David founded BlueSky Wealth Advisors, a fee-only, independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in 1999. He is primarily responsible for defining the overall firm policies, strategy, and goals. He also formulates advanced financial planning and complex tax strategies for clients, and is responsible for setting the firm wide investment strategy.
David received a BS in engineering in 1989 from West Point, where he was a Distinguished Honors Graduate and member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Prior to his career in finance, he served for 10 years in U.S. Army Airborne, Ranger, and Special Operations units.
He is a member of the CFA Institute, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), and the New Bern and Pleasanton Chambers of Commerce. David is on the Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee of the West Point Association of Graduates. He also serves on the Board of Directors of CarolinaEast Health Systems in New Bern, where he chairs the Investment Committee. In addition to his many board duties, he coaches youth league baseball and soccer teams in the New Bern area.
David is a recognized speaker on investments, financial planning, and taxes. He has written for and been quoted in numerous trade journals, including Money magazine, BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and other national and local publications. He was for five years the host of “All Things Money with David Blain,” a weekly television and radio program.
David resides in Trent Woods, North Carolina with his wife and five children.
Q & A
What do you enjoy most about being part of BlueSky?
The people, both those we serve and those I work with. BlueSky exists to help people reach their goals and navigate the vagaries of living in a complicated financial world. There is no greater professional satisfaction for me than being an integral part of that process. And as an added bonus, every day, I get to work with dynamic, dedicated, and very talented colleagues.
What does “improving the quality of our clients’ lives” mean to you?
I think it means helping people believe in, and then achieve, what they want out of life by maximizing the assets they have or assisting them in developing new resources. It’s about striving for a lifestyle they can envision but aren’t sure how to get there. It’s not necessarily about more or better; maybe it’s the "life of less" they dream about. Life is full of opportunities, and we are here to encourage people to reach out for them.
What keeps you busy when you’re not working?
I love spending time with my wife, just hanging out talking about our dreams and future together. We thoroughly enjoy raising our five children, too. I coach several youth soccer teams and try to spend time with the kids doing whatever interests them. It’s an absolute joy. We also spend a lot of time on the water in our boat or exploring this great country in our motor coach. When I get a few minutes of free time alone, I’m usually reading a book or working out. I’ll watch any type of motorsport, and I like to get behind the wheel and do a little race car driving, too.