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The Lampo Group Inc. begins with Dave counseling financially hurting people one-on-one.


Dave self-publishes Financial Peace and begins selling it by mail and out of the trunk of his car.


After Dave is a guest on a WWTN 99.7 FM program, the station asks Dave to start a local radio show answering financial questions from callers. The station is in bankruptcy and can't pay for talent. Dave's show is called "The Money Game."


Financial Peace University (FPU) begins. On a weekly basis for six months, Dave and his overhead projector teach five families FPU.


Russ Carroll, lead financial counselor, is the first employee of The Lampo Group.


Dave publishes a revised version of Financial Peace.


FPU moves to the Holiday Inn in Brentwood, Tenn. with rotating classes five days a week. Russ Carroll starts a satellite FPU class in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Columbia, Tenn.


Louis Falzetti becomes full-time director of FPU.


The Lampo Group conducts 22 seminars.


Dave decides to take his Nashville radio show, "The Money Game," nationwide. The first affiliate station to pick up "The Money Game" is in Oak Ridge, Tenn.


FPU classes are so large that small groups have taken over the lower level of the Holiday Inn. Some groups are meeting in guestrooms where they have taken out the bed and put in chairs.


Louis suggests recording the FPU lessons so classes can be held simultaneously in multiple locations. A video shoot is done on two Saturdays with 450 and 500 attendees each day. FPU goes national!

The total number of families that graduated from FPU since 1994 reach 1,000.

The marketing department hires Matt Woodburn.


The online store opens as FinancialPeace.com. Matt talks Dave into opening a Web site.


The Lampo Group conducts 34 seminars.


Viking publishes Financial Peace and puts together a 21-city book tour. Financial Peace becomes The Lampo Group's first New York Times best seller.


People magazine features Dave in a three-page article. He is interviewed by Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" (It is Matt Lauer's first day and Dave's first interview). Dave also makes his first appearance on Pat Robertson's CBN.


Later this year Dave has appearances on "Sally Jesse Raphael," CNN and "CBS This Morning."

Attempted to air a special edition of "The Money Game" on WSM AM on Sunday nights but failed.

The world-famous "Money Game Cruise"


Penguin Audiobooks releases the audio version of Financial Peace.


FPU videos become available. The first FPU classes with video lessons are held in Hendersonville, Tenn.


The first FPU class outside of Tennessee is held in Spokane, Wash. Following this, FPU begins in 32 states with classes being held in bookstores, churches, libraries, restaurants, businesses, radio stations and schools.


At the time of the launch of Financial Peace, the radio show is broadcast in 12 cities.


Dave does his first radio affiliate LIVE event tour including Spokane, Wash., Memphis, Tenn., and Las Vegas - 4,950 total attendees for the year. The Lampo Group conducts 26 LIVE events, 12 of which are large radio affiliate events.


Financial Peace Planner is released, and becomes a national best seller, according to Business Week and USA Today.


The company releases three new products: 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act video, the Envelope System and Dumping Debt software.


FPU begins working with the Municipal Court of Smyrna, Tenn. People arrested for passing bad checks are given the choice of attending an FPU class or having a misdemeanor put on their record.


"The Money Game" is voted the number one radio show in Nashville by The Nashville Scene. The studio moves into The Lampo Group offices and broadcasts to 21 markets.


Dave does LIVE events in Louisville, Ky., Chattanooga, Tenn., Charleston, S.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Jackson, Miss., Memphis, Tenn., Bristol, Tenn., Nashville, Tenn., Grand Rapids, Mich. and Spartanburg, S.C. - 20,200 total attendees.


Penguin Books publishes More Than Enough, and with a 10-city tour, the book becomes our second New York Times best seller.


Y2K Audio is available. Financial Peace Personal Finance Software is released and wins the Ziff-Davis Financial Software of the Year Award.


FPU holds the first "Giraffe School" after a LIVE event. More than 40 people attend the coordinator training, and approximately 15 of those families start FPU classes in their area. 


Between 1997 and 1999, more than 9,000 families graduated from FPU (10,000 since 1994).


"The Money Game" becomes "The Dave Ramsey Show." The show is available on 33 affiliates, including eight top 100 markets.


Dave does LIVE events in Louisville, Ky., Birmingham, Ala., Jackson, Miss., Chattanooga, Tenn., Memphis, Tenn., Nashville, Tenn., Knoxville, Tenn., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Oklahoma City, Okla. He also does the first seminar in Paducah, Ky. - 20,250 total attendees for the year.


Bill Hampton becomes Vice President of The Lampo Group's radio division. The Lampo Group has grown to 18 team members.


Financial Peace Jr. is created, and How To Have More Than Enough becomes available.


We held the first Certified Counselor Training.


Financial Peace for the Next Generation begins and is available in 12 schools with 527 students taking the class.


FPU begins working with churches. The Lampo Group creates a church department late in the fall of 2000.


More than 10,000 families graduated from FPU this year (20,000 since 1994).


A radio studio is built in the new company offices. The Lampo Group begins aggressively syndicating "The Dave Ramsey Show." The show is available on 56 stations including 14 top 100 markets and two top 20 markets (Phoenix and Houston).


Dave does LIVE events in Jackson, Miss., Kansas City, Mo., Birmingham, Ala., Nashville, Tenn., Jackson, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., Louisville, Ky., Knoxville, Tenn., Memphis, Tenn., Oklahoma City, Okla., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Phoenix, Ariz. - 25,300 total attendees for the year.


The Lampo Group grows to 33 team members.


NewsChannel5+ begins carrying the television version of "The Dave Ramsey Show."


"Dave's Club" begins online.


FPU begins working with the military. Fort Knox in Ky. is the first base to hold an FPU class.


Financial Peace for the Next Generation is available in 35 schools.


We shoot updated FPU video classes over six days with an audience of more than 650 families. FPU creates the Corporate and Financial Literacy programs.


More than 20,000 families graduated from FPU this year (40,000 since 1994).


"The Dave Ramsey Show" is heard on more than 96 stations including 25 top 100 markets and four top 20 markets.


Dave does LIVE events in Jacksonville, Fla., Paducah, Ky., Jackson, Miss., Nashville, Tenn., Oklahoma City, Okla., Houston, Texas, Jackson, Tenn., Louisville, Ky., Charleston, S.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Grand Rapids, Mich., Huntsville, Ala., and Phoenix, Ariz. - 32,700 total attendees for the year.


The Lampo Group grows to 46 team members.


Priceless is published by J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, and lands on Gift Book Best Seller List.


Financial Peace for the Next Generation is available in 100 schools.


"The Dave Ramsey Show" is heard on 137 stations, including 35 top 100 markets and eight top 20 markets.


Dave holds his first Financial Peace LIVE simulcast event. He also does LIVE events in Jacksonville, Fla., Jackson, Miss., Nashville, Tenn., Oklahoma City, Okla., San Antonio, Texas, Houston, Texas, Midland/Odessa, Texas, Monroe, La., Pittsburg, Pa., Portland, Maine, Grand Rapids, Mich., Spartanburg, S.C., Huntsville, Ala., Phoenix, Ariz., and Owensboro, Ky. - 32,355 total attendees for the year.

Over 30,000 families graduated from FPU this year (70,000 since 1994).

The Lampo Group grows to 70 team members.


The Total Money Makeover debuts on best seller lists and becomes our third New York Times best seller. Dave begins a 32-city The Total Money Makeover tour that includes 11 LIVE events, 31 book signings, 28 sermons, and 108 media appearances. Dave simulcasts The Total Money Makeover LIVE event to more than 500 locations across the country.


Viking releases Financial Peace Revisited in January.


The Lampo Group releases the children's book series: The Super Red Racer, My Fantastic Fieldtrip, The Big Birthday Surprise, and Careless at the Carnival. The company also releases Tranquilidad Financiera, a Spanish translation of Financial Peace.


Dave's Club becomes MyTotalMoneyMakeover.com.


FPU hires the first full-time advisors for the Military and Spanish programs.


Financial Peace for the Next Generation is available in 300 schools.


More than 110,000 families have attended Financial Peace University since its creation in 1994.


"The Dave Ramsey Show" is available on more than 137 stations including 45 top 100 markets and 10 top 20 markets.


Dave does LIVE events in Oklahoma City, Okla., Jackson, Miss., Nashville, Tenn., Houston, Texas, Midland/Odessa, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Monroe, La., Louisville, Ky., Jackson, Tenn., Memphis, Tenn., Knoxville, Tenn., Washington, D.C., Portland, Maine, Phoenix, Ariz., Greenville, S.C., Denver, Colo., Pittsburg, Pa., and Grand Rapids, Mich. - 44,930 total attendees for the year.


The Lampo Group grows to 100 team members.


No Matter What youth materials are available.


Russ Carroll, Dave’s lead financial counselor, surpasses 8,000 one-on-one counseling sessions in his 10 years with Dave.


Military classes are taught around the world from Fort Drum NY to Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey. 


"Daily Money Makeover" :90 vignettes become available to radio stations and are now heard on Armed Forces Radio.


In September, six FPU lessons were translated into Spanish and more than 150 families have already been through the Spanish version of the program.


Financial Peace @ Work coordinated with a major manufacturer to sign up more that 50 percent of the manufacturer’s 5,000 team members.


Financial Peace for the Next Generation is available in more than 400 schools nationwide with more than 11,000 students taking the classes.


More than 60,000 families graduated from Financial Peace University this year at thousands of locations across the country including community centers, small businesses, churches, military bases, and even banks.

Dave is profiled by Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes”

"The Dave Ramsey Show" is heard on more than 220 stations including 47 top 100 markets and nine top 20 markets.


Dave does LIVE events in Atlanta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., Grand Rapids, Mich., Greenville, S.C. Winston-Salem, N.C., Memphis, Tenn., Pittsburgh, Penn., Spokane, Wash., Houston, Texas, Louisville, Ky., Midland/Odessa, Texas, Jackson, Miss., Huntsville, Ala., Oklahoma City, Okla., Owensboro, Ky., and Montgomery, Ala. – 41,280 total attendees for the year.


The Lampo Group has 105 employees.


The Money Answer Book is published by J. Countryman a division on Thomas Nelson Publishing


Launched VowSavers marriage counseling program.

Junior begins appearing at LIVE events and elsewhere.
Chick-fil-A features Dave’s children’s books in their kid’s meals.
Lampo Press releases two additional children’s books.
Dave begins making regular appearances on “The Early Show”
Dave helps families with their money questions on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”
Financial Peace for the Next Generation is available in 600 schools.
“Dave Says” column is seen by more than 2 million readers
A total of 90,000 graduated from FPU this year! Over 260,000 families have completed the life-changing course since 1994.
Dave does LIVE events in Houston, Texas, New York, N.Y., Grand Rapids, Mich., Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, Ga., Memphis, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., Jackson, Miss., Knoxville, Tenn., Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Evansville, Tenn. – 51,097 total attendees for the year.
"The Dave Ramsey Show" is heard on more than 250 stations including 56 top 100 markets and 12 top 20 markets.

“The Dave Ramsey Show” joins the line-up on New York’s WABC AM 770, the largest talk radio station in the U.S.

MyTotalMoneyMakoever.com adds features and launches a new look.
Dave begins a development deal with CBS Entertainment to produce a reality show pilot.
Wealth Coaching begins helping music artists, authors and athletes manage their money.
The Lampo Group keeps growing!

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