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Ken's Story

I was broke! I painfully lost my life savings over 3 years on a software venture and was spending my last dollars paying employees… this was going to hurt. 

I remember the epic embarrassment sitting in the bankruptcy hearing. I was being grilled as if I was hiding assets somewhere. I found my attention fading in and out, dazed from the sobering reality upon me. How did I get here?

I had been a successful Investment advisor for 20 years, and now was working at a blue-collar job for $17/hr. swallowing my pride while answering to a child for a manager.

So why didn’t I just go back to Merrill Lynch? I had a clean career before I retired. Why didn’t I dial up one of my many connections and find a job back in Financial services for $150k/yr.? 

Some of my closest family members would prod me about this, but I knew something they didn’t. Traditional Financial Services are broken, and I couldn’t with good conscience go back. 

More Americans unprepared for retirement

While doing research for my second book, I ran across a statistic about Americans not being prepared for retirement and it hit me like a ton of bricks. In the early 1990’s, 67% of all Americans were unprepared for retirement, today that number is closer to 90%!

The reason: traditional financial services sells products and the potential performance of those products, (often under the guise of a financial plan) but that’s not what builds wealth.

After many conversations, my wife and I agreed bad things don’t happen to us, they happen for us. It was time to pick up the pieces. With the support of my wife, I worked tirelessly to reinvent myself. 

I wanted to fulfill the original reasons why I had become a financial advisor so many years ago. I wanted to be that force that people need to gain the financial independence they want. 

After 10’s of thousands of hours and years of putting what felt like good money after bad, we are happy to share with our great nation a means to break out of the vicious cycle robbing the lives of most every American.

We would be humbled to know you took the time to explore what this means to you and your family.

Blessings!

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CKnapp

Ken gave me my first money lessons that have served me well over 20 years.”

Chad K.

State employee

“Ken saved me hundreds of thousands. But more than that, he always had my best interest at heart – he REALLY cared.”

Rochelle P.

Business Owner

JRoberts

Ken protected me from losing my 401k!

J. Roberts

Engineer

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Ken Gulliver

Founder

For twenty-five years Ken has been a top quintile advisor at Merrill Lynch and a top 1% Investment Advisor (by revenue) in the United States.   

He is battle proven, calling the downturn of 2008 for his clients, and warns of the next that is upon us in his third hard-hitting book, Right Where They Want You: Why You’re Not Rich and What to Do about It.

But, more than that, multiple awards showcase his dedication to the people he serves. Ken has made it his mission to empower you to financially prosper. His goal is to create positive and real financial changes in your life and is committed to helping you live financially free.

A native Arizonian, Ken is a proud Marine Corps Veteran with a witty and fun approach to life. You can find Ken at the gym and listening to some of his favorite motivational speakers daily. Above all, he enjoys staying active in community with friends, neighbors and church working each new day to become a better version of himself.

Cindy Gulliver - Operations Manager UGRU

Cindy Gulliver

Operations Manager

Cindy has excelled in working for National and International Companies in areas such as office management, customer service and personnel supervisory where her back-office skills played an important role in the success of these companies. 

Cindy has always demonstrated a great ability to learn new things in fast ways due to her research skills and she has been able to adapt to quick changes and to the new and several tasks in the different roles she’s had during her career.

She currently manages the day-to-day operations for UGRU and as part of the creative team, Cindy keeps up with our design requests across UGRU.

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Cindy attended the National University in Heredia, where she obtained her degree in Fine Arts. Cindy is happily married to Ken and enjoys spending time at church as well painting, drawing and traveling. 

Leslie Villegas - Lead Management

Leslie Villegas

lead specialist

Born in Manila, Philippines. Leslie graduated with a Bachelor of Science Major in Tourism at College Of The Holy Spirit.

She’s a proud mom to two amazing boys  13 and 9, always trying to see things from their point of view where patience is her greatest secret.

Leslie plays a critical role as a liaison with UGRU helping our valued clients find the best next step in working with us. 

Her hobbies are singing, listening to music and watching series. She also love’s traveling and seeing new places.

Dinis Ueldanov - Our Lead Software Developer UGRU

Dinis Ueldanov

Chief Technology Officer

Dinis was born in 1987 and graduated with a double Master’s Degree at Bashkir State University in Applied Mathematics and Information Technology.

Dinis fell in love with books and learned to read prior to the age of four at the same time displaying his first signs of mathematical genius. Understanding his voracious appetite for learning, his parents realized that growing up in a small village located in the heart of Russia would only hold him back.

At the naïve age of twelve he left his home village to study in a boarding school in the city of Ufa where he aced all subjects including technical and language. Dinis is fluent in four languages including: English, Russian, Turkish and Bashkir. As well, he is in the process of learning Spanish.

After obtaining his Master’s degree, he promptly moved to the United States to enroll in two more years of English and further his understanding of the American culture he loves so much.

His hobbies are singing, writing music and learning in particular, new technologies. In the future he hopes to travel the world discovering the mysteries of humanity.

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