Kids going off to college? It might be new to you, but it is not a new thing. Kids have been heading off to college for decades… but the way you plan for it can make all the difference in the world.

The whole process is different than what it was 20-30 years ago. A college dollar is now in constant competition with a retirement dollar and we need to plan more efficiently. The student loan debt crisis affects about two in three college seniors.

Craig believes that the right student, attending the right school, for the right degree program helps to define success, but paying for it can be a huge financial burden. The ever-changing dynamics of the process necessitate not only client education, but a new focus on saving money too.

His goal is to help families reduce the cost of education and taxes, while increasing cash flow and money set aside for retirement. When these areas align themselves, you can have more money, more time and more fun.

20 Things You Didn't Know About Craig Until Now

What are 3 words people use to describe you?

Funny. Caring. Kind.

If happiness were the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Camping in the woods with family and friends.

 

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I am 1/32nd Mohawk Indian.

 

What did you want to be when you were a child?

A lifeguard.

What are you most grateful for in your life?

Having my Dad as a mentor in our business.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.

What are your Top 3 all-time favorite movies?

Goonies, Tommy Boy, Billy Madison. What is your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you? My greatest achievement was when I discovered the Service and Learning Center at UMBC (Shriver Center). I learned how to give back to my community

What book has influenced you the most and why?

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure. This book has been influential in helping me understand how to break through my own limitations and plateaus in life. To think differently about the task and always keep trying to increase the value of a situation by tenfold.

What one thing have you not done in your life that you really want to do?

Hike the entire Appalachian Trail.

What is your favorite quote and who said it?

“Don’t get stuck in the thick of thin things.” – Unknown

If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would that person be and why?

Benjamin Franklin – that guy invented many gadgets!

What words of wisdom would you pass on to your childhood self?

Follow your gut and use logic to back it up… Oh, and don’t lift that golf cart all by yourself!

List one thing you wish you could change about yourself.

I wish I could stick to an exercise program forever!

If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?

Do one act of kindness to the next person you see.

Who is one of your heroes and why?

My swim coach Dave. He kept motivating me to push past what I thought was my potential.

What is your most treasured memory?

Looking across a lake during a retreat in high school and finding absolute beauty in nature.

If you could have the answer to any one question, what would that question be?

Why does God call good people to be with him before we feel it is their time.

If you were to die tomorrow, what would be your biggest regret?

That I didn’t spend enough time with my entire family.

If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be and why?

I would love to be in the movie Goonies because each one of them had to push past a comfort level along the journey. They were scared, afraid and kept on going despite the fear of moving forward. They also showed that when you stick together, you can achieve more than if you try to do it yourself.