Thomas Hamilton AAMS
Mr. Hamilton is a bit unique in the world of financial advisors in that he’s a degreed mechanical engineer, having earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from RIT in 1988. While Mr. Hamilton has developed his financial advisory skills over a 26-year career as an advisor, he didn’t start there, which broadens his understanding of how companies function.
After college, Tom spent several years in industry, working in various capacities as an engineer providing engineering services to manufacturing companies in NY State and nationally. Having worked in the “real world” gives him a keen understanding of the effort, hard work and industriousness required to become successful in business and an appreciation for protecting what we earn. This background is what Tom brought with him when he switched careers, becoming a Financial Advisor in 1996.
Now, with 26 years of experience as a financial advisor, along with his background in engineering, Tom has a passion for working with his clients to find real solutions to their financial concerns. He knows that each client’s situation is unique and believes in listening to their needs then getting to work to provide solutions. As an independent financial advisor, he is free from the sales quotas, contests and top-down sales approach that have plagued the financial services industry. Rather than employ cleaver sales techniques, he strives to win his clients’ trust through well thought out financial and investment plans and includes the client every step of the way.
Outside of managing HWM, Tom has been married to his wife Nancy for 32 wonderful years and has three boys, ages 24, 27 and 28. He is very active in coaching youth sports, having coached CYO basketball for the past 15 years as well as soccer and baseball over the years. The Hamilton Family enjoys most outdoor activities and can be seen boating on Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes during the summer months.
He is the sixth of seven children from a middle-class family, growing up in the mostly rural town of Alden, NY. Having not come from money, he learned to appreciate the value of a dollar earned from his two schoolteacher parents who never earned large salaries, yet still managed to send seven kids through private colleges and show that dollars alone can’t measure true riches.
Tom also hosts a popular weekly radio show, Wall Street to Main Street.
He holds his Series 7, 63, and 24 securities licenses as well as his Life insurance registration. He has completed the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) certification through The College of Financial Planning.