We’ve been part of the retirement investing industry for decades, previously as Aston Capital Management, and we understand the challenges you and your employees face when establishing and managing 401(k) plans. That’s why Prove Investing offers leading 401(k) advisory services, exceptional investment options, and the low management fees available — all with the ease and simplicity that matches the demands of business.

We give you a better way to 401(k).


Meet the Prove Investing team.

J. Howard Ragsdale, Jr., CFA

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Howard is the founder and chief executive officer of Prove and has more than 35 years of experience in investment management. His work spans more than $5 billion in investment portfolios for large state and city pension funds, banks, insurance companies, corporations, professional sports organizations and a global telecommunications corporation. In addition to institutions, Howard has managed investment portfolios for high net worth individuals.
He currently is the chairman of the investment committee at Trevecca Nazarene University and is on the pension board for the City of Franklin. Howard received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee and his MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management. He has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) for over 20 years.

Drew Fraser

Director, Retirement Plan Services

Drew is the director of retirement plan services at Prove, and provides fiduciary analysis and benchmark consulting services to clients. He previously managed an individual financial planning practice at Northwestern Mutual. Drew received his master’s degree in ancient history and classics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Julia.

Ruth Ford, CPA

Chief Compliance Officer

Ruth is the chief compliance officer at Prove, and served as the CFO and CCO of Aston Capital Management, Inc. from 2001-2018. She began her career with Ernst & Young and has been a CPA for 40 years. Ruth received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Middle Tennessee State University. She lives in Nolensville, TN with her husband Tom. They have three daughters and one grandson.

Tia Burgess, PHR

Senior Relationship Manager

Tia is the senior relationship manager at Prove. She has more than 10 years of combined experience in the healthcare, finance, and government sectors. Prior to joining Prove, Tia held multiple human resources positions, including benefits administration and compliance. She received her bachelor’s degree in organizational and human resource management from the University of North Alabama, and her MBA from Middle Tennessee State University. She is also a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Tia lives in the Nashville area with her husband Charles and their two children.

Let the Prove team show you how to give your employees a better way to 401(k).