When you think about retirement planning, what comes to mind? For many, preparing can generate feelings of uncertainty and confusion, and attempting to navigate the financial world alone can seem daunting. But while planning your financial future feels intimidating without the knowledge of experts, the right advisors can create a comfortable process that yields a worthwhile outcome later in life.
That’s why Lowcountry residents Brian Hartmann and Brian Diffily are bringing their holistic, client-centric company Granite Bridge Wealth to Charleston. The goal of ensuring that clients are happy and successful in their ventures has always been at the nucleus of their approach.
The “Brians” — as they are known by their clients — take a blank canvas approach to retirement planning. “Everything is tailored. Nothing is off limits from a conversation perspective, and they walk away with a visible blueprint designed just for them,” said Hartmann when describing their proprietary client process. “Cookie cutters are great for baking but not when trying to regentrify a couple’s life for tailored happiness.”
“We pay attention and dial in to the frequency that’s unique to the people we work with. A plan that is unquestionably clear helps to give them license to relax and retrieve their confidence — to live their best lives,” added Diffily.
At Granite Bridge, the approach to financial planning simply translates to mean “wealth with purpose.”
Nicknamed “the Crown,” the planning process combines the client’s investments and individual financial plan with components of added security. “The Brians” analyze the individual motivations for retirement empowerment, which help to springboard their clients toward the investment strategies that align back to their goals.
Hartmann said, “With every family that we work with and every individual, their plan is extraordinarily tailored to them. It’s the opposite of an off-the-rack suit that you might buy at the store. These are tailored plans that are very specific for a family’s goals, their unique time horizons and where they’re trying to go in their lives. And our clients feel that, and that’s something we are very proud of.”
By working with Granite Bridge Wealth, both pre- and post-retirees are encouraged to focus on their own life’s passions – their true wealth. “We like to think of ‘wealth’ as more tangible than just numbers on a screen. Wealth of experience. Wealth of legacy. Wealth of life quality,” explained Diffily. “We connect their money to their life. It’s an expression of moving people beyond financial success to significance.”
“We are grateful for their gratitude,” said Diffily. “We always say to bring yourself to the table, and that’s always the hardest thing people have to do. That’s never lost on us. We want the permission to earn your trust multiple times through. Let’s get there. And we can also have some fun along the way. Hard work now breeds leisure later.”
For more information on Granite Bridge Wealth, visit www.granitebridgewealth.com.