I am a Director at Concentus Wealth Advisors and serve as a Lead Advisor and Relationship Manager to many of the firm’s clients. Additionally, I serve as the Chairman of the firm’s Investment Advisory and Portfolio Management Committees.
Investments have always interested me, and I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in “money” – if for no other reason than to know how to maximize my own financial resources. I sensibly figured this skill would always be important.
In my early teens, I’d drag my mother to the bank, so that I could invest my savings in their latest Certificate of Deposit offering. I’d mark my calendar with the maturity date, so I knew when to return and buy another one. It felt irresponsible keeping my cash in an interest-bearing account, when I could earn more money in a CD. Little did I know, I was educating myself on capital markets, interest rates, liquidity, opportunity costs, etc. Thanks, Mom!
After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in finance, I got a job in Vanguard’s Retirement Services department.
I worked specifically with company retirement plans and their employees. A few months into my career, it became apparent to me that most Americans are financially illiterate. It was also apparent that I derived great joy in sharing my knowledge, helping people to navigate and understand their accounts and the financial markets. I can recall many conversations helping investors through critical moments of their lives.
I vividly remember receiving a phone call from an elderly widow, who recently lost her husband. She did not know where to turn to figure out her next steps, let alone, how much money was in her deceased husband’s retirement plan. I was her only source of information. Without ever meeting her in person, I genuinely cared for her financial and emotional well being. If I am lucky enough to work with you as your advisor, I promise you will find that same sense of genuine care.
My quest for continual learning compelled me to get an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University in 2009, with a concentrated focus on finance. Most recently, I received my Certified Financial Planner, CFP® designation in 2016. This certification helped me hone my craft of holistic financial planning, which is critical in helping clients coordinate all phases of their financial lives, such as: taxes, estate planning, insurance, retirement planning, etc.
Finally, I am proud to find myself working for such a remarkable company. We display a plaque in our conference room with the firm’s core values. I urge you to read it next time you are in our offices. The first core value that is listed is this, “We Do What Is Right: Integrity drives every decision we make, even when it is hard.” I know every member of our team shares the same passion for our clients and exemplifies the highest integrity across the board. We do what is right!
- Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)
Began his career at Vanguard, working with retirement plans and plan participants. In 2008, he joined Turner Investment Partners, where he worked directly with, and provided investment solutions to, financial advisors.
Thomas and his wife, Ariel, were both raised in Phoenixville, PA. They didn’t venture far, making a home in Chester Springs, PA. Together, they have two bookworms with insatiable appetites for reading.
“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” – Coach John Wooden
“We don’t run from problems, we run to them.” – Gerald “Zeke” Strid