Soren Christensen started Advanced Wealth Advisors, a comprehensive financial planning firm, at the ripe old age of 25. At 32, he started Advanced Wealth Asset Management, a registered investment advisor firm.

As the sole founder and 100% owner of both practices, Christensen has experienced the highs and lows of entrepreneurialism while helping clients through their financial life cycles.

“Starting my own registered investment advisor firm was both a challenging and rewarding time in my life,” he says. “It was, and remains, a lot of work, but it allows me full control over how to best serve my clients.”

By overcoming some of the darkest days, Christensen came away with his greatest lesson.

“If you can push through your self-doubt—no matter how prolonged or intense—and remain patient and committed to your goals, you likely can and will achieve them,” he says.

A member of the Naples Chamber GAIN class of 2015, Christensen has also found multiple ways to contribute to the community. He created a program called Plans for Our Protectors, offering free financial plans to current and former military service members, law enforcement professionals, and first responders. Also, the University of Florida (UF) graduate is a director of the Gator Club of Naples, which raises scholarship money for local students to attend UF. Beyond that, Advanced Wealth Advisors supports events for Humane Society Naples, Conservancy of SWFL, and the American Cancer Society.

In addition to his UF degree, Christensen holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and is a Certified Financial Planner Certificant, Chartered Financial Consultant. He’s a married father of two girls, who he likes to spend as much time with as possible (often outside). Christensen and his wife like to travel, and he’s recently taken up cooking.