Team Bios

Wyatt Yates
Founder/Financial Expert

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Wyatt graduated cum laude from Coe College with degrees in Business Administration, Public Accounting, and Economics while also being a member of the wrestling team all 4 years.

Wyatt started his career working for a CPA firm in Omaha, NE helping individuals and small business owners performing tax, audit, and consulting services. He worked with business owners in the healthcare, service, farming, manufacturing, insurance, and financial industries.

He then made the move to Denver, CO where he spent 12 years as an Executive in charge of finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, risk management, and investments for a Private Equity Company. During that time, he operated a real estate tax lien business from a start-up to $140 Million and a top 25 company in the industry. He was also a panelist at the National Tax Lien Association's (NTLA) annual conference and a member of the NTLA's Legislative Committee. In addition, he was the CFO and minority owner in an affordable housing business that he helped grow from a start-up to $150+ Million and a top 50 company in the industry.

Wyatt and his family routinely volunteer for various community and faith-based organizations. Wyatt is a current board member for Beaver Ranch Community, Inc., a non-profit that operates the 450 acre Beaver Ranch Park in Conifer, Colorado. When he's not working, he enjoys backpacking, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, and spending time with his wife, Michele, and their daughter, Maya.

Qualifications:

  • Went from financially burdened to financial independence

  • Built start-ups to multi-million dollar businesses

  • 16+ years of experience in accounting, finance & investing

  • BA in Business Administration, Public Accounting & Economics

  • Financial Coach Master Training (FCMT)

 

Jacob Yates
Staff Accountant

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Jacob graduated in 2021 from Buena Vista University with a degree in Business Management. Jacob started his career as an Accounts Payable Associate with the Lindsay Corporation in Omaha, NE. At Lindsay Corporation, he works with vendors on a daily basis to process invoices and troubleshoot issues.

Building relationships with the vendors at the Lindsay Corporation made Jacob realize how much he enjoyed working with and helping some of the smaller businesses. This lead him to join Rugged Financial as a Staff Accountant. As a Staff Accountant, Jacob works with our business clients performing various bookkeeping and accounting services for their businesses.

When he's not working, Jacob enjoys volunteering and coaching for the local youth wrestling club. Jacob also enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and their three children. He enjoys watching his daughters in soccer, dance, and going to wrestling tournaments.

Qualifications:

  • BA in Business Management

  • QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisor