Contributed by: Lauren Adams, CFA®, MBA
If you happened to visit The Center in December (perhaps for your annual review or maybe just to drop off a gift for Toys for Tots), you may have noticed an unusual amount of construction workers milling around and near our offices. You may have heard the occasional drill or hammer while chatting with Gerri or having a coffee in the reception area. You may have even come in to find a wall there one day and gone the next. To our December visitors, thank you for pardoning our dust. We really hope you’ll like what we did with the place.
2016 was a major year of investment in our team and resources at The Center. I was hired in July as the Director of Client Services, Jeanette LoPiccolo, CRPC®, who was hired as a Client Service Manager, Emily Lucido and Ashley Frank, both Client Service Associates, all came on in September, and Josh Bitel, another Client Service Associate, was added to our team in December. These new faces brought enthusiasm and fresh ideas with them… but things also started to get pretty cramped around here. And so, to cap of a year of major investment, the partners decided that it was also time to expand our physical location as well.
Now, visitors to The Center will notice that the office opens up both to the left and to the right from the lobby. We’ve added over 2,000 square feet of new space, new offices, new workstations, and even a new conference room where we can hold additional client and team meetings. We’ll be putting the finishing touches on our new space in the coming weeks; walls will receive special touches and additional furniture will arrive. This new space will allow those that were previously sharing close workspaces to spread out, and for us to arrange our departments, including Financial Planning, Investments, and Client Service, together to help share knowledge and function more cohesively. With the addition, Matt Trujillo, CFP®, and Nick Defenthaler, CFP®, will now have room to host client meetings in their offices.
We also have room to grow. This year marks 32 years since our founding. Our commitment to the financial planning process, putting clients first, and providing exceptional service hasn’t changed since Dan Boyce, Marilyn Gunther, and Estelle Wade started the firm in 1985, and we know our steadfast commitment will allow us to continue to grow into the future. So come in, say “hi!” and see our new space!
Lauren Adams, CFA®, MBA is Director of Client Services at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.®