Ben A. Rast
Ben Rast is the founder and senior partner of The Rast Group, a team of wealth management specialists in Columbia, South Carolina. His team works with a limited number of individuals and institutions to develop appropriate investment and financial planning strategies.
Mr. Rast holds the title of Senior Vice President - Wealth Advisor, and is a Certified Financial Planner. He is also an Estate Planning Consultant, through the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He completed executive education programs at Wharton and the Stern School of Business, NYU.
He has been a member of the Partnership Board of the South Carolina Honors College. He is a member of the Columbia Economics Club. He is the Founder, past Chairman, and past Treasurer of the South Carolina Club for Growth. He is a founding member and past Chairman of the Bastiat Society. He served on the Leadership Advisory Council of South Carolinians for Tort Reform.
Rast has been a weekly guest on NBC affiliate WIS-TV, the leading television news organization in the state. He hosted his own radio program for over thirteen years, and was a regular commentator on South Carolina Public Radio.
He has published numerous articles in local and national periodicals, including work for Barron's. He is a former member and past president of the SC Chapter of the Financial Planning Association.
Mr. Rast frequently speaks to professional, civic, and fraternal groups on the topics of business, economics, investments and financial planning.
He has been an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College, has taught courses for the Department of Continuing Education at the University of South Carolina, and has served as an adjunct professor in the USC School of Business.
Ben Rast also has participated in continuing education for the South Carolina BAR. Mr. Rast graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA/BS in 1979, and a MBA in International Business and Finance in 1986.