Austin Streeper, North Star Resource Group
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Austin Streeper, financial advisor, North Star Resource Group.
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What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
The most challenging is time management. As any business owner will tell you, there are a million different things that fall under the title of “job.” The key is figuring out where to allocate your time most efficiently to help you reach your goals. Luckily, I have a partner/mentor, team, and amazing spouse to help keep me on track, but there is still not enough time in the day. I am continually learning from mistakes to improve time efficiency.
There are two things that are extremely rewarding aspects of my job. First is scheduling freedom (which is exactly why time management is so challenging). Being able to adjust my calendar to spend time with my wife, chaperone a field trip with one of our boys, or even just watch them at a sports practice is amazing. Second is the happiness of reaching client goals. I love the “puzzle” that various client situations pose and the game plan to solve them. As I dig into things, their goals become my goals. Nothing compares to that meeting or email response when a client realizes they will accomplish whatever goal we started planning for potentially decades in the past.
Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
I have great admiration for my colleagues on the Emerging Leadership Board at UW Carbone Cancer Center, especially the ones who have fought and defeated cancer. They are all extremely successful in their field yet find a way to use their resources to give back. They push me to do more.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
Starting my practice from scratch in a city where I didn’t know anyone took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. Having that practice be successful, maintain double-digit growth every year, and building it the right way, is a result that I am very much proud of. So, I think I’m at the high point of my career [right now], and I expect to redefine that goal as I continue to surpass it.
Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
It’s kind of weird to think back on my career when, in my opinion, I still have a lot of career in front of me. However, if I could give my 21-year-old self advice, I’d say embrace what you are good at and be open to taking risks. Determine how you can utilize your skills to accomplish your goals and don’t be afraid to take a risk to get there.