Chris Kempton

Managing Director

Ph: 716.362.7344

christopherk@srpretire.com

Chris is a Registered Representative with Kestra Investment Services, LLC and an Investment Advisor Representative with Kestra Advisory Services, LLC. As Managing Director for Strategic Retirement Partners, Chris is responsible for growing the firm’s practice in Upstate New York. Chris has a strong technical background, including regulatory insight and plan design expertise.

Chris started his career in retirement consulting as a Vice President for Principal Financial Group for 11 years. In this role, he was responsible for marketing and servicing the firm's retirement plan product portfolio. For over 15 years, Chris has overseen the group benefits division, including retirement plan solutions, at Walsh Duffield Companies, which serves 700 clients throughout Western New York. Chris has implemented and serviced over 200 retirement plans in past twenty-five years.

Outside of work, Chris serves on the board of directors for Clarence Industrial Development Agency and Schofield Residence. He is also an active United Way volunteer.

Chris is a 1986 graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a 1990 graduate of Canisius College with an MBA degree in Finance. In 2010, Chris obtained his Certified 401(k) Professional Designation from The Retirement Advisor University at UCLA. He resides with his wife Maryann and four children in Clarence, NY.



What was your first job?

Delivering the local daily morning newspaper-up at 5am every morning to have the papers delivered by 6:30am plus cutting lawns in the summer.


What is your greatest achievement?

Almost getting 4 kids through college – 2 down, 1 a junior, and one on deck.


What is the best advice you have ever received?

Become educated, obey the law, pay your taxes, don't get married until you can take care of yourself, don't have children until you are married.