Chris Lindsay has lived in Hesperia ever since he and his family moved to town shortly after he was born.


He met his wife while in high school and they married a year after graduation. This year they will celebrate their 18th anniversary. They have four children — two boys and two girls, ages 2 through 15.


In 2005 Lindsay began a career as a financial advisor, opening an office in Hesperia in late 2006. In 2010 he joined Starfox Financial Services, a Registered Investment Advisor firm based out of Apple Valley and specializing in tactical investing for high net worth investors.


•


Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.


A: Unlike many people who live in Hesperia now, I can remember the days when you could stand in your front yard and see miles of open space. My brother used to dig "underground forts" so deep a grown man would get lost in them. We used to ride our bikes miles through town and would drink water from people's water hose when we got thirsty.


Because my parents both worked, I was latch-key kid but I was far from unsupervised. Neighbors used to watch neighborhood kids through their kitchen window and had no problem whipping our butts if we were misbehaving.


•


Q: What do you do in your free time?


A: I have been involved in Boy Scouts since I was a young boy. I became an Eagle Scout in 1989 and as soon as my boys were old enough I got them involved. For a short period I was a Cubmaster for Pack 152 before helping to form a new troop, Troop 725, chartered by American Legion Post 725. Now with my oldest nearing Eagle Scout and my youngest fast on his heels, I spend a lot of my free time in scouting related activities.


In addition to Boy Scouts and investment advising, I spend a lot of my free time supporting and strengthening our regions nonprofits through my involvement in High Desert Resource Network.


•


Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.


A: I would imagine those that are close to me know pretty much everything there is to know about me. Many people may not know that I originally set out to become a veterinarian rather than an investment advisor. I went to Cal Poly Pomona with the intent to go on to UC Davis or some other vet school. I spent the better part of my youth and younger adult years in the medical laboratory or veterinary field. It was while I was working in yellow page sales to develop sales skills that I found I had a strong aptitude and love of the business and investing world.


•


Q: What is your passion?


A: I do a lot of things that I feel passionate about. I am passionate about my work as an investment advisor, my work in the nonprofit sector and my family. If I had to say it in fewer words, I am passionate about helping people. I just want to make a positive impact in the lives of the people I meet.


•


Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?


A: In a conversation with one of my clients the other day we discussed the genius of our Constitution and the framework developed by our country's founding fathers. I would love to have dinner with our country's founding fathers. I would love to know if this is how they envisioned our government turning out and how they came to develop such flexible and versatile document as our Constitution.


•


Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: I am fortunate to have several people who influenced my life. When my kindergarten teacher got sick my dad took over as a long-term substitute, his influence as a teacher impacted my learning for a long time to come. I credit Mrs. Eloise Gibson for making the biggest difference in my young life, she was the greatest teacher Hesperia has or will ever have. I was lucky to have Dr. Robert Kirk as my science instructor from eighth grade through high school. Not only did he feed my hunger for science but he helped to strengthen my character and provide an anchor to hang on to during high school.


•


Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: My favorite quote has been said many ways by many people but I believe the original version was said by Peter Marshall, a U.S. Senate Chaplain. "Give us clear vision, that we may know where to stand and what to stand for — because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything."


The beauty of a good quote is that it needs no explanation.


•


Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: The secret to living a happy, satisfying life is balance and purpose. Being able to balance the things you have to do with the things you want to do makes life more enjoyable. Having an ultimate goal or purpose in life brings a focus to everything you do and helps you determine what is really important and what is not. And bacon. Bacon always makes me happy.


•


Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?


A: My advice to the next generation is to develop a work ethic. Kids are always saying, "They don't pay me enough to do that." I believe you should work so hard at your job that the boss says, "I don't pay you enough for the work you do." Work like you own the place and someday you will. Hard work is not always rewarded or even noticed by others but laziness is always noticed and is never rewarded. A second piece of advice, start investing early because time is a powerful tool in building wealth.


•


Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.


A: I serve as treasurer for High Desert Resource Network, a support organization that is closest to my heart.


Our nonprofit sector is more important now than it has ever been. Unfortunately many nonprofit organizations are not equipped to serve the needs of today let alone be sustainable for the long run. High Desert Resource Network (HDRN) is a nonprofit agency whose purpose is to improve the quality of life in our region by supporting and strengthening our regions social service sector. HDRN provides resources and training that helps social service organizations do more, find more funding and establish best practices needed to be a more sustainable organization.


Imagine you've lost your job and now find yourself in need of dental care, food, shelter or other services and all of the local nonprofits are gone. Like a chamber of commerce for nonprofits, HDRN is working to keep that from happening.


•


Q: What's your favorite sports team and why?


A: I don't follow any sports teams. I used to wrestle in high school and still enjoy watching tournaments from time to time.


•


Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: I know it sounds clichι but I really am proud of my family. My wife is beautiful, smart and dedicated to our kids and my kids are smart, caring and well behaved (most of the time). My parents have accomplished a lot and added to the quality of our community in the 37 years they have been in the Victor Valley. Our family name is recognized and respected in our community. These are all things that anyone can be proud of.


•


Q: What is the best thing about your job?


A: I love my job as a registered investment advisor. Because I spend much of my time researching or monitoring market conditions and changes in the big economic picture, my job is part analytical. I also spend a lot of time meeting and talking with people so my job is also part social. All of what I do helps investors and their families achieve their biggest financial goals as predictably as possible. My job is about giving people a financial future they will be happy with. What I love about my job is that it is a blend of all the things I love to do and things I am really good at.


•


Q: What makes you tick?


A: I think I am a simple guy. I like good food, decent movies and a cool place to hang out. I like to be challenged at work, make a difference everyday and I like to tinker around the house. When I die I want my kids to know that I made a difference, be proud of my legacy and know I enjoyed myself doing it.


Who would you like to see profiled in an upcoming Q&A? Drop us a line at Editor@HesperiaStar.com.