Enrique Gandara: Chief Technology Officer and Co-Owner
As Chief Technology Officer Enrique is highly focused on the technical issues within the business. He manages and maintains all of the internal IT infrastructure. His biggest focus is on our clients, implementing further security standards by utilizing technology to continually create a more secure environment that safely stores our clients’ information. Enrique is in charge of managing many of the software’s that we use such as Wealth Vault that allows our clients to securely have complete access to their entire financial being – including their bank accounts and budgets – so they can have a more complete and panoramic view of their current financial situation. He also works to streamline of business processes with technology to increase efficiency for our team members so that they are able to focus more on providing the best experience to our clients.
Enrique was born and grew up in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where his parents are from. While in Guatemala, he went to a private English school so he could learn English. When he was 10, his family moved to Wisconsin – a huge agricultural state, perfect for his dad who still owns farms in Guatemala today. Being bilingual, Enrique allows us to work with those in the Latino and Spanish-speaking community, an exciting addition and expansion for our clientele!
Enrique has always wanted to be in an industry that helps people, and he found exactly that. Finances are a huge stressor for many, and retirement only adds to that. He loves helping those planning for retirement in accordance to their retirement goals and desires. He is a people person and loves learning about every individual he meets, so getting to know our clients is highly enjoyable for him.
Enrique is also passionate about having a generous company, and in honor of his heritage Empowered Financial supports Safe Passage, an organization that works with children and families that live off of the Guatemala City dump. Growing up in Guatemala and continuing to visit every year, Enrique has known deep levels of poverty that could never be reached in the United States, so he loves to share his resources to assist improving the lifestyle in Guatemala. You can read more about this on our community page!
Enrique lives in Verona with his wife, Haley, and their two dogs and two cats. He loves taking their dogs to the dog park to let them run and race each other, especially in the summer and warm weather. He also loves to boat, be on any form of water – oceans or lakes – fish, play games, do yard work, hang out with friends and more! Enrique also loves to travel to the ocean where he can scuba dive. He loves seeing a completely different world beneath the water, and the sea life beneath excites him. He also loves to travel back to Guatemala, where most of his family still lives. His family still has their home in Guatemala City, so visiting his childhood home and friends is exciting and one of the highlights of his year.