Tony Bruns’ default expression is a smile – the outward sign of the calm, optimistic way he has of navigating through life.
Tony grew up in Montgomery. Instead of watching cartoons on Saturday mornings like most kids do left to their own devices, he went to work at the age of nine for his father and uncle, who shared ownership of a company that manufactured parts for aircraft engines. Lehr Precision Inc. was a six-man shop when they purchased it in 1967. At its peak, when they sold in 1996, Lehr had 300 employees.
Tony started out sweeping the shop and cleaning bathrooms. As the oldest of five, he was the first of his siblings to work in the family business – both brothers and his two sisters would follow. While in high school and college, he worked 50 hours a week during the summers. Along the way, he learned to run lathes, milling machines, and other types of equipment. He would eventually work in sales, purchasing, engineering, production and quality control, and was a trustee of the 401(k) retirement plan after he graduated from college.
“The experience at Lehr instilled in me the right principles, the right ethics,” he says. “I knew the value of a buck. My friends would accuse me of being overly frugal because, well, I didn’t spend much. Thankfully, I have never been in a serious financial bind. I could always pay the rent and the gas bill. I always had some kind of savings I could fall back on when I had to.”
While his father ran the business, Tony’s mother managed the household and kept the kids fed, washed, and in line. Both instilled the value of hard work.
“I was fortunate to grow up in a home where my parents put everything they had into bringing us up to be responsible individuals. Amidst all the mundane aspects to our lives that we have to do every day, my mom and dad never complained about them, so, why should I? You do what it takes. That’s a part of what they taught me.”
Tony and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Emma and Ellie. They strive to attend mass on Sunday, just as Tony’s parents did with their kids. He’s happy to tell you his spiritual compass is firmly set on his faith in Christ. The concept of fun for him is about being family centered, and the circle includes his parents, brothers and sisters and their families. He would like to be remembered as someone who could be counted on – as well as a good dad, good husband, and loyal friend.
As for his role with The Pinnacle Group, he says a major component is staying ahead of the never- ending river of changes in the world of 401(k) and 403(b) plans.
“It is important for us to stay on top of our game for our clients. We’re constantly training and educating ourselves – it really is non-stop. We have a huge responsibility to live up to the trust our clients place in us. That means helping them understand what they don’t know, giving them clarity and confidence and taking away as much uncertainty as we can.”
On a professional note, as Vice President and Retirement Plan Consultant of The Pinnacle Group…
- Maintains a FINRA Series 7, NASAA Series 63, and 66 through Securities America, Inc.
- Attained B.S.B.A in Marketing, The Ohio State University
- Attained M.B.A., Xavier University
- Attained the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification
- Attained Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation