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Ben Gardner, CFP®

Planner Associate

Ben Gardner, CFP<sup>®</sup>

As Planner Associate, Ben reviews and updates clients’ financial plans and investment portfolios, assists Planners with analysis and preparation for client meetings, and provides a primary service point of contact for a group of TNLPG clients.

After graduating from Hope College in 2016 with a degree in Accounting, Ben began his professional career at a public accounting firm in Grand Rapids, MI. After working multiple years in the firm’s audit unit and earning his Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation, Ben went to graduate school at Elmhurst University. After earning his MBA while serving as the graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team, Ben’s strong passion to help others reach their personal goals led him to a career in financial planning.

Ben Gardner, CFP®

In his free time, Ben enjoys staying active through playing sports and traveling. A former college athlete, Ben loves to play basketball and tennis. Ben enjoys traveling out West to explore national parks or to Michigan to hike the dunes. As the starter of a book club, he also enjoys reading, particularly biographies, leadership, and mystery books.

TV Show: Game of Thrones
Movie: The Dark Knight
Food: Mexican
Drink: Iced Coffee
Band: Bon Iver
Concert: Judah & the Lion
Book: Scar Tissue
Author: Timothy Keller
Childhood Memory: Summer basketball and family camps
Pro Sports Teams: Indianapolis Colts & Indiana Pacers
College Sports Teams: Hope College Flying Dutchmen, Elmhurst University Bluejays
Athlete: Peyton Manning, Roy Hibbert
Board Game: Settlers of Catan
Card Game Euchre
Charity: Make Your Own Ball Day, Young Life
Lake: Michigan
Brewery: Founders