Contributed by: Timothy Wyman, CFP®, JD
Recently my wife Jen and I spent a few days in California Wine Country, and specifically Sonoma. While the weather was a bit wet, at least the wine was too! We had a chance to visit several wineries engaging in both tasting and learning of the rich and proud traditions of each winery. At its core, wine making is pretty straightforward: they plant grapes, they grow grapes, and then they make those grapes into wine. But boy can they share a story!
One winery visit in particular stood out. The guide at the Gundlach & Bundschu Winery shared their longstanding tradition of their family owned winery and their focus on “making small lots of ultra premium wines from a distinctive and historic property.” As I listened to the rich history, I couldn’t help but think of The Center – now celebrating over 30 years of service. The Center is very much a family in terms of how we treat both our team and our clients. Our collective goal is to serve a select clientele providing ultra-premium financial advice.
As Jen and I continued to visit several wineries I was struck how it wasn’t just about “making those grapes into wine.” Each and every one had a unique story to share – sharing how they felt they were indeed different from the soil or grapes in the rest of region and even right next door. Jen and I heard of tales of family, strong work ethic, and careful attention to the land and processes used to harvest their grapes. Each winery seemed to articulate how they were unique.
So what makes The Center a financial winery of sorts? After all, like wineries, there are hundreds and even thousands of folks providing what may generically be called financial planning. Like the great wines that reflect the complexity and character of great vineyards, The Center has cultivated a rich vineyard of sorts to harvest distinctive and helpful financial solutions. Moreover, just like the fine wineries, the combination or totality of the process is a differentiator.
For over 30 years we have been helping families, like you, to “Live Your Plan™.” First and foremost, our work together is all about You, Your Plan, and Your Goals. Our firm was created by founders looking to provide financial planning advice in a better, more holistic way in order to give clients a greater chance at educating their children and at planning a successful retirement. Secondly, The Center offers a multigenerational approach in terms of both serving our clients’ families and our team of 20 professionals. Lastly, The Center focuses on a Team Approach to provide world-class solutions and strategies to clients rather than relying only on individual talent. The sum of the parts is certainly greater than the individual pieces. Providing our clients a full team of skilled service oriented professionals has been a cornerstone for many years.
The Center strives each day to produce the finest financial planning advice to you, our clients, so that you may enjoy the fruits of the harvest. Carpe Vinum!
Timothy Wyman, CFP®, JD is the Managing Partner and Financial Planner at Center for Financial Planning, Inc. and is a contributor to national media and publications such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on Good Morning America Weekend Edition and WDIV Channel 4. A leader in his profession, Tim served on the National Board of Directors for the 28,000 member Financial Planning Association™ (FPA®), mentored many CFP® practitioners and is a frequent speaker to organizations and businesses on various financial planning topics.
Any opinion are those of Time Wyman, CFP®, JD, and not necessarily those of Raymond James.