Lou Melone, CFP®

Lou Melone, CFP®

Managing Partner

Lou helps clients answer two questions:

1) Do you know exactly how much money it is going to take for you to retire comfortably 

2) to remain comfortably retired?

As a board CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Lou provides comprehensive financial planning strategies for higher net-worth families to help protect and preserve current levels of wealth, and plan for retirement.  Lou has championed a personalized, rigorous approach to financial planning and a strong commitment to a fiduciary standard of care. With Lou’s guidance, the firm is devoted to continuing to provide high-quality planning advice on our leading proprietary technology platform.

He works with CPA’s to make sure clients have a financial plan that will accomplish their goals.

Lou provides advice regarding implementation, and maintenance of company retirement plans.  He works with business owners on selection and maintenance of retirement plans that are of benefit to not only the business owner but to the employees.

Lou began his career with Dean Witter which evolved into Morgan Stanley. He then moved his practice to Smith Barney before forming Budd, Melone & Co., LLC, A Registered Investment Advisory Firm.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Consultant for the Michigan Association of CPA’s (MICPA) Financial Planning Task Force
  • Past President for the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce

Thought Leadership


  • 9 time winner of 5 Star Wealth Planner Award* recognized by Hour Detroit Magazine and featured in Forbes Magazine. This award is given to top 7% of wealth planners in South East Michigan
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  • BA, Northern Michigan
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP® Certification), American College
  • Applied Behavioral Finance Certificate (IMCA)

Financial planning

If you would like to see if your financial plan is aligned with you goals, please use our financial planning tool or if you have questions about your plan, call us for a cup of coffee and a second opinion.

*Award based on 10 objective criteria associated with providing quality services to clients such as credentials, experience, and assets under management among other factors. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of 2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019 Five Star Wealth Managers.