November 12, 2015, by Steven Romero, Development Officer, via email
Charles Wagner, local financial advisor, spoke with the Ambassadors on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Wagner began his career as a meteorologist with the military stationed at White Sands Missile Range. At the time he never envisioned being a business owner and financial advisor.
After the military he began a career in human resources where he worked his way up to eventually lead international recruiting for a government contractor. He worked internationally for several years in Saudi Arabia and other places, but decided he wanted to return home to the U.S.
He returned to Las Cruces where he worked for several years as a financial advisor, and went on to get his Certified Financial Planner designation. When the firm he was working with decided to change directions, he founded his own financial advising company. Owning his own business is one of the best decisions he’s ever made and wishes he had started a business in the finance world sooner.
He advised the Ambassadors that networking is the key to being successful in whatever field they are in. It helped him when he started his own business and now, rather than having to advertise, he is able to get referrals from his vast network of friends.
Wagner also advised the Ambassadors to join professional organizations in their industry because it’s a perfect way to get to know industry leaders. He suggested getting out and traveling — his worldview was broadened by working internationally and it helped him immensely.