R.J. Shook is Founder & President of SHOOK Research, and a Forbes contributor. SHOOK Research is the world's only Financial Advisor research organization, with deep due diligence that includes telephone and in-person meetings. Rankings are published in multiple feature stories in Forbes and other publications. He founded Winner's Circle in 2000 and provided Financial Advisor rankings to Barron's and built a conference business (Barron's acquired Winner's Circle in 2008). SHOOK Research's philanthropic component is an annual ranking of America's Top Givers in Forbes' Billionaire's issue. The rankings propagate best practices and has helped raise over $300 million. After graduating Babson College, Shook spent his Wall Street career with Prudential Securities as a financial advisor, then research. He's written 10 books, including six of his popular Winner's Circle series. He lives in Boca Raton, FL with his wife and three kids.