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Michael Kitces' #FASuccess Podcast: Laura LaTourette on Building a Small-Town LGBTQ Niche

Laura LaTourette discusses the challenges she faced in building up a LGBTQ niche in her rural Georgia town, as well as figuring out how and when to come out of the closet to her own broker-dealer.

 

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Welcome back to the 148th episode of Financial Advisor Success Podcast!

My guest on today’s podcast is Laura LaTourette. Laura is the founder of Family Wealth Management Group, a hybrid advisory firm in Dahlonega, Georgia that oversees $45 million of assets under management for 86 client households.

What’s unique about Laura, though, is the way she’s built her advisory firm to work primarily with the LGBTQ community in her rural Georgia town while navigating her own challenges of figuring out when and how to come out of the closet to her own broker-dealer.

In this episode, we talk in-depth about Laura’s financial planning process. The series of four financial planning meetings she goes through with every client that includes a unique draft plan meeting, where she presents a tentative series of recommendations to clients not for their implementation, but simply for their feedback, how Laura sets her minimum of financial planning fee that’s separate from what she’s subsequently paid to help clients implement, and how in recent years, she’s begun to refine everything from her website to her data gathering form to better speak to her core LGBTQ niche clientele.

We also talk about Laura’s own journey through the financial services industry and building her firm. The way she started out trying to build a multi-advisor agency with centralized support but ultimately found it just wasn’t profitable to do so, the path she took to shift away from the multi-advisor model after 10 years to operate a solo advisory firm that she’s enjoyed far more, how a desire to build a succession plan is leading her once again to start building towards a multi-advisor ensemble practice, and why she recently decided to hire a new CEO to support her solo advisory firm, who specifically does not have client relationship or business development obligations.

And be certain to listen to the end, where Laura shares her perspective on why it’s so important to be authentic to who you are when you’re working with clients to build trust, what she’s done to find support for herself through the challenging ups and downs of being a lesbian advisor in both a town and an industry that are still not very accepting of the LGBTQ community, and why she joined the Women in Financial Services organization and is now launching her own Rainbow Network to support LGBTQ advisors.

So whether you’re interested in hearing about Laura’s challenges (and successes) as a part of the LGBTQ community in a small town in northern Georgia, how she structures her entire financial planning process, or how she’s developing a network for other LGBTQ financial advisors, then we hope you enjoy this episode of the Financial Advisor Success podast.

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