BY DEAN HOCKNEY
It is not often that local football fans have the opportunity to hear Lou Holtz speak. It is even rarer that they can hear him in person for just $20. But thanks to local financial advisor Brian Hayes, Holtz will speak at the 2016 Indianapolis Financial Forum at the Old National Centre on Sept. 22.
“We wanted to keep the price down and make it worthwhile for everyone to come to Indianapolis,” said Brian Hayes, president of the Hayes Advisory Group in Kokomo, which is hosting the forum. “The $20 general admission ticket is affordable and is also tax deductible. We will also have a VIP section for $150, but the general admission tickets are a great way to hear Coach Holtz. And the Old National Centre is a great venue.”
More importantly, the event is a fundraiser for the Indiana Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American.
“I have a lot of friends and family members who are afflicted with Crohn’s or colitis,” said Hayes. “It is hard to deal with and there is no cure. There needs to be a lot of money raised to find a cure and find relief from these diseases. It is an affliction that doesn’t get much press, but it affects a lot of people.”
Hayes explained that the event is a mix of financial advising with the folksy story-telling of Holtz.
“I had the chance to meet Coach Holtz a few months back and he shared his life and coaching philosophies with me,” said Hayes. “Those philosophies were basically the same thing I use. I told him what I wanted to do, and when I told him it was for charity, he agreed to come and do this.”
Hayes said Holtz will speak for approximately one hour and cover topics from not only his own financial success, but also his championship football career. The hall of fame coach’s presentation is titled, “The X’s and O’s for Financial Success.” Holtz, who most remember as a Notre Dame coach, is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. Holtz’s humor and humility endear him to audiences as he helps them learn to assess their strengths, work as a team and embrace the values that translate into a successful financial game plan.
“He is a wonderful speaker,” said Hayes. “He will talk about overcoming challenges, not only in his life, but his player’s lives. Lou has a wonderful way of sharing those financial stories and tying it to life and weaving in football stories. It is the best of both worlds.”
The Indianapolis Financial Forum will be rooted in current market conditions and underlying economic fundamentals by some of the top economists.
“I have wanted to do something like this for a long time,” said Hayes. “It is much needed because there is so much uncertainty in the financial arena right now. People are concerned with it being a presidential election year. Markets are at an all-time high and people fear a correction will happen soon – just a lot of confusion out there. So, this is needed. This is going to be a win-win-win in our opinion – you can hear some of the brightest minds in the financial world, you can hear Coach Holtz speak and it is for charity.
“With so many different financial variables and world economic news, people are challenged with reliable sources of information. This event is intended to address the needs of retirees and pre-retirees with an empowering event,” said Hayes. “Again, Coach Holtz is a legend in the State of Indiana, and this is a rare opportunity to hear him speak locally in person. “
The doors for the Indianapolis Financial Forum with Lou Holtz open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. The event is expected to be a sellout. For more information or to register, visit www.indy16.com.