Today we’d like to introduce you to Kasey Gaines.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kasey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, you have dreams, you know, and you envision your life to go a certain way, and it usually doesn’t end up happening the way you thought. I always wanted to be a college football player. Not NFL, but big-time college football. And I did, I accomplished that. But I struggled as a player – through injuries, mentally, and it just didn’t end up working out. It was really the first time I truly faced adversity in my life. Anyway, I wanted a fresh start, and so I moved to LA – something I always wanted to do.
I was still finishing school, and it was coming to the point where I had to figure out what I was going to do after. I knew I wasn’t going to be great at something I wasn’t passionate about, and I still wanted to be great. Sports, entertainment, and finance were three things I loved, and that combination was the only thing that made sense.
Lots of my former teammates and other friends were becoming professional athletes, and living in LA, all of the industries started mixing. I knew I had an opportunity to help, to give back. The first 18 years of my life were really about me, and I learned life wasn’t about me anymore. My family went through a really rough time during the recession in 2008. I wanted to make sure the people close to me were good, that they were taken care of financially. Loyalty is important to me. Now, I help oversee my client’s financial lives.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
That time period transitioning from post-student-athlete life was tough. After committing your whole life to a sport, or a craft, and that’s over, it can be tough to figure out what’s next. You kind of have to figure out who you are again and what you’re going to do next. I felt like I had to restart my life and started right at the bottom – minimum wage, warehouse, retail, all of that. I had to pick myself back up. I felt like I had let my relationship with God suffer, and I worked really hard, and still do, to correct that. And it’s taken a lot of help from a lot of people to get where I’m at now. I used to think I could do it all on my own, or that I was “self-made” and that just isn’t true.
Then, in this business, It’s tough to build your book when you’re just starting out. I was working a second job to help get myself started. You’re very much an entrepreneur and a business owner, having to figure things out for yourself and as you go. It takes time to develop trust with someone, and that’s invaluable when being part responsible for their money. This work takes a lot of patience.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Independent Capital Management story. Tell us more about the business.
So I work in wealth management. One way to look at it is I try and bridge the gap between the life people have and the life they want to have. I help establish plans and processes to create, protect, and grow your wealth. From cash flow to investments to your legacy.
I work mostly with business owners, athletes, and entertainers. I help manage their financial lives so they don’t have to worry. But more importantly, I make sure that they and their families are good for life, that they don’t have to worry about not having enough money, and can live the life they want to.
Honestly, I’m proud of the work that we do. The way I came up, trust and loyalty was everything, and to have this professional yet exclusive relationship is something I take very seriously. And I’m happy to see my clients get rewarded for their hard work. Whether that’s growth in their business or a new contract, I love to see them succeed. And so for us, buying the new house or the new car is the fun part, but it takes discipline to get there.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Sometimes being in the right place at the right time can make a huge impact. You might meet your biggest client that way.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @kaseylgaines
- Twitter: @kgaines_
Julian Abdul, Hunter Schuessler