Board of Directors

 

Cliff Gardner

 As Co-founder and CEO of Gardner & Associates, Cliff brings to the organization more than 40 years of combined experiences in public schools and retirement services, which includes 21 years as a campus administrator and superintendent.  Cliff was reared in West Texas within an educational environment as both parents were in education.  Due to this undying heritage he continues to have strong convictions and beliefs in the value of family and education. 

Always straight-thinking and West Texas friendly, Cliff’s goal is to spend as much time educating and supporting public school employees about the things they are never told regarding retirement planning.  He enjoys providing knowledge and information to educators so they can make educated and informed decisions on how to plan, accumulate wealth, and retire confidently without having to depend solely on their TRS benefits.   In Cliff’s spare time he enjoys fishing, golfing, carpentry, and most of all, spending quality time with his family and friends. 

Ty Gardner

Ty grew up in West Texas within an educational environment as both parents were in education. Ty also coached and taught in the educational field.  “My Granddad and Father were both Superintendents of schools, therefore, the educational field has always been a passion of mine.” “I was shocked when I saw the income shortfall that both my Granddad and Father began to receive during retirement.”“That was when I realized how unprepared most educators are when it comes to financial retirement preparation. I guess you could say that’s how/why Gardner and Associates started”Due to this undying heritage he continues to have strong convictions and beliefs in the value of family and education as well as community spirit and togetherness.

Ty’s Granddad was also in the school business as he served as a Superintendent for many years.“I saw first hand how inflation ate away at my Granddad’s retirement pension from TRS, and I don’t want that to happen to anymore educators.”Always straight-thinking and West Texas friendly, Ty’s goal is to spend as much time educating and supporting Texas educators about the things they are never told regarding retirement planning.He enjoys providing knowledge and information to educators so they can make educated decisions on how to plan, accumulate wealth, and retire confidently without having to depend solely on their TRS benefits. 

 


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