Who We Are
Roger Banks, RRC
Owner of Banks Financial
and drummer extraordinaire!
My thirst for the Financial Services industry began in 1997 and remains my passion today. The thought of financial independence just made sense to me. Being able to offer unbiased advice undeniably provides the best result for my clients. As an independent advisor, working with the leading Canadian financial institutions enables me to find custom-tailored solutions for my clients' specific needs.
After taking a commodity trading course and then becoming Level II Life Licensed and Mutual Fund Licensed, these designations formed the foundation in building a thriving practice. Banks Financial was built one client at a time over these past 23 years, face to face, one on one, with integrity, service and accountability.
Simple things such as having a no-pressure conversation over a cup of coffee and sharing strategies and ideas using good old-fashioned common sense: This is how we have built a business serving over 700 families, with tens of millions of dollars under management.
One of the most valued moments in my carrier was being awarded the RRC designation (Registered Retirement Consultant) from the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning. This prestigious designation is for planners focusing on helping people to plan for retirement, designing a strategy so that the retiree does not have to worry about outliving their savings, navigating through their retirement years and final legacy planning.
Our company places a high value on the analytics we utilize; exceptionally comprehensive Financial Planning software to problem-solve key issues such as income planning, investing with a pointed purpose, net income, estate values and estate tax. In conjunction with this, we use third-party independent investment analysis to give unbiased performance data, which provides a full 360-degree insight into existing investments and new recommendations.
A little-known fact about my life is that before my career in financial services, I spent 15 years as a full-time professional drummer! I was fortunate to have played in various recording acts around the globe and it is gratifying to have been involved in playing drums on over 60 CDs! As a studio drummer, it is still my pleasure to record sessions from my home studio. Playing drums continues to be a satisfying pastime, and the greatest way to a balanced life with my “day job” at Banks financial!
The Banks Financial offices are housed within The Gryphin Advantage building in Flamborough, Ontario. This strategic and mutually beneficial move gives us quick and ready access to vast information and industry resources. Our support system means our clients receive the most up to date advice and management available.
Gryphin was founded in 1998 by Rod Millard, who has a long and successful career as a top executive with a major national insurance company. Rod’s vision from the beginning has been to earn independent advisor business by providing a highly personal service from highly qualified and experienced experts, and by providing access to the best possible insurance and investment products available.
Why Banks Financial?
"What separates Banks Financial from others in this business?" is a great question we continue to answer: “The relationships we build.” Together with my team, we can become part of our clients' lives. We aim to grow into being their trusted advisor, the one-person top of mind for all things financial. We believe the way to become that person is by having great relationships. Big Banks simply are not in a position to do this. They can’t since that world is transitional. The real world is based on communication, so listening to our clients is essential. Good relationships become the by-product of our actions, our words and helping our clients achieve their financial goals.
Helping people achieve their goals is what motivates us. Using the skills and knowledge to take fear and uncertainty away from their finances, being the rock in people's lives to help them reach their dreams…nothing better!