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Episode 181: The Power of Choice

Chris Raup of Ascend Wealth Consulting

 “I have the freedom to choose the way I’m going to live my life, the way I’m going to run my business, and only I can control that.”

From the Army and Pennsylvania National Guard to corporate America – Chris Raup’s journey into the financial services industry has taken many turns. He originally had dreams of a career as an Army officer, but budget cuts brought him back to the Pennsylvania National Guard. As Chris began looking for a place to call home in corporate America, his entrepreneurial spirit continued to inspire him to break out on his own. Now, Chris serves as president and CEO of Ascend Wealth Consulting and focuses on sharing his passion for financial literacy with his clients and community. You won’t want to miss this episode of Cambridge Stronger. Chris provides insight into the skills he learned in the Army and Pennsylvania National Guard, how they relate to his role as a financial planner and business owner, and how his desire for independence inspired his journey.

Tune into Episode 181: The Power Choice, as Chris joins Cambridge CEO Amy Webber to discuss

  • His journey from the Army to financial services
  • Why he believes financial literacy is so important
  • How he remains committed to public service through the Wounded Warrior Patrol, a non-profit organization focused on recreational therapy for wounded warriors and their families, for which he serves as vice chairman

About Chris Raup

Chris Raup is the President and Registered Principal of Ascend Wealth Consulting, and the Founder of Venture Leadership Coaching and Research. He has a B.S. in Management Science from Lock Haven University, a certified Leadership and Performance Coaching Certificate from Brown University and is a UESCA Certified Endurance Running Coach. He holds FINRA Series 7, 66, 24, 6, and 63 licenses, life, health, long-term care, and disability insurance licenses, and Chartered Leadership Fellow (CLF®) designation from The American College. Chris and his team strive to provide customized solutions to clients who desire personal growth and a true partnership with their financial advisor.

As a retired U.S. Army Officer and multi-conflict Combat Veteran, he recognizes that clients look to him and his team for leadership and inspiration to explore their “Infinite Potential.” He fully understands how precious each day is and the freedom of a life’s journey where values and opportunity align.

In his role as Founder of the Wounded Warrior Patrol, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation, he works aggressively to help combat veterans prevail through their physical and psychological injuries. His passion for recreational therapy is based on his personal journey and experiences.

Chris splits his time between PA and CO and is passionate about exploring the mountains and wilderness areas. Whether training with friends or testing his limits in a trail race, he is committed to leading by example, challenging himself and others, and building relationships where he can have a positive impact.


Securities offered through registered representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a broker-dealer, member FINRA SIPC. Advisory services offered through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Ascend Wealth Consulting and Cambridge are not affiliated.

About Cambridge Stronger

Integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness are at the core of Cambridge’s values and drive the Spirit of Cambridge. Join our host, Cambridge CEO Amy Webber, for each Cambridge Stronger episode as she invites independent financial professionals to offer insight on how they integrate values and purpose in their care for their investing clients; and hear their stories on how they got their start as well as why they are in the advice profession. 

The opinions expressed are those of the interviewees and do not represent the opinions or views of the interviewer and/or Cambridge.

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