The Buckingham Family of Financial Services-an advisory firm built on the principals of passive investing-has proven itself to be quite active when it comes to growth.
   The company announced that it has been named one of the top 25 fastest-growing businesses in St. Louis for the eighth year in a row.
   The top-25 list is published annually by the St. Louis Business Journal.
   This year, the company ranked 16th, with $29.5 million in annual revenue.
   Buckingham's family of companies is comprised of three main entities: Buckingham Asset Management, BAM Advisor Services and Bemiston Insurance Services.
   BAM Advisor Services specializes in transitioning CPAs to the field of fee-based investment management-a niche that has been nurtured by the firm's strict adherence to a passive and diversified style of portfolio management that makes heavy use of Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) mutual funds.
   The family of firms has a staff of 13 principals and more than 70 associates, and has $1.2 billion in assets under management and $5 billion in assets under administrative management.
   "The ranking reflects our commitment to helping our clients with their financial goals," says Bert Schweizer III, principal and founder of the company.