portrait of Brock Alspaugh

Brock Alspaugh

CEO/President of Innovative Financial Solutions

danielle@theinnovativeteam.com

Public Relations

Graduated in 2001


Explain your career path

Brock Alspaugh started his career in the financial business with Montgomery Bank as an Investment Professional, where he obtained his Series 66, Series 7 and Life and Health Insurance License. Thinking outside of the box, Brock decided to start his own business adventure in April 2007, when he opened the financial firm, Innovative Financial Solutions.

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?

Brock was a Public Relations major with a marketing minor. He was also one of the editors for the Capaha Arrow, this is what led him to pursue PR. He found the banking/financial services industry when we was hired by FirstSTAR out of college.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

Brock graduated from Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, MO. He was recruited for the Track and Field team. He was a middle distance runner.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

Dr. Tammy Baldwin, Charlie in the mail room (where Brock worked as student) and his track coaches.

Share your best college memory.

I met my wife during "Exploring the Universe" We have been married for almost 17 years and two wonderful boys

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

There are some things that can't be taught, what kind of person you want to be and how hard you work at something. I had another mentor in life say I can teach skill, but I can't teach attitude and work ethic....so true! Decide who you want to be and live this daily. Show up and always give 110%. You don't always have to agree, but you do need to support when a final decision has been made. Raise your hand when a project is offered to you (even with no compensation...trust me that will come later). Say yes even if you want to say no. Have no regrets.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Supportive Open Caring

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

Opening Innovative Financial Solutions in 2007.

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

Learning to balance many tasks and do them well.

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Remember that a degree just opens the door for you, it is up to you to "sell" yourself. Find a way to set yourself apart from others and don't be afraid to brag on yourself. Always smile!
Take a job on campus as a student worker, do a practicum or internship in your field!

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

If you are willing to put in the work, you can really do whatever you want to do. Not many people are willing to do this and we were surprised. We thought everyone wanted to work hard.. Your work ethic will set you apart. Make sure you have one that others envy.

Contact

(573) 651-2210
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