Tom Thalman has always been involved in “people helping” careers. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a degree in psychology he worked in a counseling center in Cleveland for several years. Following this he moved back to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, attended Sinclair College, and embarked on a career in respiratory care where he worked in hospitals in Ohio and later in North Carolina.
It’s somewhat of a leap that Tom found an interest in finance and financial planning in the mid-90s. He obtained all of the licenses necessary to work in the industry in less than a year. During this time he was in medical sales and quickly transitioned to be an investment representative and financial advisor full time. Joining two large investment firms and gaining valuable experience in both companies over the next 18 years, he decided to become an independent financial planner and associated with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. in 2012.
This affiliation affords Tom far more independence in working with his clients and he is not bound by certain products or shareholder wishes. His practice is fee based in nature and he works with many health care practitioners and doctors, company executives, and retirees. He credits his interest in planning from his health care background because a good health care practitioner has a care and treatment plan for the patient. Why should it be any different with someone’s life savings? The next obvious step in his career was obtaining the Certified Financial Planner™ certification to round out his education and annual continuing education.
In the last 25 years, Tom has evolved into a Financial Life Planner. This behavioristic model is especially suited for people who want to focus on family, spirituality, and the freedom to roam and experience life in a context they never imagined.
Tom is married to Jan, who recently retired from Duke University Medical Center after serving as Director of Respiratory Care for 39 years. Tom and Jan play outside a lot and enjoy living in the country in Wake Forest. While Jan does her gardening, arts, and crafts Tom plays drums and does various chores on their lot. Motorcycling and boating are also at the top of their activities list.