Professional

Laura Giles is an Associate Advisor at Foster Group. In this role, she is involved in conversations with clients to help them align their finances with their life’s aspirations. Laura serves on a team that advances the firm’s core focus of encouraging meaningful living and generous giving. Prior to Foster Group, Laura worked for Bral | Niedert Private Wealth Advisors where she served as the Director of Operations and worked on a team of advisors that helped clients make wise financial decisions. She also served as a Supervisor at T. Rowe Price where she led a team of licensed investment advisors in providing sound investment advice.

Laura passed her FINRA Series 7 and 66 examinations in 2009. She also has held an Iowa insurance license. She graduated with distinction from the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa and minored in Entrepreneurial Management.

Personal

My faith, family, and values have helped me acquire a heart that leans heavily toward service to others. As I approach each day, I hold near to my heart the Bible verse in 1 Peter 4:10, which states, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace.” That verse has created a fundamental purpose for my life and has led me to continually seek ways to serve others in order to make a positive difference in their lives.

At Foster Group, we listen to the hearts of our clients to better understand their unique values and goals. This gives us the opportunity to build trusting relationships and provide sound investment advice. I feel blessed and grateful each day to work alongside other professionals who share my values, have deep care and concern for our clients, and who use their God-given talents to provide our clients with peace of mind and confidence.

I was grateful to meet my best friend and husband, Mike, at the University of Iowa. We were blessed with our first child, James, in 2017, and we are enjoying our new and exciting journey as parents. Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, son, and our loyal golden retriever, Cam. My interests include staying active and being outdoors.

My husband and I lived in Colorado Springs for five years, where we enjoyed escaping to the mountains to hike, camp, ski, and explore. Moving home, we value being close to our family and friends. We enjoy road biking and being on the lake in the summer. My other interests include traveling, photography, yoga, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes football team. I also enjoy serving on the prayer team and singing with the worship band at Hope Waukee.

Education

B.B.A. Marketing; Entrepreneurial Management Certificate, University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)

Community Involvement

American Heart Association Board Member