Join Chip Munn, CEO of Signature Wealth Group and Senior Wealth Advisor with RJFS as he interviews Tim Norwood, Executive Vice President of Sales and Governmental Relations at Synergi Partners and the owner of Victor’s Bistro, an upscale local bistro in Florence, South Carolina.
In the mid-1990s, Tim and his partners built a small business into the largest tax consultant company in the country for employment tax credits. In 2003, they sold that business to a data processing company. Tim calls this his first “retirement.” He was forty-seven years old and looking to retire, but he ended up working another twelve years. When he left there, he and his partners bought a small tax consulting business in Alabama and moved it to their small town in South Carolina, where it still thrives today.
In 2004, he ran for the South Carolina State Senate, and in a very close and controversial race, ended up losing. When he lost that election, he went back the data processing company where he stayed for another dozen years. In 2015, he retired—again. He felt the need to be active and stimulated, to have new goals and to look to the future. He told me, “The possibilities of what life brings, or what investments bring, or what business brings keeps you young. I never see myself truly retiring. Retiring is where you wake up in the morning, don’t have a watch on, and you don’t know what day of the week it is. You just play golf simply exist. I can’t do that. I have to be a contributor. I need to be giving to a business or an organization. That’s what makes me happy.”
“My retirement remix,” he told me, “is that five years from now I may not work a full week, but I’m going to have an office to go to. I’m going have a computer, I’m going to attend some meetings, do some Chamber of Commerce work, and get involved with economic development. And I may exercise more!”
Tune in to episode two of The Retirement Remix now to hear Chip and Tim explore:
- Why Chip jokes that Tim has ‘failed’ at retirement twice.
- Why your circle of influence and your work in the community is so important to a modern retirement.
- Why someone who worked many years in the financial sector – buried in tax codes and credits – opened a bistro in retirement.
- Some of the biggest challenges Tim faced going from a corporate career structure to an entrepreneurial journey.
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