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The Healthy Advisor: Finding Healing in the Gym With Deadlifter Jess Bost



Jess Bost found CrossFit during a traumatic time in her life. About her workouts, she says, “I went to the darkest place I could, and I fought my demons in that place.” 

CrossFit, which stands for cross-discipline fitness, became her bridge to healing. 

In this episode, Diana Britton is joined by Jess Bost, the vice president of brand partnerships at Alpha Architect and part-time CrossFit Coach. Here, she opens up about how her experience with intense workouts and a supportive community gave her the outlet she needed during a time of profound grief. She also shares how exercise and community have shaped how she views the role of financial advisors.

Jess discusses: 

  • How she applied the concepts she learned from psychology and working with children with autism to CrossFit and also financial services 
  • How she got into CrossFit and how it keeps her healthy from a physical/spiritual/emotional standpoint
  • How CrossFit helped her heal from trauma
  • Why and how she’s become an advocate for fitness in the financial services industry
  • Where she sees the intersection of fitness and finance 

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About Our Guest:

Jess Bost is the vice president of brand partnerships at Alpha Architect, and she also runs her own financial planning practice under the firm’s ADV. She’s also host of “The Breakthrough Factor” Podcast. 

Jess has been in the wealth management industry for about four years. Prior to that, she was a CrossFit coach and a personal trainer. Jess still coaches CrossFit part-time and plans to take the CrossFit Level 3 Certification in the near future. In 2017, she won a national title in Olympic weightlifting and qualified for the 2018 Pan Am Masters Weightlifting Championships. 




The Healthy Advisor: Healing From Physical and Mental Abuse of the Past



Our experiences throughout childhood can have a major impact on the way we live our lives into adulthood. But after meeting Marc Nichols, you might never have guessed the trauma that he experienced growing up, one he describes as “inconsistent.” 

In this episode, Diana Britton is joined by Nichols, product director at Arbor Digital, who opens up about being the victim of sexual and mental abuse by people he was supposed to look up to and trust. During much of his childhood, he lived in an all-female household, so he has struggled with traditional definitions of masculinity in an industry that is still male dominated. 

Yet he came out of those experiences a stronger person, and has even become somewhat of an advocate for mental health and healing in the financial services industry. 

Marc discusses: 

  • What it was like growing up with divorced parents who had little money
  • The physical and emotional trauma he endured
  • How his connection with his twin sister shaped him
  • The gender expectations in financial services
  • His path to healing 
  • The importance of therapy 
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Marc brings his experience as a Certified Investment Management Analyst CIMA® and Wealth Management Certified Professional WMCP® to serve as Product Director for Arbor Digital’s suite of SMA offerings. Marc also holds a Certificate in Blockchain and Digital Assets® and serves as an asset analyst and portfolio manager. You will also find Marc sharing responsibilities as manager of Investor Relations.

Prior to joining Arbor Digital, Marc started his career as a professional tennis player and coach before transitioning to financial services as an associate advisor with Merrill Lynch in Princeton, N.J. Seeking to further develop himself through serving others, Marc started an advisory business to meet the wealth management needs of clients in the New York and New Jersey market with Charles Schwab.

This episode has referenced mental abuse, physical abuse and sexual assult.  If you or someone you know is experiencing a similar situation, please contact your local resources or click the link below for more informational resources.  https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/tools-resources/individuals/index.htm




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The Healthy Advisor: Finding Balance With Dr. Travis Parry



Dr. Travis Parry started his career as a financial advisor. But when Parry was just  26 years old, his father died of a sudden heart attack while mountain biking, and he had to clean up the financial mess left in his wake. That included processing his father’s death claim, paying off his mother’s house, helping her relocate and covering the funeral expenses. That changed the course of his career.

He fell into a workaholic trap, as many advisors do. Parry realized that while many advisors mean well and have great ambitions to help their clients, they are sacrificing their own health and life balance in the wake and putting themselves at undue risk. So he decided to become a balance coach to help financial advisors deal with their stress.

In this episode, Diana Britton is joined by Dr. Travis Parry, a balance coach for financial advisors, founder of the Make Time Institute and author of Achieving Balance: The Make Time Method To Help Advisors Reach Business AND Personal Goals in an Overworked World. Dr. Parry reveals the struggle many advisors face when starting a new business, focusing on the mental and physical strain it places on business owners at the beginning of their career. He shares the information he has gained through interviewing many advisors, discussing the traps many fall into and shares how to balance productivity with a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Dr. Parry discusses:

  • The trap many financial advisors fall into while building their business
  • What he learned from interviewing more than 350 advisors
  • Ways advisors can overcome workaholism
  • The three myths of balance
  • What he’s learned about personal development and human motivations
  • The importance of couples development in achieving balance

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About Our Guest:

Dr. Travis Parry’s professional journey started in 2002 as a new financial advisor. He found a natural market with business owners and young married professionals. As his practice was building, Dr. Parry noticed that many of his clients needed more than financial advice, they needed advice about life in general. There were many clients who were unhappy in their careers, relationships, and overall health. He was unable as a financial advisor to give much more than financial planning advice.

Couple Development turned from a theory into a practice. This helped him introduce the concept of Couple Development to UVU students and for whom he wrote and published a manual for in 2011, called “Couple Development: How Couples who Build Thriving Marriages are Healthier, Wealthier, and Happier.”


The Healthy Advisor: Treating Your Health As an Asset with Stevyn Guinnip



Stevyn Guinnip has seen secondhand the toll this industry can take on a person’s health and wellbeing; her father, after all, was a financial advisor with Edward Jones for several decades. Advisors, she says, come into this industry and are told they have to hustle for the first five to 10 years and then will be able to coast. But that’s a lie. Instead, she says, many advisors work themselves ragged, and end their careers in burnout. Take the fact that stress for this industry is currently 31% higher than it was in 2008, when we were in a global financial crisis. 

In this episode, Diana Britton, WealthManagement.com managing editor, is joined by Guinnip, CEO and Wellthy Advisor at Grow Wellthy, a health coaching company, who shares about her own struggles dealing with physical health and wellness, and how that has shaped the work she does today with advisors. 

Today, she’s dedicated to preparing advisors for a better life now and a better retirement in the future. She does so by speaking to advisors in their language, coaching them to think of their health as the most important asset to building wealth. 

Diana and Stevyn discuss: 

  • How Stevyn’s father’s career impacted her professional and personal goals
  • Her own health crisis and how it impacted her perspective on health and wellness 
  • Her approach to health and fitness with financial advisors
  • How she helps advisors overcome the emotional barriers to getting healthy
  • What she has learned from interviewing hundreds of advisors

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About Our Guest:

Stevyn Guinnip, is the founder and CEO of Grow Wellthy and the creator of the Wellth Academy. She grew up a financial advisor’s daughter and enjoyed 20 years as an exercise physiologist and certified wellness coach in the U.S. and Australia. Now Stevyn has blended the world of finance and fitness, helping financial professionals and their clients earn back their health so they can retire ‘wellthy.’