CEO, Opes Advisors, Inc.
President, Opes Advisors, Inc.
Many would say that an executive-level career in
the financial services industry is becoming more
difficult. What energizes you to continue to stay
the course every day?
I consider it my role, obligation and privilege to
increase our company’s, and our people’s, effectiveness
in life and business. We all want to take care of our
families, provide for them and have dignity and meaning in our work. Every day, we get to work with our
clients around their biggest financial concerns; not only
is it important to be of service to our clients but also
enable them to be more prepared in their financial
What energizes me is the opportunity to infuse
financial services with a new client experience and
unique value that we offer for today’s concerns. We’ve
blended financial advice with residential real estate to
create a new way of offering mortgage services.
What are the three things you think about if you
awaken at 3 a.m.?
The soundness of our plans and our actions to address in real time what matters not only for today but
our future as well. I always have to anticipate and focus
on what matters in the midst of an ever-changing
regulatory, economic and global environment that we
do not get to determine. It is a constant change, react
and adjust. I just stay up sometimes with my nagging
“what ifs” and what could we/I do different or better.
What was your first job, and, what was your first
job in financial services if that is different?
My first job was with a non-profit, working with
at-risk youth as a counselor and then manager. In
financial services, my first job was Processing Manager
for a small mortgage company. Through both experiences, I learned from the bottom up what roles exist
and why as well as the skills and resources people
need to succeed at every level.
Education and role opportunities are important
factors to success as are mentor relationships.
Have you had mentors, and, if so, how have
those relationships contributed to your journey?
I seek out mentors all the time in different areas
of expertise. I never want to trust “just” my own brain,