Gus has been an avid follower of the financial markets since he was 12 years old and first learned how to read stock quotes in the newspaper. He immediately latched on and began managing a hypothetical portfolio in a notebook using real stock prices. Many days saw him running home from the school bus stop in order to check the quotes and adjust his portfolio values to see if he would have made money if he was actually using a real account. He was the only one of his friends that knew what he was going to do for a career even before entering High School. He also had the drive of an entrepreneur at a very young age. He opened his first formal business, a non-alcoholic dance club for teens, at the age of 17 while also using the equipment there to run a second venture hiring himself out as a DJ for local school and church dances.
With investing and finance in his blood, he started in the financial advisory business at a very young age and has been a registered Financial Consultant since 1991, when he was 19 years old. He started his career as a stockbroker and portfolio manager for a commodities limited partnership in Colorado Springs, CO. He went on to become the firm’s Options Principal and OSJ Branch Manager during his first year there.
After spending several years in the commodities and options business, Gus decided that the client-focused arena of Financial Planning and Asset Management was the field in which he wanted to work.
He joined Financial Network in 1996 as Regional Manager of the Rocky Mountain Region. Gus also served as the Chief Compliance Officer for Lighthouse Financial, LLC From 1999 to 2006. In that year, Gus decided to focus on his growing private practice and left his management positions so that he could dedicate 100% of his time to his clientele. He established Fox-Smith Wealth Management, LLC to achieve this goal. In the years since launching FSWM, the firm has grown from just 2 employees to a current staff of 8 who are responsible for stewardship of over $250 Million.
Gus wanted to share his knowledge with other advisors and went back into a management role by becoming a Cetera Regional Director in 2008. In serving his clients and the advisors in his Region, the need for quality, assistance in the transition process was obvious while the sources to get such advice were extremely limited and lacking real world experience. To address this need, he began educating advisors nationwide about transitioning their practices and has purchased numerous practices as a result. Mr. Fox-Smith has additionally acted as a retained consultant to scores of buyers and sellers who desired help in structuring their transitions, pricing their practices, or negotiating contracts.
In his years of experience, Gus has helped his clients and advisors pursue their financial and career goals in nearly every financial arena. He works closely with his client’s other professional advisors in order to help accomplish the best outcomes with limited risk exposure. His approach is truly client centered. He firmly believes that the attainment of his client’s goals is the only thing that matters in the financial planning process.
Gus is an avid supporter of many national and local charities including Operation Underground Railroad, Denver Rescue Mission, Boulder County Safehouse, Amnesty International, Bessie’s Hope, and Freedom From Hunger, just to name a few. He also offers his time to teach age appropriate concepts of finance and economic principles to kids in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools across the Front Range and personally created a year long program called The Stock Market Game as a fun and engaging means to deliver financial education to school aged kids..
Gus lives in Broomfield with his wife, Erin, and their children, a very artistic and creative daughter and a business savvy son who has now joined the FSWM team as an intern. They are all Colorado natives and cannot see themselves living anywhere else. They enjoy traveling, skiing, geocaching, and camping in the beautiful Colorado backcountry.
Gustin Fox-Smith is licensed to sell securities in: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO,CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY. Gustin Fox-Smith is registered to sell insurance in: CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, LA, MN NV, NM, TX, UT