Corbin Hargraves. Photo by Brianna LaRocco of Brianna LaRocco Photography.
Corbin Hargraves. Photo by Brianna LaRocco of Brianna LaRocco Photography.

Corbin Hargraves (MGT ’02), of Charlottesville, Virginia, was recently named “Best Financial Advisor” by Vinegar Hill Magazine in its inaugural “Best in Black” awards.

In 2014, Hargraves was named one of the top 15 under 40 power players in Central Virginia in the 2014 Power Issue of C-ville Weekly. He currently works at Timeless Solutions and Crown Mortgage to help clients understand the best financial strategies to use for home ownership.

“To receive any distinction or award for something you are passionate about is an honor,” said Hargraves.

“Over the years, the recognition I have received has led to new clients, networking opportunities, and speaking engagements for which I am extremely thankful.”

Hargraves was drawn to his career by many things, but his interest was initially piqued by a film. “As a teen, the 1992 film ‘Glengarry Glen Ross,’ featuring Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, and Jack Lemmon, sparked my interest in finance, real estate, and sales.”

He was also motivated by his experience interning with Merrill Lynch. “I was mentored by a financial advisor who had achieved financial freedom at a young age. The business classes I took at Pamplin helped affirm my ultimate decision to work in the financial services industry.”

While helping people with their finances today, he shared some advice on how to achieve financial freedom. “Never make assumptions about your credit scores—check them annually. Saving money, investing wisely, and developing multiple streams of income is a key.”

He wants current college students to understand that balance is key. “No matter how successful you become in your career, never take for granted your mental, spiritual, and physical health. Spend time with your family and friends—often. Tomorrow is not promised. Travel frequently.”

He added: “There are some beautiful people and places to see in this world of ours. Spark conversations with the older generation, as their wisdom and life experiences are priceless.” As for career advice, he said, “Find a mentor in your respective concentration—it will ultimately pay immense dividends.”

During his time as an undergrad at Virginia Tech, he served as a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Boys and Girls Club, and as a mentor at Blacksburg High School. In addition to these roles, he served as a member of the Black Student Alliance as well as a member of the hospitality committee at First Baptist Church.

Today, Hargraves continues to serve in his community in Charlottesville, and he enjoys participating in the Hokie-Cavalier rivalry. For him, being a Hokie in Hoo-ville is “an unexpected blessing many times over, and a great conversation starter! Life is good in Charlottesville.” He suggests that everyone should “consistently try to serve as a positive light in the community.

Acknowledging the support he has received from various sources, including churches, his family, friends, and clients, Hargraves said: “Throughout the years, I have tried to epitomize the core value of Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). And with that, let me just say, go Hokies!”

- Written by Rachel Breeden