By Elizabeth Liberatore
Photo by Mark Morgan
Calvin Goetz is your go-to guy for financial advice. As a partner and co-founder of Strategy Financial Group, Goetz has dedicated more than a decade of his career to helping clients attain their retirement goals.
The Tucson native, who attended Northern Arizona University, fell in love with the financial services industry at age 25, only growing his business ever since.
Goetz recently published his first book, Climbing the Retirement Mountain, where he provides readers with a sound plan to help them save and sustain themselves in what could be a 30-year retirement, inspired by his parents’ journey.
“I watched the struggles that my own mom and dad went through when they transitioned from working to retirement. Nobody was there helping them draft out a written retirement income plan, and I don’t want any of my clients to be without a plan,” he says.
Goetz also works closely within the local LGBTQ community, specifically helping homeless youth.
“These youth are our future and will be the future leaders of tomorrow,” he explains.
What’s next? I am currently working on my second book called My Best Retirement (2018). It will focus a little bit less on financial tools and more on reinventing yourself in retirement to live your best life. What are some of your favorite local restaurants? I love walking to La Grande Orange, Postino Wine Bar, and Ingo’s, which are all down the street from me. Any financial advice you’d like to share? Time is your best investment strategy. The earlier you can start putting money away systematically, the more you are going to have in retirement. Also, focus on taxes. Put your money in places where distributions will be tax-free in the future.
By Brittany Maroney
Photo by Mark Morgan
When your two favorite pastimes are cassette tapes and old-time TV game shows, you have no choice but to chase a career that blends both. That is exactly what Al Jones did with Lyrics Guru, a song lyrics trivia game in which players receive a series of song titles and must match the correct word found within the lyrics of the song.
Though launching a business is hard work, Jones took the challenge head on.
“I enjoy being a business owner, seeing the rewards of persistence and being a positive example to those interested in starting a game development business.”
With the mobile game racking up 17,000 active users and the hand-held card version now available on Amazon and in Walmart, the already established game will shift its focus on more core competency word games – specifically those which incorporate music and song lyrics.
“We have plans to launch a variation of the game where songs are sorted by decades, as well as a Braille version and a family edition game, marketed to the LDS community. We would also love to produce a television or radio game show version of the Lyrics Guru product. The future is bright and we’re excited.”
What is the game industry competition like? Competition is fierce in the industry with developers fighting to be the next big thing. Al Jones Corporation, at this time, plans to focus on its core competency of word games – more specifically those which incorporate music and song lyrics. Do you have a favorite song lyric? “I’m stone in love with you,” [which is also the song name] by The Stylistics. What was your favorite game growing up as a kid and why? Chess. My father taught me the basic structure of the game. During play, I learned the importance strategy and mental focus.