Ray Birch is the founder and elder statesman at Pinnacle Wealth Advisors. Born and raised in South Africa, Ray moved to Portland in the early 90’s because he fell in love with the Northwest beauty and vibe. Ray holds a Business Studies Diploma from Helderberg College, South Africa, and a BBA Degree from Andrews University. In 1997 he earned the CMFC “Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor” designation offered by the Institute for Wealth Management. With over a quarter century of experience in the Wealth Management arena, Ray understands that investing is a marathon and not a sprint, having walked alongside clients through both bull and bear markets over the course of his career. Ray has a great love of life, and can be found exploring Portland, golfing at his favorite club or enjoying traveling with his wife Deb. He also relishes spending time with his family and granddaughter Penelope Jane.