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Brian Lavoie uses his knack for numbers to benefit others
Brian S. Lavoie, 33Home: Hudson
Birthplace: New Hampshire
High school: Alvirne High School, Hudson
College/post-grad degrees: B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College, M.S. in financial services from The American College; CFP certificant or certified financial planner practitioner awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.
Current job: Financial adviser and owner of Lavoie Wealth Management.
Key past positions held: Research associate at a Global Hedge Fund
Volunteer activities: Chairman of the board of directors, Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; board of trustees, Symphony NH; steering committee, iUGO Nashua (Young Professional's Organization); treasurer, Greater Nashua Medical Reserve Corps; Nashua Rotary West member; interview N.H. applicants to Dartmouth College
Key current professional challenge: My financial advisory practice grows tremendously each year, and I need to determine if now is the right time to hire associate advisers, if that is the direction I decide to go.
Lavoie is a certified financial planner serving clients from a spectrum of ages and wealth but sharing a common motivation to improve their financial shape. He understands the leap of faith involved in trusting him with personal money management, Lavoie said.
"My main focus is just being the best at whatever I do and always doing the best by my clients," Lavoie said.
Lavoie lends his financial expertise to a number of charitable organizations. He concentrates on fundraising in his role as chairman of the board of directors for the Southern New Hampshire branch of Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The organization's low overhead allows 100 percent of the proceeds to go to research and treatment.
"It's a very rewarding cause," Lavoie said.
Lavoie also serves on the board of trustees for Symphony NH of Nashua.
While working with the orchestra, Lavoie noticed that the Edmund M. Keefe Memorial Auditorium, now the Edmund Keefe Center for the Arts, had taken on a rundown look and feel. He brought the idea of a renovation to the Greater Nashua Arts Initiative, and the group immediately embraced the cause.
"The project went in an incredible direction," Lavoie said.
The Indigo Girls performed as part of the fundraising efforts, and the concert became an important event for the city.
"We really highlighted the fact that this could work," Lavoie said. "It is the largest facility of its type in the state and that means something."
The auditorium's facelift included painting top to bottom, new acoustic panels, LED lighting, a new sound system, and improvements to make it more energy efficient.
As an alumni volunteer, Lavoie annually interviews two to six high school seniors applying to Dartmouth College.
"My role is not to sit in judgment. It's more informational," Lavoie said.
In the end he wants to be sure the decision is a good fit for both.
To help keep new college graduates in New Hampshire, Lavoie volunteers with IUGO, an offshoot of the Chamber of Commerce offering social and personal development events to make the local community more desirable to young professionals.
Lavoie likes the idea of supporting local organizations that make the community a better place, he said. He enjoys the variety of his volunteer work and finds working with other volunteers personally rewarding.
"I genuinely have enjoyed my work with these organizations," Lavoie said.
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