As a financial planner, Ben helps people reach their life goals every day. Whether it’s financing a new car or purchasing a house, he enjoys helping his clients achieve their dreams.
“I had a client come in who didn’t think she could retire,” Ben said. “We went through a retirement plan, and at the end of our meeting she realized she could retire. She started crying because she just never thought that she’d be able to.”
As a student, Ben worked as a service provider at UGA’s Acquiring Strategies for Personal Improvement and Relationship Enhancement (ASPIRE) Clinic. At the ASPIRE Clinic, students provide supervised counseling services to the community, including: therapy, financial and nutrition counseling and education, and legal problem solving. Ben was able to apply the knowledge he learned in the classroom to real-world situations, all while helping many community members who would not otherwise have been able to afford help with their finances. The clinic helped shape the start of Ben’s career, and now he supports the ASPIRE Clinic Fund with a spirit of gratitude.
In the same way that Ben helps his clients achieve their life goals, he gives back to his alma mater to help fellow Bulldogs reach the milestones – like presenting at a conference or studying abroad – that were so meaningful to his educational experience. He gives to the Financial Planning Fund to help students participate in competitions, attend conferences, network with professionals and advance in their careers.
“I had a lot of support given to me when I was in school that allowed me to get where I am today, so I want to be able to repay that,” said Ben.