Friends and all in the Wiregrass,Matt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: May 30 2018 2:05 PM
Friends and all in the Wiregrass, I am Stephen Evans and a candidate for Alabama State Treasurer. My official bio and pitch is located below. But since I have spent the past 20 years calling the Wiregrass home, the message for you is unique. To most in the state the office of treasurer has little or no meaning. But it has plenty to offer the Wiregrass. We in the Wiregrass are limited in our representation. Not by the quality of our state senators or representatives but the number of representatives. As other regions of our state grow at a faster rate, this will not change. Unknown to many the treasurer sits on key state boards that provide grant and highway funding authority. As state treasurer, I am bound by role to protect the entire state and that includes often overlooked areas. I will be vocal in ensuring the Wiregrass it is no longer overlooked. Not just in grants and funding, but also in economic development opportunities. If elected, I cannot promise great things for the Wiregrass. But I can promise, the Wiregrass will get a better opportunity for success. Please feel free to like and share us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/evansforalabama/
Like many in his generation, Stephen was an army brat born overseas. At the conclusion of his father’s service, Stephen’s family moved back to Talladega County. Like many in Alabama, the textile industry downturn led his father to seek a new path to providing for his family. This led to the family moving to the Wiregrass in 1995. It was in the Wiregrass that Stephen met his youth pastor’s daughter. In 2008, they married and settled down. They have been blessed with one daughter, Tallulah Grace. He is a Financial Advisor with Janney Montgomery Scott.
He has fourteen years’ experience consulting to both individual and institutional investors. During his tenure, Stephen has developed expertise in building and implementing retirement plan designs, service provider benchmarking and analysis, as well as assisting plan sponsors and fiduciaries with important plan provider decisions through the delivery of detailed fee, service and investment analysis. He has applied these principles to numerous plan designs including: 401(k), 457(b), 403(b), and pension plans.
Stephen’s client base has been diverse in size from less than $1 million to over $1 billion. He is most proud of his work in both the design and implementation of financial wellness programs. These programs were designed to give an individual an understanding of how to credit works, how to pay off debt, and create a household budget.
It is through this work; Stephen realized the possibility of providing a statewide financial wellness program. The Treasurer’s office has for too long been is an untapped resource for the people of Alabama. If you ask the average Alabamian: “What does the Treasurer Do?” you will most likely receive two responses: 1) Unclaimed Property or 2) I do not know
Stephen’s goal for the Treasurer’s Office is to transform it from merely a caretaker of unclaimed property and state funds into a resource that will improve the quality of life for all Alabamians.
Protect Taxpayers – the experience necessary to serve as a watchdog on state spending, investments
Protect College Savings- Investment experience is necessary to protect college savings
Government Accountability – the office of the Treasurer will be open to the public
Financial Wellness – Create a statewide financial wellness program teaching all Alabamians
How to create a budget?
How to pay off debt?
What is credit?
With the proper leadership and vision, the Treasurer’s Office can design and implement multi-generational life-changing financial programs to help increase financial literacy in our state. By partnering with local financial professionals this program will be implemented with minimal costs to the state.