Name: Andy Young
Financial Pathway Group
How long have you been in Lynchburg? 2014-2017, Oct. 2020-present
Tell us about your professional role:
I help business owners find money they are loosing unknowingly and unnecessarily to things like taxes and inefficiency through financial planning. That way they can focus on using that money to grow their business, help their family, and support their community. I got into financial planning to help make a difference. Growing up owning a family business (an auto parts store my grandfather founded after retiring from the rail road at 37) I have a soft spot to help.
What do you enjoy in your spare time?
I spend most of my time outside of work with my wife Sarah, and daughters Josie (3) and Grace (1). We enjoy spending time at Sea Quest, farms, and community events. When we lived in Orlando, FL for 4 years we loved visiting the theme parks so if you have any questions just let us know! I also host a weekly podcast, Dream Achievers with The Mountain Money Man, that is on YouTube, and all the normal podcast platforms. I do this to share the stories of local business owners and people making a difference. I'm always interested in technology and how to share.
Who or what inspires you? My Grandfathers both had great impact on me. My Dad's father showed me the value of if you are going to do anything do it to your full ability. I can remember having to learn the Boy Scout credo and recite it over and over again to get it right. He also famously taught me to "throw a bow line" for when our boat would be coming to dock by getting me to do it hundreds of times on shore before we went out. The work ethic that he showed made me strive to be a better person and always put in the effort.
What's something about not many people know? I have enjoyed working out with The Undertaker from WWE and had dinner with Robert Duval from my years of working in Hospitality and Tourism Management prior to entering the financial services industry. Any time you want to talk about professional wrestling or BBQ I'm ready to jump in!
Why did you join YPCV? Lynchburg is a community full of giving. From our non profit sector to business owners engaged to give back I wanted to be part of those "leaning in" to make a difference. It is easy to sit back and say how things should be different. But if you put in the work to get better at what you do, how you share to improve as business leaders together, your difference can be felt for years to come!