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Team Spotlight: Larry Adams

The latest installment in our monthly Q&A session where we sit down with members of the FJY team to find out a little bit more about what exactly they do here and what makes them tick.

This Month: Partner and Senior Financial Advisor: Larry Adams

Before becoming a financial planner, what was the most unusual or interesting job you ever had?
People are surprised when I tell them that after college I started my own cotton farming operation. I grew up in a rural farming community, and even though we were not a farming family, I was driving a tractor at age 10 and during summer months I would work on a farm. It was long hours and hard work but I loved it.

How has the industry changed since you started out?
I would say consolidation and regulation have drastically changed the industry. Also, the evolution of holistic planning has greatly changed how we relate to our clients.

If they made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Tom Selleck. A man whose characters have always stood for strength, honesty, moral integrity, and whose word is his bond. Now if I could just grow a mustache like his!

What defines success for you?
I read a quote years ago that really made an impression and I think of it regularly.
The quote: “When you die, if the people who are supposed to love you do, that is success.”

What is your favorite movie and why?
It’s a Wonderful Life. There is no better story than that of George Bailey. A man who always put his dreams on hold for the benefit of others. A man who believed he had missed out in life and feeling doomed to a life with no real meaning or accomplishment, never realizing the impact he had in the lives of family and those he came in contact with every day until it was shown to him by Clarence (the angel). Then to see the people whose lives he touched come to his aid, telling their stories of how he made a difference in their lives. Now that is success! I must admit that every time I watch the movie, I still get a tear in my eye when George’s brother Harry lifts a glass and toasts George by saying, “To George, the richest man in town.”