Ricky Kolb joined Inspirion Wealth Advisors in July of 2018. Ricky started his career in corporate finance at Baxter International, working in roles of increasing responsibility both domestically and internationally. He spent the last four years in an investor relations function for both Baxter and its spinoff company, Baxalta. Eventually serving as the senior manager for Baxter’s investor relations team, Ricky brings a unique perspective and analytical tool set to the firm.
Ricky holds a BS in accounting and finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is working toward a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.
Ricky and his wife Claire live in Libertyville and enjoy maintaining an active lifestyle, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
What do you enjoy most about wealth management?
The opportunity to work with such a diverse group of clients. Developing relationships and helping people with such a wide range of backgrounds achieve their goals is incredibly rewarding.
What’s the biggest challenge?
There is a tremendous amount to learn about a broad, dynamic array of topics. Understanding where to focus and finding ways to shorten the learning curve can be challenging, but those are also some of the things that get me the most excited about this career.
What do you love most about being part of Inspirion?
I love how firmly rooted the firm is in its mission—our clients are at the center of everything we do.
What past experiences will you bring to Inspirion?
Outside of a technical skill set rooted in financial analysis and process improvement, I think my time working in investor relations gives me a unique perspective on equity investing, particularly within the healthcare space.
What qualities of yours make you best suited to what you do?
I am curious—I love to learn and to understand the “why.” I like solving problems and finding ways to continuously improve. I think my desire to learn and willingness to challenge the status quo will benefit our clients and the firm.
What do you love to do outside of work?
Spending time with my wife, family, and friends. I love to stay active—exercising, playing golf or soccer, and traveling.
What was the most influential book you’ve read and why?
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It’s a quick read and a great reminder of the important things in life.
Of which personal accomplishments are you most proud?
Marrying my beautiful wife, Claire!