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/au̯k.tus/: To Grow


    Growing Trust, Growing Wealth, Growing Legacies


Our Difference


We place the interests of our clients above our own as an independent, fee-only advisor. We believe that a fiduciary perspective is imperative when hiring a team that suits your financial and lifestyle needs.


Through our relationship with Charles Schwab Corp., we leverage the scale of a global financial institution, but strive to be the best not the biggest. We are proud of our boutique philosophy that provides clients with the devoted resources and  attention they deserve. 


We possess institutional-quality investment research and state of the art technology. We use our vast network of strategic partners to deliver informed and tailored advice across all facets of your financial life. 

Our Process


We specialize in providing tailored advisory services, focused on your family attaining and maintaining financial independence. Auctus Independence includes balance sheet management, cash flow planning, customized portfolio management, philanthropic giving, and generational wealth transfer.


Utilizing a high level of analysis and due diligence, we build custom portfolios tailored specifically to your family's goals and objectives. This proprietary investment process incorporates our extensive financial experience in pursuit of superior outcomes.

Our Clients


As a privately held business, we appreciate and share the same entrepreneurial spirit as our entrepreneurial clients. We are well-acquainted with the intricacies and complexities of privately-owned businesses and understand the necessity of delivering superior outcomes at every level.

C-Level Executives

 We are privileged to work with many top executives across the country and internationally. With our years of experience in assessing executive compensation, stock options, and restricted stock planning we allow our executives to concentrate on their careers while we handle the financial piece of their lives.   

Professional Athletes

We run a highly specialized family office approach for our professional athlete clients. Our athletes can stay focused on the field while we quarterback their financial lives and execute diligently behind the scenes.


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David B. Miller, AIF®

Managing Partner
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David B. Miller, AIF®

Managing Partner


As the founder and Managing Partner of Auctus Advisors LLC, Mr. Miller maintains overall responsibility for all client outcomes.

Mr. Miller began his career as an analyst with an investment management firm in Washington DC where he researched and analyzed portfolio holdings.  In 2005, he joined Northwestern Mutual and a d/b/a of the firm, Powell Financial, that he later helped take private in 2007.  Mr. Miller spent 9 years as a partner at Powell Financial where he oversaw the firm’s planning and investment process. In 2015, he became Managing Director of MBL Advisors, where he led the family office wealth management practice.

In 2018, based on the desire to be a fee only investment advisory firm, Mr. Miller founded Auctus Advisors and amicably spun out his wealth management practice, retaining key members of his team.

Mr. Miller earned his B.A. degree from Pfeiffer University; attending on a 4 year soccer scholarship. He then earned his M.B.A in Finance from East Carolina’s College of Business.  Mr. Miller holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation issued by the Center of Fiduciary Studies, as well as his Series 65 and Life, Health and Long Term Care license.

Professional Honors

Board of Trustees, Finance Committee-- Pfeiffer University
Board Of Governor’s, Chair of Finance Committee-- Charlotte City Club
Board Member-- Kuykenstrong Foundation
Advisors with Heart-- Wealthmanagement.com (2014)
Forty under 40-- Charlotte Business Journal (2015)
Presidential Merit Award-- Pfeiffer University (2015)
Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)
Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors (2018)
Forbes Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors (2018)
Forbes Next-Gen Best-in-State Wealth Advisors (2019)
Forbes Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors- (2020)  
Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors (2021)
Forbes Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors- (2021)  
Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors (2022)  
Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors (2023)
Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors (2024)
Natixis Advisor Council (2024)

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Mallen U. Bruggeman

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Mallen U. Bruggeman



As the Director of Operations at Auctus Advisors, Ms. Bruggeman serves as the dynamic center of the firm, ensuring the daily operations  are executed to Auctus's exceptional standards.

Ms. Bruggeman has close to a decade of experience in financial services and a comprehensive background in investment management and operations. She started her career at Spartan Capital Advisors, a long/short equity hedge fund in Charlotte, NC where she led the firm’s operations and client service team. After Spartan Capital, Ms. Bruggeman joined MBL Advisors, where she directly supported Mr. Miller by leading the wealth management client service team. She assisted in the spin out of Auctus Advisors LLC into a Registered Investment Advisor.

Ms. Bruggeman earned her B.A. degree from The College of Charleston Honors College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Ms. Bruggeman also holds her Series 65 and Life and Health license. 

Professional Honors:

Board Member-Fundraising, InReach
Thirty under 30, Charlotte Agenda (2018)
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Trina C. Snuggs

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Trina C. Snuggs



As the Director of Client Service at Auctus Advisors, Ms. Snuggs is responsible for the white glove service our firm is known for.  She designs and implements our client service protocol ensuring our clients feel like family.  She also serves as the Executive Assistant and direct support to Mr. Miller .

Ms. Snuggs has over 20 years of experience in financial services and executive administration.  She previously served as the executive assistant to the CFO of a national retailer and then as office and client relationship manager at Powell Financial, a local Registered Investment Advisor.   While at Powell Financial Ms. Snuggs supported Mr. Miller as a part of his client service team.  Most recently, Ms. Snuggs served as a  manager at Wells Fargo. 

Ms. Snuggs earned her A.S. degree in Accounting from Kings College.

Our team has been recognized with the following honors


*Auctus did not provide compensation in connection with obtaining or using the ratings shown


Growing Through PHILANTHROPY

As the Charitable arm of Auctus Advisors, #AuctusGives seeks to make a meaningful impact in the communities we serve. Through #AuctusGives, Auctus Advisors strives to donate a percentage of its corporate profits to charitable initiatives nominated and suggested by its client base. Because Auctus has clients all over the world, this initiative can include local, national and global charities. Each year #AuctusGives selects one of the nominated charities for its Birthday Card Campaign which seeks to raise awareness and provide monetary support to the chosen charity.

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