich currently serves on the National Board of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors and on the Small Business Association of Michigan's Strategic Communications Committee. Rich is former as the membership director for the Midwest board of NAPFA, and a past President and Chairman of the Board of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Michigan, one of the largest and most influential of the FPA chapters in the country. Rich is also a past President for Transportation Toastmasters Club 4776 downtown Lansing where he enjoyed enhancing his speaking skills . He has been quoted in both local and national media from Noise Magazine and the Lansing State Journal, to FoxBusiness, CNBC, and Bloomberg, and industry news publications such as Investment News and Financial Advisor Magazine. Rich enjoys public speaking and has spoken at industry educational meeting, high schools, executive investment clubs, AARP conferences, and business educational seminars for companies looking to educate their employees. When he's not blogging for his own blog ThinkingBeyondNumbers.com, he's contributing to other financial pages at Investopedia.com, FIGuide.com, and NerdWallet.com. Rich views his role as a Fiduciary for his clients as the single biggest key to any planning relationship and strives to provide the most competent, unbiased and objective advice in the financial planning profession today.