Raleigh Vachek has always had a passion for motivating and inspiring others. As a kid, she thought she might like to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a coach. She doesn’t work in athletics today, but interpersonal skills are definitely an asset in her role as a financial advisor.
“I really love spending time with people and seeing them in their environments. I would say that’s the part I enjoy most. I also would say I’m boring and really like numbers,” she says, laughing. “I like to spend a lot of time in my spreadsheets, so I’m pretty detail-oriented. That part I enjoy as well.”
As a certified financial planner and financial advisor at Daly & Vachek Investment Consulting, Vachek has seen big changes in the industry during her career. She got her start at A.G. Edwards in the spring of 2000, “right before the tech bubble burst,” she explains.
“When I started, phones were ringing off the hook. People were hungry to buy stock, and it has never been that way since. It was a really interesting time,” says Vachek. “I started from the ground up. I learned the wire operator, I learned the cashiering, all of the operational side of the industry.”
She kept her mother’s advice in mind during this time, remembering that “no job is beneath you,” and absorbed everything she could. She is grateful for that background, because her work today is all-encompassing – ranging from college savings management to retirement planning.
Vachek realizes she is one of only a few female financial advisors in a field typically dominated by men, but she has never been intimidated by being the sole female.
“People often assumed I was a boy because of my name, so in junior golf I would often be paired up with the boys. I think it actually made me a better player because I had to be willing to step up my game,” says Vachek.
Commitment and loyalty are important to her. Vachek strives to align herself with these values both at work and at home, where she hopes to set an example for her daughters Jade, 9, and Reece, 7. That’s part of the reason why she and her girls are active with the Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council. Vachek was a board member there from 2010 to 2014.
“I was not a Girl Scout as a kid, but I wholeheartedly believe in their mission and what they do,” says Vachek. “I’ve been able to witness some amazing girls, and how the program has been able to let them grow in courage, confidence and character.”
Connie Miller, president and CEO of Icon Credit Union, and a staunch supporter of the Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council says: “Raleigh gives of herself unselfishly in many facets of our community. She understands how to take one organization or individual and partner with others to make a greater combined effort. … Idaho should be proud to have her as a citizen and an admired leader.”
Vachek is also active with the Idaho Conservation League and the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation. While she is not currently training for a marathon, she has run in several throughout the Northwest. Vachek says she and her husband, John, will often slip into the garage during the early morning hours for a quick workout together while the girls are asleep. Then she heads to the office – back to the job she loves.
“(I enjoy) the interaction with people every day,” says Vachek. “I really get energy from talking to people.”