Christopher M. Laakso

Christopher M. Laakso

Managing Partner Retirement Planning Specialist

Retirement Planning Specialist

Chris joined Equitable as an associate planner in 2001. He was part of the prestigious Hawkins District in the Houston office. His primary focus was developing a Financial Planning practice through personal and professional relationships. In 2005, he teamed up with his mentor, George Hawkins, to form the Hawkins Laakso Group (HLG) which is now known as Hawkins Laakso Wealth Management (HLWM).  Chris' role as one of the Managing Partners of HLWM is Financial Planning and Asset Protection. He has clients in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

In 2003, Chris was recognized by the Hawkins District with the Bronze Achievement award for his outstanding production and leadership. In 2005, Chris was given the "DSF of the Year - Houston Branch" award and the "National Leaders Corp" award. Chris received the "Centurion" award for outstanding production in 2007 through 2013 and the “Circle of Excellence” award in 2014-2016.  Chris achieved the distinction of “Hall of Fame” in May of 2015.  This honor is achieved through 10 years of outstanding production and is commemorated through a digital wall of fame that is housed at Equitable Headquarters in New York City.

In 2013, Chris was elected to the National Associates Forum (NAF), an advisory board within Equitable that discusses issues, improvements and product design with the Equitable Home Office.  In 2014, Chris was elected to the Executive Committee on the NAF and has served as the Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee, and Chair of Annuity Committee.  In 2017, Chris was elected to the Vice Chair position by the Executive committee and Officers of the NAF.  This is a 3 year term where Chris will serve as the Vice Chair for 2017, the Chair for 2018 and the Immediate Past Chair for 2019.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as the Series 7 - General Securities Representative, Series 66 - Uniform Combined State Law License and the General Lines Insurance License.  Chris completes 30 hours of continuing education ever 2 years to keep his licenses current.

In 2013, Chris attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, to earn his designation as a Retirement Planning Specialist.  This program was designed by Equitable and Wharton to help Equitable Advisors address the ever changing challenges faced by individuals and families that are at retirement. In 2015 Chris attended the Wharton School as a cohort of this program.  Chris served as the President of the University of Colorado Alumni Association Houston Chapter from 2002-2004 and as Committee Chair on the Board of Directors for the University of Colorado at Boulder Alumni Association from 2002-2006.  Currently, he serves as a Professional Mentor for the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business.  Chris volunteers with the Shell Houston Open since 2003.

Chris has lived in Houston since 1999. He and his wife Brandy have two daughters, Samantha and Peyton Elizabeth.


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