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Graham T. Niles

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Authentic, Disciplined, Focused.

Niles Wealth Management Inc. - Vice President Financial Consulting Division Hometown: Brushton, NY. Age: 36 Education: St. Lawrence University, B.S. Economics

Graham Niles’ passion for doing a job well began at age of 19 when he purchased a deli, and that was after competing in a golf program that could have led to a professional career. While his current career, which focuses on numbers, may seem boring to some, Niles views his role as building a community. “It takes some of the worries off clients if we do our job well, and when clients do well, we hire more people and that helps the community.”

How does company culture impact you and what do you do to contribute to your company culture? Our company culture has taught me the value of hard work, dedication, and giving back to the community.

Tell us about your community involvement. I am a board member at the Plattsburgh YMCA and a member of Rotary.

What would you do if you have three hours off from work and could not go home? My wife and I are currently in the planning process of building our dream home, so I would probably spend those free hours expediting that process. Otherwise, you would probably find me at the driving range.

What attracts you to your peer group? Many of my peers are successful in their careers which helps to keep me focused and driven.

What strategies do you use to approach the day? I like to do a light workout in the morning to help get me ready for the day. I also remind myself that every day is a blessing and not to take things too seriously.

What is something that no one would guess about you? I enjoy cooking and playing the piano.

What important lesson have you learned in your career? Prudent investing takes patience, diligence, and an understanding of what you own for assets and how those assets fit into your personal risk profile and time horizon, which illustrates the importance of having your investment account tailored to your specific needs.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken? When our Niles and Sons Real Property Holdings, LLC decided to purchase the 1844 House in Potsdam. We had only a little experience in the hospitality and restaurant business, but given our background in business and finance we knew the numbers made sense, so we took the risk and purchased the restaurant.

How can the North Country improve its Gen IQ? The next 10 years will show a remarkable focus on technology that will drive economies both in the U.S. and the rest of the world in ways we can’t even imagine. That will require local leaders to focus on technology and attract businesses in fields such as coding.

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