As an independent Denver Certified Financial Planner, I am duty-bound to act in our client families’ best interests.
I created Maestro Associates financial planners with specific beliefs… I believe the financial services industry is fundamentally broken. Traditional brokerage firms, financial planners and banks often put their interests above their clients. Instead of receiving advice, families often receive recommendations based on the compensation and incentives the advisor may receive. It understandable that self-interest takes precedent, but it doesn’t make it right.
Maestro Associates started out as Blair Financial Planning in 2007. We renamed the firm in 2017 to better reflect the firm’s differential advantage and core values.
Christopher Blair – Denver-based CFP
After a short apprenticeship, Christopher Blair founded Blair Financial Planning in 1995 to offer financial planning and investment services to clients in Colorado. Since then, he has grown the firm to include clients in several states, including New Mexico, Kansas, California, Oregon and Washington. He renamed the firm Maestro Associates in 2017 to better reflect the firm’s planning advantage and core values.
As a Denver-based Certified Financial Planner, his focus has been helping families achieve financial independence and reach other tangible goals that require money and planning to accomplish. He also works with business owners to achieve balance between their business success and their personal financial success. He finds that understanding a client’s values and goals really helps create a focused plan with an emphasis on meeting the client’s emotional needs.
Chris Blair received a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Whitman College in 1990. In 1993, he received both a Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver. Chris attained the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation in 2007. He holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 63 and 65 licenses. He also maintains Life, Heath and Annuity licenses in the state of Colorado and numerous other states.
Chris is married to Manisha, and together they have two children, Anand and Sonali. Chris enjoys hiking with his family, travel, reading, and watching soccer and volleyball.
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J. Bruce Howell
Bruce Howell joined Money Concepts in 1997 as a financial planner. He holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses. Bruce is insurance licensed in Colorado for Life, Health, and Annuities. He is a Registered Investment Advisor Representative. Bruce studied electrical engineering at the University of Colorado. Before joining Money Concepts, Bruce worked as a systems engineer for nineteen years in the aerospace industry working on various NASA and Air Force projects.
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