Yusuf Abugideiri

Yusuf Abugideiriage 29

Financial planner, Yeske Buie

Fast Facts

  • Collects shoes and is partial to Nike
  • Has an addiction to iTunes
  • Loves cars, particularly the Lexus IS 300

Yusuf Abugideiri didn’t find his job; his job found him.

“I was speaking at Virginia Tech on behalf of the college of financial planning and spent the information session talking about planning and why it was so exciting,” Mr. Abugideiri said.

As it happened, Elissa Buie, one of the founders of Yeske Buie in Vienna, Va., was in the audience. “She enjoyed the talk enough to offer me an internship,” he said.

One of his proudest achievements: Getting the financial planning residency at Yeske Buie off the ground. The program helps young planners learn to be financial planners and fulfill their work requirements for the certified financial planner designation. The residents are paid and given the same responsibilities as an entry-level planner. “We think of it in the same way as a medical resident,” Mr. Abugideiri said.

Their first resident finished the program this year. They expect to have five by the end of the year.

Mr. Abugideiri is pursuing a master’s degree in economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and hopes to graduate in December. He works both as co-chair of the alumni board for the university and with the local Financial Planning Association. And when he’s not working as a financial planner, sitting on two boards and doing graduate studies, what does he do? “Hang out with my wife, Maegan,” he says. “We’re both pretty busy people.”

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