Title: Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Company: Cornerstone Wealth Advisory Group
Location: North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Michael Haskett, Founder, Chief Executive Officer at Cornerstone Wealth Advisory Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in finance and wealth advisement.
Originally working a job in the corporate sector, Mr. Haskett worked his way up to the position of a supervisor. However, he still felt as though he was not using his abilities to his full potential, and, at his wife’s encouragement, he began looking into a career in financial services. Mr. Haskett is highly skilled with numbers, and his overwhelming desire to help others motivates him to do exceptional work for his clients every time. He followed his wife’s advice and walked away from his corporate position to take on a career as a wealth advisor. In 2007, he founded the Cornerstone Wealth Advisory Group with the dream of bringing the best retirement products to clients while also providing a competitive job market for his agents.
Mr. Haskett attributes his success to hard work, and to being surrounded by a great team. The success and efficiency of his business results in great team chemistry, where people are valued and empowered. By leading with kindness, compassion, generosity and respect, Mr. Haskett has created a team of industrious, fair-minded people who share his mission of doing the right thing. Mr. Haskett is pleased with Cornerstone’s growth and wishes to open an additional 20 branches of his business. He hopes to continue to provide opportunities for others to expand in the wealth advisement industry, and in addition, he is training his son who is nearing his college graduation to be the next generation of the business and continue Cornerstone’s legacy.
The Cornerstone Wealth Advisory Group is committed to helping the community through various forms of community service and outreach, in addition to the financial planning services they offer to their clients. It was lauded with the Large Business Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau in 2017 due to its outstanding values. The company has served as a sponsor for Chase After a Cure, a local organization that funds children’s cancer research, donating a total of more than $25,000 and participating in fundraising efforts which brought in additional donations totaling more than $30,000. Cornerstone also donated office space for Chase After a Cure so that they could have a comfortable place to manage their organization.
Mr. Haskett was influenced by his grandfather, an immigrant from Greece who started his own successful company in America. Every year, Cornerstone awards the MG Miserlis Visionary Award, named after Mr. Haskett’s grandfather, to the person at Cornerstone who embodies the example of determination, hard work, innovation, and creativity that his grandfather set. In preparation for his career in business, Mr. Haskett earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and marketing and related support services from Clemson University in South Carolina in 1994. He has shared his knowledge with others by coauthoring “Baby Boomers Are Demanding More From Their Financial Advisors” as well as having his writing appear in Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune and Money. In the coming years, he plans on continuing his work with Cornerstone.
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