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#34 - Stay Scrappy and Go All In - Matt Faubion
4d ago
#34 - Stay Scrappy and Go All In - Matt Faubion
Matt's Bio:Serving others is at the core of why Matt loves being a wealth manager. By working closely with individuals and families, Matt enjoys getting to know his clients on a personal level and helping them make better financial decisions as their lives evolve. With a natural curiosity in money, markets, public policy and business, Matt is always seeking to expand his understanding within these areas. He regularly applies newfound knowledge to create robust wealth plans and investment strategies that improve his clients’ financial health.Matt founded Faubion Wealth Management (FWM) to serve the next generation of wealth generators with the thorough and extensive standard that he believes is required of the position. The firm stays true to its objective approach, by only providing clients with fiduciary advice that is in their best interest. In doing so, FWM designs strategies that are diligently and custom built, given our in-depth process to get to know you, your financial portrait, and the goals that set you apart.Matt began his career as a Wealth Advisor Associate with a boutique wealth management firm in San Francisco. He was a team leader in advancing the firm’s wealth management platform, which specialized in working with high-net-worth technology entrepreneurs. During his time at the firm, he became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and was promoted to Senior Wealth Manager. He later joined a nationally recognized financial planning and wealth management firm in Walnut Creek, CA and worked with their Barron’s top 100 independent advisor founder. Additionally, he passed the level 1 exam of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. And before founding FWM, he was a Wealth Strategist and Partner at a start-up wealth management firm in San Francisco.A Bay Area native, Matt grew up in Pleasanton, and he currently lives in Dublin with his wife, dog and two cats. Coming with the territory, he loves following the 49ers, Sharks, Warriors and Giants. Outside of work, Matt enjoys volunteering and giving back to his community. He is an avid lover of all kinds of music, from classic rock to EDM, and is currently learning the guitar. Matt also enjoys long walks with his wife, spending time with family, reading, traveling, exercising—and all of the great outdoor activities the Golden State has to offer.Matt's Social:https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewfaubion/Twitter: @FaubWealthMusic in this episode was obtained from Bensound.
#31 - Serving Women in Tech and Creating Career Opportunities for Underrepresented People - Meg Bartelt
Jan 11 2023
#31 - Serving Women in Tech and Creating Career Opportunities for Underrepresented People - Meg Bartelt
Meg's Bio:"I worked in the tech industry straight out of college. Through the first Dot Com Boom. Aaaaand through the crash. When I got laid off. Fun times.In my 30s, I got bored with my work in tech, and I changed careers into financial planning. I also got married, had two babies, moved cross-country twice, went back to school for a graduate degree, bought my first home, decided (I mean, not unilaterally) to have my husband retire from tech and become a stay-at-home dad, and started a business (this one!).I don’t know if I’d have had the guts to do all of that without the money and flexibility my husband and I both got from the tech industry. Which is why I love working with women in their early to mid career in the tech industry.It’s such an exciting time of life. And the opportunities are almost boundless. But it’s so stressful. And oh my goodness, what do you mean “estimated taxes”?!I’ve learned that if we are intentional and if we do the work, our opportunities in the tech industry can help us build that fulfilling life we all crave.What else about me?Wellllll, I grew up in Newport News, Virginia. I went to Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where I majored in Economics, gained 10 pounds (unlimited Fruit Loops? whut?!), and learned to banish writer’s block. I moved to the Bay Area in 1998 and worked as a technical writer for 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, mostly in the software-security sector. ‘Tis also, it should be noted, where I met my husband. We both worked on the Engineering team at a small startup.After I changed careers, I got my Master’s of Science in Financial Planning from Golden Gate University. I then worked for fee-only Registered Investment Advisors, back in Tidewater Virginia.In search of a home better suited to us, my husband, my two daughters, and I moved to Bellingham, WA. Julia the Dog—a sweet girl, if not technically a good girl—joined us a couple years later.So much of what makes me happy—hiking, biking, cooking, yoga, kale, and ancient minivans missing hubcaps—are part of the fabric of life here. For those rare times when I have a stretch of silence and time, I love reading books about European royal history, sci-fi/fantasy, and Anything Russia.I am a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, a Registered Life Planner™ and a member of the XY Planning Network and the Financial Planning Association."Meg's Social:Twitter- @MegBarteltLinkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/megbartelt/Music in this episode was obtained from Bensound.
#30 - Providing Hourly Advice to DIY Investors - Jon Luskin
Jan 4 2023
#30 - Providing Hourly Advice to DIY Investors - Jon Luskin
Jon's Bio:Jon Luskin is a fee-only, advice-only CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional and fiduciary in sunny San Diego, California. Jon specializes in providing hourly advice to do-it-yourself investors.Jon is a long-time advocate of simple, low-cost investing. His master’s thesis showed how university endowments can generate more wealth (and take on less risk) by using passive index funds. Jon’s other research has been published in the peer-reviewed Financial Planning Association’s Journal of Financial Planning. Jon has had the fortune of presenting his research to advisors across the country.For his contribution to the industry, Jon has been recognized as one of the financial planning industry’s top young advisors by InvestmentNews magazine. Jon has been featured in consumer-facing and advisor-facing publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Michael Kitces’ blog, Nerd’s Eye View.In 2019, Jon and his wife Lien dedicated one full year to travel. The two started their adventure by taking four months to convert a cargo van into their home on wheels. They then spent several months traversing the western United States and Mexico. Lien documented their adventure on her blog.Jon provides pro-bono financial planning to low-income households with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, a 501(c)3 organization. He also volunteers with Second Chance Dog Rescue and Four Paws Dog Rescue.Jon's Social:Twitter: @JonLuskinLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonluskin/
#29 - Financial Therapy and Compassionate Planning - Daniel Kopp
Dec 21 2022
#29 - Financial Therapy and Compassionate Planning - Daniel Kopp
Daniel's BioHello, I’m Daniel – husband to Anna, widower to Sarah, Air Force veteran, business owner, writer, speaker, CFP® Professional, financial planner, and Christ-follower. I’m the founder of Wise Stewardship Financial Planning where we offer fee-only, fiduciary financial planning and investment advice with a special focus on young widows and widowers as well as servicemembers and their families.Grief changes everything. I know that all too well from personal experience as I became a widower at 31 and before that, father to 3 children in heaven. My passion and purpose now is to take what I’ve learned from those experiences combined with financial planning and advice to be a help to you in your own unique grief journey. Wise Stewardship works together with you to help gain stability in your current financial situation, prioritize next steps, and walk with you into a new and different future.Here’s the rest of my story and why I became a financial planner. I’ve always been interested in money since I was a little kid, including out-bidding my siblings for chores-for-hire, to providing loans to my siblings and friends when they had spent all their money and diligently saving my allowance for future goals. Over time this evolved into reading the stock pages in the newspaper as a young teenager and then choosing to major in economics in college. After completing Air Force ROTC at Purdue University, I commissioned as an officer into the Air Force in 2009 but continued my personal interest into personal finances, investing, and all things money-related.In my college years and early 20s, I read hundreds of books and spent thousands of hours studying financial planning topics. I also had the opportunity to be a volunteer financial counselor during many of the years when I was on active duty in addition to helping and educating family and friends over the years. Thanks to countless help along the way, I learned more about the financial services industry and found my way to fee-only, fiduciary financial planning. It was through these experiences that sparked my passion and helped me realize what I wanted to do whenever I decided to leave the military!As an officer on active duty for almost 9 years, along with a brother, sister, and brother-in-law in the military, I experienced firsthand the benefits and challenges that military life can have on all aspects of life especially finances. Frequent changes like TDY’s, deployments, and PCS’s add unique potential opportunities and obstacles to meeting goals and dreams. Add in the often disparate and sometimes confusing military pay, benefits, scattered military benefits and discounts, and countless people offering advice or services, and there is often a lack of clarity on how best to optimize all of these to best meet goals.I’ve seen almost everything military life can throw at you and been through much of what you probably have questions about. I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t; what’s important and what isn’t. I’m now able to use these vast experiences to help my clients navigate the challenges of the busy military life, get the most out of your hard-earned benefits, and help you achieve your goals.Social:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielmkopp/Twitter: @danielmkoppInstagram: wisestewardshipfinancialplanMusic in this episode was obtained from Bensound.
#28 - Attracting Clients and Embracing the Grind - Travis Gatzemeier
Dec 15 2022
#28 - Attracting Clients and Embracing the Grind - Travis Gatzemeier
Travis's Bio:Hi! I’m Travis, A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and the founder of Kinetix Financial Planning. I believe money is a tool that can unlock the optionality of life. My goals are to help optimize your cash flow, grow wealth, and pay less money to Uncle Sam through dynamic financial planning and investment management.Prior to my career as a financial planner, I graduated with a business degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. I began my professional career at a large brokerage firm where I learned the ins and outs of the financial markets. During this time I was able to gain valuable experience in financial markets, risk management, and personal finance. I then found my path working as a wealth manager for a small financial firm serving pre-retirees and retirees which included selling insurance to clients. I realized that insurance sales mixed with financial planning created a huge conflict of interest! I made the decision to become a fee-only financial planner in order to give my clients real financial advice with limited conflicts of interest. On a personal note, I live in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area but grew up a small-town kid in central Texas. When I am not helping my clients, I enjoy the outdoors, traveling, reading, or listening to the next queued up podcast. In addition, I am a supporter of the professional sports teams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. An avid outdoorsman – hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, and everything in between. I have a husky that keeps me busy and active named Koda. Who is also the CEO (see below). My favorite getaway is Montana where I have family!Instagram:  kinetixfpLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/travisgatzemeier/Twitter: @T_GatzemeierMusic in this episode obtained from Bensound.
#26 - Being Available and Intentional with Clients - Cyndi Walsh
Nov 30 2022
#26 - Being Available and Intentional with Clients - Cyndi Walsh
Cyndi's Bio:Cyndi draws on a deep and varied career in the financial industry.  Her career has taken her on a dual path of both individual and corporate investment and risk management.  Early in her career she served as Vice President of Foreign Currency Trading at Bank of America. In addition to trading, she also developed and implemented strategic capital markets risk management programs for multi-national corporations.  She spent many years as Managing Partner of National Bond and Trust, a national financial benefits provider, where Cyndi developed and implemented a national investment program for individual investors.  It was during that program development that Cyndi realized her passion for helping individual investors.  She has committed the rest of her career to broadening her service through Walsh Advisors. Cyndi first became an investor at the age of 17 when she first participated in the 401K program at McDonald's Corporation.  After earning her bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology from Purdue University, her passion for investing compelled her to attend the University of Chicago where she earned an MBA in Finance.  Cyndi’s pursuit of knowledge continues as she recently completed her Doctorate degree at DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business with a Finance specialty. As a seasoned fiduciary Cyndi has lended her investment expertise to service in various trustee roles including the Indiana Bond Bank,  Indiana Public Employee Retirement Pension Fund and the Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Pension Fund.  She has also served as a board member of the Indiana Education Savings Authority. These roles have also provided her invaluable portfolio management expertise.Walsh Advisors website:https://walshadvisorsinc.com/aboutCyndi's Linkedinhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cyndi-walsh-9293316b/
#20 - Building a Practice by Utilizing Unique Strengths - Jeremy Crocker and Drew Feutz
Oct 5 2022
#20 - Building a Practice by Utilizing Unique Strengths - Jeremy Crocker and Drew Feutz
Bio's:Hey there! I’m Drew. (My last name is pronounced “fights”.) I’m from a cornfield about 35 miles southwest of downtown Indianapolis. I now live west of Indianapolis with my wife, Amanda, and our golden retriever puppy, Gus. I love traveling (check out my personal bio page for a few pictures), being outside, getting a lift in at the gym before work, and trying new craft beers. Reading what I just wrote, it sounds like I’m the stereotypical Millennial.Favorite Sports Team = PacersFavorite Places Traveled = Rome, Athens, Dublin, Sedona, KauaiFavorite Food = ShrimpCollege Alma Mater = Indiana State UniversityHigh School Graduating Class Size = 36Hi there! My name is Jeremy. I grew up in a smalltown in Northwest Indiana and have always been somewhat of a home body. After graduating college, I moved a whopping 11.8 miles away from my hometown. However, this hasn’t kept me from the urge to travel. I’m a retired, mediocre athlete who has recently picked up golf and become obsessed with it ever since (although I can’t seem to get any better).Favorite Sports Team = All Chicago teams (even the White Sox)Favorite Places Traveled = EnglandFavorite Food = Tavern Chicken Sammy from Tavern on Main in Crown Point SquareCollege Alma Mater = Indiana State UniversityHigh School Graduating Class Size = 291Linkedin:Drew: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drewfeutz/Jeremy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremycrocker/Music in the episode obtained from Bensound.
#15 - Having Hard Conversations and Setting Expectations - Phil Telpner
Aug 31 2022
#15 - Having Hard Conversations and Setting Expectations - Phil Telpner
Phil's Bio:My earliest memories of being exposed to the stock market are drawn from experiences with both of my grandfathers. As immigrants without any formal education, investing was a way for them to partake of the American dream and grow their limited but hard-earned wealth. I have memories of being at my grandparents’ home on a Friday night and watching Louis Rukeyser’s “Wall Street Week” on public television in the 1980s. Occasionally, I would even receive a share or two of stock for my birthday and with that, my passion for investing and the capital markets was born.After college graduation, I went to work on the floor of the exchange and before long, I scraped up a little money and leased a membership at the Chicago Board of Trade. At that time, the 30-Year Treasury Bond pit was the largest, most active futures contract in the world. That’s where my journey began. While personally trading a thousand contracts a day at times, I saw firsthand how devastating a lack of discipline and planning can be to your financial health.   After a series of business opportunities, I was offered a wealth management position with the Wall Street firms Morgan Stanley and later at JP Morgan. The training and experience at the big firms was great but with their emphasis on selling financial products, I became frustrated. My compensation was largely based on what I sold, not on how I advised regarding wealth accumulation, retirement or tax planning. I had learned years ago from my father, a CPA with his own practice, that relationships are your most valuable asset.  My father, in fact, has served some clients and their families for over 50 years- and that is not an accident.   My firm, Breakout Private Wealth, was founded on that principle.     Everything begins and ends with my family. My boys, Andrew and Blake, now teenagers, have taught me more about life than any book or designation. Our time together at the rink, on the field or just at home challenges me to continue to be a better version of myself. My wife Jami, who had no idea that a blind date at the Chicago Blackhawks game twenty plus years ago would turn into a lifetime of hockey rinks and a garage full of sporting equipment, keeps us all on track.   "I think to provide the maximum amount of value for our clients we, as advisors, need to go deep and narrow. That will allow us to be subject matter experts in the areas that matter most to the CLIENT, not to a large firm, or to a commission competition.If more of us would do business in this way, more people would feel comfortable getting the help that they need. Then everyone wins.I just started the Gen X Wealth Academy specifically for this reason. It is a way to meet people where they are, not where Wall Street thinks they should be 😯Accepting 10 founding members now....for free"https://api.skool.com/groups/gen-x-wealth-academy-9959/webhooks/e7a5daed1b5b4a0a8d430a3ad627914dMusic in this episode was obtained from Bensound.