Wine and Dime Episode 9 - Welcome to the Clan with Kate Welker

In this episode of Wine and Dime, I welcome the newest member of Irvine Wealth Planning Strategies, Katie Welker!  Katie is joining the team as our newest financial planner that has a specialty in taxes.  

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The Wine:

Bully Hill - Merlot - Blackberry aromas and plum flavors rest on a medium bodied frame of cedar and firm tannins.

About Kate


Puzzles always intrigued me. Crosswords, logic puzzles, whatever the sort of puzzle I love taking little pieces of information and putting them together to solve a problem.

I was a student at Alfred State College majoring in Humanities and planning on transferring to a law program when a mentor suggested I go talk to someone in the business department about the financial planning program. When I learned what financial planning was I knew it was the right choice for me.

I obtained my first job in the financial services industry in 2005 with a large insurance company.  The position involved heavy sales and little planning. I quickly learned what type of financial advisor I was not meant to be and left to join a financial planning firm working under a CFP. I enjoyed working with clients, doing supervisory work, and creating financial plans.

In 2009 I transitioned to focusing on income tax planning and preparation. I had interned at Alsheimer & Evarts Tax Accounting in college and fell in love with taxes and planning. Since that time I had always worked doing income tax preparation during the tax season, but transitioned to a full time career at Alsheimer & Evarts. I continue to hold this position and love meeting new clients, developing relationships that stretch over years, and facing a new situation every day.

I missed being able to handle the investment piece for clients and I was able to become an independent registered representative in 2011. I ran my own small financial business alongside my position at Alsheimer & Evarts.

My goal in financial planning had been to transition to fee only and I was researching how to transition my business and what direction to take. I had met Amy Irvine in college and considered her a dear friend and mentor, I had been thinking of reaching out to her when I ran into her at a football game. We began a conversation and in 2018 I joined Irvine Wealth Planning Strategies.

My husband Paul and I have two children who keep us very entertained. I am a youth leader at Alfred Almond Bible Church, a Cub Scout den leader, and assist my husband in managing the Hornell Dodgers as part of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

Amy Irvine of Irvine Wealth Planning Strategies, LLC

10 East Market Street

Corning NY 14830