Laura Chiesman

Owner and President of FirstWave Financial

Helping individuals, families, and business owners transform financial complexity and confusion into a confident financial future.

Thank you for visiting this site and for your interest in It’s a Journey! I’m excited about the impact this book will have on the lives of family and small business owners across the country. It will be exciting to see your results!

For over 25 years, Laura Chiesman has developed financial planning and wealth management strategies for individuals and families to enable them to achieve their immediate and lifetime financial goals. As a business owner, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) professional and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), Laura brings a unique perspective to comprehensive plans that deliver WealthConfidence™ and peace of mind in uncertain times.

As a WealthCoach™ Laura tailors each person’s WealthPlan™ , a financial plan and wealth management strategy, to their resources, needs and goals. When working with business owners, she partners with The Transition Strategists (a consulting firm that works with owners in the U.S. and across the globe) to create business transition and succession strategies that support an owner’s desire to maintain important relationships and create a clear path to a bright future for owners, their businesses and their successors.

As president of FirstWave Financial, Laura leads her team of financial professionals as they deliver independent, objective and trusted planning and investment strategies designed to help their clients transform financial complexity and confusion into simplicity and confidence. As a volunteer, she brings the same energy to her community. She is a governing board member of Genesis House, a shelter for women and children, and serves on the Community Foundation for Brevard board, an organization that matches nonprofit organizations to philanthropists. As the 2019 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Brevard, Laura was privileged to help raise millions of dollars to improve the health, education and financial stability of thousands of Brevard County, Florida, residents.

Laura is an active member of the Oceanside Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and the Women Presidents’ Organization, a global peer advisory group whose members own multimillion-dollar companies in a wide range of industries. By investing time and energy in one another and their businesses, members drive everyone to the next level. Laura’s commitment to these organizations reflects her willingness to share what she has learned in her career and to learn from other entrepreneurs.

Laura is a speaker and author on the topics of wealth management and financial issues, investment and retirement planning, life events and transitions, and business succession.

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