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Kyle Williams

The reason I got into this profession

One evening, when I was 12 or 13, my father said, “Kyle, please come into my office.” His tone was official and I had heard these words before—I was in trouble. I hesitantly walked into my father’s office, shoulders hunched and head down, and stood next to him as he reclined in his large, leather office chair. My father looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Kyle, I want to show you something very important.” My posture slumped further as I thought to myself, “I’ve really done something wrong this time.” Then, my father pointed to a single piece of paper lying on his large mahogany desk. The paper showed a graph with a title that read, “The Power of Compounding Interest.” My sense of trepidation started to turn to curiosity (and a touch of confusion).

My father went on to explain that the graph illustrated how quickly your money can grow when you save a small amount on a consistent basis and invest it wisely. He told me that my grandfather had set up a small investment account for me, and encouraged me to start saving and investing my weekly chore allowance. At that point, I was standing upright and smiling, excited to see if I could accomplish what I saw on the graph with my weekly chore allowance.

From that point on, saving as much money as I could took precedence over purchasing new music CDs or the latest fashionable clothes. My friends thought I was crazy (and still do). I checked my investment account statements diligently and saw my account balance growing.

Years later, I completed an internship with a stockbroker at a large securities firm. Cold calling and trying to sell the latest investments left me feeling discouraged. I felt like I couldn’t really help others save and invest. Halfheartedly, I took my father’s advice and became a CPA.

After spending more than 10 years working for big corporations as an accountant, I felt that something was missing. My passion to educate and inspire people had never been explored—so I left my secure job to see where fortune would take me. After a year of soul searching, I was fortunate to have found Abacus, a place where exploring my long-neglected passions is encouraged and celebrated.

One thing I’m doing to help the planet

Water conservation is important to me due to the droughts we often face in California. While waiting for my shower to heat up, I place a bucket in the shower to collect the cold water. I use the water in the bucket to water plants in my home and yard.

Outside of work, my passions include

I love the outdoors, specifically hiking and camping. I also enjoy practicing yoga, silent meditation, cooking and leading a healthy lifestyle.

One goal I’m saving for

An all-electric vehicle.

The primary way I’m advancing my career knowledge

Consulting with and talking to other advisors with more experience than me. Inquiring into my own thoughts, beliefs and stories that I have about money.


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