CLU® , CHFC® , AIF®, Senior Partner, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC
Thomas C. West, CLU, ChFC, AIF, is a senior partner in SEIA’s Virginia office. Tom has a robust wealth management practice that emphasizes cash flow in all stages of retirement with an emphasis on planning and asset management for families facing the challenge of health-related dependency due to disability, illness or death. Tom also has significant experience in issues related to suitable and ethical financial strategies pertaining to incapacitated seniors.
Tom has been in the investment management and insurance business for over 25 years and was honored as a 2017 Signator/John Hancock Hall of Fame inductee. Tom has been interviewed by periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investment News and New York Times which profiled his practice in 2013. He has also been published multiple times in peer-reviewed professional journals on best wealth management practices involving seniors facing health-related dependency. Tom is the creator of Lifecare Affordability Plan, a proprietary healthcare and financial planning offering from SEIA. Tom regularly educates financial professionals, attorneys, tax professionals and geriatric care managers on the most appropriate financial planning techniques for families facing long-term care decisions.
Tom’s community service in aging services has stretched for decades as well. Tom currently serves on the board of the Jewish Council for the Aging and is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Goodwin House Inc. He previously served in leadership positions on the boards of Insight Memory Care Center and the National Capital Alzheimer’s Association. Tom lives in Falls Church, Virginia, along with his spouse.
Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1992. Additionally, in 1994, he received both a Master of Business Administration, Finance, and Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Tom earned a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) certification from The American College in 2000. He has been a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU ) since 2002. In 2011, Tom earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF ) professional designation from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility. He is also a licensed insurance agent (VA Ins. License #575925).