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Here's What to Expect
Our first meeting is a complimentary in person, phone or video conference, in which we will determine if we’re a good fit for each other. Once we’ve determine a path forward, you’ll receive …
The WealthCheck Process:
- Together we clarify your financial priorities and objectives
- With you we will develop your WealthCheck Plan
- We will implement your plan with automated systems
What you need to do before our meeting:
- Gather any and all financial related documents, including the following:
- Bank, Mortgage, Debt, Investment Account, Retirement Account (401k, IRA, Roth IRA, Cash Balance Plan) statements
- Insurance Policies or statements
3 Important Questions
How did you become familiar with Dave Ramsey?
Initially, I was introduced to Dave Ramsey via my church. As we all know, Dave has a reputation that proceeds him, especially in the investment industry. Once we learned there was a way to partner with his organization we jumped on the idea.
What kind of experience do you have?
I started in the industry in summer of 2002, then after completing my Bachelors Degree in Business at Cal Poly - SLO, began full time work in the industry in 2005. In 2008 I completed my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, and in 2017 completed my MBA in Personal Financial Planning through Indiana Wesleyan. The people we learned the business from were top financial planners within the industry.
What will we talk about in our first meeting?
Our first meeting is complimentary. In that meeting we will discuss your financial goals and what you are looking for in a financial advisor. If we’re a good fit for each other, we will determine how we move forward together, how we’re paid to serve you, and what you can expect out of our relationship.
A WealthCheck Plan for Real Life
WealthCheck is our signature financial planning program, designed with you in mind. With decades of real world experience, we’ve developed an easy to follow process that will get your financial life organized and aligned toward your life goals. Then, our team will implement your plan with automated systems that help you get on track toward your goals.
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5 Ways a Financial Professional Can Be Your Financial Planning Superhero
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October is National Financial Planning Month
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Staying Invested in a Tricky Market Environment
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Better-Than-Expected First Half
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Debt Ceiling Drama Is Behind Us
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A Resilient March
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Waiting for New Heights
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New Beginnings for 2023
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Looking ahead and Mid-Term Elections
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Could the Worst Be Behind Us?
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April Showers, May Flowers?
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Positivity Amidst Uncertainty
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Moving Forward After a Pullback
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New Beginnings in 2022
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Market & Economic Update
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October Market Update
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August Market Update
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The CARES Act Key Components
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The Fallout from COVID-19 and You
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Stocks and the Coronavirus – What Now?
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COVID-19 and What to Expect
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