Meet Eric Matsko, CFP®, Associate Financial Advisor in Allegheny Financial Group's SKB Group. In this interview, Eric shares what childhood experiences shaped who he is today, how he likes spending time outside of the office, and his thoughts on important considerations when choosing a financial planner.
What childhood experiences shaped the person you are today? Sports, coaches, and trainers impacted me considerably growing up. Teamwork, facing and dealing with adversity, and learning to lead others are tools that I have been able to carry with me and use daily. Much more so than any lesson I ever learned in math class!
Who is one of your heroes and why? My mom and my dad. Without them, I wouldn’t be here, and I certainly wouldn’t be who I am today.
How do you like to spend time outside of the office? I enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends, especially my wife Chelsea and our new baby boy, Knox. You can’t beat that toothless baby smile!
What are you a fan of? (sports team, band, school, etc.) THE Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!), and any Pittsburgh Sports team.
Fries on your salad or on the side? I grew up in the Burgh, so of course, on the salad. And, I’m hoping that there’s cheese on them, too.
Which do you prefer: Pierogis or Primanti’s? Pierogis.
What is one piece of financial advice you offer clients? You can’t take it with you when you go, so live life to the fullest.
What are some important things to consider when choosing a financial planner? Trust. That’s it; you must trust that they’re first and foremost always doing right by you. Second, you must trust their ability (knowledge) to help you navigate through life.
What do you think are the most important steps people can take to improve their financial well-being? Every industry has experts. I would never self-diagnose myself if I were sick; I’d see a doctor. I would never represent myself in court; I’d consult a lawyer. I would not design my own website; I’d hire a web developer. Of course, the list goes on. So, the most important step would be to consult a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practioner.