Keith Kolomuchuk launched Kolo Capital during the pandemic, using Altruist as the firm’s custodial solution. 

As a remote-first and upstart RIA, Kolo Capital needed a partner that could help the firm start and scale with ease. Altruist fit the bill with its pricing model, swift onboarding and account opening, seamless portfolio management, and customer service. 

With Altruist, Keith and the Kolo Capital team can spend more time on essential conversations with clients can save time on operations by using the RIA portfolio management software.

 

Keith Kolomichuk had a whirlwind entry into finance, taking on a traveling role at a mortgage bank just before the 2008 crisis. “It was a wild time to join the financial services industry,” Keith says. “[Everything] was changing on a moment by moment basis.”

Several years later, Keith moved into a private banking role and quickly realized he was more interested in being a financial advisor because he was drawn to relationship management. “We made such an impact on helping people frame a decision in their life,” Keith shares. 

He also notes that “options to move up in the private bank were pretty limited at that time” due to industry certification and education standards. “I came from not a whole lot,” Keith says. “I didn't have a college degree, my dad has a GED, and my mom barely graduated high school.”  

Determined to stay in finance and driven by “connecting with humans on a deeply personal level,” Keith made the leap to become a financial advisor with technology for financial advisors in an established large firm.

Soon after, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and remote work became the norm. That’s when Keith’s perspective on what it takes to run an RIA began to shift.  

“It became apparent that there just was no need to be part of a big firm,” Keith shares. “It wasn’t doing anything I wasn’t going to be able to do on my own.”

By August 2021, Kolo Capital was up and running, with Altruist serving as the firm’s custodial solution.in-post ad-2

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Going independent and rapidly scaling 

Keith wanted to be purposeful about how to go independent. “We were going to be a small, scrappy firm with a plan to build more than a lifestyle practice,” he says. 

After discovering Altruist RIA portfolio management software online, Keith decided the all-in-one custodial solution was the right partner for Kolo Capital’s needs because of their shared values, pricing model, and swift onboarding and account opening.

Keith says, “I was expecting [going] independent to be a challenge." But partnering with Altruist “made it very seamless to onboard a client, move money, set up an account, transfer in and out, and link bank accounts. It just was 10% of the work at any of the previous institutions I had been at.”

The Kolo Capital team enjoys Altruist’s ability to make processes seamless for them and clients, including onboarding and portfolio management by using RIA portfolio management software. This contributes to the firm’s growth goals of scaling to $100 million in five years, and clients “love how simple the mobile app is.”

In a time of remote work and rapidly changing workplaces, Altruist gave Keith and Kolo Capital a 21st-century experience of going independent. 

“If someone wants to start their own firm, the technology for financial advisor is so much better, especially with Altruist,” Keith reports. “It's just so much quicker and better. It gives you the freedom to be able to have real conversations with clients on a more frequent basis.”




Putting people first

One of the things that inspired Kolo Capital to work with Altruist was the shared value of putting people first. As Keith shares (and says he's heard Altruist's founder and CEO Jason Wenk mention), “Money touches everything that’s important in life.” 

That’s a guiding principle in how Altruist supports technology for financial advisors and their clients by helping them have a better experience. And Keith notices: "I love the customer service at Altruist. It is one of my favorite parts."

When Keith needed a true partner, Altruist was there. He even became a fan of chatbots because Altruist has real people on the ready to be a guide. “I was going from a broker-dealer to launching my firm,” he says. “It was hard. It was a terrifying moment. Altruist made it very smooth and seamless.” 

“Personal financial advice isn’t going anywhere,” says Keith. “As the cost of advice goes down, the impact to clients goes up because we get more time to spend hands-on with [them]. And Altruist is at the bleeding edge of helping advisors have efficient businesses.”

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