How and why did you get into this business?
Though I didn’t have a financial background, I wanted a career change and the timing was perfect. I remember nervously asking my dad about possibly working for him. We both thought long and hard about how it would affect our relationship (the good and the bad), and he had careful discussions with his partners. After four rigorous interviews, I made the cut. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I hope my dad feels the same way.
Which person do you most admire?
My dad—both as a father and a business leader.
What are the big issues that Balentine and companies like it need to solve to truly benefit the parties they serve?
In order for us to do our job of helping clients meet their financial goals, they need to learn to “tune out the noise.” As humans, it is hard not to get caught up in the daily chatter. That is what our clients are paying us for—to stick to the plan that will get them to their goal. We often can be our own worst enemies when it comes to investing.
What are you most passionate about in this business?
The relationship between children and wealth. I would love to become even more involved with families to educate both the parents and children on what it means to be a good steward, instill a sense of motivation despite having the means not to have to work, etc.
Emily Barbour is Balentine’s Client Service Manager. In this role, she works with the Relationship Managers to cultivate client relationships through superior service standards in order to envelop each client into the Balentine family. She began her career at Coxe Curry and Associates, a consulting firm for greater Atlanta non-profit organizations. Given her non-profit background, Emily heads the firm’s community outreach program, connecting Balentine team members with community-service opportunities. She also serves as the Relationship Management team representative on the firm’s Marketing Committee.
– BA, Washington and Lee University
– Coxe Curry and Associates, Campaign Assistant
– The Philanthropic Advisor Leadership Institute, Class of 2016-17
– First Presbyterian of Atlanta, Member
– The Westminster Schools, Class Agent
– Latin American Association, Past Investment Advisory Committee Member
– Washington and Lee University Atlanta Alumni Association, Past Board Member