Tom Lynch, The Norman Fletchall Team, RBC Wealth Management
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Tom Lynch, investment associate, The Norman Fletchall Team, RBC Wealth Management.
What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
We all face challenges every day, but I would say the biggest challenge that I face is staying current with all that is going on in the financial world. The news cycle and stock market change constantly, so that is one challenge; there are regulatory and procedural changes; and then there are technology changes as systems are tweaked and updated. These all affect my daily work and I need to make sure I that I am up to date in all of these areas.
The most rewarding part of my job is easily getting to know people and help them. Everyone has their own story and faces their own challenges. It’s great to get to know people and help them to meet their financial challenges.
Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
Bill Gates, mainly because he has taken his success in business and used his fame and money to try to improve the world in other ways. Whether you agree with him or not, he is trying to improve the daily lives of many people in various ways.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
I would say that I am at the high point of my career right now, mainly because I understand where I am comfortable and I’m happy with my role on the team. With 20 years of experience in financial services, I really like the company and the people I work with.
Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Be more patient with yourself and make a plan. Things take time to come together and you will make some mistakes along the way. Mistakes are part of life; just try to keep them small. It’s also OK for the plan to change. Very few things ever go according to plan. Just reassess, revise, and keep moving forward.
What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?
The great variety of events and ideas are what make Dane County a wonderful place to live and work. We have the state government, the university, and so many businesses that spin off of those. For sports we have the Mallards, Forward Madison, the Capitols, and of course all of the UW sports teams. There are so many varied events like the Taste of Madison, Freakfest, or the Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison. Or local festivals like Hometown Days in Verona and the Sweet Corn Festival in Sun Prairie for more of a small-town feel. Throw in the lakes and the parks and the music scene as well as restaurants, and there is too much to mention.
Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?
I like to work on my own car. It saves a little money, but I get a sense of satisfaction out of taking something apart and putting it back together. I’m not great at it but I don’t mind getting a little dirty, and I get a sense of accomplishment out of fixing the brakes or changing the oil.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Some are guiltier than others, but ice cream is near the top of the list. It is really hard to pass up an ice cream stand on a nice summer day. My sons are 12 and 14 and don’t mind assisting me on this one. The Memorial Union Terrace is a nice bike ride for ice cream. If I want to get out for a while, the Frostie Freeze in Fort Atkinson is not a bad road trip.
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