Ben Peters is a Partner and Chief Compliance Officer with Burton Enright Welch, a wealth management firm based out of Walnut Creek, CA. Ben initially started his career as an attorney, but he left that role to pursue a career in financial planning—despite having some misconceptions about the profession.
Listen in as Ben shares the strategies he used to pivot from attorney to financial planner, including the strategies he used to network, how he was hired by a firm without any prior financial planning experience, and how long it took him to develop the skills to move into a Lead Planner position. He also details his transition to partner at his current firm and gives his advice for anyone seeking a career in financial planning.
What You'll Learn In Today's Episode:
- How Ben got in front of people in the early days of his career. (8:10)
- What he was primarily looking for in a firm. (10:40)
- How he developed his financial planning skillset. (15:10)
- How long it took for him to have the confidence to lead clients. (16:10)
- What Ben enjoys doing the most in his current role. (19:30)
- What the partnership talk first looked like and how it is structured. (20:45)
- Ben’s advice for those seeking a career in financial planning. (24:55)
- What he would like to see more of from new financial planners entering the industry. (28:40)
Ideas Worth Sharing:“This is an industry where your pedigree matters.” - Ben Peters Click To Tweet “There’s a big difference between your client being a local agency and your client being an actual human being or family.” - Ben Peters Click To Tweet “More than anything, I would love more opportunities to meet folks who are looking and who might be a good fit.” - Ben Peters Click To Tweet
Resources In Today's Episode:
- Ben Peters: Website | LinkedIn
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In this roadmap, you'll be guided through the details of various stages of your financial planner career, including position descriptions, licensing, skill and experience level requirements, and compensation ranges.