Carl von dem Bussche, CFP®, AIF®
Founder and President
As the Founder and President of Financial Guidance Group, Carl takes his role as a fiduciary fee-only Advisor seriously by providing unbiased wealth planning and investment management advice. Helping people attain and manage their financial goals is Carl's passion and mission. Navigating the complexities of the financial markets can be a daunting task to most people. That's why having a knowledgeable professional on your side who has no industry or product affiliations will assure you of getting objective financial advice. Carl helps his clients avoid major financial mistakes by simplifying and organizing their financial lives and providing them peace of mind through the professional management of their finances.
Carl has more than 35 years of experience in the wealth planning and investment management field. He has been a fee-only planner since 1995, one of the first in the Tampa Bay area. He believes there are inherit conflicts of interest when a planner stands to gain financially from the products he recommends. Caveat emptor(buyer beware) Advisors calling themselves fee-based can receive fees paid by you, commissions, or revenue sharing arrangements on the products they sell.
Carl has received numerous prestigious industry designations. They include: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional, from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado; Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®), from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh; and is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor™ awarded by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA™), the nation's premier organization of comprehensive fee-only planners. Earning those designations required meeting stringent education, examination, and experience requirements. Keeping the designations demands adhering to a strict code of ethics and maintaining a vigorous program of ongoing continuing education. NAPFA™ requires their members to receive double the number of continuing education credits than required by the CFP Board of Standards. He is also a graduate of St. Petersburg College with an A.A. degree in business.
Other financial professionals rely on Carl's knowledge and experience. He has served as an expert witness in financial mediations and has acted as an industry arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He also works closely with several local certified public accounting firms, providing financial advice and investment management expertise to their clientele.
Carl and his family are life-long residents of the Tampa Bay area. When he is not working, Carl enjoys spending time with his wife of 39 years, Cindy, their grandchildren Aubrey Mae, Adelie Kate, Jakob Axel, & Jaxen Isaak.
Christoph von dem Bussche, CFP®
Christoph joined Financial Guidance Group, Inc. full-time in April of 2005 after working as a team leader in the back office of the Tampa, FL headquartered broker/dealer, INVEST Financial Corporation. Christoph completed his NASD Series 7 exam in 2004 and his NASD Series 66 exam in 2005. He graduated from college in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Clearwater Christian College. Christoph earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ mark of distinction in 2006 and is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor™ awarded by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the nation's premier organization of comprehensive fee-only planners. Christoph also worked as an intern for Financial Guidance Group, Inc. during college. Christoph, his wife Tiffany, and their sons Jakob & Jaxen reside in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Diane Campbell came to Florida early in her life. She is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College with a B.S. degree in Business Education. Her background includes teaching business courses on the high school and college level. She worked in banking for seven years in accounting and as a secretary and worked for a trucking company as assistant Human Resource Director, Supervisor of Payroll and in the accounting department. She enjoys a challenge and loves to use her organizational skills. Diane also holds a real estate license and is a published author of books, articles, poetry and short stories. She is actively involved in teaching children at her church, singing in the choir, and writing programs. In her "spare" time she enjoys sewing, floral arranging, decorating for programs, scrapbooking and going to car shows with her husband of 46 years. They have two daughters and five granddaughters.
Cindy von dem Bussche
Client Relationship Manager
Cindy is responsible for Client Relationship Management. A Pinellas County native, Cindy ensures that client office visits, meeting functions and social contacts are handled with excellence, care and proficiency. She is a graduate of St. Petersburg College and attended the University of South Florida, majoring in Music. Cindy enjoys her role as homemaker, wife, mother and Nana to her four grandchildren.