Henry VanBuskirk

Henry VanBuskirk, CFP®

Wealth Manager

Henry is a Wealth Manager where his main responsibilities are constructing and monitoring financial plans pursuant to each client’s unique goals as well as being a member of the investment committee for BFSG.  Prior to joining BFSG, Henry worked for a private wealth management firm as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and Investment Analyst.

Henry received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University.  Henry is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

Outside of my professional career I am passionate about:
Playing music and working on music production. I play guitar, bass, drums, piano, and tuba. While music is a passion of mine, I didn’t want to pursue it as a career since it would just feel like a job instead of a hobby. I instead decided to listen to the left side of my brain and follow my other passion of helping people sort out their personal finances and working through how to fund their goals.

What is the most rewarding part of being a BFSG Team Member?
The most rewarding thing about being a part of BFSG is seeing clients get excited after a financial plan is completed since they see how they can meet and exceed their short-term or long-term financial goals. Here are some paraphrased client reactions to their financial plans I’ve presented:

  1. Wait? You mean I can retire? I honestly had no idea when or if I could retire.
  2. I’m glad to know that my family will be okay regardless of my current health.
  3. I knew that life insurance policy was bad, but I just wanted you to double-check. It’s good to know that we have a plan in place to deal with it and have my money working for me and my heirs more efficiently.

The cherry on top is we do all of the work as fiduciaries, meaning that we always put the client’s best interests ahead of our own. As cheesy as it may sound, the right thing to do isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but the right thing lets me sleep well at night.

What’s your favorite travel destination?
My wife is Taiwanese, and it is fun to go back there when we can since we still have family in Taipei. Traveling to other countries is a great way to learn about people and how they live their lives. While no country is perfect, getting a different perspective on life is a good way to test your own way of life. Some highlights of Taiwan are the various night markets, Taipei 101, and the National Palace Museum.