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Ep #178: Transitioning From Trader to Financial Planner - The Career of Morgen Rochard

Morgen Rochard started out trading but eventually ended up owner her own RIA firm. In this episode we will learn how her trading experience has affected how she does business and actually guided her into financial planning. She shares her journey with us and tips from her experience in breaking into the financial planning world, growing a firm and even advice for women who want to start a firm AND a family. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:...


Ep #177: Running Two Successful Businesses As Siblings - The Careers of Danna Jacobs and Rob Colon

Danna Jacobs and Rob Colon are an impressive brother and sister duo that went from launching a firm in 2013 with just one client—who happened to be their grandfather—to running not just one, but two successful businesses. The founders of Legacy Care Wealth and Inspired Vision Accounting, Danna and Rob have figured out how to balance their particular strengths and weaknesses to form a strong partnership. In this episode, they share how their brother/sister dynamic works for their business,...


Ep #176: Serving Homeschool Families As a Homeschool Parent - The Career of Wakefield Hare

Todays' guest decided to start his own firm just six months after buying into a partnership to become the succession plan for a retirement-age advisor. Now the founder of Greater Than Financial, Wakefield Hare began his journey to starting his own firm after he learned about XYPN in 2015 and realized that he wanted to serve clients his way. Three years later, Wakefield runs a successful practice serving just over 100 client households, and he has started to focus more on his niche of...


Ep #175: Financial Planning for Genentech Employees - The Career of David Barson

My guest today is a great example of how powerful it can be to nail down a niche. David Barson is the founder of Barson Financial Planning, and nearly two years after starting his firm, he has really started focusing on his ideal client profile: Genentech employees. Having started his own career in biotech and worked at the company himself, David is able to connect with current employees in ways most other advisors can’t, making his client relationships that much stronger. In this episode,...


Ep #174: 3 Years Into Business - How Linden Cornett is Growing a Business to Support Her Great Life

When it comes to balancing work and life, Linden Cornett seems to have found a really interesting way to do that. Last time we spoke with her she had promised her family to not work as much by taking on only 5 new clients per year. In this episode we catch up with her to see how this plan has gone and how she is balancing family life, her practice and a part-time job. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/174


Ep #173: Full-Time Police Officer Running His Own RIA - The Career of Mike Bronson

Balancing two careers, Police sergeant Mike Bronson brings us some serious motivation and inspiration with his whirlwind life and career. He has some great insight and advice to share on time management, niche marketing, resilience and much more. Mike talks in depth about where he found his passion for finance and noticed an important need for financial help in the field he is so passionate about. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:...


Ep #172: How Two Full-Time Firefighters are Running a Successful Financial Planning Firm - The Careers of Leo Nunez & James Estep

Many people start a business as a side-hustle with the goal to take that full time but Leo Nunez and James Estep of Everest Financial Advisors have two full time jobs. On this episode you’ll learn how two firefighters fell into finance and decided to follow their passion for helping firefighters manage money while remaining with their original careers. They have some great insight into managing two careers, letting passion lead the way and ensuring work/life balance. You can find show notes...


Ep #171: Leveraging Processes to Allow Explosive Growth Working 20 Hours-Week - The Career of Rebecca Connor

Rebecca Connor took the leap and started her own financial planning firm. Her early success is something she credits to having a specific niche from the start and implementing processes that nurtured growth. She discusses the risks she took on, her unique niche in tech and the various experiments she made to figure out the right path for her firm. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/171


Ep #170: Impact Financial Planning for Progressives - The Career of Zach Teutsch

Most people are very careful to keep politics out of their business in order to not offend or alienate potential clients. Zach Teutsch has found that his unapologetic political stance has actually helped his business. He discusses why he thinks his practice has grown due to his political views and why he decided to choose the controversial niche that he did. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/170


Ep #169: Building a $220k Revenue Business in 4 Years - The Career of Martin Lundgren

Entrepreneurs view risk differently and Martin Lundgren is the perfect example of this. We’ll chat about his career journey into financial consulting and eventually his own successful business. He talks about the unique challenges and risks involved as an immigrant and shares many tips on what to do (and not to do) when it comes to starting your own firm. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/169


Ep #168: How Deb Meyer Spent Three Months in Spain Running 2 Businesses with Her 3 Kids & Husband

Today I’m excited to have XYPN member Deb Meyer on the show. The founder of both WorthyNest and SV CPA Services, Deb started her career on the tax side of the business before eventually finding her way into financial planning. After working for a large family office firm, she realized that her passion wasn’t in working with super wealthy families and decided to switch gears. Deb launched WorthyNest two years ago, and her focus is now on working with Christian parents who share her values....


Ep #167: Integrating Cash Flow Planning Into Your Financial Planning Process - An Interview with Steve Crawford

Steve Crawford is a financial advisor, a coach to other financial advisors, and the founder of both Experience Wealth and XY Adviser in Australia. After working in the industry and realizing he wasn’t serving the client base he wanted to focus on, Steve started his own financial planning firm at what was probably the worst possible time to start a firm: 2008. Despite the timing—and despite committing four major don’ts with his own firm—Steve has been steadily growing his business and...


Ep #166: Integrating Tax Planning Into Your RIA - The Career of Eric Gabor

Today I'm excited to have XYPN Member Eric Gabor on the show! Eric has spent his entire career as a financial advisor, but he realized early on that he wanted to work with a different client base than the one most firms serve. After making the decision to leave a high-paying job to follow that desire, he ultimately launched his own firm, Eagle Grove Advisors, in 2016. In this episode, he shares the struggles he went through in his first year as an entrepreneur, dealing with very little...


Ep #165: Working with Victims of the CA Wildfires – The Career of Michael Anderson

The financial planning industry has mostly targeted the higher earners and often been less accessible for those that really need financial planning and advising services. Michael Anderson joins us to talk about how he is working on providing options for the lower income clients. He also discusses the importance of having a relationship with his clients and why he works so hard on communicating effectively in order to understand his clients’ needs and serve them in the best way. You can find...


Ep #164: Succeeding As a Dual Entrepreneur Household with Two Young Kids - The Career of Breanna Reish

Breanna Reish is the founder of Wealth of Confidence, a women's wealth firm that aims to transform the financial planning experience for women. After starting her career on the tax side of the business (and having to plan pregnancies around tax season), Breanna decided to leave and work for an RIA doing financial planning. Still finding herself unsettled, she ended up meeting a coach who helped her really understand the clients she wanted to serve and rediscover why she was in this...


Ep #163: Managing Astronomical Growth, Going From $30k to $330k of Annual Revenue in 12 months - The Career of Kyle Moore

My guest today has seen his firm through some of the most explosive growth we’ve seen on the podcast. Kyle Moore is the founder of the fee-only financial planning firm Quarry Hill Advisors, and his path into and through the industry is as surprising as it is inspiring. In this episode, Kyle shares how he went from traveling the country as a professional golfer to working as a financial advisor at a firm that saw its partners split up just nine months after he joined. Listen in to hear how...


Ep #162: Discovering Your Why and Becoming What You Were Meant To Be - The Career of Rianka Dorsainvil

Today’s guest is a thought leader in the financial industry who has been published in Black Enterprise, CNBC, Financial Advisor, ThinkAdvisor, MarketWatch, US News & World Report, Women’s Health, and many more. Rianka Dorsainvil is the founder of Your Greatest Contribution, as well as the creator and host of the 2050 Trailblazers podcast, which directly addresses the lack of diversity in the financial planning profession. A young minority female, Rianka offers a unique voice in the...


Ep #161: Launching a Business with a Wife That Was 36 Weeks Pregnant - The Career of Brad Sherman

Brad Sherman is the founder of Sherman Wealth Management, an independent fee-only financial planning and wealth management firm with $38 million in AUM. While Brad started his career on the mortgage side of the business and went through several job changes, he slowly made his way over to financial planning and ultimately made the decision to launch his own practice—while his wife was 36 weeks pregnant. In this episode, Brad shares how he built up his firm with a young baby at home, as well...


Ep #160: Getting Through The “What Did I Do” Phase of Entrepreneurship - A One Year Check-In with Ryan Frailich

Many listeners have requested that we bring back some of the interviews and see where their businesses are after a year. Today we get the chance to catch up with Ryan Frailich who has now been in business for about 18 months. He opens up about the changes, challenges and successes that he and his business has gone through over the past year since we last got a chance to chat. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/160


Ep #159: From Orphan to RIA Firm Owner - How Chris Jackson Overcame All Odds to Find Success

When it comes to interesting stories, Chris Jackson certainly has one of those. He also has some great advice on how to use theatre skills to serve your clients better and have confidence in your meetings. Chris shares the crazy story about how he got into financial planning with almost no experience and why he stuck with it. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/159