Rick Kahler, MS, CFP®, ChFC, CCIM, and president of Kahler Financial Group (www.KahlerFinancial.com), is a life-long resident of Rapid City, South Dakota. He founded Kahler Financial Group in 1981 as the first fee-only financial planner in South Dakota.
In 2011, he was recognized by Wealth Manager magazine as the largest financial planning firm in a seven-state region. His firm specializes in the integration of financial coaching, counseling, and traditional financial planning. BusinessWeek named him one of the nation's most experienced financial planners in 2008.
He has served on and chaired the South Dakota Investment Council (managing $6 billion) and has served nationally in several leadership capacities with the Financial Planning Association. Kahler is also a nationally renowned speaker and educator. His workshops and seminars draw some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential people.
He is co-author of four revolutionary books on money: Conscious Finance: Uncover Your Hidden Money Beliefs and Transform the Role of Money in Your Life (FoxCraft, Inc., second edition 2007), The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge: 5 Principles to Transform Your Relationship with Money (HCI, 2006), Facilitating Financial Health (NUCO, 2008), and Wired For Wealth (HCI 2009). He is on the faculty at Golden Gate University where he teaches their Psychology of Money graduate course. In 2008 the Journal of Financial Planning named his reaserch paper as a winner of the annual Frontiers Award.
His pioneering work in financial therapy was featured in Wynonna Judd’s book Coming Home To Myself, (New American Library, 2005). The Wall Street Journal hailed this work as "an innovative effort that combines experiential therapy with nuts-and-bolts financial planning."
His work has been published or cited in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Money, Smart Money, BusinessWeek, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and 20/20 Show, MSNMoney.com, and the Journal of Financial Planning.