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March 25, 2020
Trent Porter is the owner of Priority Financial Partners, a fee-only firm in Durango, CO. Trent began his career in this industry and, after graduating with a financial planning major, started his first RIA while still in his 20s. Trent provides an especially interesting perspective on the show today about having built not just one firm over the years, but two. Join us as we talk about his investment in networking and how it paid off big time as he progressed through his career, as well as Trent’s sage advice around goal setting, being okay with goals not working out, and creating a firm that allows you to live your best life. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/248      
March 18, 2020
Cliff Downie is the owner of Downie Financial Group, a fee-only firm in Orange County, California. Cliff has spent his career in this industry, going from Merrill Lynch to an independent big broker-dealer, and then ultimately becoming the owner of his own RIA. He joins the show today to discuss his unique perspective on running a firm that serves over 100 clients while still maintaining valuable time to spend with his wife and family. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/247 
March 11, 2020
Kelly Luethje is the owner of Willow Planning Group, a fee-only firm in Holderness, New Hampshire. Kelly spent most of her early career working in investor relations at a bio-tech company and after getting her own financial house in order she was drawn into Financial Planning industry. After working at another fee-only firm, she decided to start her own RIA and today she runs a completely virtual business with over 50 clients of her own. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/246      
March 4, 2020
Joe Morgan is the owner of Best Financial Life, a fee-only firm in Danville, California. Joe has spent his career on the corporate side of this industry and after nearly 20 years, he is experiencing the most joy he ever has - joy he credits to his firm. Today Joe joins the show to share his advice for advisors breaking out on their own and reminds us how great it can be when you push through the hardships of getting started. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/245  
February 26, 2020
Rooted Planning Group is a firm started by XYPN member Amy Irvine, and it consists of financial planners Kate Welker, Kerrie Beene, and Becky Partridge-Eason. Amy found herself hitting capacity a few years ago—both in terms of sanity and time—so she decided to start laying the foundation for what is now a four-person company. Today Amy and her team join the show to discuss their unique experiences joining a rapidly growing practice.   You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/244     
February 19, 2020
Denise Downey is the owner of Financial Trex, a fee-only firm located in Spokane, Washington. One of the first 50 women to join XYPN, Denise has worked on the trading floors of the Chicago Stock Exchange, pursued her CFP, and gained a deep understanding of financial planning. Today she joins the show to discuss why she decided to move on from her 9-5 job to make time for her family and the lifestyle she wants to lead. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/243      
February 12, 2020
Today XYPN member Rob Brown, owner of Brownsboro Financial, joins the show. After starting his career in the film industry as a production manager, he craved something new and decided to start a career path as a financial advisor. In this episode, he describes the challenges of starting a new business, as well as what it's like running a business while being a first-time father. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/242   
February 5, 2020
Erik Klumpp is the owner of Chessie Advisors, a fee-only firm in Rochester Hills, Michigan. After gaining invaluable experience at four different firms straight out of college, Erik built his practice from the ground up in 2014. Today he joins the show to talk about what pushed him to start his own firm and the sacrifices he had to make to be a stay-at-home dad while growing his business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/241   
January 29, 2020
Relationships, trust, and follow-through with clients are all incredibly important in the financial advising field. XYPN member Hillel Katzeff joins us on this episode to share how he has truly taken the importance of meaningful relationships to heart and integrated it into his practice and how he works every day. Originally from South Africa, Hillel opens up about his journey to the U.S. for schooling, as well as how he eventually how he found his way into finance and discovered his passion for serving engineers and families. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/240 
January 22, 2020
Scott Arnold is the owner of Impact Folio, a fee-only firm in Denver, Colorado. After starting his career in this industry—working both at Schwab and an RIA—he realized he wanted to offer impact investing to clients on a broader scale, in a personalized way. Today he joins the show to discuss how the ESG investment model impacts his business and why he decided to go from a solopreneur to a partnership structure. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/239 
January 15, 2020
Leighann Miko is the owner of Equalis Financial, a fee-only firm in Los Angeles, California. Although she began her career in this industry, her money scripts that led her into this career were formed much earlier. Leighann grew up poor and was the first member of her family to graduate from high school. Because of this, she has a deep understanding of the stress that finances can have on someone at an early age. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/238   
January 8, 2020
BB Webb is XYPN’s sales coach, having joined the team with the unique experience of being an entrepreneur herself. Today she joins the show to discuss the challenges she faced as a business owner before becoming a part of the XYPN team and how she is helping XYPN members perfect their sales process. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/237  
January 1, 2020
Kingston Hollman is one of XYPN’s compliance consultants and a former regulator with the state of Minnesota. Having been a financial advisor and firm owner himself in the past, Kingston now provides firm owners with expert advice on how to embrace a culture of compliance and what to expect when it comes to audits. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/236    
December 25, 2019
Today we are joined by the team from Financial Design Studio (FDS), a fee-only firm in Deer Park, Illinois. Husband and wife duo Michelle and Stephen Smalenberger started FDS three years ago with the intention of eventually growing their team, while Trevore Meyer and Rob Stoll each started their firms at approximately the same time with the intention of always being their own bosses. After knowing each other for years, the four could no longer deny their synergy and finally decided to merge into one firm. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/235  
December 18, 2019
Today we have XYPN member David Shotwell on the show! Now the owner of Shotwell Rutter Baer, David says he feels like he is just getting started—despite beginning his career in the brokerage world over 20 years ago. He is a great example of a successful succession plan and how you never stop learning in this industry. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/234   
December 11, 2019
Alex Yeager started his career out of college at Vanguard, gaining valuable experience working with clients and their investments. After feeling as though he would like to work more intimately with clients in a comprehensive way, Alex moved to Texas and started working at an independent RIA. Now the owner of Everlong Financial, he specializes in the personal relationship side of the services. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/233  
December 4, 2019
Today XYPN member Craig Joncas and his partner, Jim Bradley, join the show to share their experience building Penobscot Financial Advisors. As Jim reveals how the practice originally got started and Craig discusses what it was like beginning his career interning for Jim, you'll hear about the ups and downs they faced along the way and the difficulties they've navigated over the years as they've built their business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/232
November 27, 2019
Lorri DeFoor started her career as a math teacher, and though she loved it, she became restless just a few years ago. Realizing her skills were transferable and that she had a passion for helping people with their money, Lorri decided to open up her own fee-only firm and founded Sustain Financial Inc. She joins the show today to discuss the challenges of starting a firm after only one year of experience in the business and how she navigated her way through a life-changing career change. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/231 
November 20, 2019
Every year, we collect data from our members to track where they are in their business so we can better understand their journeys and what new members can do to supercharge their businesses. So today, I have Michael Kitces joining me on the show to go over this year’s benchmarking survey and share the results. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/230
November 13, 2019
Today we have the founder of Holistiplan—and winner of this year’s XYPNLIVE FinTech competition—Roger Pine on the show! After starting out as an energy consultant, Roger discovered financial planning through his wife and embarked on a whole new venture that he's here to tell us all about. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/229
November 6, 2019
This year, we announced that we would be suing the SEC over Regulation Best Interests, better known as Reg BI, and many people have asked some great questions about this process and what it entails. So today Michael Kitces joins the show to help answer those questions, discuss how this came about, and explain why this is so important for financial planners everywhere.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/228
October 30, 2019
Today XYPN member Miguel Gomez joins the show to share how his marketing career turned into a financial planning career. Originally from Mexico, Miguel came to the United States to work for a firm as a marketing expert before moving to a different firm and ultimately transitioning into working as a financial advisor. He now works as lead advisor for his firm, and he gives us a glimpse into how he made the switch in his career, as well why he has no plans to start a firm of his own. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/227
October 23, 2019
Hui-chin Chen specializes in working with U.S. citizens around the world, as well as visa holders in the United States. Using her own experience living all over the world, she helps globally mobile clients make smart financial decisions. Now the owner of Pavlov Financial Planning, Hui-chin joins the show today to share what has changed since we spoke two years ago, back when she only owned 20% of her firm. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/226
October 16, 2019
After working in corporate banking for 11 years, Megan Donnelly saw a need arise as she witnessed firsthand the fear and mistakes people made during the financial downturn in 2009. That need made her decide to start her own firm, Quabbin Advisors, and she joins the show today to share why she became so passionate about who she serves and how she serves them. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/225
October 9, 2019
You have the chance to gain or lose mana with everything you do. What is mana? Today you’ll find out the importance of this word, as well as the value of life planning and building a meaningful business from Mana Financial Life Design co-founders, Stephanie Bucko and Cristina Livadary. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/224
October 2, 2019
From broker-dealer to independent broker-dealer to building his own independent RIA, Adam Cmejla has had quite the journey to creating a business and lifestyle to fit his needs and the needs of his family. He joins the show today to discusses how achieved such an impressive rate of growth for his firm and how finding a niche helped along the way. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/223
September 25, 2019
Starting and running a business takes intentionality, but it's easy for that intention to fizzle in the chaos of entrepreneurship. Today Eric Roberge, successful practice owner and contributor to Business Insider and Forbes, joins the show to weigh in on the importance of keeping intentionality alive and using it to build a business that exceeds expectations. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/222
September 18, 2019
Today we have XYPN members and founders of Brooklyn FI, AJ Ayers and Shane Mason, on the show! The pair has achieved explosive growth, and they join us to share how they did it, as well as how their unique career paths ultimately led them to financial planning. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/221
September 11, 2019
Today I've got XYPN member and founder of Hyland Financial Planning, Ryan Bayonnet, on the show to share his experience moving into owning his own practice. Having had his firm up and running for about two years now, Ryan opens up about the major hurdles he's faced and his victories along the way. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/220
September 4, 2019
Daniel Hannoush is an excellent example of how well niches can work. After spending years trying to build his business, it wasn’t until he met his partner and found his niche in Chick-fil-A franchises and corporate staff that he saw the rapid growth he had been searching for. Daniel is now the co-founder of One & Done Financial, serving around 300 clients and on track to reach $45 - 50 million in AUM this year. In this episode, we discuss what helped Daniel get to where he is today, including his financial sacrifices and the relationships he prioritized along the way. His amazing story encompasses both the challenges of the first several years in business and the experience of extreme growth. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/219
August 28, 2019
Today's guest has found impressive success working with retirees and soon-to-be retirees in the oil and gas industry, and by employing a unique fee structure that he has found suits his niche. Michael Rahn is the founder of The Sum, a financial planning firm he has grown phenomenally fast, and now serves 21 ongoing clients with a $4,500 annual fee minimum. In this episode, Michael shares why he decided to leave a large retail-focused firm—where he worked for over 10 years—to start his own RIA, as well as how he achieved such massive growth for his business. Listen in as he shares his best tips for growing a firm, his hiring plans for the future, and more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/218 
August 21, 2019
Ed Coambs has had a unique journey into the financial planning field. After starting his career as a firefighter, he transitioned into financial planning before eventually completing his training in marriage and family therapy. He then decided to combine his last two careers into one to become a financial therapist. Today he joins the show to share the softer side of financial planning and why financial therapy is important. Listen in as we discuss money scripts—what they are and how they affect your clients' financial decisions—as well as the value of financial planners having their own therapists and planners. We can all benefit from Ed’s background and perspective on this subject, so don't miss this one-of-a-kind episode! You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/217 
August 14, 2019
Kevin Mahoney started his career in sports business, working for the NFL. After years of pursuing that occupation—as well as a career in real estate—Kevin decided to transition into entrepreneurship, and is now the founder and CEO of the virtual financial planning firm Illumint. Listen in as he opens up about the challenges he faced starting his own firm, having never worked in a firm before. We discuss what he did to up his conversion rate to 75% over the past year, the biggest successes and failures he experienced while starting up his own business, and what you can learn from his wins and losses. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/216 
August 7, 2019
In financial planning, you can’t be all people, and you can’t be all numbers. This is also true when it comes to marketing, and today you will get to hear from XYPN’s Marketing Coach, Carolyn Dalle-Molle, who is fantastic at helping XYPN clients find the right marketing strategy for their practice and goals. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/215
July 31, 2019
Shawn Tydlaska is the founder of Ballast Point Financial Planning, an independent fee-only practice dedicated to helping young professionals and families set and achieve their financial goals. Shawn was on this podcast two years ago to talk about his first year in business, and he joins the show again today to share how he is progressing at the end of year three. This episode is not to be missed, as it demonstrates how businesses progress over time and how decisions that you make today are not forever. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/214 
July 17, 2019
How financial advisors are charging for services and what should be considered fair and reasonable for the consumer have become quite the hot button issues. Today Michael Kitces and Scott Gill join the show to dive into these topics and clarify the areas that are under scrutiny. Both men bring valuable information and advice to the issues presented and shed some light on how we can move forward as a community. Listen in to hear Michael and Scott discuss how regulators see financial services differently, as well as how we can communicate better and more clearly to them. You will learn what specific areas and action items to work on regarding consistency and communication, what regulators are trying to evaluate, and why these regulators are being triggered in the first place. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/213
July 10, 2019
Antowoine Winters spent 10 years working for the Internal Revenue Service, and after seeing so many individuals fall victim to poor or even fraudulent financial guidance, he decided to leave the Service to run a practice where he could be an advocate for the average American citizen. Today, Antowoine joins the show to discuss the process of starting his own RIA and what led him to working with so many creatives. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/212 
July 3, 2019
Grant Bledsoe is the founder of Three Oaks Capital Management, and he joins the show to discuss what gave him the confidence to make the move from institutional trading to starting his own RIA. After realizing that his business was not growing as fast as he wanted it to, Grant decided to get his CFP and has seen his company growing rapidly ever since.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/211 
June 26, 2019
Today we have XYPN Member and South Bay Financial Partners founder Tara Unverzagt on the show! Inspired by her mother—who was one of financial planning’s early pioneers—Tara knew from an early age that she wanted to be a financial planner. She joins us in this episode to share her experience growing up in the field, the valuable lessons she learned from having an advisor as a parent, and how she put her own twist on financial planning to do things differently.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/210 
June 19, 2019
After working for his previous firm for 19 years and then being unexpectedly fired, Mark Wilson was forced to reset his life. Now the owner and only employee of Making It Look Easy (MILE) Wealth Management, Mark joins the show today to discuss what pushed him to start his own firm and how he is focusing on the successes ahead.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/209 
June 12, 2019
After coming on the show two years ago to talk about her first year in business, Meg Bartelt has agreed to come back to share her journey and progress since then. In this episode, Meg gives a raw and authentic look at the life of an entrepreneur and opens up about how she handles the many different stressors that come along with that. You'll hear about her process, methods, mistakes, and triumphs over her first three years in business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/208
June 5, 2019
After attending Colorado State University on a football scholarship, Jason Speciner graduated with a degree in business administration in 2004 and has been a practicing registered financial advisor ever since. Today he joins the show to discuss how his firm has implemented a comprehensive services model, which he says is helping to shift the value conversation to the planning side while charging the client a simple and transparent fee. Listen in to learn what Jason is doing to lay the foundation for growth and hear about his experience with finding, hiring, and managing his first employee. You'll discover what it took to find the right person to help grow his firm, get his hiring tips based on what he learned, and see how his persistence has paid off. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/207
May 29, 2019
Michelle Smalenberger has over 12 years of experience working at a nationally-recognized firm and has been mentioned in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Financial Advisor IQ. Today she joins the show to discuss the benefits of owning a business with your spouse and how she and her husband manage the relationship stress that comes along with that. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/206
May 22, 2019
Today XYPN member Sara Stanich, founder of Cultivating Wealth, joins the show to discuss her unique journey to finding her place in financial planning. We will discuss why she made a career change out of marketing after 12 years and how having experience in multiple industries has led to her success as a financial advisor and business owner. Sara will share what pushed her to launch her own SEC-Registered firm in 2016 and why she sought out full independence. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/205 
May 15, 2019
Sidney Divine, founder of Divine Wealth Strategies, joins the show to share how he climbed his way to the top and ended up being voted Financial Planner of the Year in 2017. He explains how he is fulfilling his dream of helping good people live better lives and how that passion has helped him build strong, lasting relationships with his clients. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/204 
May 8, 2019
How did a teacher with a wanderlust inclination and a therapist interested in business and helping people come together to create Trail Financial Planning? In this episode, we dig into how John Chesbrough and Liz Weinstein crafted their unique career paths into a fantastic partnership that is growing quickly. You will hear about the challenges they have faced, who they serve, and the beneficial relationship between therapy and financial advising. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/203
May 1, 2019
Today XYPN member Sue Peck, founder of Evolution Financial, recounts the compelling story of how she discovered she was ready to start her own business after nearly 12 years of working for an investment management firm. She discusses the struggles of starting off on your own, where she has seen the most luck in finding clients, and more. You’ll learn what Sue envisions for her business and why she wants to remain by herself, exclusively working with a manageable number of clients. It’s important to remember what you are doing will pay off eventually, and Sue’s unique story will remind you of that and keep you inspired along your own journey to building the business of your dreams. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/202
April 24, 2019
From corporate finance to financial planning with almost no experience as a planner, Quinn Arnold went from not being able to find a financial planner for himself to fostering a relationship that pushed him into the field and ultimately led to him owning a firm. In this episode, he discusses the ups and downs of his journey and shares the major lessons he learned along the way. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/201
April 17, 2019
Over the past 200 episodes, we’ve sat down with hundreds of entrepreneurs to show you the ups and downs of building a practice and the lessons learned along the way. Our goal is to help you see a wider perspective of what it means to be a financial planner and own a business, and one of the best ways to do that is by asking all of our guests what advice they would give their younger selves. So to celebrate this milestone episode, we've taken those valuable tips and put them together for today's show. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/200
April 10, 2019
Jamie Rice joins the show today to describe how he made the career jump from engineering for the U.S. Navy to investment management. The chief investment officer for his firm, JQR Capital, Jamie specializes in serving individual investors, adventurers, and small businesses. You’ll learn how he earned the right to use the CFA designation and the importance he places on truly caring for his clients. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/199 
April 3, 2019
Today, Emlen Miles-Mattingly joins the show to describe how he took his career from bank teller to president and CEO of the successful firm, Gen Next Wealth. We’ll discuss Emlen’s unique niche in providing multi-generational financial planning to minority families and what he is doing to bring diversity to the industry. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/198 
March 27, 2019
Today, Julie Ford joins the show to share how she started her successful financial planning career and how XY Planning Network helped her along the way. Specializing in serving city-dwelling couples, Julie prioritizes empowering her clients with the tools they need to create order in their financial world and reduce stress around money. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/197   
March 20, 2019
My guest today is XYPN member Lauryn Williams, founder of Worth Winning and the only American to have medaled in both the summer and winter Olympics. She joins the show to share her experience starting a financial planning firm as her athletic career came to a close and the major challenges she faced along the way. Listen in to hear Lauryn open up about what it was like transitioning into the financial planning industry, as well as what made her want to join the field in the first place. You'll learn why she decided to start her own advisory business after working at a couple of other firms, how she's targeting three different niches, and how she has managed to keep going after plenty of setbacks along her road to success. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/196 
March 13, 2019
Today's episode is going to be a bit different. Dan Moisand has been in business for almost 20 years, so our conversation will focus on how he runs his firm and does so with a remarkably low turnover. Dan has worked in most environments, including commissioned insurance, broker-dealer, independent broker-dealer, fee-only RIA and more, and he's here to cover a wide range of important information that will be helpful for any planner. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/195
March 6, 2019
If you're interested in what’s going on in the world of student loans and want to find the best ways to help your clients who have them, then this episode is for you. Two of the leading student loans experts, Heather Jarvis and Jantz Hoffman, join the show today to discuss the latest news and tips regarding student loans and how to best serve clients within this niche. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/194
February 27, 2019
Ryan Galiotto’s interest in finance and investing began in a unique way. Today, he joins the show to share how he found his love for finance so early on and his journey into the corporate world. Ryan has some great information and tips on how to transition investment-centric clients to full financial planning, as well as how he is transitioning into taking over the firm.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/193
February 20, 2019
When it comes to starting a firm, there’s so much to know about implementation and getting started. After experiencing this firsthand, Arielle Minicozzi found a way to help other advisors with their processes to give them the ability to serve more clients and run their business more successfully. In this episode, she sits down to chat about her career transition, passion for helping millennial home buyers, partnering up with another financial planner, and more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/192
February 13, 2019
From a Kentucky monastery to paying off over $100,000 in debt by co-driving a truck with his wife, Ben Martinek has had an unusual journey to starting his own financial planning firm. In this episode, he shares how the unconventional nature of his career path, his passion for philosophy, and discovering Dave Ramsey got him started in the financial world. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/191
February 6, 2019
From tax planning to owning a growing RIA, Shannon Moenkhaus has had an interesting path to finding her place in financial planning. With her firm successfully reaching $360,000 in just 2 years, we can all learn a lot from Shannon's journey through partnerships, transitions, planning, and implementation. In this episode, we dig into how she built her career and the pivotal moments and important people that made all the difference. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/190
January 30, 2019
In this episode, you'll get to hear what it's like being the owner of a large RIA firm. Chip Munn of Signature Wealth Strategies joins us to share his journey and transition from teaching to building a fast-growing firm with multiple locations and thousands of clients. He has a lot of great insight when it comes to building a strong structure, developing a solid team, and having a powerful acquisition strategy. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/189
January 23, 2019
Jeremy Walter had a unique experience breaking into the financial advising world. In this episode, he shares his uncommon career path, including his transition from working at a firm he enjoyed to starting his own firm—and how he cordially navigated the change with his boss. He also gives some great insight into how to grow steadily from the start and the importance of adjusting your vision along the way. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/188
January 16, 2019
The lack of financial literacy is astounding, even for those who have college educations. Angela Moore lived through the frustration of not easily being able to find a good advisor, but once she found one that helped her change her life, she decided she wanted to do that too. She joins the show today to share her story of shifting careers and growing in the financial advising field to pursue her passion. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/187
January 9, 2019
Having a flexible schedule is valuable, especially when you’re starting a family and want to spend more time at home. Alyssa Lum shares her journey going from a financial projection team to learning her way around financial planning and eventually starting her own firm at home. She discusses the ups and downs of the experience and lets us in on what she learned throughout the process. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/186
January 2, 2019
Making the shift from serving in the Marines to navigating the financial services world is not the easiest transition, but Steven Fox managed it and ended up owning his own successful firm. In this episode, he shares how he initially learned about the financial planning field and decided it was what he really wanted to do, as well as the steps he took to build his career. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/185
December 26, 2018
Malcolm Thomas became XYPN’s Director of Advisor Success about six months ago, and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Having had the unique experience of being on both the buy-side and sell-side of mergers, as well as various roles throughout his career, Malcolm has seen almost every corner of the industry. In this episode, he shares his insight on the various business models out there, as well as the struggles each are facing. Listen in to hear the lessons he’s learned over the years, his mission in working with XYPN’s Advisor Success Department, and his outlook on the future of the industry. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/184
December 19, 2018
Today’s episode is great for all financial planners, but especially those wanting to incorporate more in-depth tax planning—and even tax preparation—into their service model. XYPN member Dave Zaegel is here to share his journey from public accounting to financial planning to starting not one, but two firms of his own. Now a partner at both an accounting firm called CPAs for Hire and a financial planning firm called CWOs for Hire, Dave provides comprehensive financial planning services, including tax work, for his clients. In this episode, Dave discusses how his two businesses are structured and how they work together within his service model. He also talks in depth about the way his financial planning process works, why he decided to focus on a niche of small business owners, and his plans for the future as both of his businesses continue to grow. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/183
December 12, 2018
Although he didn’t expect to become a financial advisor, Evan Loomis is now a successful owner of a firm that has gained 22 clients in just one year. How did he get there? In this episode, we’ll hear about his start in collections, as well as how he excelled in his financial career due to his work ethic and ability to ask the right questions and listen. Evan discusses how he strives to improve people's lives through his unique philosophy that unites his passion for soccer and finances, and opens up about the issues he had working at different levels of the financial sector that pushed him to move to a smaller firm before eventually starting his own. He also shares why he still coaches on the side, how he leverages his soccer network and what his plans are for the future of his firm. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/182
December 5, 2018
Today I’m excited to have XYPN’s Chief Operating Officer, Raul Dominguez, on the show! After spending the first part of his career as a Navy helicopter pilot, Raul decided to transition to civilian life and ultimately joined our team back in 2015. He joins this episode to share what his day-to-day looks like as COO in order to give listeners some insight into what operations-focused team members do—and why they are so valuable. We talk in depth about the concept of the visionary and integrator roles that we’ve been exploring lately on the podcast, and we discuss helpful tools for clarifying roles and responsibilities, goal setting, and developing staff. Whether you’re an entrepreneur thinking about hiring an operations manager or someone who wants to be on the operations side of things, this is an episode you don't want to miss. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/181
November 28, 2018
XYPN co-founder Michael Kitces is back on the show! For the second year now, we have collected data from our member firms to help us better understand their businesses and how they’re operating, and Michael joins me today to talk about what we found. We dive into our 2018 Benchmarking Study's primary charts and cover key data points that will help advisors thinking about launching a firm set realistic expectations about growth. How much revenue should you expect for your first years in business? Is it really necessary to find a niche? Does the CFP even matter? Listen in to get those answers and more! You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/180
November 21, 2018
XYPN member Michelle Gass has had quite a unique path into the financial planning world. After starting her career as a tax accountant, Michelle transitioned into a family office, and then ended up launching and running a successful hedge fund for over twenty years. It wasn’t until after she retired that she decided to get her CFP and launch her own financial planning firm. Now the founder of Paradigm Advisors, a fee-only financial advisory practice that focuses on guidance and support, Michelle joins this episode to share her professional journey. She opens up about what it was like starting a firm from scratch, what her business looks like today, and the important lessons she learned along the way. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/179
November 14, 2018
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: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/178
November 7, 2018
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, as well as how they divide up responsibilities between Danna’s role as the integrator and Rob’s role as the big-thinking visionary. Listen in to hear what they did to grow their businesses to where they are today, the technology tools they use to help manage their assets and to-do lists, and advice they’d give themselves if they could go back and do it all over again. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/177
October 31, 2018
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 working with homeschool families. But now that he has achieved all that he initially set out to achieve, he admits that contentment has kept him from actively pursuing more opportunities. Listen in to hear our discussion about what made him decide to take the leap and start his own firm, how he built it to the success it is today, and what drives you in your entrepreneurial journey when you realize you have enough. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/176
October 24, 2018
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, David shares his experience transitioning into the financial planning world and ultimately making the leap to starting his own firm. Listen in to hear how he built his firm from the ground up, as well as key advice for other advisors hoping to do the same. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/175
October 17, 2018
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
October 10, 2018
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: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/173
October 3, 2018
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 and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/172
September 26, 2018
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
September 19, 2018
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
September 12, 2018
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
September 5, 2018
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. She continues to run her tax practice in addition to the RIA, and managed to do so while living in Spain for three months with her husband and three young sons. In this episode, she shares how she balanced her work and family time throughout her entrepreneurial journey, why she felt compelled to launch her RIA, and advice for listeners who are considering starting a business of their own. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/168
August 29, 2018
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 helping his clients become financially independent. Since bringing on a couple of other advisors, he’s shifted his focus to providing cash flow planning services, and also training other advisors on how to provide this service. Listen in to hear how Steve integrated cash flow planning into his service model, where the majority of his clients come from, and what to expect from the cash flow presentation he'll be giving at the XYPN LIVE 2018 Conference. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/167
August 22, 2018
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 interest from prospects and limited revenue. Now averaging one prospect meeting per week, Eric has built a successful firm that allowed him to spend 5 months out of the country over the last two years. Listen in to hear how he did it, as well as his advice for other financial planners hoping to start their own businesses one day. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/166
August 15, 2018
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 show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/165
August 8, 2018
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 business. Breanna ultimately chose to start her own firm, making the decision with her husband to become a two-entrepreneur household—while having two young children. In this episode, she shares her journey to finding her place in the industry, as well as encouragement for women who want to start a firm, but also want to start a family. Listen in to hear how Breanna managed her own firm launch, how she determined her service model, and how she balances it all so well that she's hit her revenue goals for her first twelve months and first full calendar year in business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/164
August 1, 2018
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 he got through his rocky start in the industry with a young child at home, why at one point he accepted a $25,000 salary, and what ultimately made him decide to leave what he calls “the best associate planner position in the country” to start his own firm. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/163
July 25, 2018
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 industry, and she is using it to promote inclusion of all kinds. Listen in to hear her inspiring story of following through with what she was meant to do—even when she sometimes didn’t want to embrace it—how she's working to make the industry more inclusive, and what she says all entrepreneurs need to remember in order to keep going even when the going gets rough. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/162
July 18, 2018
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 as what made him decide to break away from his broker-dealer and form his own RIA. Listen in to hear what he did to grow his client base as a new business owner, what he’s learned over the last five years of running his own firm, and what he envisions for the future. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/161  
July 11, 2018
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
July 4, 2018
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
June 27, 2018
Dealing with clients who are grieving or going through a great loss requires a great deal of courage, compassion and wisdom. Chris Dale is an advisor and planner who has gone through significant loss and channeled that into a practice of his own that caters specifically to people going through a hard time. He has some extremely valuable advice and information for us that will shed some light on how to truly be what our clients need during their hard times. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/158
June 20, 2018
Many people are in search of a career that supports their lifestyle and feeds their passions. Debbie Gallant has done just that and is here on the show to share her journey with entrepreneurship and the various careers that brought her to the sweet spot where she is today. She offers some valuable advice on how to get started in financial planning, who to reach out to, where she would have done things differently and much more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/157
June 13, 2018
There’s no right way to structure a partnership and this can make things confusing when building a business relationship between partners. Jirayr Kembikian and Ryan Cole have successfully navigated a 50/50 partnership and they’re here to share how they did it. This episode will be all about how they are building their growing business and how they use their different skills to benefit each other. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/156
June 6, 2018
You might know Stephanie Sammons as the founder of Wired Advisors, but as of last year, she’s also the founder of Sammons Wealth Management, a fee-only firm handling $7.5 million in assets. Now focused on high net worth clients in the LGBTQ community, Stephanie has overcome more than her fair share of struggles in the industry. In this episode, she opens up about the difficulties she faced being a gay woman in the advisory world, and ultimately how she has prevailed and continues to grow her practice to support her ideal life. Listen in to hear about her inspiring journey, as well as the major lessons she learned along the way. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/155
May 30, 2018
Today’s guest is XYPN member and founder of Mellen Money Management, Scott Snider. After starting his career on the sales side, briefly working at a bank, and finding his way to a wealth management firm, Scott ultimately decided to start his own firm—and did so while also dealing with moving across the country, his wife starting a new job, and having his first child. Though this path certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, it has worked out well for Scott and taught him some very important lessons. In this episode, he shares his unique journey, as well as key things he learned along the way and advice that anyone hoping to start a firm should take to heart. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/154 
May 23, 2018
Have you ever wondered about or considered teaming up with another advisor? If so, this episode is for you. Both Gabe Anderson and Scott Bell started their own practices and ended up merging their financial planning and investment businesses to create a business that provides a quality experience for all clients. They discuss the process of merging and where they want to go with their partnership. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/153
May 16, 2018
Today I’m excited to have siblings and XYPN members Courtney and Morgan Randstrom on the show! Co-founders of Trailhead Planners, the two have an interesting niche in working with clients who have a passion for their environmental footprint and want to build carbon-neutral portfolios. With complimenting skill sets—Morgan is more of the big-picture idea person and Courtney is the realist who focuses on the operations of the firm—the pair really works well together to provide real financial planning for their clients. Offering an awesome blend of comprehensive financial advice with investment expertise, they are incredibly dynamic and doing some really interesting things in their business. Listen in to hear all about it. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/152 
May 9, 2018
Kyle Mast joins us on the show to talk about his career journey that started in a family business through a succession plan and ended up with him owning his own RIA. He discusses the details of his business and the strategies he has used to build it successfully. Kyle talks about how he has hit a place he’s happy with and ready to pull back and spend more time with family. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/151
May 2, 2018
Most people know there are risks and sacrifices involved with entrepreneurship. Raquel Hinman shares her journey through different finance jobs and how she ended up starting her own successful business and having to deal with the downside to business ownership. She gets real with us and talks about what went wrong, what went right and how she would or wouldn’t have done things differently along the way. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/150 
April 25, 2018
My guest today is a great example of why having a niche is so powerful. XYPN member Ryan Inman is the founder of Physician Wealth Services, a firm that specializes in working with (you guessed it) physicians. In fact, one hundred percent of his clients are doctors. Completely focused on his niche, Ryan provides tons of awesome content for physicians through his blog, podcast, different Facebook groups, and more—all of which continue to drive him leads. Two years into starting his firm, he’s over halfway to his way to his goal of reaching 70 clients. In this episode, Ryan shares his experience building his own firm, what he's done to make it such a success, and more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/149 
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