Jeffrey G. West
CFP®, AIF®, CPFA®, MBA
CA Insurance License #0F45860
Jeffrey is a founding principal member of Financial Compass Group, LLC and co-creator of The Panoramic Process, a financial behavior strategy based on risk-assessment and tax-tactical strategies. Known for his financial leadership, Jeffrey brings more than 30 years of experience assisting clients in the areas of retirement plan design, estate, insurance, investment management, and financial planning strategies, and has previously served on the faculty of Boston University’s Metropolitan College Program for Financial Planners.
As a mentor for other advisors, Jeffrey has lectured extensively for many professional organizations, including the National Tax Institute, the Boston Tax Institute, several Massachusetts Estate Planning Councils and state Societies of CPAs, including Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Kentucky and Virginia.
His planning advice is often highlighted in the media, and has been featured in major publications such as the Boston Herald and the Wall Street Journal. In addition, Jeffrey was radio co-host on the nightly “Money Mechanics” show. He has authored articles in the Massachusetts Society of CPAs’ Review Magazine and was awarded their “Lamp of Learning” award for teaching excellence.
Jeffrey’s professional associations also include being past Chairman of The Massachusetts Society of CPAs’ Personal Financial Planning Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Life Underwriter’s Association, now known as National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Boston, is a multiple qualifier of the MDRT Top of the Table and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. His integrity and passion also translate into his philanthropic interests: As an avid cyclist, Jeffrey is very active in raising awareness and financial support for the Pan-Mass Challenge, whose mission is to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Jeffrey started his career as a practicing CPA with Touche Ross & Co, now known as Deloitte. After several years in public accounting he became a Controller and CFO of two businesses, where he experienced firsthand management issues of multimillion dollar private companies. Jeffrey received his Master of Business Administration from Bentley College and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors from Boston University.
Jeffrey G. West is a registered representative who offers securities through Equitable Advisors, LLC (NY, NY 212-314-4600), member FINRA, SIPC (Equitable Financial Advisors in MI & TN). Investment advisory products and services offered through Equitable Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor. Annuity and insurance products offered through Equitable Network, LLC, which conducts business in CA as Equitable Network Insurance Agency of California, LLC. Financial Compass Group, LLC is not a registered investment advisor and is not owned or operated by Equitable Advisors or Equitable Network. CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM are certification marks owned by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. These marks are awarded to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification. CA Insurance License #0F45860. AGE: 5792168.1 (7/23) (exp. 7/25)
What made you decide to form the Financial Compass Group?
This is really the pinnacle of 30 plus year years helping clients succeed in all areas of retirement, strategic investment and financial planning combined with my love of teaching during my faculty time at the Boston University’s Metropolitan College Program and my lecturing opportunities for professional organizations across the country.
What experience do you bring that you think that client will value most?
I think clients appreciate that I bring a lot of credentials to the table, but mostly I think that my genuine desire to mentor on others how to excel as financial advisors is what really shines through. It is why I am so proud of my “Lamp of Learning” award given to me by the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s Review for teaching excellence. The more I can help others succeed, the more I feel that I do.
What other life experiences do you think help fuel your desire to help others?
I have also welcomed a challenge, which is how I become an avid cycler. It helped me understand how overcome my limitations and push myself in a positive way to achieve my goals. This love of riding seemed to be a perfect fit with my desire to teach. And that is why I am so involved in The Pan-Mass Challenge, whose mission is to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.