Mayor Tom Henry procalimed Friday “Chris Moore Day” during a ceremony at Moore & Associates in Fort Wayne.
Congressman Banks presented Moore with a Congressional Flag during the ceremony which was also attended by Indiana State Senator Justin Busch. Representatives for Sen. Mike Braun and Sen. Todd Young also personally presented Moore with proclamations and letters of commendation.
The honor came on the day Moore celebrated his 30th year as a financial advisor in Fort Wayne. Moore is a private wealth advisor and owner of Moore & Associates a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Inc.
In addition to helping countless residents of Fort Wayne manage their finances for three decades, Moore has been a big supporter of local charities including the Hope House, Mad Anthony’s, Shepherd’s House and Riley Children’s Hospital.
Moore is a long-time supporter of local sports like the Fort Wayne Komets, Fort Wayne Tincaps, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and amateur sports like little league baseball.
For the past 25 years he has helped listeners across the region understand financial issues through his LIVE radio program “Money Talk with Chris Moore,” on WOWO 1190AM-107.5FM every Sunday morning from 8:30-10am. He is also a familiar voice every weekday during his “Money Talk with Chris Moore” segments on WOWO radio.
It all began with a phone book and the drive to succeed
When Chris Moore walked into the Fort Wayne IDS Financial Services Inc. office on Coliseum Blvd. in 1989, he was a wide-eyed kid from New Harmony, Indiana. He didn’t have the benefit of the internet, cell phones or support staff. It was just Chris and a phonebook. But he was ready to get started. “He was driven to succeed,” remembered Bruce Krarup.
Krarup is an investment executive in Cincinnati, Ohio. But in 1989, he was the guy who hired Chris Moore.
“He would stay late, work weekends, make extra phone-calls and schedule all the meetings he could” said Krarup. “I think part of it was the sports background. There is a discipline that goes along with it that can lead to success.”
Before he began his career as an advisor, Chris was a baseball standout. A stocky Hoosier with a gunslinger’s arm. It wasn’t long before he caught the eye of a scout for the Kansas City Royals and began playing summer ball in their farm system.
But Chris was already looking beyond the diamond. He could gamble on an uncertain future in baseball or bet on the one thing he had more than anyone elsemotivation. He went for the sure thing, stayed in school, and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a triple major. It wasn’t long before he was in Fort Wayne and working for IDS, which later became Ameriprise Financial.
“He would always be willing to go above and beyond for the clients,” said Bruck Krarup. “And that’s what it takes to be a top advisor.”
From the beginning it wasn’t about building a business, it was about building relationships. “Always do what is right for the client,” said Chris Moore. For 30 years Chris and his clients worked together to help secure a financial future. “It is incredibly rewarding to help people anticipate major life changes, navigate financial issues and reach retirement on their terms.”
Now 30 years later Chris Moore continues to exude those attributes that served him so well early on in his career. And he has passed on his belief in putting people first to his team of advisors and client service professionals at Moore & Associates. More than 20 members of his practice work in tandem to execute his vision and dream. It is a lesson he learned early on in his baseball career. A player is only as good as the team backing him up.
Information for this article was provided by Moore & Associates