A Different Approach for Wealthy Investors Who Are Tired of Un-met Expectations
If you’ve reached this page, this is the place for high net worth and ultra-high net worth investors like you to get your basic questions answered about who Pillar Wealth Management is and why we’re so different from most other firms.
This short page should help you decide if Pillar Wealth Management might be a good fit for delivering your desired short and long term portfolio performance and financial security, and the lifestyle that flows out of that.
After reading this, if you decide you want to talk with us, we can jump right in, roll back our sleeves, and start looking for immediate savings in your existing portfolio.
Here’s the most important information you need to know:
If you are looking for a broker/foot soldier/teller who will just do what they’re told, like at a big bank or Wall Street firm, we are not the right fit for you.
However, if you:
Demand fiduciary and unbiased investing advice and planning service
Expect maximized portfolio performance with full discretionary authority
Want financial planning for major life transitions like retirement or the loss of a loved one
Need wealth management for a large pay-out event like a business sale, inheritance, or divorce
Then we may be just the wealth managers you’ve been looking for.
STRATEGIES FOR FAMILIES WORTH $5 MILLION TO $500 MILLION
7 Secrets To High Net Worth Investment Management, Estate, Tax and Financial Planning
The insights you’ll discover from our published book will help you integrate a variety of wealth management tools with financial planning, providing guidance for your future security alongside complex financial strategies, so your human and financial capital will both flourish.
Clients frequently share with us how the knowledge gained from this book helped provide them tremendous clarity, shattering industry-pitched ideologies, while offering insight and direction in making such important financial decisions.
How Pillar Is Different
Some traditional brokerage firms on Wall Street believe they are the solution to your needs because they have the NYC address, as if being able to walk down the street to the stock exchange imbues them with some sort of invincible insider expertise. Other money management firms worry more about assets under management than planning their clients’ retirement and legacy, even though the amount of money a firm manages has less to do with expertise and customized service than with persuasive sales and brand recognition. And then there are plain vanilla advisors, even independent ones like us, so desperate for clients that they sign up anyone with a heartbeat.
In contrast, our clients often comment how radically different our approach is from the big names you are familiar with on Wall Street.
Frankly, we are astonished at how they can get away with providing plain vanilla, cookie-cutter services to such deserving families!
You should expect more. You should demand better.
On a regular basis, we go up against them—and win. Clients will often tell us they were “not impressed by them.” And that they’re “nothing special.”
We couldn’t agree more. And maybe that’s one reason you’re reading this now.
The Basics: Who Are We?
Our co-founders, Hutch Ashoo and Chris Snyder, have 64+ combined experience in helping create a boutique firm to attend to and help investors with $5 million to $500 million.
They became business partners in 1988 as owners of Pillar Financial Services, Inc. and when they agreed to become Independent Fee-ONLY Fiduciary advisors to their clients, without the conflict of commissions, they shut down Pillar Financial Services, Inc. (which was a broker dealer collecting commissions) and started Pillar Wealth Management, LLC. in 2008, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm.
National & Virtual Service
We built a national and virtual firm, and mastered virtual financial planning service that meets the needs of affluent clients who don’t want to travel just to talk to their advisors, well before Covid-19 arrived. We utilize executive suites instead of permanent expensive offices to meet clients anywhere in the nation. Not only does this serve you better, it helps reduce costs. Some may be paying for the plush Wall Street and big bank offices, but not us.
At Pillar Wealth Management, LLC., we utilize some of the best available technology as well as virtual staffing to meet our high net worth clients’ operational and service needs.
Assets Under Management & Fees
Pillar Wealth Management is a fee-only firm and charges 1% annually on assets our clients ask us to invest on their behalf. We offer negotiable fees for clients who invest $10+ million. Currently we serve around 80 clients, some of which have been with us for over 30 years, (excluding friends and family) and manage around $185+ million of assets as of 12/31/2020. Our biggest client ever had founded one of Silicon Valley’s firms and is now a billionaire.
Pillar utilizes Fidelity and Charles Schwab, who safeguard trillions of dollars (we consider this the SAFE where your money is kept) on an open architecture investing platform. You are therefore free from being tied into any big Wall Street firms or even Pillar for that matter. We do not ‘take’ your money. The client can choose any advisor they want on these platforms. With tens of thousands of investments to take advantage of, we are not beholden to anyone, not even Fidelity or Schwab. We develop 100% customized plans to manage your portfolio. We are 100% beholden to you the client.
You deserve nothing less than fully custom investment and planning advice.
You deserve an expert and exclusive wealth management advisor who responds when you need help, knows your financial and life situation, and takes proactive steps to continually protect your wealth, increase your performance, and achieve financial serenity. Here’s an in-depth look into how we optimize performance for all our clients.
Who are we a fit for? Our fully custom wealth management advisory services are designed specifically for investors who:
- Want better performance from their portfolios
- Need financial planning for retirement, inheritance, death of a loved one, divorce, a business sale, real estate sales or other life-events
- Never stop thinking about TAXES TAXES TAXES!
- Are dissatisfied with the service they’re receiving from their current advisor, such as under-performance, lack of attention/communication, and high fees and taxes
- Feel like a number when working with big name Wall Street firms
- Have concerns about the market, bonds, and money markets and need help navigating them for optimized outcomes
We help you transition from where you are now to where you wish to be. You will secure your future lifestyle and achieve financial serenity.
What Can You Expect from Pillar Wealth Management?
In a word, “obsession.” This is what sets us apart, and what makes us so exclusive. Do you want an advisor who literally obsesses over not just your investment performance, but in helping you make difficult decisions that will achieve your lifestyle dreams and desired family outcomes, possibly for generations down the road?
For over three decades, we’ve been obsessed with serving our clients through the ups and downs of the market, the economy, and their lives.
Please understand that we are extremely busy.
We promise we’ll to get back to you as soon as possible. However, if your situation is urgent and you require immediate attention, please state so on your submission form.
Pillar Wealth Management: Expert Wealth Management for Select Families. Helping Grow And Protect Your Portfolio.
Hutch Ashoo is co-founder of Pillar Wealth Management. He has personally been serving the complex needs of ultra high net worth investors for more than 30 years.
Hutch and his co-founder Chris Snyder are published authors of several books including Improving Portfolio Performance for Multi-Millionaires, Beyond Wealth: Finding the Balance Between Wealth and Happiness and The Art of Protecting Ultra-High Net Worth Portfolios and Estates along with several others. They have also co-authored various whitepapers and reports related to the solutions for wealth management for ultra high net worth families.
He is also a published financial expert columnist in national journals and newspapers as well as legal and tax publications. Hutch has been interviewed on television and radio regarding wealth management for the affluent.
Hutch and his wife Toni have been married for 30 years. When they were newly married, Toni was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer and given only a few weeks to live. Toni, with Hutch by her side, fought and today is a cancer survivor. Because of the chemotherapy treatments, Hutch and Toni were told children may not be possible. Yet today, the couple is blessed with two children. This experience refocused the firm he started with his partner, Chris Snyder, to put things in perspective and help others enjoy their precious lives.
When not at work, Hutch enjoys traveling the world with his wife, big game fishing, and hiking in Lake Tahoe. Hutch and Toni live in the San Francisco Bay area.
Chris Snyder is a co-founder of Pillar Wealth Management. He has personally been serving the complex needs of ultra high net worth investors for more than 30 years.
Chris and his co-founder Hutch Ashoo are published authors of several books including Improving Portfolio Performance for Multi-Millionaires, Beyond Wealth: Finding the Balance Between Wealth and Happiness and The Art of Protecting Ultra-High Net Worth Portfolios and Estates along with several others. They have also co-authored various whitepapers and reports related to the complex art and science of wealth management for the ultra high net worth families.
He is also a published financial expert columnist in national journals and newspapers as well as legal and tax publications, Chris has been interviewed on television and radio regarding wealth management for the affluent.
Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Chris enjoys giving back to his local community of Clayton. He coached his three children in competitive soccer and baseball as youth, and he now coaches the local high school baseball team and helps mentor students on and off the field. All of his children graduated from the public high school and went on to colleges in the honors departments.
On weekends, he and his wife Diana, who have been married for over 32 years, like to head for the Sierra mountains to fish the rivers and lakes in the summer and ski the mountains in the winter. Chris grew up in Denver and loves the outdoors, so the Sierras are a nice compliment to the Rocky Mountains. In the future, their goal is to travel more of the world together as he has learned about so many great places to explore from his clients.