As a client service manager, Benjamin C. Sullivan, CFP®, CVA, EA, is extensively involved throughout the firm’s asset management, personal financial planning, tax and valuation practices. He is also a member of Palisades Hudson’s investment committee. Ben joined the Palisades Hudson staff in early 2007 and became a manager in 2010. In 2016, he established the firm’s branch office in Austin, Texas, where he currently resides.
Ben is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant. As an Enrolled Agent eligible to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, Ben is also authorized to represent his clients in tax disputes at all administrative levels. He holds the Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.
Ben has been widely quoted in print, as well as interviewed in video and audio appearances, on personal financial planning and related topics in national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, CNN Money and USA Today. He has also written many articles for the firm’s Sentinel newsletter, including:
- “Maximizing Business Value For Retiring Small Business Owners” (June 2019)
- “Protecting Child Performers’ Earnings” (April 2018)
- “Deathbed Financial Planning Tips” (April 2017)
- “Beating The Market Is Harder Than You Think” (April 2016) and
- “Moving From A High-Tax State” (January 2016).
Ben wrote two chapters for the firm's book The High Achiever's Guide to Wealth: “Investments: Fundamentals, Techniques And Psychology” and “Employment Contracts.” In addition, Ben authored two chapters for Looking Ahead: Life, Family, Wealth and Business After 55, covering federal income tax and investment psychology.
A native of East Hanover, New Jersey, Ben graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business with a degree in finance and legal studies in business. Outside his work at Palisades Hudson, he serves as a member of the community advisory board of Caritas of Austin.
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