Jose Sanchez, CFP®, RICP®

About Jose Sanchez, CFP®, RICP®

When I was 18, I joined the military. My service in the Air Force for five years provided me with what I’d call an unfair advantage for my work later in the financial industry. My experiences living abroad first in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia during a 1995 Desert Storm tour, then in Fusa, Japan, 1996-1999, both helped me understand life and financial planning, along with the value of a hard-earned dollar. I grew up over there, and my values are strongly rooted in the same ones belonging to my parents, both educators, but also firmly molded by my service to our country and through military discipline.

As military, we were tested and challenged, and we persevered in taxing and uncomfortable conditions because we always had a plan. Living in the middle of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, our unit worked directly with the 82nd Airborne Division, specializing in parachute assault operations. As a journeyman, my responsibility was to maintain and ensure the safety of the Hercules C-130, an aircraft known to fly into the eye of a hurricane. While the 82nd stood ready to respond to crisis contingencies anywhere in the world within 18 hours, our job was to make sure they arrived at their destination. We relied heavily on formal flight, maintenance and safety plans. These experiences helped inform my subsequent financial planning career through my appreciation for a well-designed, communicated, and formally written plan.

My time in the military also exposed me to certain sources of waste that to me, was not logical. My fellow soldiers were buying clothes as if they were in college. I could not understand why someone needed five pairs of new pants when, on five out of seven days, we were required to wear our military uniform. “No seas codo Jose,” my friend Mike, who was half Puerto Rican, would tell me (slang for “don’t be cheap”). This was also the case with music. My friends all loved to purchase countless CD’s from their favorite musical artists. I was not conditioned to spend money that way. Instead, I used a cassette player and recorded Saturday morning radio on KANW, 89.1, when I visited New Mexico. This was the music I grew up with and what I loved. While living abroad, no amount of clothes, CD’s or stuff could fill my heart like the oldest FM Radio station in New Mexico playing on my “Walkman” portable cassette player.

While living in Japan and being single, and I had some down time and I became bored. When I say “bored,” I am reminded of my dad’s response to me whenever I told him I felt that way. He would say, “Ok, let’s get to work,” and in Japan, that is what I did. I found out about an opportunity to work at a club as a bar-back. Within six months, I was promoted to bartender, then lead bartender. Some nights I would pocket over $100 in tips! I also was being paid $10 per hour which was not bad back then. As a sidenote, I was bartending the night I turned 21, while my friends back home were taking birthday trips to Vegas to celebrate their 21st birthdays.

I feel that I earned and saved money while having fun. I believe that money is more of a tool than a luxury, and what my Puerto Rican friend Mike didn’t know is that much of my money was going to purchase the one thing that isn’t manufactured any more except in Hawaii…I wanted land! If Mike had asked me back then, “Why are you working so hard, Jose?” my answer was clear. I always wanted to buy my own piece of land, perhaps many acres in the beautiful New Mexico landscape.

While this was my goal as a child, it turned out to be a rather poor investment from a monetary standpoint, yet I was enriched by the experience and education. From that point in my 20s, I understood the discipline and dedication it took to achieve any milestone.

One of my jobs after the military, while I was in graduate school, was selling life insurance. After a year, I realized that this was not for me. While I value the importance of insurance, I despised the promotion of products through unscrupulous sales tactics. This was my first indication that financial planning was broken. I worked directly for a legend in the industry who took me under his wing. I learned a lot from him, most of which I did not like. While I won awards and trips, I hated the fractured process. The financial services industry and its legends focus its sales force on selling their product, not on the process or maintenance of financial planning.

Since that day, I have been focused on financial planning – the process and fiduciary responsibilities that come with it. I might add that I achieved my certification as a financial planner through arduous work since I’m challenged with dyslexia, but that has never stopped me.

Before serving in the military, I grew up in a small community and was raised by a village of less than 200 individuals and two great parents who recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. They had four children of their own, and I am the youngest. My parents were challenged with the loss of my brother when “God zapped him up.” He was the second oldest, and at age 16, was struck by lightning on a baseball field while doing what he loved, playing sports with his friends. I was only 13 at the time. This introduced thoughts about life insurance that impacted me later in my professional life. Through this experience, I learned that catastrophe can happen in an instant. Also, a seed was planted that grew into my interest in risk mitigation planning. While growing up in Glorieta, New Mexico, I worked a few jobs including being a gas station attendant and in yard maintenance for an affluent family in Santa Fe.

Presently, when I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife Jasmin who is a residential realtor and a loving mother to our three children. We struggled to have kids, with over seven miscarriages which included molar, ectopic, and several with no heartbeats. The eighth tenacious pregnancy led to our first born, a perfect baby girl. We chose to have a home water birth and it was successful. The positive momentum did not stop there. We became doubly blessed with a different type of pregnancy, a twin birth with healthy boys. I love my wife so much for enduring the challenges of motherhood. Jasmin is my biggest fan and my best friend, and she is beyond brave! Before she married me, she completed over 200 jumps from perfectly working planes, including an occasional C-130 and hot air balloons.

Now that the twins are walking, life often means going out on adventure with our five fedoras hats on and our two adopted, four-legged kids Sol, Bella and Duke. We are dog lovers and have a soft spot for rescues. Our close friends have referred to us as the Fedorable Five, now with our dogs we are the “Fedorables.”

Whenever I can find a little bit of free time, I love to fly fish and get out in nature. I make time weekly for riding my mountain bike despite my hatred for pesky goat thorns that ruin my best tires.

If my clients were to talk about me behind my back, I would guess they would say I’m a really nice guy who listens carefully. I’m patient and persistent and I ask a lot of questions, some that made people cry in a good way. They might mention that I’m detailed but I keep things simple. They also look forward to my family newsletter. Any new client who walks in the door can expect to share the identical experience.

Read Jose’s blog here: https://josevsanchez.com/free-resources

Joe Bautista, CFP®, MBA

About Joe Bautista, CFP®, MBA

Joe Bautista grew up in Sandy, Oregon, and is the son of two blue-collar parents. He also has two sisters that are entrepreneurs themselves.

At 18, he joined the United States Marine Corps as a Supply Administrator and served 7 years, while being stationed in Kaneohe Bay, HI, Okinawa, Japan, Al Asad, Iraq, and Portland, Oregon.

Joe Bautista has always had a passion for numbers and money. He saw that his parents struggled with money and thought it was from a lack of knowledge and available resources to improve their financial situation in the 1990s. After moving to Washington, DC in 2012 and meeting other first and second-generation Latinos dealing with the same issue, he decided to become a financial planner.

In 2015, Joe Bautista began his financial planning career at a national company that was a Broker-Dealer and Registered Investment Advisory Firm. After studying the history of financial advisors and learning about the industry, he noticed that the old model was outdated. So he decided to open up his own virtual financial planning firm that utilizes the subscription model to help him focus on young professionals with income minimal investable assets to manage. This allows him to live in Latin America so he can finish his goal of learning Spanish.

He is also the author of More You Know, More You Grow, and Your Daily Cup of Joe, and is currently in an MBA program at Syracuse University. He also has two bachelor’s degrees in Public Health and Economics.

Read Joe’s blog here: https://growwithjoe.me/blog-list/

Rebecca Montano, CFP®

About Rebecca Montano, CFP®

I’m Rebecca Montaño, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and my life’s mission is helping women tap into more confidence, freedom and joy with their money

The world tells girls we have a spending problem, save all your pennies, think small, live frugal or else you’ll be the bag lady under the bridge- no more! I want to help you get your financial house in order so you can live the life you want once and for all. No more money shame, no more worry, and no more fear… because once you have awareness and a plan, there’s no turning back.

Sunday Planning serves women, couples & LGBTQ+.
We specialize particularly in serving the needs of:

• First generation college graduates
• High income earners juggling debt
• Small business owners
• People wanting more for themselves and families

We specifically focus on serving the needs of women because we are the backbone to so many things. We take care of our families, we give to our community, and yet are still paid less for the same work. Financial planning relieves the money stress and worry and allows you to breathe a little.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you have about financial planning or the process. We are committed to serving you in any way we can.

Yerandy Lopez, CFP®

About Yerandy Lopez, CFP®

Yerandy Lopez is the founder and managing principal of Wealthshore Capital LLC. Recognizing a demand for a more comprehensive and proactive approach to wealth management, Yerandy founded WSC to provide a more thorough, clear and tailored approach to addressing the broad range of clients financial priorities.

In an industry laden with hidden costs, undisclosed incentives and other conflicts of interest, Yerandy brings a transparent, thoughtful and candid approach to the wealth management process.

In his off time, Yerandy and his significant other, Sue, enjoy biking, traveling with friends, exploring new recipes, and advancing positive growth within their communities.

Welcomed to Tampa in 1998, Yerandy continues to deepen his connection to the city, its local business and academic communities. Having attended the University of South Florida, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Garnering additional licenses, designations, experience and best practices as a career financial professional for three Fortune 100 firms over seven years before establishing Wealthshore Capital.

Yerandy manages the finances of individuals, families and business owners in Tampa, Florida, utilizing technologies to accommodate clients virtually all over the country. Instituting the latest technology and resources to create an ideal client experience, prioritizing meaningful personal relationships and delivering a level of service previously exclusive to the ultra-affluent in the financial services industry.

Luis Rosa, CFP®, EA

About Luis Rosa, CFP®, EA

I came to the U.S. at age 11 from the Dominican Republic. I was inspired by my parents to work hard and pursue an education. However, I was not taught about personal finance at home or at school and had to learn the hard way.

Some of the biggest money mistakes I made when I was younger:

I failed to pay myself first. I tried to save what was left after spending, instead of spending what was left after saving.

I over-borrowed on my student loans in college for “living expenses” which really was translation for Spring Break in Cancun!

I got credit cards in my freshman year of college before I even got a job! (To be fair, they did include the credit card applications inside the books at the bookstore, I could not resist!)

I became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional in order to help others pursue their goals. I do my best to keep it simple, so no fancy jargon or investment terms. It’s all about your vision of success and how I can help you on your way to building a better financial future.

I currently live in Pasadena, CA with my wife, Alison. I lived in New York for the majority of my adult life, and currently travel back there during the year to visit family and existing clients. When not helping a client, volunteering, or hosting an event, you can find me eating at one of my favorite Vegan restaurants or visiting a beach or walking trail in the Los Angeles area.

Read Luis’ blog here: https://onmywaytowealth.com/