While my parents were professionals (dentist and attorney), my father was raised in a very poor household in my native Ecuador. Regardless of his professional success, he instilled in us the virtue of frugality as well as the discipline of saving. Prior to this career change, my experience was coaching financially distressed people towards a degree of stability. While I provided counseling, my clients in turn provided life lessons on what NOT to do with money. The accumulated impact of parental wisdom, observations and work experiences have driven me to the next level of service – Thrivent Financial. Thrivent’s business model not only reflects my values, but also helps me educate and empower families and communities. As a proud immigrant, my passion is to assist anyone seeking financial independence and clarity.