Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors
- Wanted to be a doctor growing up.
- Became interested in investing after receiving a gift of Disney stock from his grandfather.
- Has been skydiving three times and bungee jumping once.
A self-confident and visionary person of action, Grant Webster is not afraid to aim high. When he decided some years ago to seek out a mentor, he cold-called Dale Yahnke, one of the most prominent advisers in San Diego, to ask him. Mr. Yahnke agreed. Four years later, Mr. Webster joined his mentor to become a lead adviser at Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors.
Similarly, in 2016, he started a leadership development program within Junior Achievement of San Diego County that he hopes to take national.
As a long-time volunteer with the organization, teaching personal finance and career awareness to underprivileged youth, Mr. Webster noticed the lack of young leaders on the nonprofit’s board. Seeing no one under 50 on the board, he started a junior board, now up to 20 people.
“One of the advantages is networking with high-level executives in San Diego,” he said. “The goal is to have [the young people] graduate to the main board.”
The program also addresses the need for young professionals to build up their business credibility.
“It wasn’t until two years ago that I stopped being asked my age,” Mr. Webster said. “Once you have a story to tell about your career and your background, they stop asking.”
— Deborah Nason