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Auctus

/au̯k.tus/: To Grow

                              

    Growing Trust, Growing Wealth, Growing Legacies


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   





Our Difference


FIDUCIARY

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.

BOUTIQUE APPROACH

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. 

EXCLUSIVE RESOURCES

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




Our Process

AUCTUS INDEPENDENCE

We specialize in making sure your family attains and maintains financial independence. Auctus Independence includes balance sheet management, cash flow planning, customized portfolio management, philanthropic giving, and generational wealth transfer.




AUCTUS INVESTMENTS

Utilizing the highest 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 expertise and extensive financial experience to produce superior outcomes.


Our Clients


Entrepreneurs

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. As experts in 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.

Our Team


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David B. Miller

Managing Partner
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David B. Miller

Managing Partner


Dmiller@auctusadvisors.com
704.533.9881

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, a boutique wealth advisory serving ultra high net-worth families.

In 2018, based on the desire to be a fee only advisory firm, Mr. Miller founded Auctus Advisors and amicably spun out the 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 also holds 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 #6 (2019)
Forbes Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors- #3 in State, #61 Nationwide (2020) 





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Mallen U. Bruggeman

Director
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Mallen U. Bruggeman

Director

Mbruggeman@auctusadvisors.com
704.533.9882

As the Director of Wealth Management at Auctus Advisors, Ms. Bruggeman serves as the dynamic center of the firm, overseeing many of the daily operations of the firm.

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, a McColl Brother’s Lockwood Company.  While there 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 fee only 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

Director
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Trina C. Snuggs

Director


Tsnuggs@auctusadvisors.com
704.533.9884

As the Director of Client Service at Auctus Advisors, Ms. Snuggs serves as the Executive Assistant to Mr. Miller as well as direct support to Ms. Bruggeman.

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.

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Brent E. Hansen

CFO/CPA
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Brent E. Hansen, CPA, P.C.

As the outsourced CPA to Auctus Adviors LLC, Mr. Hansen serves as a strategic resource for both tax and accounting to the firm. He is a value-add resource to Auctus with decades of experience and helps guide the firm through constantly changing tax codes.

Mr. Hansen has almost 30 years of tax and accounting experience and currently runs his own tax practice serving affluent families and closely held business owners. In addition to his expertise in tax he has practical experience having been both a CFO and controller for several small and mid-size companies.


Professional Honors:

CPA, License 31994

 

 *Brent E Hansen, CPA, P.C. is not affiliated with Auctus Advisors LLC. Brent E. Hansen, CPA, P.C. is a licensed North Carolina CPA firm and independent business. Brent provides outsourced CPA services to Auctus Advisors LLC, which is separate from his CPA practice and Auctus Advisors LLC bears no legal responsibility for tax advice provided by Brent in his capacity as a CPA. 

*Brent Hansen is not an employee of Auctus Advisors LLC

Our team has been recognized with the following honors:

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#AuctusGives


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 10% 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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