Mark French: UBS Financial Services Inc.
Georgia French: UBS Financial Services Inc.
Mark and Georgia French, both senior vice presidents – wealth management for UBS Financial Services Inc. on Daniel Island, maintain a solid work and family balance because they recognize they each have different roles to fulfill and strive to put each other first. Working in the same office, they’ve learned how to be in business together and more importantly, compromise.
“We don’t step on each other’s toes,” Mark said. “At one time we were competitive but realized it was better working together.” Compromise at work has been key, and “we’ve carried that over into our home life,” Georgia added.
Mark, born and raised in London, and Georgia, originally from Argentina, have been in Charleston for 22 years. Both have over 30 years of experience in Wealth Management, and Georgia is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), also teaching it at the College of Charleston.
With two older children, now 25 and 18 years old, Georgia admits that it wasn’t always easy to keep business and family in balance. “I carry the guilt, wondering if I did enough when they were younger.” Looking back on that time, Georgia said that “now when I walk through the door, I want to be a wife, a mom and have family time. If you don’t do that, the next thing you know, the family moment is over, and the day is gone.”
Realizing that no task is beneath the other has also been a key component to their success. “You have to complement each other and be willing to fill in,” Mark said. “If you see your partner is struggling, you have to step up, recognize that and help.”
Mark and Georgia agree that it’s crucial to be nothing but supportive. “Lift each other up,” Georgia said. “I believe that if you just elevate each other, each person would be more capable because they feel better about who they are.”
Mark said sharing a common goal is another significant component to having success. “Write out your goals and remember to stay the course.”
By Diane Pauldine