Richard Thompson

Chief Investment Officer Principal


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Richard Thompson is a founder and serves as Chief Investment Officer for Resonant Capital Advisors. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the investment and financial planning industry. His responsibilities include investment research, portfolio construction and trading in addition to working directly with clients.

Prior to joining Resonant, Richard was the Chief Investment Officer for First Business Trust and Investments, where he oversaw the construction and implementation of a $1.7 billion investment portfolio for individual and institutional clients. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner designations.

Richard is a lifelong Madison resident and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Economics. He lives with his wife Kendra and daughters Madeline and Lillian in Waunakee. When not working Richard enjoys running, cycling and supporting his daughters’ theatrical pursuits.

If you have an open schedule on a Saturday, what do you enjoy doing?

I get up early and make a pot of coffee, then read. Alone. For well over an hour before everyone else wakes. Then I enjoy a long, solo run or bike ride because exercising allows me to collect and prioritize my thoughts. Afterwards, my family and I go on a hike — our favorite local park is Devil’s Lake — followed by dinner out.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?

I’m certifiably tone deaf. That said, if pushed I’d attempt to sing “Can’t you See” by The Marshall Tucker Band because I love its harmony and simple comedic lyrics.

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Ireland. Ever since reading Trinity by Leon Uris decades earlier I’ve wanted to visit. Familial heritage and a deep appreciation for Guinness are also draws to The Old Country.

What is the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?

It’s a toss up.

First, my father impressed upon me the importance of staying true to my commitments. “A man’s word is his bond,” he’d say. “Your reputation is built up or tore down on this principal.” So, being trustworthy and honoring my obligations is essential to me personally and professionally.

Second, on my wedding day my father-in-law gave me the key to a successful marriage. “Shut up, show up and pay up,” he said. As my wife can attest, our relationship works best when I abide by his wisdom.

What is your most hated household chore?

Bathrooms. Especially the toilets. No more needs to be said.

What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

If you ask my wife and daughters, cooking is my secret talent. Classifying my culinary abilities as a gift might be a stretch but I do thoroughly enjoy my kitchen-time. And my efforts have led to the creation of some meals which are now much anticipated staples in the Thompson Household. In fact, most Sunday afternoons you’ll find me in our kitchen watching sports or listening to music as I make soups, salads, and other dishes for the week ahead.