Andrea N. Kirk, CFP®, CRPC®, Financial Advisor
It was at a job fair during her senior year at what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University that Andrea N. Kirk, CFP®, CRPC®, first became intrigued with the idea of forging a career as a financial advisor.
“I stopped at the booth of American Express Financial Advisors and thought the idea of helping people realize their financial goals throughout a long-term relationship was interesting,” says Kirk, who graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in business finance management and minor in psychology.
|Andrea N. Kirk, CFP®, CRPC®, Financial Advisor
2225 Old Emmorton Road, Suite 108
Bel Air, MD 21015
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After graduation, Kirk was hired by American Express Financial Advisors and began an intensive advisor training program before opting to become a franchise owner, a position to which she transitioned in 2002. “It has been a really exciting process,” she says. “I was committed to getting certified as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, which means one must pass an intensive two-day test and keep up with continuing education requirements.”
By 2005, American Express Financial Advisors was spun off to become Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., and Kirk continued her career focusing on retirement planning and distribution planning, investments, insurance, education savings and financial strategies for women. “We have a three-minute questionnaire on our website, our ‘3-Minute Confident Retirement® check,’ to which we direct new clients,” she says. “This questionnaire gives our clients immediate feedback about their readiness for retirement and where they stand compared to their peers. Clients bring it to our meeting, and we work from there … this is a good start to help people focus on their goals, then stick to a plan to reach them.”
Kirk, who was nominated as a Five Star Wealth Manager1 in the February 2015 issue of Baltimore Magazine, also has a 100 percent client satisfaction rating2 (“The feedback I get from clients helps me to continue to grow and improve,” she says), believes that the biggest mistake people make is not seeking the help of a financial advisor as soon as they enter the workforce. But regardless of what age they first consult a financial advisor, Kirk says she is always pleased to see people make progress toward their goals, whether it is a goal of a second home or planning for a child’s college education.
“The finest compliment I can receive is an introduction to friends or colleagues from an appreciative client,” she says. “When you have the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant.” I95
1. The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (please note unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process*); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal firm standards; 5. Accepting new clients; 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded. Once awarded, wealth managers may opt to purchase additional profile ad space or related award promotional products. The award methodology does not evaluate the quality of services provided. The award is not indicative of the award winner’s future performance. *To qualify as having a favorable regulatory and complaint history for this award, the person cannot have (1) been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine, (2) had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them (settled or pending) with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process, (3) individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority, (4) filed for bankruptcy, or (5) been convicted of a felony.
2. The survey score is based on responses gathered within the preceding two years. The survey rates Ameriprise advisors on overall satisfaction, financial knowledge and other criteria. A score averages all responses and may not represent a particular client experience. A minimum number of responses are not required for a score. Working with this advisor is not a guarantee of future financial results. Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial advisor.
3. Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) is an independent association of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals. Membership in MDRT is based on minimum commission and gross business generated within a year. MDRT status designations are granted for one year, and members must apply annually to continue their affiliation with MDRT. Working with this advisor is not a guarantee of future financial results. Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial advisor.
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