Patrick H. Yanke, CFP® sees himself as a problem solver. His business is entirely based on relationships with the people he serves and his best relationships come from solving problems for people. His business philosophy mirrors his personal philosophy... treating others as he himself wants to be treated. Not bound by the limits of geography in an age of technology, he has clients in every time zone.
Patrick is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (where he majored in Aeronautical Engineering with a minor in Arabic), an Air Force veteran, husband, and father of four. His wife, Grete, also a USAFA graduate, is homeschooling their children. In their free time, they can be found on the greenways around Raleigh.
His career in financial planning began with a phone call while he was still a cadet at the Academy. He was invited to consider A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc as his follow-on career to military service. It wasn’t hard to envision... throughout his military tenure, he counseled his personnel on fiscal matters and money management. He joined A.G. Edwards in 2000 in Panama City, FL. After building a strong business in Florida, in 2005 Patrick elected to move his family to Raleigh, NC, to enjoy the climate, the history, and the culture of North Carolina.
Before its merger with Wachovia in 2007, A.G. Edwards was a truly unique firm in the industry with an earned reputation for its focus on values rather than valuations. Consultants were taught to concentrate on the needs of the client (rather than the firm) and seek to do the right thing, not the profitable thing. He carries these traditions forward in a firm that bears his name. What matters most are the people and families he serves.
People make better decisions with better information. That is the idea behind his newsletters and speaking programs. He is often asked to present on financial topics ranging from Saving for the Cost of Higher Education to Retirement and Estate Planning. A teacher at heart, he enjoys these opportunities. Quarterly, he presents the “Capital Markets Review” keeping his clients and guests informed on current events as it relates to their financial futures.
Patrick is active in his community through his participation in the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh, the Knights of Columbus, the Triangle Business Golf Association, the Executives Club of Raleigh, and veterans organizations. He is a past state president of the Air Force Association, current president of the Air Force Academy Society of NC, and sits on the Industry Advisory Panel for the American Public University System.