As our readers know, we are excited about Harrisburg’s Roof Advisory Group, becoming a division of Fort Pitt Capital Group in October of 2019. We will be introducing new team members throughout our Employee Spotlight series. So far, you’ve met Jeff Roof and Brad Newman. We’d like to welcome Bryson Roof to the blog. We chatted with Bryson about how he started his career as an advisor and his interest in wildlife conservation.
How did you get started in your career as a financial advisor?
As a child, I envisioned myself as a Marine Corps medevac helicopter pilot. However, from an early age, I was exposed to finance. My father founded Roof Advisory Group and my step-father was an accountant. I wasn’t aware of my passion for finance until my sophomore year at Virginia Wesleyan University when I attended “Introduction to International Political Economy.” My interest in this class caused me to switch my major from the Sciences to International Political Economy with a minor in Management, Business and Economics. Many of my friends dreaded it, but I enjoyed the coursework for the Certified Financial Planner designation.
After graduation, I accepted a position as a financial planner with a global broker dealer in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I quickly became disillusioned by the inherent conflicts-of-interest associated with the brokerage sales model and sought a transition into the fee-only advising model. I moved back to my home-town in South Central Pennsylvania and joined Roof Advisory Group, a fee-only Registered Investment Advisor, now proudly a division of Fort Pitt Capital Group.
What do you like most about what you do?
I enjoy learning about clients through casual conversation. Because everyone has unique personal circumstances and differing priorities, no two days are alike. I thrive on the challenge of creating customized solutions for clients.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work, I’m known for breeding, raising, and training a kennel of AKC beagles. I travel the Northeast judging AKC field trials – determining how accurately a hound follows a rabbit by scenting the rabbit with its nose.
When I’m not training dogs, my friends and I enjoy fishing off the Virginia coast in search of Cobia and Black Drum.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
My involvement with the Harrisburg Beagle Club and York and Adams Beagle Club provides me the opportunity to manage large tracts of land to maximize rabbit, deer, and turkey populations. Whether it’s rotating crops of sorghum, clover and rye or eliminating invasive species such as ailanthus and mile-a-minute, many are surprised to learn that I can operate large farm tractors and heavy equipment such as bull dozers, skid-steers and dump trucks.
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