Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome

I’m so excited to have Bill Simonet, CFP® of Simonet Financial Group on the podcast with us today. Bill shares his career path from a captive insurance agent to an independent broker dealer to now a fee-only RIA. Not only does Bill dive into the differences of each, he shares what he has done to be successful as a business owner.

This is a great episode, you’re going to enjoy it!

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“Simply having the education isn’t enough but it’s implementation and exposure from a young age and consistency that matters… If it’s ingrained in you it’s something that’s important and then it’s something you’re going to do. You have to see it and practice and you have to know that it works!”

The Art of Finance

FPA of Austin

Don’t Be Afraid to Try Things

Today we are joined by Chad Smith, CFP®, a financial planner and part owner of Financial Symmetry. Chad shares his career journey of starting as an intern and now part owner of his company. He’s been with the same company that full time and shares what has made him successful. He is also a fellow podcaster, so be sure to check him out.

Once again, if you passed your CFP® exam this past week, we want to celebrate with you! Send me an email at hannah@guidingwealth.com with your address and we have something to send you.

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“If you have the abundance mentality and share about your processes… who knows how many people are going to be helped by that? We know there’s shortage of planners anyway.”

The Financial Symmetry Podcast

FPA NexGen Gathering

Abacus Planning Group

Cheryl R. Holland, CFP®

Networking, Vision, and Partnerships

Joe Pitzl, CFP® is the founder of Pitzl Financial. Joe shares with us his career story and how “job hopping” helped his career and clarified his vision for the firm he now runs. Joe shares tips on how he got his first job out of college, what lead him to leave a great firm and the stops along the way.

Joe started his firm three years ago and brought with him 40 clients and just under $17,000,000 in AUM and now has 120 clients with $105,000,000 in AUM!

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“That’s the importance of the ongoing networking piece. Just because you’ve got a job doesn’t mean it’s got to stop. You’ve got a network of people in the industry…. that you can rely on for help and guidance.”

 

From Psychologist to Financial Planner – The Exceptional Career of Carol Craigie

For episode two of our our three part series we are joined by  Carol S. Craigie, CFP®, ChFC, MA,  the founder of Fiscal Fitness Clubs of America. Carol is a “psychologist turned financial planner” and has had a long and impressive career in financial planning. Carol’s passion to improve individual’s financial lives keeps pulling her out of retirement and re-imagining how to bring financial planning advice to the masses.

Carol’s passion for financial planning is inspiring and I’m so excited to share part of her story with you today.

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“We want to be Weight Watchers of money… [to] get people in clubs and bring money out of the closet. And You get people, just like dieting, to do budgeting so they accomplish their goals!”

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Dick Wagner Tribute

Mixing Fitness with Finance

I’m excited to have Catalina M. Franco-Cicero, MS, CFP®  of Fiscal Fitness Clubs on the podcast. This episode will be the first of a three part series with Cat and her business partner Carol Craige. Carol will join us for the second episode and later the two will share their story together.

So today, Cat shares her incredible personal story from immigrating to the United States as a child to using her fitness and education background as the Director of Financial Wellness at Fiscal Fitness Clubs of America. Early in her career she had a vision for what it would look like to provide financial planning to the general public and she using background and life story to do just that.

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“We want to take money out of the closet. Let’s talk about it already. Come on. It’s stressing people out and talking about it can help you.”

XY Planning Network

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The Evolution of a Practice

Todays’ guest is  Jude Boudreaux, CFP® from Upperline Financial Planning and I’m excited to share his story with everyone on the podcast. I first met Jude at a NexGen Gathering right around the time he was starting his firm.  Jude is six years in and shares several of the ways he has found success in his practice and is now running a $400,000+ firm.

He  is a great example of what it looks like to leverage your experience to build a successful practice from the ground up.

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“People can work fine with conflicts. I just think we should all acknowledge that every model has a conflict.”

 

the Four Kolbe Action Modes®

3 Questions That Will Get Your Finances — and Life — on Track

 

The Story that is Dave Grant: Act 2

Dave GrantThanks for joining us for part 2 of my interview with Dave Grant from Retirement Matters. Once again, Dave’s willingness to open up and honestly share his experiences as an RIA owner is a breath of fresh air to young planners striving to carve out their place in the profession. As planners we should build honest, real, and refreshing relationships with our clients and very few “success stories” are as honest, real, and refreshing as Dave’s.

Today we pick the interview right where we left off and if you enjoy these episodes be sure to check out Dave Grant’s writing in Financial Planning Magazine and his book!

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“One of the things I’ve learned over the last 18 months is… I have to be very self aware with things that I’m doing. And I continually have to check myself. To say is what I’m doing now, and what it’s going to be… is this something that’s a strength of mine? And should I be focusing on it?”

The First Year: The Diary of a New RIA Owner

NexGen

NAPFA Genesis

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs: Elevate Your SELF to Elevate Your BUSINESS

Our first episode with Dave:

Episode 9 – Listener Letter “Feeling Stuck”

The Backstory and the Numbers

Dave GrantDave Grant returns for another episode… or two? Dave is one of my good friends and founder of Retirement Matters. One of the things I most appreciate about Dave is his willingness to open up and share all sides of his experience as an RIA owner.  Today we’ll dive into his backstory and “the numbers” so I hope you enjoy the episode. We had a really good discussion and had to break it into two episodes. There was so much good stuff that we didn’t want to leave anything out.

If “ownership” is something you’ve grown tired of or it’s something you’re tired of wanting… don’t miss this episode!

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“I was very much on cloud nine at that point and it gradually got down to cloud three and cloud minus nine. It did not stay up there. Client acquisition was hard. I was still trying to get my foot in the door of this niche…. I knew the market was there and I knew they needed help.”

 

The First Year: The Diary of a New RIA Owner

FPA NexGen

NAPFA Genesis

Our previous episode with Dave:

Episode 9 – Listener Letter “Feeling Stuck”

 

Creative, Fee-only, and Successful

Holly Thomas

Holly P. Thomas, a CFP® and author of The Mindful Money Mentality, joins us this week to discuss her career path and financial planning practice. Holly has successfully built a fee-only financial planning firm that is paid purely on advice as she does not manage any investments or sell any products.

Holly has been an inspiration to me with her regular content, whether that be her blog, her newsletter or videos. Her newsletter is one of the best financial advisor newsletters I’ve seen and in this episode, she gives practical tips on how to create engaging content.

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“Sometimes financial planners are in the honored position of hearing things from clients they have never shared with anyone before. If I can create that safe space… I’ve done the best job I could do.”

Wired for Wealth

The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge

Constant Contact: Email Marketing Software

Reinventing the Firm of the Future

James Matthews

Today on the podcast Hannah interviews James Matthews, CFP®, the Managing Director of Blueprint, a next generation financial planning firm in Charlotte, NC. James is on the front lines designing the financial planning firm of the future on a large scale and providing financial planning advice to younger clients who need it.

James shares his unique background, from working at a bank and then a call center, and how each step taught him skills that he is using now to create a new model of financial planning.

I am excited to share this episode with you and can’t wait to see what the future holds for James and Blueprint. I hope you enjoy this episode!

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“A lot of times people don’t know what financial planning is until you show it to them. They just have this idea that they have a bunch of stuff going on and it’s confusing to them… We’re trying to make this as accessible and least threatening as possible.”

 

The Monthly Retainer Model in Financial Planning

XY Planning Network

Dimensional Fund Advisors 

George Kinder

Financial Therapy

Carl Richards

 

Registered Principal and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS). OSJ: 4201 Congress Street, Suite 295, Charlotte, NC 28209, (704)-552-8507. Securities products and advisory services offered through PAS, member FINRA, SIPC. Managing Director of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Guardian. Blueprint is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian.