Adam Rutherford was elected to the Board of Education in April 2015. He currently works as a national retirement specialist for Empower Retirement. He has previously worked for J.P. Morgan Asset Management as an investment analyst and as a financial education consultant and at Smith Barney as a marketing associate.
A long-time Lee’s Summit resident, Mr. Rutherford and his wife, Amy, are both Lee’s Summit High School graduates. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, he graduated magna cum laude, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration with dual emphasis in finance and real estate and a minor in economics. Mr. Rutherford received a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University’s Business School. A Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), he has earned Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.
Within the community, Mr. Rutherford has served on the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation Board and as the Foundation’s Planned Giving Committee chairperson, Finance Committee member and Alumni Committee member. Through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, he was paired with a local student for four years. In addition, he has served on the Promoting Learning and Networking Steering Committee, as a member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and as a mentor for several college students.
Adam and Amy Rutherford have two children, Berkeley, born in 2012, and Ayla, born in 2014. As the father of young children, Mr. Rutherford said his current hobbies include (but are not limited to) watching “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “building zoos,” cleaning, reading Dr. Seuss and many other children’s classics (usually several times in a row), “being a horse,” tickling and chasing. His previous hobbies included golf, water skiing, snow skiing, running, cycling, eating out with his wife (sans kids) and watching Mizzou/Royals/Chiefs/Sporting KC.