Chris J Gaddis is no newcomer to the ever-changing business world – he made his first foray into entrepreneurship at eleven. His company, “Kids at Work,” provided lawn maintenance and snow removal for his neighborhood, using flyers to market the company. Working for himself at such a young age solidified his desire to own his own business in the future.
Chris began his financial services career after graduating from Keuka College with a bachelor’s degree in Management and an Entrepreneurial concentration. Specifically, he was and continues to be a Financial Planner.
Working with individuals and business owners, Chris prides himself on an innovative, holistic, and personalized approach to Financial Planning. He begins every client relationship with a blank page and no preconceived notions about the outcomes. Most importantly, his insightful, client-centric planning enhances his clients’ financial security, allowing them to focus on more essential aspects of their lives.
The entrepreneur bug Chris caught back at age eleven remains. While serving his financial planning clients, specifically the business owners, Chris uncovered a pain point. His clients were struggling with rising healthcare costs for themselves and their employees. From this discovery, Shokunin Benefits was born. As a result, Chris saved his clients 20% in healthcare costs.
During his time at MetLife, Chris gained the attention of his peers when he developed and implemented an intuitive sales prospecting tool. At the request of his colleagues, he consulted on tailoring a personalized version of the sales tool for their client acquisition efforts. Chris formed another business to share his prospecting and marketing tools with a broader group of advisors.
Consulting continues to be a cornerstone of Chris’s business structure. While Chris has since sold this business, he continues to offer marketing consulting to financial advisors. And through Shokunin Benefits, he offers benefit consulting to business owners.
Chris is a multi-faceted professional who enjoys sharing his expertise, ingenuity, and talent with others across multiple owned businesses. While he has developed many skills since his first foray into business ownership, his passion for Financial Planning and Consulting remains at the forefront. This realization led Chris to establish an agency, Shokunin Financial, in 2017. His own financial services business ensures that individuals and companies receive top-notch service, trustworthy guidance, and innovative planning.
Outside of the office, you will find Chris and his family traveling to remote areas immersing themselves in different cultures while enjoying nature together.