Susan Strasbaugh, Strasbaugh Financial Advisory Inc.

While growing up, financial planning wasn’t Susan Strasbaugh’s initial career goal.

“Numbers always came easily to me, but I wanted to be a therapist or a teacher. But the more I found out about financial planning I realized it’s almost like therapy focused on financial issues.”

She’d seen how her father, a banker, could positively impact other’s lives, and the lesson wasn’t lost on her. “My father was a trust officer with a southern California bank. And I made visits with him to peoples’ homes, many of whom were elderly and newly widowed. I was struck by how through his work he was able to help people at a difficult time in their lives.”

She later developed an interest in fee-only financial planning.

While working in San Francisco, the Southern California native met and married a Midwestern boy. Then the two made the move to Colorado Springs. “California was too expensive, and I didn’t think I could take the Midwestern winters. So we picked Colorado.” After working for another fee only financial planner in the Springs, Strasbaugh started Strasbaugh Financial Advisory in 1998.

“Investments are a big part of what we do, but I believe that it’s about much more than that. I got into this business because I want to help people use their money to have the kind of life they want to have,” said Strasbaugh. Mutual Funds Magazine named Strasbaugh one of the top 100 financial advisors in the United States in 2002. In 2008 Wealth Manager Magazine also named her a top financial planner.

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But Strasbaugh’s need to help people isn’t limited to just financial matters. She is a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of El Paso County. CASA volunteers represent victims of child abuse and neglect.

“CASA puts its volunteers on the front lines, and helps helpless kids to get in to a better situation. It’s a way to give voice to the voiceless.”

Strasbaugh is also on the committee for Colorado Springs Habitat for Humanity Women Build. It’s another way she helps people move toward the life they want to have for themselves.