To operate a successful business, according to Rob Wilson, utilizing technology is essential. His advice to entrepreneurs no matter how small or successful is to take advantage of the social media tools that are available. “You have to use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook,” he advices noting that those three entities are some of the basics when it comes to social media outlets.
As a financial advisor Wilson says he makes technology work for him and throughout the years it has been rewarding. “It is integrated within my day.” His latest venture involves producing podcasts on iTunes. Called Movers and Shakers, he describes the podcasts as an interview show featuring, people who are moving and shaking in sports, business, entrepreneurship, entertainment and or politics. “Each episode is designed to inspire you into action and provides tips and tools that can be implemented immediately in your life, career or business,” he explained. “I am exposing people who have achieved a sense of success in their field providing a way for them to share their experiences.”
The first posting, How to Sell Anything was an interview with marketer Jason SurfrApp and the most recent is; How to Dominate and Profit From Media Exposure, an interview with media guru Mario Armstrong. Aiming to post at least one or two new podcasts a week, the exciting part for Wilson is interviewing the guests. “I learn from each conversation and enjoy the fact that I get to share their information with my audience.” Two people he is looking forward to interviewing are Pittsburgh native, actor Lamman Rucker and Cinnabon president Kate Cole.
Another way Wilson educates his clients and the general population is by hosting a financial segment called Money Monday on the Pittsburgh Today television show. Topics for the show have included How to Talk to Your Mate about Money, How to Save More for Retirement, How to Overcome the Top Financial Fears, Top Ten Myths of Personal Finance and Five Ways to Improve Your Finances. The next Money Monday segment is schedule to air Monday, Jan. 27 during the 9 a.m. show on KDKA TV-2. He also has appeared as a guest on NightTalk on PCNC and has been featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times and Black Enterprise Magazine.
Excerpts of the Money Monday show can be viewed on his website; www.robwilson.tv which is full of information and carrying his blogs the Movers and Shakers podcasts, YouTube videos and his other products. His Facebook and Twitter accounts are also affiliated with the site.
Often called the Hip Hop Financial Advisor, Wilson says his advice focuses on personal finance, investing, career enhancement and entrepreneurship. “I lean toward the young professionals as well,” he pointed out. “My goal is to assist people to invest wisely and to start building wealth at any income level. Entertainers and professional athletes have a tendency in having a comfort level to spend their money on expensive items like sneakers, jewelry and high priced merchandise. My intent is to help prepare them for the future.”
Considered one of the top in his field and known nationally and internationally, Wilson has always had the desire to be in control of his own success. Using education as his tool to assist in getting him where he is to day in his career he thrives off of helping others. A Schenley High School graduate he has his Bachelors’ Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters’ in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. While attending CMU he received a full fellowship for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the country’s preeminent organization for promoting diversity and inclusion in American business.
A Hill District native, Wilson said he was taught by his mother and grandmother not to let people impose their limitations on him. As a result he tries to instill the same philosophy on young people. He has launched a video series called The Best Kept Secret, a short video, exposing young people to a variety of career options available to them. The video is created from the field trips he has taken young people on inclusive of the taping of his television series, the offices of businesses, doctors, lawyers, accountants and other entrepreneurs. “The video series demonstrates to the young people that hard work provides rewards,” said Wilson.
Another product he created is an online bracket game using a popular sports concept to teach people about investing called March Money Madness. Following the concept of NCAA tournament, Wilson explained that instead of using 64 college basketball teams, he uses 64 stocks. “The March Money Madness Bracket Challenge works just like predicting winners in the college basketball bracket, but in this competition you pick the winner of a matchup between two stocks.” He said three weeks before the time he will provide financial literacy education that can be used to play the game. Wilson said his goal is to work with schools, churches and afterschool programs with the program. Already Villanova University and a few schools have signed on to be a part of the March Money Madness.
His financial tips for 2014 are to start taking control of your own financial life and stop waiting for the government to change things. If you are employed he suggests testing the market. “Look for another job, how do you know what you’re worth if you don’t look?”
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