My Story and Services

As a Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) in Park City, Utah, I provide comprehensive investment management solutions to a select group of affluent individuals, families, companies and charitable organizations. My team and I work with you to help you grow, preserve and transfer wealth in a disciplined process that takes the emotion out of investing. .

I’ll take the time to understand what matters to you now and through all of life’s transitions. Through regular meetings, ongoing updates and individualized attention, my goal is to help you fulfill your financial goals through customized strategies that are designed to ensure your money is aligned with your goals and values.

In addition to the securities and insurance licensing you’d expect, I’ve also attained some of the industry’s most prestigious professional designations, including the Certified Investment Planning Analyst® (CIMA®)* and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designations. This program deals specifically with portfolio management theory and techniques for organizations (for- and non-profit) and affluent individuals and families.

Michael A. Ruzek is a Senior Vice President, Resident Manager and Institutional Consultant at Graystone Consulting. A seasoned professional with nearly 20 years of experience, Mike has dedicated his entire career to providing highly customized advice to private wealth clients, corporations and foundations in the Park City, Utah, area and around the country. He delivers a personalized approach that includes a thorough planning process and a commitment to outstanding service.

Upon graduating from the University of Utah, Mike joined Dean Witter, a predecessor firm of Morgan Stanley, as a financial advisor in 1998. Over the next 10 years, he worked at several financial institutions, including Wachovia Securities and Zions Investment Securities, before returning to Morgan Stanley in 2008. This experience provides Mike with a diverse set of skills and knowledge to help him guide and advise his clients in achieving their particular goals.

He is currently a member of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants and Morgan Stanley’s Business Owners Advisory Council. Over the years, Mike has developed a strong understanding of institutional markets. He earned his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, and a year later achieved the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. These credentials enable Mike to remain on the forefront of the most effective strategies and create a more powerful client experience. Mike is very active in his community, he has served on numerous nonprofit boards over the past 15 years. He is currently on the board of the Park City Community Foundation and a member of the investment committee for the National Ability Center. Originally from New Jersey, Mike now lives in Park City with his wife, two children and Labrador retrievers. He is an avid skier, mountain biker, fly-fisherman and amateur meteorologist using weather buoys in Hawaii to forecast winter storms.
Services Include
  • Wealth Management1
  • Institutional Services
  • Philanthropy Management
  • Comprehensive Wealth Planning
  • Sustainable & Responsible Investing
Securities Agent: UT, TX, WY, WV, WI, WA, VA, SD, SC, RI, PR, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NV, NM, NJ, NE, ND, NC, MT, MS, MO, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, KS, IN, IL, ID, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AR, AL; Managed Futures; General Securities Representative; BM/Supervisor; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1255442
CA Insurance License #: 0E84433
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Graystone DC-SLC Team

  • With offices in Washington D.C., McLean, VA and Park City, UT, we provide high quality advice on a wide range of financial topics to institutional leaders, nonprofit associations, multi-generational families and affluent individuals locally and around the country.

    Since founding our practice in 1989, we have cultivated the specialized skills, knowledge and investment process required to bridge the gap between the real world challenges facing your organization and the investment world driving your decisions.

    Our leadership team includes a Chartered Financial Analyst®, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, three Certified Investment Management Analysts® and a Certified Financial PlannerTM. We use our technical and analytical skills to research, evaluate and recommend appropriate strategies that address the particular needs of your organization and your members.

    The hallmark of our consulting philosophy is a commitment to building tailored solutions from the ground up and fine-tuning them over time to help achieve your specific goals and objectives. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Client Service Team

  • Dan Platt - Senior Registered Associate


1441 W. Ute Blvd
Suite 180
Park City, UT 84098
(435) 645-2763(435) 645-2763
(888) 251-2570(888) 251-2570
(415) 591-4715(415) 591-4715
Investment and Market Perspectives

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Making sure your philanthropic dollars are managed with the same high quality service as the rest of your wealth.
  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Impact Investing
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Helping you on key aspects of your business such as ownership, liquidity and developing opportunities.
  • Succession Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Retirement Plan Sponsors
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Corporate Pension Funds
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Creating customized financial strategies for the challenges that today's families face.
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  • 529 Plans / Education Savings Planning
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Trust Services
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Working closely with you to guide your wealth and investments through the most challenging market cycles.
  • Asset Management
  • Wealth Planning
  • Traditional Investments
  • Alternative Investments
  • Impact Investing
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Working with you to understand your life goals and develop a personalized wealth strategy. Today and for the years to come.
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  • IRA Plans
  • Retirement Income Strategies
  • Retirement Plan Participants
  • Annuities
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