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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Bridging Research and Practice: Life Planning

Amy Mullen, CFP® is Vice President at Money Quotient®, a non-profit focused on education and research. Money Quotient® provides practical ways to consistently bring life planning into financial planning firms. Their research has bettered the lives of many clients and continues to propel the financial planning profession forward.

Amy shares her journey to financial planning and how family ties brought her to financial planning, even though she isn’t a financial planner. Amy walks through the basic process that Money Quotient uses to help create an exceptional experience with clients.

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“The advisors who work with us at Money Quotient® none of them fear robo-advisors… There are multiple parts of the process that are necessary for a human for an individual to raise their level of self awareness.”

 

Sudden Money

EVOKE®

CFP® Certification

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA – Financial Therapy

Kansas State University – Financial Therapy Clinic

Money Quotient® Recommended Reading

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

Part One:

The Backstory and the Numbers

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

 

Part Two:

The Story that is Dave Grant: Act 2

 

Our previous episode with Dave:

Episode 9 – Listener Letter “Feeling Stuck”

 

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.

 

Building Your Own Thing and Working with Family

Stephanie McCulloughStephanie McCullough of Sofia Financial sits down with Hannah to discuss the difficulties of working with your family. Stephanie was a career changer almost 20 years ago (before that she worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC!) and today she works at the firm she founded. Her goal is to empower women to make wise financial decisions because everyone deserves quality, objective advice and excellent service.

“I can’t promise you any returns. I’m not a mutual fund family.”

The Kinder Institute of Life Planning

MoneyGuidePro: Financial Planning Software

The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your Money

Sudden Money

Fox Financial Planning Network

 

 

The Importance of Processes with Deborah Fox

Deborah FoxDeborah Fox, the CEO of Fox College Funding and the Fox Financial Planning Network joins us to share the importance of processes and how it can impact you, whether you are in a firm or have your own firm.

Deborah’s approach allows you to work on your business rather than just in your business and helps financial planners develop a systematized approach to working with clients.

As someone who is not naturally process driven, I have come to realize the significant value that processes have, both for clients and the business!

I hope you enjoy!

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“It was very important that I didn’t dictate how one needs to do business. I wanted to give possibilities.”

 

Resources:
FPA DFW Career Day

Fox College Funding

Fox Financial Planning Network

E-Myth Revised

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Career Changes with Kirsten Ismail

Kirsten IsmailKirsten Ismail, Vice President of The Taylor Group, joins us for an interview where she discusses the challenges of being a career changer and entering the profession as a woman. She attributes much of her success to her study group thanks to the diversity and support of its members.

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“Do you want to be a part of something that exists or something that you want to create?”

 

DFW FPA Career Day
FPA Retreat