President and founder,
Capital City Wealth Management
- Previous job was detecting and removing roadside bombs.
- Guilty pleasures are whiskey and cigars.
- Would like to dine with Teddy Roosevelt, Freddy Mercury and Dan Carlin, host of "Hardcore History" podcast.
Benjamin Brandt, certified financial planner and president of Capital City Wealth Management, spent eight years in the Army National Guard, which included a 15-month deployment in Iraq. He exemplifies Army values in his life and work, especially the ideals of "selfless service" and "integrity."
After leaving the military, he decided to enter the financial advice profession, inspired by his grandfather.
"He planted the seed. He had a broker and laddered CDs, and I remember him showing me the paperwork when I was six years old," Mr. Brandt said. "When he died when I was 18, my grandmother was financially illiterate. I started to help her understand how to turn that savings into income."
As a result, he specializes in retirement and pre-retirement clients.
After spending seven years working for a large insurance company, Mr. Brandt decided to strike out on his own in 2014, becoming the first ever NAPFA-affiliated firm in North Dakota.
Giving back is important to him and Mr. Brandt uses his passion for teaching to share his knowledge for free with the public and the profession. He teaches local adult education classes in personal finance, blogs and podcasts regularly, and participates in webinars to teach other advisers about marketing.
His free time is taken up with regular activities with his wife and kids, which includes taking care of one-year-old foster triplets. The Brandts are strong advocates for foster care.
"You're paying something forward to another human to change the trajectory of their life," he said.