Our Team

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.

Abraham Lincoln

Ed’s parents met when his father was stationed in South Korea during the Vietnam War. They returned to America to raise their family in inner city Cleveland. Although Ed grew up in a low income area where most of the students were not high achievers, he went on to attend Case Western Reserve University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in management. While there, he met his college sweetheart, Wendy. They now are the proud parents of five young, charismatic daughters. Needless to say, there’s never a dull moment in the Vargo household!

Ed offers nearly 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association® and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Ed is a Certified Financial Planner®, Chartered Financial Consultant®, Chartered Life Underwriter®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and holds other distinguished industry designations. Ed is also a frequent guest speaker at companies, organizations, and conferences.

A firm believer in the underdog, the hard worker, the “person,” Ed understands that your hard work should not go unnoticed. He is committed to creating the legacy that you envision for you and your family. He believes that “your past should help shape your future, not define it.”

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A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.


Melana grew up in small town America, the daughter of a second generation railroading family. Steeped in the values passed down from her parents and grandparents, the values of faith, hard work, and looking out for your neighbor have all helped shape her views on the world. With her values firmly in place and her mother’s example as her guide, Melana has grown into the strong, empowered woman that she is today.

Melana earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Heidleberg College. She is a Certified Financial Planner®, Chartered Life Underwriter®, and holds other distinguished industry designations. Melana specializes in working with our emerging women clients and is our in-house insurance specialist . She is a member of the Financial Planning Association®, the Society for Financial Service Professionals, and is actively involved in the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

Melana is truly a rarity in the financial services industry. She is a young, experienced, and credentialed woman. She is passionate about empowering women and helping them say “I can”.

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.

Marie Beyon Ray

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Burning River Advisory Group is committed to being the pre-eminent financial services firm for women leaders and their families.

Contact us and see for yourselves the difference that comes from working with a firm that truly understands the needs of women.

2237 Crocker Road, Ste 150
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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