My tenure in the financial services industry goes back to PaineWebber, Inc., where I started in 1986. I was there for several years before moving from Roanoke to Alexandria, Virginia where I joined A. G. Edwards. When Edwards was sold to Wachovia in 2007, I moved to Janney Montgomery Scott, a regional firm that is well known in Pennsylvania. Over time, the model changed, and I looked for a firm more closely aligned with my values. Capitol Securities Management is a great fit for me.
Most of them just said: “Send us the paperwork.” I’ve worked with the majority of my clients for years, and they understand that business models can change over time; they also know that in our relationship, I put their interests first. I think, too, that some people found it reassuring to learn that Capitol Securities is headquartered in Richmond, VA.
The firm’s focus on the interests and needs of the clients, rather than a corporate agenda.
If you have a clear direction for your business, and a strong moral compass to uphold that vision, this is a great firm for you. Capitol Securities doesn’t have a prescribed mold into which everyone must fit; rather, advisors are free to do what’s best for their clients.
I have a strong interest in books on the Civil War because it is such an important and defining time in our nation’s history. But, recently, I read American Sniper, Chris Kyle’s autobiography.
Truth be told, I didn’t know balance for several years before coming to Capitol Securities. I believed my world would turn on end if I took a week’s vacation! But, I’m a sentimentalist and I like to celebrate big occasions. My wife and I went on an extended cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. And, next year, for her milestone birthday, I’m planning to take a couple of weeks off for another trip we’ll never forget. It’s great working at a firm that allows that kind of flexibility.
I love my work, so I don’t think I’ll know how to retire. That said, my wife and I have found a small town in South Carolina that really appeals to us; we’ve even found a church there. Capitol Securities allows for flexibility in work location, so I intend to keep on working – perhaps we can call it ‘semi-retirement’!