Laura Hodgson

Laura Hodgson

Executive Assistant, The Meakem Group, Client Services Specialist, RJFS

I have always believed in the importance of comprehensive financial planning, but it has hit home even more after experiencing the benefits of planning within my own family. Three of my grandparents lived until they were at least 95 years old, and two of them resided in care homes for many years. Fortunately, due to comprehensive financial planning over many decades, my parents and grandparents had sufficient assets to cover these expenses.

Improvements in medical science and health practices have contributed to people living longer and spending more years in retirement. At the same time, employers have reduced their retirement packages, which now need to stretch over an increasing number of years. It is more important than ever for individuals and families to plan for retirement expenses starting early in their working lives.

The Meakem Group can help you and your family prepare for these challenges. This family business began in the 1980s, with client relationships spanning several decades and generations. I joined the group in October 2017, and it quickly became clear that clients are like family, and their financial successes are spoken about with pride.

I have spent most of my career in client service and customer marketing, as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a customer experience manager for Orange, part of France Telecom. I had the opportunity to live in London, England, for ten years with my British husband and our two young sons. We moved back to the United States five years ago, and I am delighted to have joined The Meakem Group to greet clients with a friendly smile and help take care of their needs.

On a Personal Note

Outside of the office, you might find me hiking, skiing, jogging, or watching one of my sons’ soccer or baseball games. When we lived in London, we were Arsenal season ticket holders and continue to support the Gunners. On Fall Saturdays you will find us following college football and cheering for the Michigan Wolverines, my alma mater.

We all play the piano and my younger son is in a children’s chorus. I love to read and belong to a book club, and I volunteer for the school PTA where I co-chair Heritage Night, which involves the participation of fifty families representing countries from around the world. I also volunteer for the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation, to support finding a cure for this rare and deadly pediatric brain tumor.

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