Melissa Pilzner, Financial Advisor
“I have three passions that encompass my life on a daily basis – my career, my family and friends, and my community.”
Who would have thought that at 18, when I began my financial planning internship, I had found my future career as a Financial Advisor?
Joining Raymond James Financial Services in 2009, shortly after the stock market collapse of 2008, was an eye-opening experience. Stocks had recently plummeted. Banks and automotive companies were failing. Investors were fearful of what the future would bring. As someone new to this financial world, it was a lot to comprehend in a short amount of time… yet, I was ready for the challenge.
I have always enjoyed trying to fit in the missing pieces of the puzzle. Whenever a challenge has been placed before me, I see it as a hurdle, not a barrier. Every time I would conquer one hurdle, I would aspire to find a replacement that would be even more difficult to accomplish. This determination is what led me to graduate the University of Michigan at the top of my class in only three years, and it is what drives me every day to bring my clients personalized service and investment advice.
There are several moments in my life that have shaped me into the person I am today. One of those moments was when as a child, around the age of 4, I shared with my mom a simple thought. “I want to marry the president.” When asked to explain, I indicated that the reasoning behind it was to live in the White House. My mother’s response would forever shape my method of thinking… “Why can’t you be the president?”
This method of thinking, which centered on being in control of your own destiny, is what drove me into the community service arena that I find so rewarding. Why can’t one person make big changes in his or her community?
As President of the Livonia Kiwanis, I see these little changes making a big impact every day. The motivated look third graders have after they receive their very own dictionary. The gratitude a high school senior displays after receiving a scholarship that can help pay for the college of his/her dreams. The sense of relief that overcomes a family after its bills are covered at the children’s hospital. All of these, and more, are reasons why I find it so rewarding to give back to our community, which I feel has already given me back so much.
I appreciate you taking the chance to learn a little bit about me, and I would love the chance to get to know you. Give me a call at 734-658-0642, so we can sit down for a casual cup of coffee to introduce ourselves.
Please Note: You can view full details about my background on FINRA’s BrokerCheck website.