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About Guide Financial Planning

As a young professional, Ben Wacek found himself working for financial firms with high asset minimums where he wouldn’t have even been eligible to be a client himself. Because of the business structure of his employers, he wasn’t able to help those closest to him- his family and friends.

He longed to work for a fee-only firm, free of conflicts of interest, where he could help anyone regardless of their net worth. He also wanted the freedom to bring the most important part of who he is into his work- his Christian faith.

Unable to find such a firm, he started one.


Here at Guide Financial Planning, we see ourselves as your financial guide on this journey called life. Money is confusing, but we’re here to help you figure it out.

Meet our Team

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Ben Wacek, CFP®, CKA®

Founder & Lead Financial Planner

Ben Wacek, CFP®, CKA® 

Founder & Lead Financial Planner

Upon graduation from Bethel University with a degree in finance, Ben entered the field of financial planning and never looked back. After working for several financial planning firms, earning his Certified Financial Planner™ designation and taking a short hiatus to attend his church’s leadership training program and find a wife, he launched Guide Financial Planning. He loves financial planning because it allows him to use his technical skills to make a true difference in people’s lives. Ben lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and three young children and serves as an elder at his local church.

  Green Bay Packer fan who played quarterback at Bethel University

   Loves to travel and has been to 5 of the 7 continents

   Enjoys running and completed his fastest half marathon in 1:29:40


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Randy Wacek, MBA

Investment Specialist

Randy Wacek, MBA 

Investment Specialist


Randy honed his analytical skills over 40 years as a manufacturing/quality engineer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, an MBA, and is a registered Professional Engineer. However, his true passion has always been personal finance, so he joined his son Ben in an encore career as a financial planner. At Guide Financial Planning, he uses his precision and attention to detail to strengthen the investment side of the company and provide support in developing financial plans. He lives in Fond du Lac, WI with his wife of 36 years, Char, and enjoys spoiling five grandchildren.

 Still plays touch football, once-a-year, on Thanksgiving morning

Once beat his son, Ben, in a one-on-one basketball game (Ben was 10)

Favorite place to spend time with friends and family is his cabin in northern Wisconsin during the summer months 


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Amy Artiga, MBA

Operations Manager

Amy Artiga, MBA

Operations Manager

Amy discovered the world of personal finance as a stay-at-home mom through Dave Ramsey and decided that she wanted to use her love of learning to help others navigate this crucial area of life. Now that her kids are in school full-time, she spends her days keeping Guide Financial Planning in shape and helping pastors through her blog, PastorsWallet.com. She has Bachelor’s degrees in theology and business, an MBA, and is currently working on a Masters in Family Financial Planning and Counseling at the University of Alabama. Amy lives in Vancouver, WA, with her husband and two children but still misses the sunshine of her native southern California.

Won the top prize in the baking department at the county fair for her 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Has been on missions trips on 4 different continents

Favorite sport is snowboarding, which she does with her husband and children