Our Team

The Money Matters team of coaches have a combined financial planning expertise of more than 60 years. It was founded with the express desire for providing balanced financial solutions, one person at a time.

We truly believe that it's not what you make, but what you keep that counts. Which is best interpreted by our mission statement.

The quest for this mission was started almost 32 years ago by our founder and CEO and still remains the driving force of our entire team. We feel it our life's duty to cut through all of the obstacles and jargons that have left people in the dark when it comes to the financial arena. We lay out clear concise plans for the accomplishment of YOUR financial goals in layman's terms and in executable format.

We aren't looking for customers, we're looking for people who are looking for a relationship with a financial coach.

Ronald D. Clark | Founder and CEO

Ron Clark is the Founder and CEO of The Money Coach LLC, a private financial consulting and marketing firm, which is located in Tampa, FL. Offices currently in Tampa, FL and Gadsden, AL. He is responsible for developing the Financial Coaching process.

Ron first entered the financial services industry in 1982, where he was a leading field underwriter for John Hancock Financial Services.

Ron is a Certified Investment Specialist (C.I.S.) and completed his Financial and Estate Planning courses of study at the Hancock Financial Institute. He also completed studies in Income Tax Reduction at the Tax Reduction Institute, Washington, D.C. This education, combined with thirty-one years of financial planning experience, has proven to be beneficial to many individuals, churches and companies. His experience and years of practical application enable him to make financial concepts easy for all to understand and implement.

Ron holds his series 6, 22, 63 and 65 licenses from FINRA, and is life & annuity licensed.

Ron has been host and personality of Financially Speaking, an educational television program which aired in Florida, Alabama and Texas for many years. Ron is not only a recognized and respected financial planner in the industry, but also is incessantly sought after to give intuitive discussions to financial institutions and conventions across the nation.

George Brkljacic | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Professional

George has a bachelor degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Upon graduation he began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in the Chicagoland area. Upon his move to Florida, he had the privilege of being one of St. Petersburg’s finest. In 2001, while in the line of duty George suffered an injury that would not allow him to continue on as a police officer. He was medically retired in 2003.

Subsequently, George began his second career in the financial planning industry. George holds his series 7, 24 and 66 securities licenses from FINRA and is life & annuity licensed. Also, after completing the required courses of education, George earned his designation as a Certified Financial Planner™, which is the highest form of recognition for financial planning.

With over 9 years of financial planning experience George has proven to be proficient in the financial coaching process. Thus, allowing him to be an excellent financial coach to his clients and organizations.


Carl is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Carl holds series 7 and 63 licenses from FINRA, and is life & annuity licensed.

Carl is a recognized innovator of comprehensive plan design and implementation in the Financial Services industry. He has provided cost-efficient analyses while working with leading industry CPAs, estate attorneys, insurance experts and investment managers. Carl’s innate deductive strategies have allowed for quick but comprehensive planning resolutions from uncovering, to providing and maintaining well balanced financial plans.

With over 19 years of financial planning experience Carl has proven to be proficient in the financial coaching process. Thus, allowing him to be an excellent financial coach to his clients and organizations.

Patrick van rennes | Financial Coach

Patrick van rennes entered the world of finance in 1994. While managing a mortgage company he became acutely aware of the importance of excellent client relations. Patrick attended the Dale Vermillion School of finance and became a leader in creative financing. He utilized his talents and helped clients achieve their goals and objectives in real estate arena.

With a great desire to further assist his clients in the financial arena Patrick decided to obtain his annuity and insurance licensures in the year 2000. Having dedicated the next 15 years of his life to this new expanded career, his vision to provide balanced solutions to individuals and organizations drew him to become a financial coach with the Money Matters Organization. With over 20 years of experience in the financial arena, Patrick brings a very clear understanding of the need for a well balanced approach to any financial matter and willingness to help keep people on track of their goals and objectives.

Gilles C. Cote’ | Financial Coach

Gilles graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management in 1982 and began his career in Commercial Lending with NCNB (now Bank of America) in North Carolina and Florida. He joined Waccamaw Corporation, a national home décor retailer, based out of Myrtle Beach, SC in 1985, rising to become Director of Financial Planning.

Gilles entered the financial services industry in 1993 moving to Charleston, SC, where he continues to reside. He is life & annuity licensed. Gilles has continued his professional education with courses in financial planning and insurance, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning and employee benefits from the College for Financial Planning.

With over 22 years of financial planning experience, education and a drive for providing his clients balanced financial solutions; Gilles has proven to be proficient in the financial arena. Because of this he has proven to be a highly effective financial coach for both individuals and organizations over the years.