Chris Long believes in changing people’s lives through helping them achieve financial independence, plan for retirement and invest in the future.

As a partner in Breglio, Long and Associates, a wholly owned firm of Ameriprise Financial, his role is to serve as investment manager for the group, and give clients a customized portfolio based on their needs.

“I always knew I wanted to be involved in the markets,” he said. “I just wasn’t sure how — investing is such a broad field, it involves broad knowledge in different areas of the economy. I studied economics in college and started working at Ameriprise. I bought into the practice and became a partner.”

What sets his practice apart from a crowded field of financial advisers? Long says it’s the customized service.

“We sit down with people and help them figure out their goals and how they will get there,” he said. “My partner is a financial adviser and I handle the investments. It gives us the ability to really tailor the plan to what they need. We don’t do one size fits all. And investing is complicated. It’s difficult and changes all the time — it’s hard to do it well on your own.”

His business partner, Carol Breglio, said Long impressed her immediately.

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“Chris understands the value of giving back and using his unique talents to benefit the not-for-profits that he serves,” she said. “He set out to get to know the community before deciding where he could make the most positive impact.”

Long says he’s motivated to do well in his career for his wife and son.

“I want to be able to be a good role model for him, and let him see that his dad is someone he can look up to,” he said. “That’s why my focus isn’t only on work, it’s about giving back to the community.”

Long is involved in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. When he lived in Denver, he said the city’s Hispanic Business Council was an established, active part of the business community. He’s working to revitalize the local Hispanic Chamber to serve that same role.

“It’s important to use my talents in the financial area to help small businesses in Colorado Springs,” he said, “especially when you consider the Hispanic population in El Paso County.”

Long is also a board member for the El Paso County Retirement Board and Concilio Hispano de Empresas de Colorado Springs and serves on the Fort Lewis College investment advisory board.

His dedication to work, family and community makes him stand out from others in his age bracket, Breglio said.

“I have been looking for a partner and successor for my life’s work for several years,” she said. “My business has been built one personal and professional relationship at a time, and I needed a very special person to carry on with my clients. I could not be more pleased to have Chris as my partner, and look forward to seeing where his energy and vision can take Breglio, Long and Associates long after I retire.”