20 Under 40: Christy Raines is a financial guru
Managing tens of millions of dollars isn’t for everybody, but it’s definitely for Christy Raines, owner of Azimuth Wealth Management in Winter Park.
Raines, who only recently moved to Grand County, was quick to become part of the community thanks to her volunteer work with Grand Kids, contributing to charity annually and providing pro bono financial services to military widows. She has also been nationally recognized for her expertise in her field.
“As the owner of a financial planning firm she guides people in putting their hard-earned financial resources to use to live their values every day,” read the nomination. “Christy looks forward to opportunities to get in the classroom and teach the others in the county about financial responsibility and how to make smart decisions with their money, be that at age 5 or 55.”
Name: Christy Raines
Profession: Certified Financial Planner and President of Azimuth of Wealth Management, Inc.
Education: Bachelor of Accountancy from University of Notre Dame. Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Investment Fiduciary.
Place of Employment: Azimuth Wealth Management, Inc.
What problem would you like to solve?
Financial literacy. More simply, to provide education so people can be smart with their money. Regardless of what you do to earn it or how much of it you have, we are all responsible for our own financial security. Education around the topic is limited and decisions around money can have a huge impact on our lives.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will be 46 years old and we will have three daughters ages 15, 14, and 10 so I see myself on the sidelines of a lot of sporting events in Grand County and in my car a lot. Professionally I see myself mentoring other young women who have the aptitude and interest to build a business in the personal finance industry.
Who’s your hero and why?
I admire those who, as Teddy Roosevelt taught us, are the “Man in the Arena” and daring greatly with their lives and leaving their mark on the world is a positive way.
What is it about your generation that sets it apart?
We are highly resilient and resourceful. We find a way to get things done and don’t give up on a dream or vision when confronted with inevitable setbacks and failures. After all, we had to deal with dial-up internet so we know how to stick with something that is meaningful and find a better way to do things.
Why did you choose Grand County?
Life is too short to not love where you live. My husband served in the Air Force for 20 years and we lived in different parts of the country but nowhere did we breathe as deeply as when we were here. We feel incredibly fortunate that we are able to raise our family in one of our favorite places in the world.
What kind of future do you see for your industry in Grand County?
Because so many people have not adequately saved for retirement, I see the need in my industry to become more creative with designing what life looks like in your 60s, 70s and beyond. That might come in the form of retiring from work that is a four-letter word and finding work that can supplement your retirement and that you actually look forward to doing every day.
If you could change one thing about Grand County, what would it be?
Thinking of our future of living in Fraser with three kids while both working full time, our children would benefit tremendously by having a middle school and high school in Fraser on par with the excellent elementary school here, a huge reason for our move to the county.
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