Philip is the co-founder of The Art of Finance. Though Austin isn’t the city of his birth, after 27 years he thinks he can qualify as a “native”. He met his future wife Julia while at UT during a theatre production about a baby monkey and they were married 18 months later. But getting married at a young age required them to learn how to handle their own finances. Little did they know it would end up sparking a passion that would further develop over time.
After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, Philip began his career as a “starving” artist. He waited tables, parked cars, and made lattes. Crafting a good cappuccino is a skill that will last a lifetime. Philip found his passion for teaching and coaching while organizing theater production for the Zach Theater and KidsActing.But one can only listen to grade schoolers sing Annie for so long so he started looking for a way to continue being a teacher in a different context. Philip was approached by a financial services recruiter who said, “This industry needs more people like you — a people person.” So he was inspired to make a difference in a notoriously un-caring industry.
He took the Series 7 exam in 2011 and received his Certified Financial Planner certification in 2015. Philip wears his CFP® marks with pride and is passionate about educating creatives and couples on the benefits of budgeting and investing. Outside of work he’s an experienced mountain bike racer, a new dad, drinker of hipster beers and recently decided to teach himself how to play the guitar. Be careful…he might try to recruit you into his jam band.
When Chloé’s nose isn’t five inches away from a piece of watercolor paper– tiny brushes in hand and enthralling podcasts in ear–you can find her eagerly monitoring her budgets, watering plants, or singing songs to her dogs River and Gully. Chloé received two BFA’s from Texas State University, one in Fine Art and one in Communication Design. After 5 years working as a user interface designer she made the leap to self-employment as an artist. She stumbled upon The Art of Finance by attending a workshop lead by Philip and Julia about setting up budgets for small creative businesses. The knowledge left her feeling empowered and excited. After reaching out to Philip and Julia to thank them, it came out that they were looking to add a budgeting coach to their team! Chloé now works both as a watercolor painter and a budget coach and loves getting to share her enthusiasm (some may say nerdy obsession) for finances with other creatives.