Finding what makes the heart sing can be a challenging endeavor, especially when it comes to career choices. At the very least, what individuals end up doing for a living ought to be something they find fulfilling and worthwhile. And, sometimes, the journey to that place isn’t exactly a straight line.
For investment advisor, Kevin Joyce, the path to career fulfillment has been a fascinating one, with a myriad of twists and turns.
Joyce graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 2003 and discovered in flight school that his equilibrium didn’t quite mesh with air travel, which resulted in an honorable discharge from the United States Navy. At that point, Joyce quips, “I did what most pilots would do — I became a pastor.”
To assume the role of pastor, Joyce interned with churches, went to seminary and even planted a church in San Antonio, Texas. Upon coming to Virginia, his plan was to start a church; instead, he found tons of churches in the area and ended up joining one of them. It was a person he met at that church who introduced him to Financial Security Management, Inc. on Canon Boulevard.
It wasn’t exactly surprising to Joyce that someone would ask him to join a company as a financial advisor. Even as a young child, Joyce showed interest in the world of finance, familiarizing himself with investing and company financing, a world his father introduced him to early in life.
“What I like doing is taking very complex situations and making them simple,” says Joyce. “I try to find something in the client’s world they can relate to and compare it with things they can easily understand,” he continues. “I liken financial investment to apple trees — apples are going to grow, fall off, be eaten, etc., but if you trim the branches back too far, you won’t be able to grow more.” It is through advice like this that Joyce helps his clients plan for retirement and gain control of their financial futures.
For Joyce, the path to this place in life has been wrought with immense challenges. His wife, whom he met in the naval academy, passed away in 2019 after an arduous fight with cancer, leaving him and their three young sons behind. “My wife had to endure a lot of career changes but this career over the last decade has brought so much more than money. I love people and the investing world,” says Joyce. And his struggles have made it easier for him to relate to his clients. “Dying and the aging process aren’t fun,” he continues, “and when I sit with someone who has lost a spouse, I can relate, connect and garner wisdom and insights to pass onto the next person.”
Though Joyce has walked a somewhat crooked path to get to a place of passion in his career, it has been a journey that has, indeed, proved to be worthwhile and fulfilling. Even when he’s not at work, he spends a lot of time reading about all things finance. “I gain a lot of wisdom and insight by reading,” says Joyce. And as a father of three boys, ages 14, 12 and 8, Joyce enjoys making memories that will last — jet skiing on the James River, frequenting bounce houses, playing basketball and spending time in the video game world.
Walking the straight path or strolling along the crooked walkway, Kevin Joyce has no doubt found what makes his heart sing. And to whomever might be reading this, Joyce offers this wisdom: “Own and steward well wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. If we each do our own piece, it makes it easier for the whole. This is our town where we live, work and play — let’s steward it well.” In other words, do what makes your heart sing — and share that tune with others.
TO THE POINT:
Kevin Joyce, Financial Advisor
Address: 11801 Canon Blvd., Ste. 200, Newport News, VA 23606
Business: Financial security
Contact: Kevin Joyce