“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.” —Steve Prefontaine

Randy Thurman, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Randy Thurman — Advisor, Author, Runner
Randy L. Thurman is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner® and Personal Financial Specialist. He has been in the business of asset management and retirement planning since 1986. As of December 2014, his fee-only firm, Retirement Investment Advisors, has over 500 million under management.Randy holds four degrees including an MBA from Oklahoma State University, taught Fundamentals of Investing at Oklahoma City Community College for eleven years and has conducted numerous money management seminars for adult education at various locations across the Oklahoma City metro.

As a result of his many years of dedication and commitment to excellence, Randy is frequently lauded as one of the nation’s most trusted investment advisors. He has been included six times on Worth magazine’s annual list of Top Financial Advisers in the country, four times on Medical Economics’ list of Best Financial Advisers, and three times on the Best of the U.S. list of Best Financial Advisors in the country. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs award for Outstanding CPA in Financial Planning.

In 1990 Randy founded his firm, Financial Planning Company of Oklahoma, which in 1997 merged with Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc. (RIA). He continues today as co-president and chief financial officer. Under his leadership the firm has been recognized nationally and regionally for excellence, and is often listed as one of the top investment advisory firms in the nation. Bloomberg Wealth Manager Magazine has listed RIA four times among its Top Wealth Managers, and twice in its Wealth Manager Top Dog Report.

Randy is the author of Get Rich Slowly but Surely, One More Step and most recently, The All-Weather Retirement Portfolio. He has also authored an extensive list of articles on financial planning, investing, and business ethics. Publications include CPAFocus, Medical Economics Magazine, NW Style Magazine, Slice, Metro Journal, The Oklahoman, and others. He was a speaker at the last five National AICPA Conferences on Advanced Financial Planning and has been on national TV, Fox on Money, twice.

Randy has been a Rotarian since 1988, is the past president of South Oklahoma City Rotary Club, and is a Major Donor (Paul Harris >10) to the Rotary Foundation.

Randy is a board member of the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, several other boards, foundations, endowment fund boards and trustee’s boards.

Randy lives in South Oklahoma City with his wife Pati and their son, Levi. He attends Christ Family Church that meets at Earlywine YMCA. His hobbies are reading, writing and running.


“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” —John “The Penguin”

Randy Thurman — Author

The All-Weather Retirement Portfolio

The All-Weather Retirement Portfolio

Your post-retirement investment guide to a worry-free income for life

You can have it all — not just more income to spend in your retirement years, but also the peace of mind that comes from knowing that , no matter what happens in the outside world, you’ve done all you can do to have a worry-free income for life.

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One More Step: The 638 Best Quotes for the Runner

One More Step

The 638 Best Quotes for the Runner
Motivation for the next step!

Quotes selected, compiled, and some even written by

“Sometimes you need that little extra motivation from others who have been there. This book can push you that extra mile!” —Amby Burfoot

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“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” —Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner

Randy Thurman — Runner


Running Randy

On January 2, I weighed a “svelte” 205 pounds. My “executive” physical a few weeks earlier had been lots of fun. My doctor, trying to be humorous (doctors rarely are) told me I was not overweight—however, he informed me I was five inches too short. At five feet nine inches, I needed to lose forty pounds or more.

He “graciously” shared with me that I was in great shape—for a seventy-year-old. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) on February 18, I would turn fifty. He knew this of course, the wise guy.

So it was decision time. Should I continue down the path of “master couch potato”? Or should I do something about my physical fitness? The self-help audio book is telling me, “What goal would you set if you knew it was impossible to fail?” So I set a crazy, audacious goal: to lose forty pounds and run a marathon with the year—at age fift. Crazy? Maybe.

Eleven months later in my journey I completed the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Why Do I Run?

I run for myself and for those who depend on me.
I run for those who can’t and for great causes.
I run for those who can but need encouragement.
I run because someday I won’t be able to, and
On that day, I hope and pray someone will run for me.

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“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” —Lao-Tzu