For Christopher Graziano, pursuing a financial services career was “all in the family.”
Christopher started his career on the floor of the AMEX (American Stock Exchange) and joined FFP in 2011. He specializes in reviewing client accounts and preparing comprehensive financial plans. Christopher is a graduate of Holmdel High School and Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, where he earned a Business Management degree. His most recent accomplishment was becoming a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) in 2019.
Christopher has a wealth of family members in the financial services industry, many of whom have served as a mentor and/or an inspiration to him. “I have to credit my family for bringing me into the financial services industry. My father (John Graziano) started his own accounting firm at a young age as a sole practitioner. He later became a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and president of FFP Wealth Management (www.ffpinc.com). Similarly, my uncle Joseph Graziano, also a CFP®, has been a mentor, helping me develop my business and career.”
Before joining FFP Wealth Management, Christopher also had contact with numerous Registered Representatives, many of whom spoke with him about the pros and cons of a financial-services career. “Many professionals had a mentor who helped them along the way,” he says. “I’m very grateful to have had such help in my career.”
Acknowledging the “rigorous work ethic” a financial-planning career requires, Christopher notes that one of his firm’s biggest strengths is its PASS (Professional Accounting Service System) Advantage System™.
PASS is a proprietary, turnkey system that’s become crucial for FFP Wealth Management affiliated accountants and financial advisors to seamlessly manage client assets and/or open investment accounts. As FFP Wealth Management also offers complimentary financial planning to its tax clients, PASS helps clients reach their financial goals as efficiently as possible by coordinating the relationship between accountant and advisor on the client’s behalf. “This kind of coordination is definitely lacking at the larger firms and big banks,” notes Christopher.
An independent firm that strives to be a “one-stop shop” for its clients, FFP clients receive a degree of trust that’s not always available at larger competitors. At FFP, the client’s needs always come first. FFP has an “independent advantage” as it is a privately held firm capable of using any product in order to truly cater to its clients’ needs whether it’s mutual funds, annuities or insurance. The firm offers no proprietary products and its representatives have no quotas or “preferred products” list.
At FFP, we have a collaborative team approach,” says Christopher. “It has been nothing short of successful and more importantly a tremendous help when we meet with our clients.” Christopher is passionate about his work, getting great satisfaction from helping clients reach their long-term financial goals. “To me there is no more satisfying or accomplished feeling than when you help someone,” he says. “I pride myself on going the extra mile for clients.”
Christopher enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and their two young daughters who continue to motivate him. His family hopes to accomplish more traveling in the future, but for now quality time at home while cheering on their favorite sports teams is the main emphasis.