Adrian E. Young
JD, MBA, CAP®, CFP®
Whether he is helping a client, helping an advisor or helping his team on the gridiron, Adrian does his best to keep his eyes "down field" to ensure that each is well positioned for what lies ahead. During his time growing up in Milwaukee, Adrian could usually be found weaving between passing cars with his neighbors while playing street football against groups from other blocks. As he'd dodge opponents and deliver a pass to one of his receivers, Adrian would often imagine leading his favorite team, the Cleveland Browns, to a Super Bowl Championship. Just before high school, Adrian moved to Lancaster, where he was able to take the many skills he honed amidst the sidewalks in Milwaukee and translate them to a successful "career" as a student-athlete on the grass of a football field. Whether it was on the streets in Wisconsin or on the gridiron in high school and college in Pennsylvania, Adrian's success in football and his other endeavors was defined by his competitiveness, love of strategy and ability to improvise. These same attributes have helped craft Adrian into the successful, forward-thinking professional he is today.
Adrian serves as a trusted advisor to the clients and staff at Ambassador. Adrian is Ambassador's Chief Compliance Officer and leader of our planning department, where he spends much of his time helping the team at Ambassador develop and implement estate, charitable and other strategies for clients. As with sports, the rules of the planning "game" are often subject to change. Change is especially prevalent when it comes to tax law, and Adrian relishes the opportunity to employ cutting edge techniques and, when needed, anticipating change and improvising to create new client solutions. Adrian shares that he feels incredibly blessed to be able to spend nearly every day pursuing his passion of helping individuals, families and organizations make the most of what God has entrusted to them.
In order to maintain his competitive edge in the field of planning, Adrian is constantly collaborating with other legal and tax professionals, and is a fervent seeker of continuing education. After graduating with honors in International Business and Management from Dickinson College, Adrian went on to pursue his Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration at Temple University. Since joining Ambassador, Adrian has earned the designation of Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® and, most recently, passed the rigorous exam necessary to become a Certified Financial Planner™.
During his time at Temple, Adrian's passion for experiencing new opportunity and learning was given a unique outlet in a summer study abroad program. While studying in Greece, Adrian used his free time to observe the architecture of the Parthenon in Athens, climb the pyramids in Giza and rub the earth between his hands in the gladiator pits of the Coliseum in Rome. Adrian still enjoys discovering new places, and observing the beauties and solace of the natural world. In fact, when posed with the question of, "What three items would you hope to have if you were ever stranded on a deserted island," Adrian, an Eagle Scout, admits that he would, some days, welcome the occurrence of being stranded if he had his pocket knife, an umbrella and, of course, a football (the trees and sea life would have to do for teammates).
Amongst the professional groups and affiliations Adrian maintains, he is a member of the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, as well as the Lancaster, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. Adrian resides in Lititz with his wife, Julie, two children, Olivia and Rowan, as well as their Portuguese Water Dog, Murphy.