Our Team



Robert J. Fries, Owner

Bob Fries has been an independent financial professional since 1999. In 2003, he founded Rising Sun Investments, LLC. He has counseled hundreds of retiring employees from many of the area's largest firms. Over the years, Bob has developed a network of professionals in the areas of investing, retirement, tax planning, and legacy planning to help his clients meet their financial needs. Bob has also taught college classes in retirement planning and investing.

Bob has a bachelor's degree in finance from Siena Heights University, and holds his Series 6,7,24,53,63, and 65 securities licenses. He is a Division Manager of NEXT Financial Group, Inc., a repeat Top Producer with NEXT Financial Group, Inc. and a member of the Financial Planning Association of Michigan. Bob works tirelessly and loves every minute of it. In his spare time he enjoys the occasional escape to the sandy beaches of Southern California, and the more frequent getaway to Northern Michigan for a weekend of fly fishing or skiing.


Linda Sue Fries, Director of Operations

Linda Sue joined us in 2010 and brings with her over 25 years of retail management. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Merchandising Management. She spent the last 15 years of her time in retail as a manager with Nordstrom and now serves as our Director of Operations and is in charge of our Troy office. Linda Sue coordinates client communications and all of our client events. She is the first person you see when you enter our Troy office and always greets you with a smile.






Agnes Gutierrez, Executive Assistant

Agnes has been in the financial services industry for over 30 years since her beginnings at the Monroe Community Bank. She is in charge of our Monroe, MI office and coordinates our document processing and client services. She has been part of our NEXT Financial Group, Inc. family for over 10 years and is invaluable when it comes to client service. Agnes lives in Monroe where she is very involved with her church and the local 4H Club and is well respected in the community. When she is not cheering on the Tigers, Agnes enjoys spending quality time with her sons and with her two granddaughters.






Bryan Fries

Bryan attended college at Columbia College in Chicago, IL where he graduated in 2009 and spent the next several years working as a manager with a major grocery retailer. Bryan joined the firm in 2013, and holds Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses and life, health, and variable insurance licenses. In addition to overseeing clients of his own, Bryan handles much of the day to day operations at the Troy office. Bringing a new perspective to the firm, he is dedicated to helping his generation invest wisely and prepare for a successful retirement. Bryan and his wife Ashley live in Commerce Twp. with their son Jack and their dog Stella. When he is not in the office, Bryan can usually be found spending time with friends and family, enjoying the beautiful Michigan summers, or tinkering with something in the garage.