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Quintin T. Hardtner IV, MBA

Quintin T. Hardtner IV, MBA

Retirement Income Specialist

A serial entrepreneur, Quintin Hardtner transitioned to a career in financial services after decades of starting, growing and selling several very successful companies. “I made the classic business owner’s mistake of betting one hundred percent of my own retirement on the success of the business, when unfortunately, one of my businesses hit a stumbling block and faltered,” shares Quintin.

As difficult as it was, it was also a learning experience. Quintin decided that he would dedicate his next career to helping people gain greater economic clarity today, as opposed to blindly saving and hoping for an optimal outcome in the future. Prior to launching his financial services practice, he sought the counsel of some of the most seasoned and savvy retirement planners in the country. As a result, Hardtner Wealth Strategies has been thriving since day one.

“Our success is due to a laser sharp focus on identifying radical efficiencies in saving, and in the distribution of those funds in later years,” he explains. Quintin guides a sizable client base of retired individuals on effective retirement income distribution plans, and he continues to to advise working professionals and business owners on effective savings and allocation strategies designed to address concurrent goals such as retirement and college funding. “Paying for college doesn’t have to negatively impact retirement, if done properly,” he says.

Saving for retirement and taking retirement distributions come with a lot of complexity. Over a decade of working exclusively in this highly specialized area has shown Quintin that while many people have an accumulation plan, few have identified efficient distribution plans for their retirement assets. “The funny thing is, we spend the first half of our lives trying to accumulate wealth, but we rarely give attention to how we will turn those assets back into income for the second half of our lives at a level commensurate with the lifestyle we desire, and without having to worry about ever outliving our money,” he says. That is the education gap that Quintin hopes to fill in his work.

Quintin is a 1999 graduate of the Executive MBA program at Georgia State, a rigorous program designed for leaders of successful, existing ventures. At the time of his enrollment, he was the youngest attendee to be admitted to the program. He has also earned undergraduate degrees in business and history from SMU, where he was active in Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity.

Quintin is a Board Member of the Christus Health Foundation, where he serves on the Finance Committee. He is a lifelong member of St. Marks Cathedral, where he has served on the Vestry. A Shreveport, Louisiana native, Quintin resides there with his wife, Michele, and their three sons.