Trevor C. Garlock, 27: Northwestern Mutual

 

Trevor C. Garlock credits his parents with instilling a work ethic and mindset in him that enabled him to become successful.

The Alexandria Bay native’s father, Craig, is co-owner of Garlock’s Hardware & Lumber in the village and his mother, Cathy, is a real estate agent with Garlock Realty, Alexandria Bay. The couple also co-owns Bonnie Castle Resort and Marina in Alexandria Bay.

“I was just really blessed to grow up in an entrepreneurial family who is involved in the community and who has instilled their values in me,” Mr. Garlock said.

Mr. Garlock said his parents are his mentors and have “left big shoes to fill.”

“Just growing up around business gives you a different perspective,” he said. “They just taught me to work really, really hard. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and guidance.”

Mr. Garlock, 27, is a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual in Watertown. In that position, he helps people meet financial goals such as retiring, starting a new business or paying for a child’s college education.

He said the most rewarding part of the job is “being able to impact peoples’ lives in a direct and immediate way.”

“In a lot of ways, I’m an educator,” he said. “I empower people to make decisions that they are informed on.”

For professional guidance he often turns to Dean Ripley, a wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual.

“Dean is a friend and colleague, but he sometimes tells me what I need to hear, rather than what I want to hear.”

Mr. Garlock said he is inspired by the belief that his efforts, both at work and in the community, have a positive impact on people.

“We’re all part of a bigger community, and if we put in an effort to impact someone’s life in a positive way, that’s important,” he said. “The good thing about growing up in a small town is that feeling that you’re part of something greater.”

He said if he could change one thing in the community, it would be the creation of more opportunities for young people to enable them to remain in the area.

“Politically, we need to make the area more attractive for small businesses and start-ups,” Mr. Garlock said. “And, we need to incentivize larger companies to make this area a base to work out of. It’s really tough to start a business here.”

He said he would like to see someone start a college or university between Alexandria Bay and Clayton, which would bring year-round economic opportunities to the St. Lawrence River communities.

“They’ve already got the infrastructure in place and it would have an impact for the economy and the residents,” he said.

He said his hard work has come at the cost of leisure time, but he has no regrets about the long hours of work.

“I don’t like sitting still. I’m always doing something. I get up and I’m go, go, go all day,” Mr. Garlock said. “The things I work hardest for are worth the most in the end.”

— by Brian Kelly

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The Trevor C. Garlock File

Hometown: Alexandria Bay

Professional position: Financial planner, Northwestern Mutual, Watertown

Family: Parents, Craig and Cathy Garlock; brothers, Andrew and McKenzie; sister, Morgan

Education: Bachelor’s degrees in economics and environmental studies, St. Lawrence University

Community involvement: Charter member, Northern New York Community Foundation LEAD Council; national board member, The Foundation for Community Betterment; board member, executive steering committee, Thousand Islands Young Leadership Organization; coach, Alexandria Bay Minor Hockey Association

Last book read: “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon