Fortunately, I had a background in finance, so we had a head start on some of these questions. But even so, we still put a lot of effort into researching new questions. I was concerned that these tasks would continue to cut into the limited time I had for date nights and playgrounds.
Kevin Mahoney, CFP®, is the founder & CEO of Illumint, a Washington, D.C-based company that offers online financial planning for Millennials. He specializes in navigating the new financial decisions that arise during our late 20s and 30s as we try to repay student loans, buy a house, and invest our savings.
As an expert on his generation’s most pressing financial issues, Kevin also works with employers and brands on a variety of Millennial-driven personal finance events and projects, including speaking engagements, financial wellness programs, and sponsored campaigns. Organizations such as George Washington University, General Assembly and Vida Fitness have partnered with Kevin to provide relevant, nonjudgmental personal finance knowledge to their Millennial audience.
Kevin’s work as a Certified Financial Planner™ draws on his finance experience in the professional sports and commercial real estate industries. His decision to create Illumint, though, stems from his and his wife’s experience preparing financially for their first child. Around this time, Kevin noticed that young couples like them lacked good options for receiving financial advice specific to their stage in life. Traditional financial planning, with its emphasis on large investment accounts and life insurance sales, wouldn’t help with their goals in life. Millennials needed more fee-only advisors who can discuss the benefits of renting, the cost of raising children, and the new ways in which couples now manage their money.
Drawing from his daily conversations with his peers, Kevin has emerged as a thoughtful, unique voice in the personal finance industry has written for Yahoo! Finance, Fatherly, and Kiplinger. He regularly serves as a resource for journalists, providing insight to national publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek, CNBC, The Huffington Post, Yahoo! Finance, Marketwatch, and Lifehacker. He currently writes on a monthly basis for Forbes and co-hosts the podcast Rent Move Buy about the housing decisions that Millennials face.
Kevin holds an undergraduate business degree from Georgetown University and an MBA in finance from Georgia Tech. He is a proud member of the XY Planning Network, Advisor Growth Community, Fee-Only Network, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), and Financial Planning Association. Kevin also is the father of two young kids, who would tell you he excels at making oatmeal, building forts, and singing bedtime songs.
NFL scouting assistant
Coffee shop in the mountains
Cage diving with great white sharks