About Rural Electric Planning Group, LLC

Choosing a financial partner is about far more than just finances. Here at Rural Electric Planning Group, LLC, we take pride in having an understanding of how your benefits work so we can tailor options and services to better serve your retirement planning needs.

Our mission is to provide sound recommendations designed for your greatest benefit. We strive to eliminate the guesswork often associated with retirement planning by providing clear information and recommendations. We assist in the design and then implement a plan for your retirement. We then remain by your side, monitoring how the plan is working, making any necessary adjustments as life changes along the way.

Retirement represents a fundamental change in your life. For some, retirement might seem like you’re sailing off into the sunset or beginning a permanent vacation. To you, it might be one of the scariest things you’ve ever done, yet most retirees don’t match that with a fundamental change in their portfolios or investment philosophy. Our primary focus is to assist those who are planning for, entering into, or are already in retirement make the transition smoothly.

Meet Tim Eckel

President, Rural Electric Planning Group, LLC, 5D3_5570Tim is a graduate of Western Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Army he spent 18 years in the building materials industry with two Fortune 500 firms.  Tim has been a resident of Georgia since 1989 and has been a financial services consultant since 1991. He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), a Registered Representative, an Investment Advisor Representative, a Licensed Insurance Agent, and has successfully completed the two year Financial Planner Program at Oglethorpe University. To stay on top of his field and develop his professional skills, Tim regularly attends financial industry training and certification programs and frequently attends utility association conferences.

Tim regularly conducts retirement educational programs on the use of financial products and services for local utility/EMC employees. He strongly emphasizes conservative income strategies, tax-advantaged accumulation and distribution, prudent healthcare cost management strategies, and Social Security benefit maximization. Tim is also a member of the GEMC Suppliers Group.

Maintaining a strong sense of community and a solid professional foundation are very important to Tim.  He has been actively involved in financial industry organizations, community civic groups, and his local church. In his leisure, Tim enjoys golf, tennis, gardening, travel, and politics. He and his family have resided in Cummings, Georgia for over 20 years.

Meet Blake Eckel

img_3567blakephotoBlake is young, ambitious, and eager to learn. Each new day adds experience to his resume’. Education and earning professional designations are an ongoing part of his formal learning process. On the other hand, Blake feels his youth is his greatest asset. It gives him time to learn the business the proper way – slow, deliberate, and methodical.

Blake’s father, Tim Eckel, is his mentor. Tim’s been a self-employed financial advisor for over 25 years! Blake feels he’s his greatest resource and will not hesitate to consult “dad” for feedback and direction, when needed.

Blake’s personal goals are to help as many people understand the importance of protecting their family, and starting to save early in life for retirement. And, secondly, he wants to advance his knowledge of the financial services industry by taking accredited courses offered by the American College. Currently, he is a licensed insurance agent.

While government and employer offered retirement plans may be part of the solution, he believes we must all take personal responsibility for our financial security throughout life. It’s not hard. It just takes a little discipline and commitment.

If you’re looking for unconventional solutions to age-old problems, Blake would like to apply for the job of being your “agent of change”.

Blake is a native Georgian who resides in Atlanta. Anything having to do with technology, he embraces. He plays golf, and at 6’6” tall, is your atypical hockey player, who on the ice, can be very intimidating. Off the ice, he’s a real nice guy.

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