Throughout his childhood, Eric Glasband’s family would make regular sojourns from Huntington, New York, to their PGA National home. The Long Island native enjoyed these visits so much, he knew he’d return to the Palm Beaches for good the first chance he had. That moment came in 1997 for the financial advisor, who now marries his lifelong obsession with the markets to his passion for helping others as managing director of wealth management with Merrill Lynch at Glasband Stempel & Associates in Boca Raton. This year, Forbes included him on the Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list for the first time. But when he’s not at the office, the accomplished golfer (he won a gold medal for the United States at the Pan American Maccabi Games in 2007) can often be found on the links with his 6-year-old son. A Palm Beach Gardens resident, Glasband also serves on the advisory board at the Florida Atlantic University School of Medicine, and he finds it rewarding to watch the students grow. “We have a 100-percent match,” he says. “Having a medical school here brings doctors back to this area, so it’s a great thing for this community.
Best personal finance advice: You need to have an investment plan tailored for each individual goal and objective. If you have that, you can go back to it during difficult times. Crave-worthy local bite: The flatbread pizzas at Buccan Role model: My dad. He taught me all the skills that have helped me be successful in my personal life and in business. Hidden talent: I’m a pretty good dancer. On his bucket list: Playing at the Old Course at St. Andrews Links in Scotland with my son, Ethan, and my dad as a threesome. Greatest achievement: My family Favorite film: The Shawshank Redemption Life lessons from golf: When I play with my son, I try to teach him about patience and honesty. Like anything in life, getting the answers to the golf swing and the game takes time. Binge watches: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Currently reading: Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella Life motto: If you like what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Local escape: The Beach Club at The Breakers What he’d title his autobiography: In Life, There are no Mulligans.