CONNELL -- Dave Specht of Connell has been helping families plan for their financial futures for more than a decade.
But his business -- Advising Generations -- covers more than just the money. He said it's also about preserving families and perpetuating legacies, and he's created a tool to help families do just that.
"Over the years I've developed my favorite questions to use with families to find out what's important to them. Wealth isn't just defined by money. Every family has to create their own definition of what it means to be wealthy," he said.
He's sharing his top 100 Inspired Questions in an application for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app, released Nov. 18, is available at the App Store for $9.99.
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Specht intends for his questions to be used to spark dinner table conversations, family meetings and inspire personal reflection.
The communication and listening game aims to help families and the advisers who serve them uncover what they really care about through thoughtful questions, according to information on his website.
"Family businesses are everywhere. There's a lot in agriculture," he said. "Communication in family businesses and families in general is lacking. This app is a tool to help families understand each other and find out if their perceptions are in line with others in the family. It doesn't matter if their legacy is to perpetuate the family name, assets or business."
An "inspired question" can bring understanding, deepen relationships and even pave the way for families to define, describe and pursue their own definition of what it means to be "wealthy," the website said.
The app even allows users to capture a video response to an Inspired Question to share or to use as an interviewing tool to record the responses of family and friends.
Specht taught classes on family planning and finance at the University of Nebraska for more than three years before going to work for a wealth management firm. He founded Advising Generations about six years ago.
He and his family moved to Connell a year ago to be closer to his wife's family.
"With the Internet, I can go anywhere from Connell," he said. Specht also has many Advising Generations clients in Nebraska and Iowa from his time in the Midwest and frequently travels to visit them.
Specht had technical help getting his Inspired Questions app produced. Programmer Erik Ralston of Richland made it a reality, he said. Josh Kessie of Pasco did the design work.
"At first I thought I'd have to find people outside the area but I discovered the Tri-Cities has way more resources and talent than the community knows about," Specht said.
For more information about his business or his application go to: www.inspired-questions.com. Or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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