Benjamin Martinek

Are you a young professional who’s overwhelmed with your student loan debt? Give Bona Fide Finance a call!

319 Willow Lane ,  Bismark, ND   701-989-9840  
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Benjamin Martinek

Bona Fide Finance is an independent fee-only firm that focuses on developing and implementing financial plans for young professionals and growing families. We assist clients in daily budgeting, employee benefit reviews, life planning, debt repayment, income taxes and long-term investing. We help our clients get the most out of the money they make.

Ben Martinek is the founder of Bona Fide Finance. The fourth of nine children, he grew up in rural Indiana. Early in life, he felt strongly moved to serve others and thus attended seminary, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and classical languages. Having once considered an academic career, he continued his philosophy studies and obtained a master’s degree. Upon realizing the challenges with the job market in academia, he sought other career paths, some of which included construction and truck driving–in fact, Ben and his wife Deb spent the first few years of their marriage as team over-the-road truck drivers, logging over 600,000 miles in the “lower 48,” visiting every metropolitan area and traveling over 90% of the Interstate in the US!—before deciding that financial planning should be the focus of his talents and career efforts.

Ben works hard, but he also relishes in the fruit of his labor. In addition to his studies pertaining to finance and philosophy, he also likes to garden, hike, make home improvements, and woodwork.

He and his wife live in Bismarck, ND, are involved in their local Catholic parish and have two darling daughters, Edith and Virginia. Ben relaxes by grilling, smoking a pipe, canoeing the Missouri River, and sailing Lake Sakakawea.

Our team members are leading experts in student loan repayment, specializing in the various income driven repayment plans and the income tax implications that result. We can provide you sound, holistic guidance on your student loans so you can stop worrying and enjoy life.

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Designations: CSLP, CFP, EA

FINRA/CRD: 6036183

Languages: English

Focus Areas

  • Student loans
  • Comprehensive financial planning
  • Budget and debt management
  • Investment management
  • Estate planning
  • Long term care
  • Retirement planning
  • Insurance
  • Personal Taxes