Our Company Values
For those who are looking for financial advice, we realize the available options are many and deciding who to work with is a challenging problem. Listed below are our Company Values which we hope will give you a better understanding of how we operate.
- People Matter – We believe that each person is innately valuable and worthy of respect and honor. We believe that relationships matter and that business is relational, top to bottom. People First, Money Second is a priority statement that places people and relationships ahead of financial matters.
- Integrity Matters – We believe that integrity and truth matter. We believe we need to conduct our business in such a way that we are above reproach. We believe suitability and ethical practices come from placing a high value on other people and their needs before our own.
- Communication Matters – We believe that communication with our client partners builds and maintains the trust that is necessary for business relationships to reach their full potential. We believe that our client partners deserve the type of communication that is frequent, timely, truthful, & relevant.
- Service Matters – We believe that good service is practical and that great service is necessary in the pursuit of business excellence. We will pursue perfection and in so doing “catch a little excellence along the way.” (Vince Lombardi)
Graham Merk CFP®, ChFC®
Founder, IA Financial Advisors
Graham Merk is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Financial Advisor with over 40 years of experience. He is the founder and principal advisor at IA Financial Advisors. He believes in creating long lasting relationships with his clients so that he can understand their needs, wants, and wishes on a holistic level. Beyond his work with his clients, he has given numerous educational seminars on investments, retirement planning, and estate planning to both individual and corporate audiences. He has served in numerous capacities at his former church, on town committees, and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce. When he is not helping his clients plan for their retirement or hosting his radio show “The Money Curriculum” on WTAG 94.9 FM radio, you can find him at his four granddaughters dance recitals. He has a passion for his family and has moved his business multiple times to be closer to them. No matter how many moves he makes to be closer to his family, he always maintains his client relationships. This is proven by the fact that he still retains many of his clients from when he first started out, nearly 40 years ago.
Plan For Your Future
There is no one “best place” to put your retirement money because each individual and couple has unique requirements, different tolerances for risk, and need their money at different times. Likewise, there is no one place to keep your money that fits everyone for exactly the same reasons. Your unique circumstances must be taken into consideration if you seek to find the “most favorable place” for your retirement money. This is where we can be of service.