College Planning Strategies President
Murray J. Miller is a published author, financial educator, popular speaker and national authority on the college planning process. He has lectured nationwide on how families can beat the high cost of college. He offers his expertise to parents of high school students with his book Winning the College Funding Game and through corporate work/life benefit programs. As a native resident of Massachusetts, Mr. Miller also offers public college planning workshops through many local high schools and libraries. Murray has been consistently recognized as one of the country’s top five college advisors.
College Planning Strategies, LLC (CPS) was founded in 2000 by Mr. Miller, and is currently assisting hundreds of families in making the transition from high school to college. CPS’ proprietary Smart Track™ Program includes everything a family needs to plan for college. This includes assistance in choosing the right college, preparation for the admissions process, assistance completing financial aid forms, suggestions on how to pay for college in the most advantageous manner, and ongoing personal guidance throughout the college process.
Mr. Miller has been a guest speaker on talk shows including local stations such as Mat Schaffer’s Boston Sunday Review, Voice America with Ron Adams, and Money Matters Radio with Barry Armstrong.
Murray states, “I am a firm believer that any parent, regardless of their background or financial circumstances, can comfortably afford to help send their student(s) to college if they learn how to play and win the college planning game”
Ron entered the world of financial planning in 1994 and spent four years studying for and earning a CFP designation. Ron practiced traditional financial planning (investment management, retirement planning, saving for college) for several years, and realized that paying for college was overwhelming all other aspects of financial planning for many families. After learning more about college financial aid and the financial aid formula, Ron made the transition to college planning in 2005 with a focus getting through the college years with the least amount of wealth erosion possible.
Ron further developed his college planning skills in 2009 and 2010, as his own son Ryan was going through the college planning and application process. Ron’s daughter Jaclyn, (a 2012 High School graduate) is well on her way to capitalizing on his advanced training.
Ron currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the MetroWest YMCA, director of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, Former Chair of the Hopkinton Youth Commission, Coach of U16 Softball, and Small Group Leader at FCCH. He is married to Barb, and has two kids, Ryan (sophomore at Syracuse University, and Jaclyn (Senior in High School).
Student Athlete Advisor
Tom Lamb has spent his last 40 years in education helping student athletes as a teacher, coach and as an Athletic Director. Coach Lamb, a scholarship football player and captain at Holy Cross College, has coached track, softball, basketball, baseball and has won four state championships in football most recently in 2005 at Natick High School. He has been selected as coach of the year by the Globe, the Boston Herald, the MetroWest News and most recently was awarded the MIAA State Association John E. Young Award for outstanding service to thousands of boys and girls attending MIAA schools across the Commonwealth. Additionally, Coach Lamb has been the recipient of the Coach of the Week Award from the New England Patriots. He is a member of the Hall of Fame at Adams High School as an athlete and was most recently inducted into the Natick High Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach.
Coach Lamb’s passion for the recruiting process has helped hundreds of high school student athletes over his 40 year career. From Doug Flutie to the Class of 2010 he has amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding the recruiting process. His experience as a scholarship athlete, three years coaching Div III college athletes, four years coaching Div I college athletes offering scholarships and 33 years as a high school coach provides him with a special background for assisting student athletes. Also, Coach Lamb’s son and daughter-in-law coach at the college level at Harvard and Boston College respectively.