President & Financial Coach
Ryan Ledden has lived in the Atlanta area his entire life where he grew up and attended Parkview High School. He was fortunate to have the opportunity of getting drafted out of high school by the Tampa Bay Rays. Ryan played for three years in the Tampa Bay organization and three years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. A shoulder injury cut Ryan’s playing career short but a new chapter of his life would open up. Ryan’s time playing professional baseball gave him a passion of investing his money and how it worked for long term planning for his financial future. He knew his baseball career wouldn’t last forever, but he wanted his money to continue to work for him long after baseball.
After Ryan’s professional baseball career, he attended the University of Georgia on a full scholarship from Major League Baseball college fund. He was a twenty-four year old freshman so he wanted to finish his schooling as quickly as possible even though Athens was a great place to live. Ryan thought about majoring in business with an emphasis in finance because of his passion for how money worked with specific planning. He chose a different route and majored in Social Science Education to become a high school teacher. He could also still stay around the game of baseball by coaching in high school. Ryan had a passion for teaching and being around the game of baseball.
Ryan taught for seven years at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County and coached baseball. He loved his time at Brookwood teaching Economics and coaching, but he felt like there was much more for him with his career. Ryan wanted to continue to teach, but to a different audience. He wanted to incorporate his passion for planning & investing for people’s financial future in retirement. He made the jump from public school teaching to the private sector of financial planning/advisement. Ryan is now the President of Black Oak Asset Management and has a designation of a Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®).
Ryan and his family live in Cumming, Georgia where they bought four acres of land. Ryan is married to Stephanie who is a practicing small animal veterinarian in the Atlanta area. Ryan and Stephanie have two children; Lindy Grace and Lucas Ryan. Ryan loves to be with his family, exercising, being outside working on his property, following UGA sports, watching the Atlanta Braves, fishing, reading, & attending Browns Bridge Church. Ryan is also on the Board of Directors of a faith-based non-profit called NG3 where they focus on character education of all student athletes in high schools in the metro Atlanta area. His favorite quote comes from scripture in Proverbs 15:22 where he feels like it brings everything together in his life with regards to his faith, family, and his clients… “Without good advice everything goes wrong—it takes careful planning for things to go right.”