An entrepreneurial spirit comes naturally to Chris Hobart, who opened his first business at age 9: the Hobart Café and Karaoke, a neighborhood restaurant located in his parents’ basement. Since then, Chris has continued to dream big, and it’s led him to his true calling of helping others dream big, too.
From guiding baby boomers through retirement to inspiring other financial planners, Chris has dedicated his life to helping others live with meaning and purpose and achieve their dreams. His passion for helping others has resulted in recognition from Senior Market Advisor and Retirement Advisor Magazine as one of the top five independent advisors shaping the industry. He also received Charlotte’s prestigious 40 under 40 award in 2015.
Chris is a highly-sought after coach and has taught his Gold Paper Clip philosophy to hundreds of world class financial advisors through mentoring, speaking and training programs. He’s been featured on a variety of well-known media outlets, including CNBC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Forbes magazine and many more. Chris also appears regularly on the TV morning show Charlotte Today, and he’s the host of The Charlotte Retirement Report, a weekly financial educational TV program.
Chris and his wife, Renee, reside in Charlotte with their daughters, Sloane and Blythe. They are avid supporters of the performing arts, and they’re passionate about making arts education and musical theater accessible to all young people regardless of financial means. Chris enjoys traveling to remote locales such as Alaska, Wyoming and Canada, and he frequently escapes to the North Carolina mountains for some fly fishing.