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Interview with Brian Grigg, CFP®, founder of Grigg Financial Solutions
Many people want to know who they’re dealing with in any business that involves trust, perhaps especially when it comes to money management. Can you tell us something about yourself that helps us understand who you are?
First, I’m a family guy. I love my family. I have a daughter that I adore. She’s a counselor, helping people with marriage, anxiety and life transitions. I’m recently remarried to a woman I love very much. She has two wonderful children and we all have a great modern family life together. We live in Lutherville Timonium.
Regarding business, I actually started Grigg Financial Solutions because of my family values. My 35+ year working history has many years providing advice to clients and many years working for financial institutions, designing and distributing retirement products. My years at corporate involved significant travel and created strain on my life, my marriage, my relationships. It forced me to put a lot of thought in to what brings joy and purpose to me. More business travel was not it. My family and friends are. I truly enjoy my professional field and helping people with their financial resources - that is, advising people on the best possible paths for their financial success. And, I learned through the years that independence is important to me in providing the very best advice. And so, I left a career corporate position and started an independent financial planning practice. I’m doing what I love to do.
What is your experience?
First, I’ve been in financial services my whole career, starting in 1985. I believe I’m a little unique in that I’ve been substantially on “both sides”, i.e. corporate and retail. I’ve developed a unique insight in to how financial products are built, marketed and offered in financial services. I consider this a significant value to my clients.
I spent more than 20 years as an officer and business leader for two insurance companies, Sun Life Financial and Fidelity & Guaranty Life. I led efforts with both of these companies to sell over 25 billion in retirement products. I was tasked with developing the right products and getting results. In their fields, both achieved top 5 market share under my leadership.
I have about 10 years as a sales manager and general agent with two leading financial services providers, John Hancock and Guardian Life. I hired, trained and managed many successful financial services representatives.
My experiences are complemented with my education, creating an awareness and expertise with financial concepts that I use every day for the benefit of my clientele.
Why is education so important in financial planning?
I’m a believer that anyone who offers professional advice do so within the context of continuous learning and development, especially within the financial planning field. I have several professional designations that demonstrate that I am committed to a lifetime of learning.
It is, however, difficult to initially communicate the value of such designations, since many don’t understand financial services credentials. But, whenever given the chance I encourage clients and prospective clients to do the research and discover what is involved in achieving specific financial services credentials.
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How Do I Find Out More About You?
Why Should I Trust Grigg Financial Solutions?
Education and experience are certainly part of it. After all, you want to know that your advisor knows what he’s talking about. But, evaluating character is a large part of getting to trust. I hope this interview has helped.
Finally, it’s important to know that I am independent on purpose. It’s important to me that my advice is not influenced by obligations or ties to any person or entity with the exception of the client. My advice is focused on what is in your best interest. Look up “what is a fiduciary?” to find out more.