Market Leader, St. Louis
“Clients want to work with people who are ethical and who care about them. We deliver that here.”
Many people make course corrections to find their chosen field. Not Curtis Searcy. His career in financial services has been laser-focused. “From the time I was in high school, I found the stock market very interesting. I got involved in an investment club and I enjoyed talking to my dad about it,” he says.
Curtis majored in finance and economics in college. He was an intern at a financial services firm in Akron, Ohio, and then went on to work in the field immediately after graduation. That was more than 23 years ago. Today, as Market Leader for U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management in St. Louis, Curtis leads a team of wealth management professionals who provide Investment Management, Private Banking, Trust and Estate Services, and Wealth Planning on behalf of clients.
Serving for more than two decades in financial services, Curtis has noticed a shift in client expectations and the ability of some organizations to deliver what clients want and need. “Relationships used to be primarily transactional. People wanted specific stock advice or needed a particular product or service. Today, our clients are seeking much broader advice that considers their overall financial and life goals. Many families want to develop deeper relationships with a few trusted advisors who can do more for them. And that fits perfectly with Private Wealth Management.”
Curtis believes that a strong work ethic and integrity are keys to success. Throughout his career, he has developed a personal brand built on trust and loyalty. “Clients want to work with people who are ethical and who care about them. We deliver that here.”
Education and community involvement
He focuses his community work on organizations that support the arts in St. Louis and children with learning impairments. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Catches for Kids and Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment. Both roles were inspired by his wife, who specializes in working with children with disabilities. Curtis currently serves on various boards including St. Louis Art Museum Board of Trustees, St. Louis Symphony, Dana Brown Foundation, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis Crisis Nursery and the Mercy Planned Giving Council.