Meet our Operations Specialist - Ana Chicas
Ana has been a part of the Affiliated Advisors team for 10 years. She is the first contact for our network of advisors when they have questions or need assistance on operational items during their day-to-day workflow.
What’s the first thing you want someone to know about you?
I think the first thing anyone should know about me is that I always have a smile on my face! In my role, I specialize in operational support and serve as a resource for our whole network of advisors. If anyone has any questions regarding operational items or needs assistance in the onboarding of new advisors and staff, I am the person that can best help them.
What makes your job exciting?
I absolutely love our team and being a part of something that I believe in. I am one of the lucky few who gets to say "I love my job and I enjoy going to work” – and mean it! Although I am in the financial industry, I believe my true business is in support. I support advisors who, in turn, support everyday people from all walks of life. What excites me is going to work every day with a "let's do something good" attitude.
Tell us a little about you!
I am from Neptune, NJ., and the thing I remember most from my hometown is Rita's Italian Ice. I graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School and then went on to continue my education at the University of Delaware. I earned my bachelor’s degree in management information systems which teaches expertise in database creation, web design, and other facets of business technology needs.
Currently, I live near my wonderful family. My boyfriend, John, has three amazing daughters who have all welcomed me into their lives, and I am incredibly lucky for that. In my free time, I like to be with my family. When I need my alone time, I enjoy movies, reading, and a nice, peaceful walk.
What do you wish people knew about Affiliated Advisors?
I think everyone knows this, but it’s my favorite part of the job: We all genuinely enjoy working with each other. You hear talk about “trouble in the workplace” for some firms and that just does not exist here. When we say we support each other and we are a TEAM, that is real and not just fluff that looks good on a website. It makes for an extremely healthy and positive work environment, and I feel incredibly lucky.