Phone/Internet Outage

Please note that an area wide internet/phone outage affecting Financial Architects, Inc. occurred on January 11th at 1 pm until January 12th at 8:30 am.  We know that it was frustrating if you attempted to call or email us during that time!  Everything is now working fine and we appreciate your patience!

FAI Client Featured in AARC Times!

A long time Financial Architects client, Sharman Lamka is being featured in a national healthcare magazine, the AARC Times, through the American Association of Respiratory Care.

In 2006, Sharman started The FACES Foundation after her husband, Phil Lamka, died after a battle with a lung disease.  Financial Architects advisor, Chris Cousins was fortunate to have been with Phil at the hospital in his final few days and got a chance to say goodbye.

Chris stated, “What an amazing legacy Sharman has created in Phil’s memory.  I am blessed to have been part of their lives since 1996, and as the article talks about – referring to what a respiratory therapist does – it does matter what they do in sometimes caring for people as they take their last breath.  Going through these life events with special clients like Sharman is what makes being in our business, and with Financial Architects, so rewarding.”

Nice work Sharman!

To read the article, click on the link below:



9th Annual Passion For Life Run/Walk and 5 Mile Run

Saturday, March 26, 2016 – 10:00 AM in front of Bayside Bar & Grill in Walled Lake, MI

Click on the link to register!!


The ninth Inspirational Family is the Scheib family. Jameson is a six year old boy from Commerce Twp, MI.

Jameson’s story started when he was 5 years old. Jameson was diagnosed with ALL (Leukemia) on March 17, 2015 and the crazy whirlwind of learning terms, roadmaps, blood counts, chemotherapies, etc. began. About a week later, his parents, Melissa and Brandon found out that he had a very rare form of ALL called Philadelphia Chromosome Positive ALL, which meant his normal roadmap became very high risk – with many many planned hospital stays.

Sydney, Jameson’s sister, underwent bone marrow testing and a couple weeks later they learned that Sydney was a perfect match for Jameson. Sydney could not have been happier to find out the news knowing she could help save Jameson’s life. The family, however, received wonderful news that he was responding to the chemo and a transplant would not be needed.

Jameson’s treatments consist of 3-5 night hospital stays every 21-30 days, all of which started on March 17th and will continue through June 2016. Due to the treatments, Jameson will not be starting kindergarten this year.  He is enrolled at Glengary Elementary, but will not be able to attend school. He will have a teacher come to their house 2 hours a week, and with class work from his teacher, Jameson will experience kindergarten from home.

Every doctor or nurse that meets Jameson, walks away in awe of him. Even a few nurses have expressed their awe at how well he is doing, how healthy he stays in between treatments, and how he is thriving despite the circumstances. During which he hardly ever complains.

Jameson is the son to Melissa and Brandon Scheib.


Financial Architects, Inc. 30th Anniversary!

You, the client, have always been the reason we exist. You have a capacity and potential for wealth building and retirement income and we exist to help you make progress towards that potential. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of serving you, we wanted to have some fun with a historical perspective.

The year was 1985.
• The average cost of a new car was $9,005 and a gallon of gas cost $1.09.
• General Motors and Ford had 9 of the top 10 in car sales.
• The KC Royals had just won the World Series. (Of course the Tigers had won the previous year in   84!)
• And who can forget the “New Coke” failed experiment?
• “Back To The Future” was the #1 movie and Madonna had 2 Top Ten songs “Like a Virgin” and “Crazy For You”.
• Ronald Reagan was President.
• Inflation went from +12% in 1980 to 4% in 1985.
• I had an adjustable rate mortgage of 12%.

So, in 1985, Turner Thompson and I launched Financial Architects, Inc. Back in 1976 I entered the financial services business and Turner began his role as my mentor. As we reflect back on all these years, we realize what a great time it was to launch Financial Architects because there were a number of transitional events occurring, such as: Boomers were hitting their career and income stride and their families were blossoming, inflation was in great shape, interest rates were declining, and finally the Dow Jones Industrials delivered a 27% return which launched a 15 year run that ended in 1999 and averaged over 16%!
Your objective? After serving our clients for the past 10,950+ days we know that it includes:
• Making progress towards your maximum wealth and retirement income potential.
• Reducing and managing your exposure to all types of risk.
• All the while, maintaining a lifestyle of enjoyment today.
• Having a relationship with a team of advisors and financial advocates that lasts beyond your personal lifetime.
Serving you, the ideal client, toward that end is our passion.

Our objective?
• We never want to lose our relationship with the ideal client. Ever.
• To earn, maintain and improve that relationship with you and our new clients.
• To meet new clients that have the potential to be lifetime clients.
As your planning firm, we have intentionally built our team to align with these objectives. Our multi-generational team, equipped with their own unique abilities, allow you to have a team of advisors and support dedicated to your long term results. These results will have a significant impact for you, your children, your grandchildren, and your charitable endeavors. We are dedicated to your today and your tomorrow. And, tomorrow always comes. Now, on to our next 30 years.


At Financial Architects, we find ourselves at an important time in our journey as an organization. We reflect back on a 30 year history with appreciation and reverence. At the same time, we look to the future with anticipation for what lies ahead. We exist to serve our clients and their future generations.
A lot has happened in the financial industry since our founding. The rate of change is expanding exponentially with the assistance of technology. Today, the almost unlimited access to information is leading to a lack of clarity when it comes to making financial decisions. These truths occupy our thoughts as our Leadership Team discusses how to direct Financial Architects as an organization into the future. As we move forward, we are deeply rooted in our history while at the same time being committed to a successful future for clients and their families. The key to the future lies in our evolving culture and our ability to help clients think clearly when it comes to their finances.
The culture at Financial Architects is one where we value people through respect and integrity. We place a high priority on serving not only our clients, but our support team and advisory team. Over time, our team has developed into a diverse group of talented people that gives our organization confidence in navigating through a changing environment. We can link together the wisdom of the past with a fresh perspective of the future through the eyes of our younger generations. This commitment to the long-term is reflected in our culture and people. We value this culture and it is our foundation. It is who we are.
Clear Thinking
We are committed to navigating clients through the inevitable changes in their financial lives within a world of ever-changing circumstances. By using clear thinking, we can stay true to financial strategies founded securely in economic principles. If we have learned anything in the past 30 years, it is that change is always happening and that it can be scary at times. But, because principles and strategy are the focus, change can be adapted to more easily. This allows for change to be more of an opportunity than something to fear. Confidence and clarity, we believe, are critical for the future of Financial Architects and those we serve. They allow us to remain focused on being that solid foundation for our clients so they may have increased confidence in their own future.
You, our client will continue to be the reason we exist. And while these past 30 years have established an architecturally sound foundation for delivering exceptional values with a team that included Patrick Marody, Jim Linenger, Chris Cousins, Kristi Laporte, Cort Otterbein, Mike Kucera, Melissa Scheib and Pat Smith in addition to Turner and Ken ………… it is the future that we embrace.
Patrick Marody and Chris Cousins join Ken Grace as the Executive Team at Financial Architects. Kim Keith, Kristi Laporte and Melissa Scheib make up our Management Team. Together these six comprise the Leadership Team of your planning firm as we create the narrative for the next 30 years with you.
Legacy: Your planning firm deploys principals of sound architectural design and economics to secure your future. Tomorrow Always Comes. We will be there for you and with you.