I was visiting a friend of mine at his office in downtown Baltimore, and prior to lunching, he introduced me to a few folks at his office. When we poked our head into the first office, he turned to me and said, “Well, you’re involved in so many different things…how do you introduce yourself?” I answered with the first thing that came to mind:
“I’m a husband and a father.”
Isn’t it interesting that when most people ask who we are, we answer with what we do?
My vocation—as a financial planner, educator and author—is to help clients, students and readers (you) connect who you are to what you do…with your life, in your family, in your career and through the commodity with which you interact constantly, your money.
My philosophy surrounding money is that personal finance is more personal than it is finance and that money has novalue other than that which we give it.
The company I am proud to call my vocational home is the Financial Consulate. We’re a fee-only, comprehensive financial management company. I am a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) practitioner working with individuals, families and organizations. A graduate of Towson University, I now enjoy (immensely) teaching financial planning at my alma mater. And a couple years ago, I was able to fulfill a dream of mine to write and publish a book. The best-selling author of The Ultimate Gift, Jim Stovall, helped make that possible, and our now our second collaboration, published through John Wiley & Sons, will be released in September of 2011 as The Ultimate Financial Plan: Balancing Your Money and Life.
I love the art of communication, and I’ve had the privilege to hone it in a number of forums. I’ve been put under the hot lights of a television studio hoping something other than gibberish came out, including appearances on CNBC, ABC’s Nightline, WUSA Channel 9 (CBS in DC), WBAL-TV (NBC in Baltimore) and Fox 45 (in Baltimore). Some of the most fun I have each week is joining my friend and colleague, Drew Tignanelli as the co-host of Money, Riches & Wealth, a financial radio program on WCBM 680 AM in Baltimore each Wednesday at 6:00pm, and I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to one of my other favorite financial shows, the NPR program, Marketplace. In the most traditional of media forums, I’ve been humbled to see my name in papers and periodicals I’ve admired for years, like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, U.S. News & World Report and Money magazine, among others.
Although it took me several years to get on board, I’m now totally smitten by the realm of social media. Yes, I’m now Tweeting, Facebooking and active on LinkedIn. And after a friend of mine challenged to summarize a bunch of complex financial topics in under 90 seconds (if you haven’t noticed, I’m a little wordy), 90 Second Finance was born. (By the way, if you’re having trouble seeing the value in social media, I’d be happy to give you a couple of the tips that helped me see its value. Shoot me an email…)
The central home for all of my communication is my blog, simply named www.TimMaurer.com. I try to post something new each week—often enough to maintain a relationship, but not so often I’m clogging your information pipeline.
But as I mentioned at the very beginning of this bio turned book, my primary aim in life is improve who I am as a person, a husband and a father. It is those responsibilities with which I am charged, first and foremost, and it is to them who I owe my very best. My wife, Andrea, and I are the proud parents of two boys, Kieran and Connor, and attempt to be positively active members of our community. Outside of personal finance, my favorite pursuit is music, and I’m lucky to play the drums and sing in the indie-bluesy-jazzy-rock band, the Jon Maurer Band. I also serve on the board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Maryland chapter, a cause near and dear to me, and on the advisory board of the charitably inclined ice cream company, Taharka Bros., whose Honey Graham ice cream you must try.