Ben Martinek, CFP®, EA Bona Fide Finance LLC

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About Ben Martinek, CFP®, EA, CSLP®

I’m Ben Martinek, founder of Bona Fide Finance, Latin for “in good faith”. I make the promise to prepare each client for their future according to the standards of good finance and good sense.

I’ve spent years studying personal finance, possessing extensive knowledge in matters of individual tax, debt management (student loans, anyone?), and global investment opportunities offered through the capital markets. Through Bona Fide Finance, I work on a fee-for-service basis, providing comprehensive advice for young families and professionals who are seeking to secure their financial position, accumulate wealth, and optimize lifestyle design.

On the personal side, I’m the fourth of nine children and grew up in rural Indiana. Early in life, I felt strongly moved to serve others and thus attended seminary, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and classical languages. Having once considered an academic career, I continued my philosophy studies and obtained a master’s degree. Upon realizing the challenges with the job market in academia, I sought other career paths, some of which included construction and truck driving–in fact, my wife Deb and I spent the first few years of our marriage as team over-the-road truck drivers, logging over 600,000 miles in the “lower 48,” visiting every metropolitan area and traveling over 90% of the Interstates in the US!—before deciding that financial planning should be the focus of my talents and career efforts.

I work hard, but also relish in the fruit of my labor. In addition to my studies pertaining to finance and philosophy, I also likes to garden, hike, make home improvements, and woodwork. I relax by grilling, smoking a pipe, and canoeing the Missouri River. From time to time, I also teach Business Ethics and other financial planning courses at our local university.

My wife and two beautiful daughters live in Bismarck, North Dakota, where we happily endure the cold winters!

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Ideal Clients

  • Educators, Teachers, and Academics
  • FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early)
  • Gen Y/Millennials
  • Student Loan Debt

Ways Advisor Charges

  • Monthly Fee
  • Quarterly Fee
  • Flat Fee
  • Hourly

Fee Options

  • Monthly Fee: $250+/mo
  • Quarterly Fee: $750+/qtr
  • Flat Fee: $550+/engagement
  • Hourly Fee: $225+/hr


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