Vista Q&A with Bob Adams
What drew you to wealth management?
The opportunity to work with interesting families, to understand what is important to them, and to develop plans to ensure they reach their goals.
What do you feel is the biggest value Vista brings to its clients?
Delivering competent, thoughtful, and caring advice provides our clients with peace of mind.
How should people think about their wealth?
Wealth is more than just financial assets. Wealth affords a quality of life that lets you do what’s most important to you and your family - to have experiences that last a lifetime.
What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?
I took the risk to change careers after 13 years at IBM, and built an independent financial advisory firm from scratch - one client at a time.
What is the biggest challenge in providing advice?
Truly listening. Knowing what questions to ask is a start, but ‘hearing’ what is being said is crucial.
What's the most influential book you've read and why?
‘The Lessons of History’ by Will and Ariel Durant, Pulitzer-Prize-winning historians. The title says it all.
Bob has 33 years’ experience advising high net worth individuals and pension plan trustees.
He is knowledgeable in the areas of tax, estate planning, retirement planning, qualified plans, risk management, and investments of all kinds. He counsels individuals and families by providing clear and balanced choices so they can make the best decision for their particular needs.
Bob founded Pacific Advisory Group, Inc., a wealth management firm, in 1987 and remained its president and senior advisor until merging with Vista Wealth Management in 2012. With his considerable knowledge and experience, he is known for being an excellent listener, and is always kind and caring when working with clients.
Bob is dedicated to his community and particularly to improving education. He is a founder and continues as a board member of Summit Preparatory Charter High School, a diverse public school. After just eight years, Summit is a Top 10 California public school and is in the top 1% of schools nationally according to US News & World Report.
Bob played Division IA tennis for San Jose State University and holds an MBA from its Graduate School of Business. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.BACK TO TEAM