Matt Fizell, CFP®

Matt Fizell is a paraplanner with an appreciation for everyone’s unique story. He originally went to college with the intent of becoming an engineer. Matt soon realized, though, that his true passion rested in understanding finances and breaking down taboos around money. He finished his CFP® program at UW-Madison in 2015 and currently practices as a Certified Financial Planner™. Matt is actively involved in the paraplanning program at Southern Methodist University and has served multiple financial planners through his paraplanning firm.

As a host for You’re a Financial Planner, Now What? Matt loves diving into how people got where they are today. He also wants to capture their unique talents and interests, so new and younger planners can connect with the guests and learn something they can implement in their own life and work. On top of that, Matt’s goal is to help new and younger planners find their fit in the profession faster than he did. But most of all, he wants to educate and empower other planners so the financial planning profession, as a whole, can reach its full potential.

Charging What is Fair

Charging What is Fair

In this episode, Dan Yerger, MBA, CFP®, AIF®, CDFA®, talks about his extensive work in the financial planning profession, pro bono work, compensation calculations, and why he’s removing transactions from his fee model.

Succession Plans, Student Loans & Craft Beer

Succession Plans, Student Loans & Craft Beer

From his unconventional start in financial planning to his current “title” as the Student Loan & Craft Beer Nerd of Pittsburgh, Ryan Galiotto, CFP®, walks us through his story and shares the role that personal branding has played in his work and life.

Focus on Your Message

Focus on Your Message

This episode is perfect for financial planners who are working on improving their marketing strategy for their practice. Whether you love marketing, or you think it’s totally intimidating, Taylor Schulte, CFP®, has some fantastic tips for you!

Merging Career Paths

Merging Career Paths

When Shawn Tydlaska founded Ballast Point Financial Planning, he didn’t have plans of expanding and having to hire. However, as his business grew, it quickly became apparent that he needed help! In this episode, Shawn and his associate planner, Liz Plot, discuss hiring and getting hired at a small financial planning practice.

The Story of a Merger: Combined Forces and the Future of a Firm

The Story of a Merger: Combined Forces and the Future of a Firm

In this episode, you’ll hear about what spurred Jean and Eric Mote to pursue a merger and build out a succession plan with fellow advisor Quinn Arnold, and how these three advisors combined their practices while still providing exceptional client services.

To Integrate and Flourish in a Financial Planning Firm

To Integrate and Flourish in a Financial Planning Firm

In this conversation, Kathy Longo and Michele Lenz each bring an incredibly unique perspective to #YAFPNW listeners. This is a fantastic episode for anyone interested in building a career path, who wants to scale a firm, or who is interested in growing their career as a planner into a future firm partner.

Paraplanning: Finding the Perfect Fit

Paraplanning: Finding the Perfect Fit

As the founder of Simply Paraplanner, Alex Hopkin, AFC®, CFP®, has created a home for paraplanners and financial planning firms to connect. Simply Paraplanner offers a space for paraplanners to grow their skillsets and find virtual work, and a spot for financial planning practice owners to find a paraplanner that’s a perfect fit for their needs. Ready to learn more? Tune in now!

New Year, New Hosts

New Year, New Hosts

Today we’re introducing our three new #YAFPNW hosts! Ian Harvey, Alexandria Davis, and Matt Fizell, all bring unique perspectives to the table – and we’re thrilled to have them with us this year.

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