Larry was born in Duluth MN, and grew up in Cloquet MN. He has a B.S. cum laude in Physics from the University of Minnesota and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Dakota with a concentration in corporate finance and investments.
Larry retired in 1994 from the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer after a career as a Command Pilot where he flew helicopters, high performance acrobatic jets, and internationally to 47 countries on five continents with large multiengine aircraft. He was also a contingency and war planner during his career as a field grade officer. ** These experiences showed him how to think ahead and plan for a wide range of alternative possibilities.
Larry has years of financial planning research and real-life experiences showing people personal finance choices that are focused on how to make smart decisions to work towards growing and protecting their wealth, not income. Rather than make things complicated, his work has been focused around simplifying the complexities of prioritizing simultaneous financial planning issues, and their related calculations, so the person's living is sustainable.
A Registered Investment Adviser and a Certified Financial Planner TM practitioner, Larry is also the author of Wealth Odyssey, a book designed to help people make sensible plans for a successful retirement and pursuing their other goals by understanding how financial planning issues are related to each other through wealth. He has research published in the Journal of Financial Planning related to retirement planning. Thus, in addition to practicing personal financial planning, he is leading the profession with new insights.
Larry has served on the Board of Directors for the Financial Planning Association of Northern California, and has appeared in nationally syndicated articles and on nationally syndicated radio. He had syndicated columns in the past through AdviceIQ that appeared online at Forbes, Morningstar, The Motley Fool, Business Insider, the Online Investor, and many more. He also contributed for consumer question answers at NerdWallet, Investopedia, and Brightscope.
Larry is a member of the Academy of Financial Services. Larry is also a member of National Association of Personal Financial Advisers (NAPFA), a national association of Fee-only advisers.
His hobbies include reading and travel, especially to El Salvador where he met his wife, Rosa Maria Cáceres. They live in Rocklin, CA and have four children and nine grandchildren.
They speak spanish in their home. Ellos hablan español en su hogar.
PS. I'm often asked how I changed from flying to financial planning - that is explained here "When I was 10"
**Know Your Financial Adviser, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Article on proper accreditation and extensive background for working with military, or civilian, workers and retirees.
In addition to flying, Larry served on the Joint Staff at US Southern Command in Panama forming contingency plans for ousting Noriega, is a veteran of the First Gulf War 1991, and served as a Contingency Mobility planner at Scott AFB IL during Haiti, relief operations in Somalia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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