Tag: Sweet Financial

The Power of Community and Collaboration with Brooke Casanovas (Ep.59)

The Power of Community and Collaboration with Brooke Casanovas (Ep.59)

As the founder and CEO of The Last Mastermind, Brooke Casanovas empowers seasoned entrepreneurs to navigate significant transitions in their business and personal lives. She provides them with the clarity they need and connects them to a supportive community, helping them confidently embrace their next big chapter.

Listen as Bryan Sweet interviews Brooke about The Last Mastermind’s role as a pivotal, life-changing platform for those on the verge of new beginnings. Whether you’re transitioning from a successful career into retirement or simply seeking your next passion project, this conversation provides insights into harnessing your experiences toward a fulfilling future.

Key discussion points include: 

  • What causes people to get in their own way and feel stuck
  • What makes any mastermind group highly productive and beneficial (i.e., where the magic happens)
  • Living in alignment with your values while keeping an open mind to new possibilities
  • Why transitions are a great time to self-reflect and think about your wildest dreams
  • Bryan’s personal experience going through The Last Mastermind program
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Brooke is a long-time gatherer, president of her niece and nephew’s fan club, and has been in the entrepreneurship world for almost a decade. Her favorite thing to do is to strip the human capital out of a room and make magic with it to bless other people’s lives. She especially loves helping seasoned entrepreneurs who are in transition in business and life, find clarity and community to do their next act with. She is the founder and CEO of the Last Mastermind.

REPLAY: Creating an Even Bigger Future Than Envisioned With Amber Knips, CFP®, CDFA®, CeFT® (Ep. 58)

REPLAY: Creating an Even Bigger Future Than Envisioned With Amber Knips, CFP®, CDFA®, CeFT® (Ep. 58)

Something every financial planner dreams about doing is helping their retirees achieve a far better retirement than they had ever hoped for.

Our guest, Amber Knips has a lot of experience doing just that.

In this episode, Brittany Anderson chats with Amber Knips, wealth advisor at Sweet Financial, about the biggest obstacles modern-day retirees face and what strategies they can use to mitigate these struggles, both financial and mental.

Amber discusses: 

  • Where she sees retirees getting the most ‘stuck’ and what modern-day obstacles they face the most 
  • How she uses “fear mitigation” with retirees when they are afraid of overspending (and the risk of inexperience because of this fear)
  • What does dreaming big mean to her and how does this mentality apply to retirees like you
  • How to apply the 50/50 retirement approach – the misconception that retirement is either full-time traveling or full-time doing nothing at home
  • And more

Resources: 

Connect With Amber Knips, CFP®:

Connect With Sweet Financial Partners:

About Amber Knips:

Amber helps people see possibility through life’s greatest and most challenging transitions.  She is someone who has total passion and conviction for what she does. Using her empathetic and sincere approach, she has made it her mission to build deepened relationships with her clients all while helping them cultivate a financial plan that helps them focus on what they most enjoy. After joining the team at Sweet Financial Partners in 2012, Amber has gained extensive experience and training in guiding women through transitions such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, career change, retirement, and much more. You only experience these life transitions a few times during your lifetime, but she helps people through them every day.

Transforming Learning Through Video Storytelling with Dr. Dorine Rivers (Ep.57)

Transforming Learning Through Video Storytelling with Dr. Dorine Rivers (Ep.57)

Regardless of the chapter of life you’re in or how much success you’ve had up to this point, this story is a great example of what commitment, dedication, and grit can bring to your future.

Brittany Anderson introduces Dr. Dorine Rivers, founder and CEO of Savantz AI. Dr. Rivers shares her journey in launching Savantz AI, a platform that converts text into engaging videos for businesses, educators, and learners. She emphasizes the importance of focusing on one’s passion and zone of genius, learning from mistakes, and staying resilient in the face of setbacks.

Dr. Rivers discusses how Savantz AI can help businesses create impactful video content to convey their messages effectively. Dr. Rivers highlights the platform’s potential for cross-generational communication, enabling users to create engaging content that resonates with diverse viewers.

Key discussion points include: 

  • Her story of accidentally creating Savantz AI while seeking solutions in video production
  • How Savantz AI can efficiently create engaging video content to effectively reach audiences across different platforms
  • The value of storytelling and creative visuals to enhance understanding and retention of information
  • How she is ensuring that the content generated is making a significant impact in promoting effective learning and communication strategies
  • And more

Resources: 

Connect with Dr. Dorine Rivers PhD PMP:

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About Our Guest:

Dr. Rivers has a Ph.D. in Business Management and Human & Organizational Systems, a Project Management Professional Certification, and Investment Banking licenses. 

She has three decades of expertise in launching and managing businesses, educational leadership, and video production, and is an award-winning published author. As a serial entrepreneur, her expertise is in creative vision and execution, strategic planning, and identifying growth opportunities that will transform how we generate visual materials and bring content to life. 

Her passion for creating Savantz came from a desire to convert her own work into videos. She soon realized that the system she was building could benefit millions of businesses, educators, and learners. 

If you ask her about the inherent challenges, she will say that building a business is just like climbing a mountain. You get up every day and put one foot in front of the other, and nothing stops you until you reach the summit.

Sweet Financial Partners, LLC and Dorine Rivers maintain separate and independent operations without any affiliations.  Sweet Financial Partners, LLC does not receive any form of compensation from Dorine Rivers.  While AI concepts and technologies may be discussed, it should be noted that Sweet Financial Partners, LLC does not utilize AI in its operations, and this podcast does not imply or constitute the use of AI by the company.  Any references to AI are purely for educational and informational purposes only.  Sweet Financial Partners, LLC is a Registered Investment Adviser. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Sweet Financial Partners, LLC and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

REPLAY: How To Better Discover Your Value (Ep.56)

REPLAY: How To Better Discover Your Value (Ep.56)

Life often becomes a whirlwind, leaving us feeling overwhelmed with countless interests and commitments.

But what if we shifted our perspective? Instead of trying to juggle everything, focus on a select few things you’re truly committed to.

In this replay, Bryan Sweet and Brittany Anderson delve into the process of defining your next life phase. Discover how aligning with your values and passions can shape your journey forward.

Bryan and Brittany discuss: 

  • The value of knowing the difference between being interested in something versus truly committing to it
  • The concept of “pick three” 
  • Benefits of a supportive network that understands and encourages your pursuits
  • Real experiences of taking action and having a positive mindset
  • And more

Resources: 

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How To Create A Fulfilling Retirement: Time Management With Jacob Hartke (Ep.53)

How To Create A Fulfilling Retirement: Time Management With Jacob Hartke (Ep.53)

True fulfillment comes from creating meaningful experiences and positively impacting those around us, either in your career or your retirement.

Recently, Brittany Anderson, Partner at Sweet Financial sat down with Jacob Hartke, CRPC® to discuss the value of time management.

Jacob shares how his transition from an intern to a client-facing role has helped build upon his passion for building deep, meaningful relationships with clients. Listen as he and Brittany explore how dreaming big varies for each individual and the importance of focusing on one’s purpose rather than getting bogged down by the “how.” 

Discussion points include:

  • Jacob’s journey from aspiring lawyer to financial advisor–how defining his skills allowed him to find his perfect role
  • The value of embracing life’s changes when pursuing your aspirations
  • The role of time management in the advising industry and the transition into retirement
  • The evolution of “dreaming big” & why you need to define it at every stage of life
  • And more

Resources: 

Connect With Jacob Hartke:

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About Our Guest:

As a master of time management and a drive for excellence that is reflected in all he does, Jacob has been a wonderful addition to the Wealth Services department here at Sweet Financial. Having joined our team in 2015, Jacob has developed a skillset in helping our clients build and execute a financial plan that supports their biggest dreams. You will find him working diligently behind the scenes, completing more tasks than what should be normal for any human, just to ensure our clients get a plan that is accurate and timely.

 Jacob finds joy in helping each of our clients with their distinct retirement plans and inevitably helping them create the retirement they can’t wait to wake up to. He thrives on living out the vision for the company, which is to create relationships with clients that goes beyond just the finances. But rather helps people think more about how they want to spend their retirement.

 Jacob graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2015 with a degree in Financial Economics and a minor in Political Science. He is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™ (CRPC®) which provides him with special training in all aspects of retirement planning, including a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s financial needs before or after retirement, including sources of retirement income, personal savings, income taxes, estate planning, and more. He lives in Fairmont with his wife Sierra, daughters Haevyn and Henlee, and their dog Cammie. When Jacob isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time out on the lakes or taking walks with his girls.

Fostering Recovery From Addiction Using Music With Andrew Sossin (Ep.50)

Fostering Recovery From Addiction Using Music With Andrew Sossin (Ep.50)

You probably know somebody or have somebody in your life who you’ve watched suffer and struggle with addiction. It’s so prevalent in our society today and our guest Andrew Sossin wants to share how he is combating it.

In this episode, Brittany Anderon invites Andrew Sossin to discuss his journey from various professional fields to founding his own addiction treatment center, Recovery Unplugged. 

The center uses music therapy in conjunction with evidence-based psychiatry and psychology to connect with clients and provide effective treatment. Andrew also discusses the success rate of their program, the importance of fostering a culture of open communication, and the challenges they faced in establishing the center. 

Andrew discusses: 

  • The birth of his organization for addiction treatment “Recovery Unplugged”
  • The influence of music on your thoughts and emotions
  • Some of the risks and struggles he has faced while creating this organization
  • How he has successfully integrated open communication and value alignment within this program
  • And more

Connect with Andrew Sossin:

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About Our Guest:

​​Over the past 20 years, it has been Andrew Sossin’s enduring pleasure to grow as a South Florida business leader and community advocate. His professional focus on financial services and business development has allowed me to establish multiple successful ventures in a wide array of fields, including addiction care, customer service, music management, and insurance.

Andrew’s experience, passion, and advocacy has allowed sitting on the boards of such inspiring organizations as Nova Southeastern University, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and the Jewish Center for Science.

He’s also had the honor of holding key memberships with the United Way Tocqueville Society and the American Cancer Society and is the proud Co-Founder and Board Treasurer of Face the Music Foundation, a non-profit that mobilizes individuals and communities to combat addiction through music events and partnerships.

In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida, he is a graduate of the Tony Robbins Mastery University Business Mastery and Leadership Academy programs and a former student of the Jack Canfield Breakthrough to Success program.

In my work with Recovery Unplugged Treatment Centers, I’ve led the consistent, proactive, and responsible expansion of the company, from a singular treatment facility in South Florida to a national addiction treatment organization that now helps thousands of clients per year, from all over the country, find their way to lasting recovery from substance use disorder. 

Thriving as a Business Owner in the Age of AI (Ep. 44)

Thriving as a Business Owner in the Age of AI (Ep. 44)

Today, we are providing resources and guidance to business owners to help them avoid burnout, realize the opportunities AI is providing and rethink their retirement.

In this episode, Bryan Sweet and Brittany Anderson discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by business owners. They highlight the struggles of limited employee markets, hiring difficulties, succession planning, and the identity shift that comes with exiting a business. 

The conversation also explores the shift in retirement mindset, the advancements in technology, particularly in AI, and the importance of proper exit planning. They encourage business owners to stay ahead of technological trends and leverage AI to their advantage. 

Bryan & Brittany discuss: 

  • The struggles and triumphs of business ownership: How to curb common pain points as a business owner in the modern day
  • Embracing technological advancements and taking advantage of the opportunities AI provides
  • The role of intentionality when avoiding business owner burnout
  • Some modern takes on retirement planning and business exit planning
  • And more

Resources: 

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Creating an Even Bigger Future Than Envisioned With Amber Knips, CFP®, CDFA®, CeFT® (Ep. 41)

Creating an Even Bigger Future Than Envisioned With Amber Knips, CFP®, CDFA®, CeFT® (Ep. 41)

Something every financial planner dreams about doing is helping their retirees achieve a far better retirement than they had ever hoped for.

Our guest, Amber Knips has a lot of experience doing just that.

In this episode, Brittany Anderson chats with Amber Knips, wealth advisor at Sweet Financial, about the biggest obstacles modern-day retirees face and what strategies they can use to mitigate these struggles, both financial and mental.

Amber discusses: 

  • Where she sees retirees getting the most ‘stuck’ and what modern-day obstacles they face the most 
  • How she uses “fear mitigation” with retirees when they are afraid of overspending (and the risk of inexperience because of this fear)
  • What dreaming big means to her and how this mentality applies to retirees like you
  • How to apply the 50/50 retirement approach – the misconception that retirement is either full-time traveling or full-time doing nothing at home
  • And more

Resources: 

Connect With Amber Knips, CFP®:

Connect With Sweet Financial Partners:

About Amber Knips:

Amber helps people see possibility through life’s greatest and most challenging transitions.  She is someone who has total passion and conviction for what she does. Using her empathetic and sincere approach, she has made it her mission to build deepened relationships with her clients all while helping them cultivate a financial plan that helps them focus on what they most enjoy. After joining the team at Sweet Financial Partners in 2012, Amber has gained extensive experience and training on guiding women through transitions such as loss of a loved one, divorce, career change, retirement and much more. You only experience these life transitions a few times during your lifetime, but she helps people through them every day.

Living A Life Beyond Wealth Through Legacy and Purpose, Part 2 (Ep. 34)

Living A Life Beyond Wealth Through Legacy and Purpose, Part 2 (Ep. 34)

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. There’s been studies done that say if you lack purpose, your life expectancy is four to seven years less.

In this episode, Bryan Sweet and Brittany Anderson address why it’s so important to take the time to discover what motivates you, and gives you a sense of belonging. 

Bryan and Brittany discuss: 

  • What it means to have purpose in your life
  • How to prevent emotional or rash decision making
  • Being intentional about how you want people to feel because of your actions
  • How to get started on making your mark
  • And more

Resources:

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Understanding Your Emotional Intelligence With Dr. Patty Ann Tublin (Ep.27)

Understanding Your Emotional Intelligence With Dr. Patty Ann Tublin (Ep.27)

Although we live in a time where there are so many ways to communicate, it seems there are still so many communication problems between spouses, family members, and people we meet online.

In this episode, Brittany talks with Dr. Patty Ann Tublin, CEO and founder of Relationship Toolbox LLC a training and development consulting firm. She discusses some of the common communication issues we face today and provides realistic solutions you can easily apply to your life.

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin discusses: 

  • One of the main communication issues people in relationships face and how to fix it
  • How to smoothly transition into retirement with your significant other
  • How you can stay intentional about the people you surround yourself with
  • Becoming a better version of yourself and how to incorporate better self-talk
  • And more

Resources: 

Connect With Dr. Patty Ann Tublin:

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About Our Guest:

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Relationship Toolbox LLC, a training and development consulting firm specializing in the development of emotional intelligence and other “soft” skills that promote optimal individual and group performance that impacts the bottom line. As a Relationship, Communication and Emotional Intelligence expert, Dr. Patty Ann understands that a company’s people are its most important asset. As a female professional dedicated to the empowerment of women, Dr. Patty Ann creates customized women’s programs & initiatives that provide actionable take-aways for women to succeed. Dr. Patty Ann authored two (2) Amazon best-selling books: “Not Tonight Dear, I’ve Got a Business to Run” & “Money Can Buy You Happiness: Secrets Women Need to Know to Get Paid What They Are Worth!” Both received glowing testimonials from Barbara Corcoran of SHARK TANK fame. She is also extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion initiatives for all minorities as she is for women!

Dr. Patty Ann is a frequent guest expert on every major TV and print media platform including ABC, NBC, CBS & FOX Business News, The WSJ, The NYT, Forbes, INC., SUCCESS Magazine & Entrepreneurial Women Magazine to name a few. Dr. Patty Ann’s world class education includes a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Summa cum Laude), two Master’s Degrees, Executive Coaching Certification, and she is an RN.