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ARGI Recognized by Ohio/Kentucky ESOP Association

Louisville, KY, March 29, 2018 --( ARGI, a Louisville-based personal and business financial advisory firm, has been recognized as one of two finalists for the ESOP Company of the Year award by the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association. Senior Financial Advisor, Joe Tichenor, CFP®, was recognized as one of three finalists for Employee Owner of the Year.

According to the ESOP Association, the ESOP Company of the Year is a company that has a commitment to employee ownership, as evidenced by its involvement with The ESOP Association and its programs, its communications with employees, and its commitment to the Vision of The ESOP Association which endorses employee participation, wealth creation, and individual dignity and worth.

ARGI Holdings, Inc. (AHI) is privately held and was formed in 2015 when majority shareholders, Ron Butt and Joe Reeves decided to each sell 10% of their shares to the ESOP for a total ownership of 20%. Two years later, after a transaction as of December of 2017, the ESOP now owns 28% of ARGI. This decision reflects the “We Before Me” leadership attitude of ARGI, and the intent to put the employees first.

“Ron and I felt it was important to allow all employees to benefit from the growth of the company,” said Joe Reeves, CFP®, and CEO of ARGI. “The ESOP structure made the most sense for our company and our company culture.”

The ESOP Employee Owner of the Year award goes to an employee of an ESOP company who has taken the initiative to educate and motivate their colleagues about their company’s ESOP program, and to actively promote an employee-ownership culture.

“No matter how big our organization becomes, we value our close-knit, employee owner culture,” Tichenor explains. “Our leadership recognizes the importance of providing ARGI employees with a supportive environment where they can grow both inside and outside the workplace. I believe when employees are a part of an ESOP, it gives them a better sense of pride, responsibility and accountability towards the performance of their company.”

About The ESOP Association
The ESOP Association is the national trade association for companies with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and the leading voice in America for employee ownership. The core cause of The ESOP Association is the belief that
employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation, and strengthen our free enterprise economy. More information: website -

Over the past two decades, ARGI has grown to seven offices in five states**. They’ve made the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for nine consecutive years (2009-2017)*, were named the 2016 Business First Company of the Year – Medium Category, one of the country’s 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For*, and most recently named one of Kentucky’s Best Places to Work for the seventh consecutive year.*

ARGI has provided personal and business financial services to corporate executives, business and practice owners, and their families for over 20 years**. ARGI’s team of dedicated consultants provides comprehensive financial planning and investment management through ARGI Investment Services, a Registered Investment Advisor; tax planning through ARGI CPA and Tax Advisors; insurance solutions through Advisor Insurance Solutions; and business services through ARGI Business Services, all of which are divisions of ARGI Financial Group.

For more information about ARGI, visit or contact, Emily Trujillo at (502) 753-0609,

*Best Companies Group and Best Places to Work, based on employer and employee surveys; *Inc. 5000 based on three-year revenue growth;
*101 Best and Brightest based on employer and employee surveys; *paid application to participate. None of our awards are indicative of investment performance in any way.
**RDB Inc. was formed in 1995 and later changed to Advisors Resource Group Inc. In 2003, the name was amended to ARGI Financial Group to better reflect the services offered to our clients. ARGI Investment Services was registered as an Investment Advisor in 2010 Respective services provided by ARGI Investment Services, LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser, ARGI CPAs and Advisors, PLLC, ARGI Business Services, LLC, and Advisor Insurance Solutions. All are affiliates of ARGI Financial Group.
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Emily Trujillo

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