Founder & CEO
Entelechy is a fee-only financial life planning & investment management company. Our mission is to help people use money as a tool to realize life goals and reach their full potential. No sales. No minimums. No hidden fees. No nonsense.
Hi, I’m Ben.
I created this business to help people like you feel more confident in their future, and to make better decisions regarding the resources that make up their personal wealth: time, human capital, & financial assets. My job isn’t to judge you for past decisions, but to empower you. I want to help you use your wealth as a tool to realize life goals and reach your full potential.
I grew up in Chicago, graduated from William & Mary in Virginia, and currently live and work in Bethesda, Maryland with my wife and our dog, Lilly. Prior to founding Entelechy, I had the honor of serving as a Financial Advisor and the Director of Operations & Technology for Focus Wealth Management, a fee-only investment advisory firm in Fairfax, Virginia managing over $260 million in client assets.
I’m a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), an Enrolled Agent (EA) federally-authorized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS, and a notary public commissioned in the State of Maryland.
Ben Brown is a Member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is a leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors - highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.
NAPFA members live by three important values:
- To be the beacon for independent, objective financial advice for individuals and families.
- To be the champion of financial services delivered in the public interest.
- To be the standard bearer for the emerging profession of financial planning
Entelechy is a flat fee-only financial life planning & investment management company. Our mission is to help people use money as a tool to realize life goals and reach their full potential.
No sales. No minimums. No hidden fees. No nonsense.
We believe in the power of financial planning as a process that continuously adjusts to the life events of our clients, and that our best work is accomplished for clients on an ongoing basis when they simultaneously engage us to fulfill their investment and tax strategies.
Financial Life Management
We call this integration of financial planning, investment management, and tax planning & preparation Financial Life Management, and charge one flat annual fee for this service that isn’t arbitrarily tied to the value of your investment portfolio or net worth. Unlike other advisors, we aren’t compensated by the sale of financial products, by charging 1-2% of assets under our management, or by a complexity calculation that attempts to justify higher fees based on your income or net worth. Our fees are based simply on the value of the comprehensive services we provide to clients who want to fully optimize their financial lives.
Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent: Three Important Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor.
- Comprehensive Financial Planning
- Retirement Income Planning
- Investment Management
- College Education Planning
- Tax Planning & Preparation
- Young Professionals
- Growing Families
- Retirees and Near Retirees
- Business Owners and Executives
- Sudden Money Situations
- In-Office Meetings
- Virtual Meetings
- Clearly Defined Fees
- No Product Sales
- Complimentary Initial Consultation
Professional Designations & Affiliations
Ben Brown is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is a leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.
Ben Brown is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional - Click for Verification
CFP® professionals are held to strict ethical standards to ensure financial planning recommendations are in your best interest. What’s more, a CFP® professional must acquire several years of experience related to delivering financial planning services to clients and pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Exam before they can use the CFP® designation.
Ben Brown is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS (Learn More)
An enrolled agent is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential awarded by the IRS.
Ben Brown is a Member of the XY Planning Network
The XY Planning Network is the leading organization of fee-only financial advisors who are focused on working with Generation X and Generation Y clients. Our mission is to connect consumers with best-in-class financial advisors who specialize in working with clients just like you.
Entelechy has access to Dimensional Funds
Dimensional Fund Advisors is a leading global investment firm that has been translating academic research into practical investment solutions since 1981. Guided by a strong belief in markets, the firm builds and implements strategies to help clients pursue higher expected returns. An enduring philosophy, strong client commitment, and deep working relationships with the academic community underpin Dimensional’s approach to investing and form the foundation for new strategies.
Contact Ben Brown
9011 Lindale Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817
409 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
2400 Old Brick Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
1655 N. Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
1200 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005