Illinois entity now using Ramsey's SmartDollar

Alliance Benefit Group-Illinois is now providing Dave Ramsey's SmartDollar to 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plan participants, according to a release. Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed. SmartDollar allows for the teaching of financial literacy in a corporate setting.

Ramsey developed SmartDollar to teach employees and 401(k) participants sound financial principles, like saving, spending wisely, and eliminating debt, so they can avoid financial difficulties and become retirement ready.

"Financial fitness is the key to retirement savings success and Dave Ramsey's SmartDollar is a proven program that works," said John Blossom, CEO of Alliance Benefit Group- Illinois. "We are proud to be able to deliver this great program to plan sponsors across Illinois whether they are clients of ABG Retirement Plan Services or not."

Brian Hamilton, Vice President of Financial Wellness for Dave Ramsey's company, said, "With 70% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, it's no wonder most employees aren't on track for retirement.  Through SmartDollar, retirement readiness will be attainable for thousands of employees and their families as they walk through a proven plan that teaches them how to change bad habits, get control of their money, and start investing for the future."
Feb 24, 2015 9:48 AM

Ramsey to leave The Game

It appears the experiment of running Dave Ramsey's financial advice show on sports-talk station 102.5 The Game is at its end.

From the inbox:

Twelve months ago, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dave Ramsey teamed up with his long-time friend and veteran of the radio industry, Bayard “Bud” Walters, president and owner of Cromwell Radio Group. “The Dave Ramsey Show” joined the WPRT 102.5 The GAME lineup in January 2013. With Ramsey leaving a News/Talk format station and The GAME breaking from sport programming, both were taking a risk. A year later, both have agreed to part ways beginning early 2014.

“We have been friends for more than 20 years, and while we enjoyed this partnership from a personal standpoint, we both realize that from a business perspective our brands would be better served if we return to our respective formats,” said Walters.

“The Dave Ramsey show” will return to the News/Talk format in early 2014, although details are not available at this time. An announcement on programming to fill the time slot on 102.5 will also come at a later date.

The move forced changes in 102's line-up. Steve Gorman Sports, the show hosted by the Black Crowes' drummer, moved to a noon start to facilitate Ramsey. Gorman left the station in July. Sports Night with George Plaster, Willy Daunic and Darren McFarland (disclosure: I make regular appearances on the show) opened its broadcast on sister station 97.5 between 3 and 4 to give Ramsey a full three hours on The Game. The Game has repeatedly been bested by 104.5 The Zone — former home of Plaster. In October's ratings, WPRT scored 1.0 in the 12-plus, publicly available ratings. The Zone scored a 6.1.

Nov 13, 2013 9:33 AM

Real estate notes: Mac Authority heads for 2525

Also: Ramsey invests in downtown
Dec 20, 2011 7:12 AM

Southern Land names Churchill Mortgage as preferred lender

Franklin-based Southern Land Co. has joined Churchill Mortgage to form a preferred lender partnership to serve its area developments.

Southern Land is known for its traditional neighborhood development Westhaven in Williamson County. The company recently broke ground on Elliston 23, a mixed-use apartment project in the West End corridor near Vanderbilt University. Elliston 23 is the company’s first urban development, with Southern Land’s design division handling architecture work.

Interestingly, financial guru Dave Ramsey exclusively endorses the Brentwood-based Churchill Mortgage. 

Williamson County-based Dan Kraus, a home loan specialist with Churchill, will spearhead the effort. He will operate out of Westhaven’s realty office.

Westhaven is located just outside of downtown Franklin on Highway 96 West. There are some 1,000 homes in the community, with more than 20 commercial and retail tenants, a private golf course and an elementary school. The development is similar in various ways to some of the TNDs Miami-based design firm Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company has created and made nationally well known.

In addition to Westhaven, Southern Land communities in Williamson County include LaurelBrooke and Windstone.

Oct 26, 2011 11:17 AM

Publishing deal for Dave Ramsey

Financial planning guru Dave Ramsey has signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster's Howard Books division, which last year moved its HQ to Nashville. The first one will hit shelves next year.
“Our first book with Dave will guide business leaders in understanding the successful intersection of entrepreneurship and leadership in all facets of business,” said Jonathan Merkh, Vice President and Publisher of Howard Books. “This book will quickly become a must-have for anyone who wants to reach for the next level of success in business.”
Ramsey has for years been associated with Thomas Nelson.
Jun 16, 2010 9:44 AM

Report: Dave Ramsey off Fox Business

Wall St. Cheat Sheet says Fox Business News is pulling the plug on Dave Ramsey's primetime TV show. The move appears to be part of a broader shift toward more news-oriented content that has been highlighted by the hiring of personalities from CNBC and CNN. We contacted Ramsey's Lampo Group to see if they could confirm the move, but haven't yet heard back. SEE ALSO: TVNewser's take
Jun 8, 2010 2:51 PM

Zander's federal lawsuit accuses Brentwood firm

Insurance agency says successful alliance with "Dave Ramsey" has attracted Internet pirates
Aug 6, 2007 3:08 PM

Dave Ramsey eager for Beavers

Calls Rochelle 'socialist' and 'Boss Hogg' in reply to ex-senator's ads that have been a little hard on the Beavers campaign
Oct 19, 2006 1:07 PM