Financial Advisor Aaron Hoffman joins fast-growing Christian-focused registered investment advisor, Inspire Advisors, in search of greater job satisfaction by aligning his Christian beliefs with his professional life.
BOISE, Idaho, Apr. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — “Many consultants are aware of the hypocrisy of the wakeful culture permeating their current businesses, and they are actively seeking new platforms to practice.” That’s how Aaron Hoffman — the latest financial advisor to join Christian consulting firm Inspire Advisors — defined the current state of the investment community.
Managing $20 million in client assets, Hoffman is a Texan and Louisiana transplant native, currently living near the town of Ruston, LA with his wife Sunni and their three daughters. “My experience working for one of the larger investment firms was good at first, but the longer I went on, the more I felt that senior management was out of touch and sold to ideals I disagree with. I realized finally told me that I couldn’t continue at a company that constantly contradicts my values.”
Working in an environment that contradicts your beliefs is a condition often referred to as “cognitive dissonance.” This mental conflict occurs when your beliefs don’t match your actions. In a medically reviewed article by Randy Bressler, PsyD, author Jennifer Tzeses writes, “Cognitive dissonance can cause discomfort, stress, and anxiety. And the degree of these effects often depends on how much difference there is between the conflicting beliefs, how much the beliefs mean for that person, as well as how well the person handles contradictions with themselves.”
Inspire Advisors’ CEO, Robert Netzly, shared his views on the transition. “The conflict Christian financial advisors face when their deep-seated beliefs and beliefs are constantly contradicted by the companies they work for can lead to intense mental and spiritual turmoil.” Netzly continued, “That was my experience. When I heard about biblically responsible investing, I lost the ability to function in my practice at a major bank because I didn’t know how to continue investing in companies that benefited from atrocities like abortion, late continue with a company that advocated for these issues and offered no alternative solutions.That is exactly why we started Inspire Advisors, to empower Christian advisors to make themselves work and live in harmony with their religious beliefs and actions.”
Mark 3:25 says, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Companies that repeatedly take political or social stances on divisive issues that banish their Christian advisors and clients, and that pile on cognitive dissonance on their workforce, will struggle to retain quality talent as advisors move to platforms like Inspire Advisors that allow them to to align their work with their faith.
Hoffman shared his experience since he made his move: “It’s liberating to move to a company that offers more flexibility in the way I run my practice and more freedom to align investments with conservative biblical values.”
About Inspire Advisors
Inspire Advisors is the wealth management division of the Inspire Investing family of companies, a company with $1.9 billion in assets under management (as of 3/25/22), ranked as the third fastest growing investment firm in the nation in the Financial Advisor Magazine annual report and top quartile member of the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States.
The Inspire Advisors platform was built specifically from the ground up to support Christian financial advisors who want to lead their practices with diligent alignment with Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI), a growing belief among financial advisors and their clients.
Christian financial advisors interested in exploring a relationship with Inspire Advisors can email [email protected] or visit www.inspireadvisors.com for more information.
*Disclaimer: Investment advisory services offered through Inspire Advisors, LLC and Inspire Investing, LLC, both of which are registered investment advisors with the SEC. Inspire Investing, LLC and Inspire Advisors, LLC are affiliates.
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