Laurie Belew is making an impact on the investment advice business at an early age by developing the next generation of advisers.
Ms. Belew, a senior financial adviser at FJY Financial in Reston, Va., is part of its two-member recruiting team targeting leading financial planning programs, including Texas Tech and Virginia Tech.
New talent at the small firm, which will grow to 11 employees this year, can work with clients soon after they're hired.
"We have a defined career path that is attractive to a lot of people," Ms. Belew said. "It's a matter of finding a way to contribute and add value early. If you give them that opportunity, we've seen them succeed."
She's executing the same game plan in cultivating future graduates through an internship program she helped create. And students do more than shuffle papers at FJY Financial.
"By the end of the summer, they're doing the work of an associate planner," Ms. Belew said.
She also tries to develop her peers. The 2014 president-elect of the Financial Planning Association's NexGen community, Ms. Belew helped establish a NexGen chapter in the national capital area, which has grown from six to 40 members.
Her belief in networking and mentoring stems from her first job at Arthur Andersen, a former Big Five accounting firm. She joined just before its demise in the fallout of the Enron scandal in 2002.
"It was unique to see how the Andersen network banded together in that situation," Ms. Belew said. "The mentors I had at Andersen are still mentors."
— Mark Schoeff Jr.
CEO, Buckingham Asset Management and BAM Advisor Services