Mike Brown
Mike Brown, CFP®, CRPC® President & CEO, BFWA Senior Wealth Advisor, RJFS

For more than 30 years, Mike has been dedicated to helping his clients pursue their personal goals and financial independence. His ability to explain financial concepts in terms that his clients can easily understand helps to simplify their lives and bring clarity to their overall financial picture.

Brown Family Wealth Advisors helps clients prepare for the major events and milestones in their lives, with retirement perhaps being the biggest one of all. Along with helping clients plan for a successful transition into retirement, he and his team incorporate Social Security optimization strategies, Medicare planning, and estate planning into the comprehensive financial planning he and his team provide.

As the leader of the team, Mike devotes time each day to setting investment policy, developing and implementing investment and wealth management strategies, reviewing and managing client portfolios, meeting face-to-face with clients, and creating content for the team’s expansive social media presence.

He inspires his team to earn and keep their clients’ trust by: 1) telling clients the truth every time; 2) doing what they say they will do; and 3) always placing clients’ interests ahead of their own. Mike also believes that patience and discipline are two traits that are essential for financial success, so he incorporates both in his professional dealing and encourages others to do the same.

As a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, he holds one of the most respected financial planning credentials and the recognized standard of excellence in personal financial planning. He adheres to the CFP Board’s code of ethics for integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism, and diligence.

Mike is also a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM well-versed in retirement cash flow and income planning, employer-sponsored retirement plans, and estate planning. He holds Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

In 2022, Mike authored Your Way to True Wealth: How to Make It Happen, Make It Last, and Make It Matter, published by Greenleaf Book Group. The book was named an Amazon Bestseller on the first day of its release.

Mike has been a household name in St. Louis for more than three decades. He hosted the KMOX Money Show on KMOX Radio for 30 years, one of the station’s longest-running and most popular “At Your Service” programs. Mike also hosted the popular “News 4 Your Money” segment on KMOV-TV from 1986 to 1994. And he has also written an investment column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Before joining Raymond James in 2020, Mike was a managing director at UBS Financial Services, where he worked for 20 years. For six years prior to UBS, he was a vice president of investments at Prudential Security. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.

Mike has been active in community organizations throughout his career. He has served on the boards of Junior Achievement of St. Louis, the Missouri Council on Economic Education, and Businesspersons Between Jobs. He and his family have also been proud corporate supporters of the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Symphony, Nine PBS, and the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Mike was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised in North Carolina. He and his wife, Tammy, live in Kirkwood. Their son, Adam, is a financial advisor at the firm, and daughter-in-law Vicki Viefhaus also works in the practice.

Mike was named to the 2024 edition of the Forbes List of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors †. He was chosen as one of the AdvisorHub 200 Fast Growing Advisors to Watch in 2023. And he is a member of the Chairman’s Council at Raymond James Financial Services.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner,  CFP Logo Flame Design and  CFP Logo Plaque Design in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Raymond James is not affiliated with the above organizations.

† The Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor 2024 ranking, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. This ranking is based upon the period from 6/30/2022 to 6/30/2023 and was released on 4/3/2024. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of approximately 42,108 nominations, roughly 8,500 advisors received the award. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. Please visit https://www.forbes.com/best-in-state-wealth-advisors for more info.

2023 AdvisorHub 200 Fast Growing Advisors to Watch, is based on the period from 1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022 and was released on 6/20/2023. 1,246 nominations were received and 200 advisors won. Neither Raymond James not any of its advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award. More: https://bit.ly/3qxCFeY

Membership is based on prior fiscal year production. Requalification is required annually. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of an advisor’s future performance. No fee is paid in exchange for this award/rating.