Larry W. Yelverton
What I do now:
I'm a Financial Advisor. I help people make the hard decisions regarding their financial life, through design of a comprehensive blueprint that deals with the six key areas of financial planning.
My work/job consists of:
Advising my clients on issues including cash flow management, retirement planning, tax planning, estate planning, major purchases and many other financial decisions
How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I came to LSUS when I got out of the Air Force. I played baseball for the school under Coach Robinson. It is really great to see the athletic programs prospering as they are now.
Fond Memories of LSUS:
Playing baseball, and as a "non-traditional" student who took mostly night classes the last two years, I really got to know a lot of others in the same situation. The smaller classes were really conducive for getting to know the faculty.
LSUS faculty who helped me:
So many of the faculty were great that it is hard to choose just one.
How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS gave me a great education and the tools, both academically and personally, to have the courage to chase my dreams and take risks that a lot of people will not take.
Advice to college-bound students:
Make sure you do your due diligence on the college that you attend. Research the programs of interest and take tours of the facilities and meet some of the faculty. College life is fun, but challenging. Your time management abilities will be tested, but being able to balance your college life is in itself a wonderful learning experience that you can take into the rest of your life.
Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
My field is very rewarding in that I am able to really make a positive difference in my clients' and their families' lives. To be able to see the results firsthand is very rewarding. It is also very challenging and a huge responsibility not to be taken lightly. My clients trust me with their life's savings and with some of life's biggest decisions. You must take the job seriously and be on top of your game in order to be effective and a leader for those who depend upon you.
Tips on choosing a major or career:
Now is the time to follow your heart. I heard it once said, "Find a way to make a career out doing what you would do for free if you had the chance." There are not a lot of times in your life that you can be selfish. When choosing the path for the rest of your life, be selfish.
My toughest professional challenge:
The market collapse of 2008 was a very stressful time. To be able to lead my clients during that time and to be a source of strength for them, was so very humbling and something that I will never forget.
My toughest personal challenge:
Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Ameriprise Financial Circle of Success multiple year achiever; Platinum Financial Planning Service Designation; Treasurer, LSUS Alumni Board
I've learned this from life:
Money does not buy happiness. I know you have heard it before, but I work with multi-millionaires and up-and-coming savers. What I know is that when our time on earth is done, our friends and families will be the only thing that we will want to be with us. A great job, great income, and all that stuff is nice, but search your heart for true joy and be something good to someone. That is what counts. In every situation, I can be either a stealer of joy and comfort, or a giver. I strive every day to be a giver.