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    E. Kim Dignum, CFP®, ChFC®

    Founder

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    Ryan A. Dignum, CFP®, EA 

    Senior Advisor

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    Shana Wright

    Office Manager

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    Hope Caldwell

    Office Assistant

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    E. Kim Dignum, CFP®, ChFC®

    Founder

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    E. Kim Dignum is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Chartered Financial Consultant®, General Securities Principal, and Investment Adviser Representative through Commonwealth Financial Network®. She has been providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services to Tarrant County since 1986.

    E. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is frequently quoted by national magazines and newspapers and has appeared on national television (Peter Jennings, World News Tonight) and radio (NPR), in addition to delivering financial speeches to local organizations and corporations. Her outstanding reputation and commitment to the community are evidenced by the many boards and organizations in which she participates.

    E. Kim is married with three adult children and three grandchildren. She is an avid golfer, a world traveler, and a private pilot.

    Honors

    Fort Worth, Inc. Fastest Growing Companies (2021)
    Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors 2020 (#333 in the country) 2021 (#320 in the country)
    Forbes Best in State Wealth Advisors 2019 (#51 in North Texas) 2020 (#74 in North Texas)
    Commonwealth’s Chairman’s Advisor (2013-2020)
    Five Star Professional (2012-2021)
    Legacy of Women Honoree (2017)
    National Public Radio (2007)
    National Center for Policy Analysis, Women in the Economy “Woman of the Month” (August 2003)
    Outstanding Women in the Workplace in Fort Worth (2002)
    Great Women of Texas Finalist (2001)
    Altrusa International Inc’s 1999 “Women of Distinction”

    Appeared on Peter Jennings World News Tonight (April 1998)

    Publications

    Author, Perfect Makes Practice, 2016

     

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    Ryan A. Dignum, CFP®, EA

    Senior Advisor

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    Ryan Dignum is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations, and is an Enrolled Agent. He also has earned two Bachelor’s of Science degrees in accounting and finance, with an additional major in pre-law economics, from Oklahoma State University. Ryan has been in the industry since 2009. He enjoys his free time ultra-running, cycling, participating in outdoor activities, and spending time with his family.

    Ryan works with all the Dignum Financial Partners clients developing comprehensive financial plans, including portfolio construction, retirement planning, tax planning, insurance and risk management, education planning, and estate planning.

    Honors

    Fort Worth, Inc Fastest Growing Companies (2021)
    Five Star Professional (2021)

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    Shana Wright

    Office Manager

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    Shana joined Dignum Financial Partners in May 2000. As office manager, she oversees the daily operations of the firm. Shana holds the FINRA Series 6 securities registration and is a Notary Public. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Chris, and has three children. Her hobbies include baseball, camping, and spending time with her family.

    Shana handles all aspects of client administration, including beneficiary designation changes, cost basis tracking, and capital gain and loss reporting. Additionally, she handles your checks and securities receipts, all account distributions, required minimum distributions, and she acts as a troubleshooter managing all your administrative functions.

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    Hope Caldwell

    Office Assistant

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    Hope joined Dignum Financial Partners as an office assistant in 2019. Hope holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Auburn University and has 30 years of experience in marketing and communications. Hope is an avid reader and advocate of public libraries, independent book stores, and literacy causes. Hope and her husband enjoy spending time with their family.

    She works part-time and handles internal administrative tasks, coordinating client events, scheduling, social media, and answering the phones.

     

    Dignum Dogs

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    Bogey

    Bogey is Kim’s 12-year-old Golden Retriever.  You will find him at the Dignum Financial Partners’ offices several days a week.  On Fridays, Bogey's day off,  you'll find him busy performing his community service by helping to deliver Meals on Wheels.

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    Gus

    Gus is Ryan’s 7-year-old Terrier mix rescued from the Fort Worth Animal Shelter.  From the first day he came to his forever home, he has been a perfect dog who enjoys long walks, destroying chew toys, cuddles, and an occasional swing in a baby swing.

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    Percy

    Percy is Ryan’s newest dog. He was rescued with the help of Mazie’s Mission in Carrolton.  Percy is also a Terrier mix who is about 2 years old.  He was rescued off the streets and believed to have always been homeless. He came with some issues but he is getting better each day.  He has become the sweetest dog to Ryan’s daughter and son.

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    Scout and Doe

    Scout is Shana’s chocolate Labrador.  He is a chill and mellow guy who loves to play with his sister, Doe.  Ever since she showed up on Shana’s doorstep, there was an instant connection, so Doe easily became part of their family!

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    *Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 4,007 Dallas/Fort Worth-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 309 (8% of candidates) were named 2021 Five Star Wealth Managers (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

    The ranking of Forbes’ Top Women Wealth Advisors(1) is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including a minimum of seven years of experience, a minimum of $1 million in production, and the weighing of factors including revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience, and best practices (gathered through telephone and in-person due–diligence interviews). SHOOK Research also employs an opinion-based weighting system that prioritizes its preferred “best practices,” which include business models, activities, processes, and structure. Overall, 9,785 advisors were considered, and 1,000 (10.2 percent of candidates) were recognized. For the full methodology (2) that Forbes developed in partnership with SHOOK Research, please visit forbes.com. (1)This recognition and the due diligence process conducted are not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. As your specific needs and circumstances may vary, you are encouraged to conduct your own due diligence. (2)Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. SHOOK does not receive a fee in exchange for rankings.

    Methodology Each advisor—selected by SHOOK Research—is chosen based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including in-person interviews; industry experience; compliance records; revenue produced; and assets under management. Forbes| SHOOK TOP ADVISOR DIRECTORY SHOOK does not receive compensation in exchange for its Top Advisor placements or rankings, which are determined independently (see methodology). Participation in this directory is limited to ranked advisors; once placed on a ranking, advisors may choose to pay fees to Forbes and Shook for premium listing features as indicated by highlighted names. Investors must carefully choose the right advisor for their own situation and perform their own due diligence. SHOOK’s research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. For more information, please see SHOOKresearch.com. SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.’

    Fort Worth Inc.’s Fastest-Growing Companies 2021 represents the third year the magazine has examined the firms and industries that are posting the region’s biggest growth. Companies were eligible to compete if they’re for-profit, generated at least $50,000 in revenue for 2016 and at least $1.5 million in revenue for 2019, and are based in Greater Fort Worth, including several surrounding counties. Companies were ranked based on three-year revenue growth through 2019 and didn’t take 2020 into account.