What is your current role / professional background?
I assist many aspects of financial planning, client service and day-to-day operations of BHJ. I joined the team in November 2016 after many years in marketing and technology-oriented positions at Russell Investments, Microsoft and other firms. I passed the Investment Adviser Representative exam (Series 65) and intend to complete the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ curriculum.
What drew you to financial advising?
In my early 20s, my mother developed a tumor on her spine, which ultimately left her disabled. My parents were small business owners, and hadn’t set up any viable retirement plans. Through personal connections, I found them a financial advisor to help them develop and implement a plan. As my parents’ go-between, I started to read up on personal finance so that I could understand what their advisor was saying. The more I read, the more I came to realize that he wasn’t providing them with the best advice and that the advising industry was riddled with conflicts-of-interest. After a year-and-a-half, I let him go and started dabbling more seriously in investing. I was hooked.
If your house was on fire, what are the three things you would grab?
- My dog, Mr. Frankie, a Jack Russell-rat terrier mix with a slight Napoleon complex. (He thinks he can take on anyone, regardless of size, and feels a strong sense of ownership / entitlement.) Naturally, he’d expect me to carry him out of the burning house.
- A picture of my family during our first year in America. We looked like we just got off the boat … We did.
- My maternal grandmother’s jade engagement ring. Starting out, my grandfather was a poor rice farmer and couldn’t afford to buy his betrothed a ring. One day, he found a jade ring in a well while drawing water and gave it to my grandmother as a gift. Over the past 70 years, it’s become a precious family heirloom. Currently, I am the temporary owner.