Casual Competence and Relaxed Professionalism…
We’ve Got Your Back
Matthew Hanshaw named his company ARK Wealth Management after his family, using the initials of his children’s first names: Allie, Ryan and Katie. ARK provides Matt with flexibility to spend more time with his family, while at the same time helping other families with their investments. When not working, Matt is at his children’s sports and activities, training for his own triathlon events, or simply reading to relax.
He graduated from Penn State with a Psychology degree. He began working in the financial planning field in 1993, and began working independently in 1995. He uses a combination of understanding, listening, and technical industry knowledge when working with clients. This fusion provides him with astute financial insights that he uses to make clients aware of obstacles and challenges before they arise.
Matt helps retirees have a secure and peaceful retirement by implementing strategies intended to reduce taxes, and take as little investment risk as is necessary. Twenty percent of his clientele are women who are the “Financial Head of the Household” – the family CFO. Generally, they find themselves in this situation because of divorce, their spouse’s death, or the extended illness of their spouse.
When working with clients, Matt prefers to be paid through a fee-based structure. This means that he does not receive all his compensation up-front. Rather, he is paid for servicing his clients over a long-term. To that end, he works hard to build lasting relationships with his clients that are mutually beneficial.
Matt is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), a National Social Security Adviser™ (NSSA®) and holds multiple financial certifications. He has been a volunteer youth baseball coach, and worked with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, served as treasurer, board of trustees member, and executive committee member to the LLS Central PA Chapter, and has served the Big Brothers / Big Sisters of America.
He started ARK Wealth Management in 2013 to have a sincere impact on the lives of his clients. Matt wants to do more than just retirement planning. He wants to be there for them over the long haul, for the rest of their lives.
In his opinion, the highest compliment a client could pay him is to say, “Matt has my back.”
Want to learn more about how Matthew’s astute financial insights can serve you? Call 717-695-2617 to schedule an appointment.
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Leah Spangler serves as ARK Wealth Management’s office manager, Matt Hanshaw’s executive assistant, and the practice’s para-planner. Before joining the organization, she spent many years working in York County gaining a strong background in office administration as well as directing committees, handling fundraising and being a direct resource to the community. She also worked as an American Red Cross volunteer, and for over four years spent time volunteering for “The York Safe City Gates Project”. With this project, she gave more than 400 volunteer hours, and helped to implement a crime prevention initiative for the residents and police of York city. She has studied at Penn State York with a focus on estate planning and administration as well as York Technical Institute where she earned her Associates Degree in Business Management.
In a house, full of children and love, Leah spends her personal time as a mother of six after recently adopting two of her foster children. She does not own a microwave, enjoys gardening for fresh ingredients to feed the world and spending time outdoors. Her home is situated on a beautiful farm with horses and pasture providing pleasing, scenic views. She is also an avid baker. She makes an amazing pecan pie which can’t be beaten. She enjoys coming to work where she can use her nurturing and caring talents to take care of ARK’s clients and make them feel at home in our offices.
Nicole Holmes is ARK Wealth’s Office Assistant. She is responsible for many day-to-day client service needs, as well as receiving clients when they arrive, managing Matt’s schedule and routing phone calls. With a desire to help and positively impact other people, she graduated from Kaplan University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Her studies also included coursework in public relations, communications and business management. Of anyone in the office, Nicole has the shortest commute each day. She lives just outside of Linglestown close to where she grew up on Blue Mountain. Having graduated from Central Dauphin High School, Nicole has always been a member of our community; and, cares about our retirees’ comfort and security.
Nicole spends her time outside of work enjoying the outdoors. She shares a tradition of hunting and fishing with her father, and takes advantage of all the outdoor opportunities that living on Blue Mountain provides. She is also very fond of Mr. Wobbles – her rescued red tabby-cat. Passionate about stopping animal cruelty, she volunteers her spare time with pet rescue agencies.
Katie Hanshaw is currently working for ARK as a summer Intern. Her goal is to learn more about the business and research financial planning as a career path. Going into her junior year at Central Dauphin High School, she will also take a personal finance course to further her educational goals. “My goal is to become a financial planner, like my dad”, says Katie. Considering to work for the very same company that bears her name – ARK Wealth Management.
She is very active in Four Diamonds as a Media “Overall” (a step above “leadership” in the Four Diamonds hierarchy). The Four Diamonds mission is to raise money to cover the cost of treatment, food, gas, and other expenses for children with cancer. Aside from her internship at ARK, she is a cashier at Weis Markets.
Katie enjoys swimming for the Central Dauphin Varsity Rams, Lower Paxton Aquatic Club (LPAC), and the Colonial Country Club teams. Her home life is busy too with three siblings, and a menagerie that includes 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, and a chinchilla.
On weekends Katie is active in her church and youth group at Linglestown Life UMC. At youth, she and her friends enjoy battle ball tournaments, raising money through the 30-hour famine, and brightening people’s day at the neighborhood center.
Harrisburg / Linglestown
1250 North Mountain Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112