Rebecca Linhart thought differently about financial advice when she founded Light Tower Financial Strategies. She knew that offering financial advice meant so much more than selling stocks and bonds, that it is more about understanding how money fits into your life and living that life intentionally. She knew that considering the goals and dreams of each client is paramount to helping them navigate through the complex details of planning meaningful lives.
Today, Becky Linhart offers investment management services, retirement income planning, financial planning, and wealth management to a myriad of individual clients at various stages in their lives. Through her years in business, she has helped many people, particularly women going through transitional periods, such as divorce, the death of a spouse, or retirement. Her degree in psychology has given her invaluable insights into the importance and power of the personal side of money and the unique challenges of transitions. She has a rich and comprehensive understanding of how people subjectively experience change and co-creates their highest outcomes with them.
A commitment to serve the community
Becky has a long-time commitment to serve her community. Being involved is what it’s all about to her. To that end, she held the following positions in the Town of Essex, Massachusetts:
- Board of Selectmen
- Board Member of the Housing Authority
- Chair of the Finance Committee
In addition, she served as chair of the finance committee for Glen Urquhart School, a small private school in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.
She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor, a service organization dedicated to giving back to the community. She founded the “It takes a village” program to help less fortunate people in the community, not just at Christmas time, but year-round. The family she remembers most is a single mom with five children. The mom had cancer and, when she was undergoing chemotherapy, the group cooked meals for the kids and set up a schedule of drivers to make sure they got to school on time.
Being a female in a male-dominated industry, Becky understands the challenges women can face when building their careers. So, she joined the Boston Club, an organization dedicated to advancing women leaders. A club and a cause, the group offers camaraderie and opportunities for networking; its core belief is that more women in significant and visible leadership roles mean better business performance and strengthened economic health in our communities. She served as treasurer on its board of directors for six years.
A sailing advocate, Becky served as a board member of Sisters Under Sail, an organization dedicated to teaching leadership skills to teenage girls through a sailing program on a tall ship. In 2013, many of the tall ships gathered on Lake Erie for a re-enactment of the war of 1812. Becky was fortunate enough to be on board and had the privilege of shooting the cannon.
Becky is currently the chair of Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor Enhanced Scholarship Trust, an organization that gives scholarships to community members. Many of the scholarships are given to high school seniors, but the group found another pressing need for scholarships: for people who didn’t go to college, who live paycheck to paycheck, and can’t afford a class or certificate program to improve their employment opportunities. It became known as the 2nd Chance Scholarship.
Becky received a graduate certificate in special studies in management from Harvard University and earned a BS in psychology from Roanoke College. She has been recognized in Boston Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager [i] in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and the Women’s Choice [ii] award in 2014-2015 and 2016-2017. She has achieved several professional credentials that speak to her expertise:
- General Securities Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®
- Security Agent and Registered Investment Adviser
- Managed Futures License
- Accredited Investment Fiduciary®
- Certified Financial Transionist®
[i]Five Star Award: Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. in 2017, 2,467 Boston wealth managers were considered for the award; 622 (25 percent of candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.
[ii]The Women's Choice Award® Financial Advisor program was created by WomenCertified Inc., the Voice of Women, in an effort to help women make smart financial choices. The Women's Choice Award Financial Advisor program is based on 17 objective criteria associated with providing quality service to women clients, such as credentials, experience, and a favorable regulatory history, among other factors. Financial advisors do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Women's Choice Award Financial Advisors, though they may have paid a basic program fee to cover the cost of their client survey. The inclusion of a financial advisor within the Women's Choice Award Financial Advisor network should not be construed as an endorsement of the financial advisor by WomenCertified Inc. or its partners and affiliates and is no guarantee as to future investment success. Women's Choice Award® Financial Advisors and Firms represent less than 1% of financial advisors in the U.S. As of February 2016, of the 783 considered for the Women's Choice Award, 122 were named Women's Choice Award Financial Advisors/Firms. The criteria provided reflect the most recent year for which Financial Advisors/Firms received the award. The criteria used, the number of Financial Advisors/Firms considered for the award, and the number of those who receive the award may vary from year to year. For more information, please visit www.womenschoiceaward.com.