We’re excited to have XYPN member Todd Pouliot, owner of Gateway Financial, a fee-only firm out of Northfield, OH, on the show today. Todd started his career spending time as a captive insurance agent and a long-time rep at a broker-dealer.
In this episode, Todd talks about his evolution to understanding the responsibilities of being a fee-only fiduciary advisor, and how that drove his ultimate decision to open his own firm. He walks us through his experience firing clients, transitioning them over, and eventually acting as a fully independent RIA. Todd speaks to the movement within our industry as being an evolution—not a revolution—and how he feels more deeply committed to his duty as an advisor than ever before. Todd serves nearly 60 clients and utilizes the support of virtual assistants to maintain balance and efficiency within his firm, but plans to hire virtually as he continues to grow. Todd shares his experience of finally finding a community of like-minded advisors, and how giving back, learning, and growing stay at the forefront of his purpose. Todd’s fee-only and fiduciary commitment to his clients drives all aspects of his business.
If you want to learn about what it’s like to transition from a broker-dealer to an independent RIA, and the fiduciary and fee-only commitments that come along with it, then this show is for you.
You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/292
We’re excited to have XYPN members Dan and Natalie Slagle, owners of Minnesota-based fee-only firm, Fyooz Financial Planning, on the show today. Dan and Natalie are partners in life and business, and together have nearly 20 years of industry experience.
Today, they talk about how they built Fyooz intentionally to reach their target market: successful, fun, and authentic couples. They discuss what sparked the fire to launch their firm, the sacrifices they made along the way, and how their relationship has allowed them to serve their ideal client base. Together, they serve 30 clients—and have the capacity to serve 50-70 more. Dan and Natalie walk us through how they delineate roles and responsibilities, and the inherent challenges of working with your spouse. They share their candid thoughts about the pressures of the fiduciary oath they’ve taken, how they manage anxiety, and, on a lighter note, discuss what they’ve loved most about building Fyooz.
If you want to learn about what it’s like to go into business with your partner, then this show is for you.
You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/291
We’re excited to have XYPN teammate, Taylor Deardorff, on the show today. Taylor currently manages XYPN’s Tech Team as the Product Owner, a role that allows her to leverage her deep understanding of member needs to design and create cutting-edge technology solutions for the Network.
Taylor pivoted into this industry when she joined Team XYPN back in 2018 as one of the original team members. We cover a lot of ground in this episode as we talk about the tech tools Taylor recommends for all advisors, insights into the role technology can play in scaling large business, and, how as someone who has managed anxiety her whole life, she’s been able to make decisions and move projects forward even when she’s not 100% confident. As an avid reader and efficiency whiz, Taylor shares her words of wisdom about uncovering your “why” and leaves listeners with some great book recommendations.
If you’re interested in how to leverage a technology mindset in this industry or your practice, this show is for you.
You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/290
We’re excited to have XYPN member Lamar Watson, owner of Dream Financial planning, a fee-only firm out of Reston, VA, on the show today.
Lamar started his career in this industry before he even went to college! He was an avid follower of the stock market and reader of Warren Buffet. While he was in college, he secured an internship at a diverse Scottrade branch where he received valuable insight, training, and mentorship in the financial services industry. Lamar walks us through his career from how he pitched himself in an interview before he even graduated from college to how he climbed the ranks and finally to how and why he decided to open his own RIA. Lamar talks about what it was like to move from a steady high-paying job to working one-on-one with his ideal types of clients—the newbies who have never worked with a financial planner before.
If you want to learn about what it’s like to work your way up through this industry and then launch your dream firm, this show is for you.
You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/289