Why I get up in the morning: Each morning is a fresh start and getting up is pretty great when you know that going to work means you get to do what you love. Every day at AFS 401(k) is an opportunity to expand my knowledge, make new connections, and ultimately help make an impact in someone’s financial life.
How I got here: I graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications Studies, and a concentrated minor in Photography. I spent the summer after graduation searching for employment as most graduates do and in September of 2016 I joined the AFS team. It’s been an incredible learning opportunity and I consider myself so fortunate that I to come to work every day with a smile on my face.
What I do really well: At AFS my strength comes in my differences, and how I use my abilities to collaborate with others. Our small marketing team works closely with advisors taking their vast knowledge and find creative ways to highlight it. I have enjoyed learning more about the financial industry, though my primary confidence resides with knowing how to get the right lighting in a photograph, or how to compose an engaging blog post. By blending my creative marketing background with our staff of expert financial professionals, we are able to provide down-to-earth financial guidance for the everyday person.
What I’m most interested in for the retirement industry today: There is so much more to the retirement industry than I ever knew before starting this job. I joined this team not even knowing where to begin when thinking about retirement. However, within my time at AFS, I have seen the vital role we play helping people achieve their financial dreams, both for tomorrow, as well as today. Retirement and financial wellness goes beyond just saving in your 401(k) plan; it’s about creating a financially sound life. We’re educating people about how their everyday decisions can affect their fiscal well-being, and how that can have positive effects on their life overall. Since starting at AFS I’ve even begun to think about my own retirement dreams, which include traveling to Iceland, adopting a Puggle (specific breed of dog that combines a beagle and pug), and moving somewhere warm.
Who I am really: I’m a proud native of Frederick, Maryland, where I live with my family. On a typical weekend you’ll most likely find me either volunteering or going on an adventure.
Volunteering has been a passion of mine since before I can remember. I’m currently working with a non-profit organization called The Arc, which provides assistant to those with physical or mental disabilities. Through The Arc, I spend time with one women in particular that aspires to learn photography. Working with her is the perfect blend of my passions of photography and serving others.
When I’m not volunteering you can find me living my life with the motto: “Adventure is out there”. Whether it’s going kayaking with friends or trying a new food, I’m always ready to give it a try.