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Keith McConkey has a passion for baseball, community and customer service

Prior to the arrival of his family and his career in financial services, it’s fair to say that Keith McConkey’s main passion was baseball.

Born in Toronto, McConkey moved with his family to Thorold as a child and has lived in Niagara for about 30 years. He currently resides in Welland with his wife, Kerri (originally from Welland), and their two daughters. He attended Brock for college, then at age 22 he traveled to Florida for baseball umpiring school, later spending six years in the minor leagues as a professional umpire.

“I started in the New York-Penn League in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. From there I went to the Midwest League with teams in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan , Indiana and Ohio. My next step was the Florida State League, followed by three years in the Double A in the Eastern League, covering Maryland to Ohio. The Umpires Association moves a lot its people, in order to give the referees a varied experience at several levels of play.”

Ultimately, the stressors of professional baseball, particularly the long stretches of living in hotels away from home and family, convinced McConkey to make the transition to a new career in financial services. He spent four years with CIBC as a financial advisor, then moved into a leadership role with PenFinancial Credit Union. The lure of running his own business brought him to Investors Group over a year ago, and he now offers a full range of financial services to his clients encompassing debt management, savings, planning inheritance, wealth protection and tax minimization strategies. McConkey has earned the Professional Financial Planner (PFP) and Responsible Investment Specialist (RIS) designations.

McConkey is still active as a baseball umpire, officiating games in the Intercounty League, an amateur league in southern Ontario, featuring teams like the Welland Jackfish. He has also represented Canada internationally as a referee at a few world championships and the Pan American Games.

“I was supposed to go to a qualifying tournament in June for the Tokyo Olympics, but COVID-related travel restrictions reduced that,” he said.

As an active member of the Fonthill Rotary Club, McConkey looks forward to being involved in the Pelham community. He and his family enjoy the Farmers Market and Bandshell concerts on summer Thursdays in Peace Park, as well as Summerfest activities.

He enjoyed his time at IG Wealth Management.

” It was great. Got an internal performance award and made numerous client presentations. It’s all about relationships, so you really want to meet people face-to-face to develop a sense of trust, which is so essential. Zoom meetings are needed right now, but just aren’t the same as in-person conversations.

IG emphasizes planning for customers, McConkey said. “I firmly believe that you don’t become a client until we have done the planning for you. I need to know in which direction you want to go, so that I can make recommendations on the solution side. Investments, insurance and all other financial services are just solutions that fill in the gaps in a financial plan. I will recommend the first solutions people need, but I will never be product-centric, I will always be customer-centric. »

McConkey is working from home during the pandemic, rather than at the Investors Group office on Lincoln Street in Welland. He can be reached by phone at 905-788-1356 (office) and 905-347-2251 (mobile), or by email at [email protected]