Biography: Bill L. Booz III, CFP®
Bill Booz is an adventure seeker who’s mission is to engage in and live an extraordinary life by traveling the World, documenting his experiences on photo and video and achieving life fulfillment. Bill started on his adventures shortly before deciding to backpack the entire 2,160 mile long Appalachian Trail, a wilderness footpath that extends from Georgia to Maine over a 7 month time frame. This was an odyssey that took him through 14 states and is estimated to take about 5,000,000 steps to complete.
Bill’s adventures have not stopped there. He has been to all 50 states, as well as exotic places like China, Australia and Africa. He has SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and hiked on the Great Wall of China. Adventures like tracking Silverback gorillas in Rwanda, swimming with sharks in Central America and monkey’s jumping into his arms in China have all contributed to his amazing experiences. He has been on over 250 adventures spanning 5 of 7 continents. In addition to traveling the World, he also enjoys giving financial advice and film making. His next film project is called Thousand Mile Odyssey, a post apocalyptic film that is in the pre production stages. Bill is an accomplished photographer and had his work published in magazines in the United States and abroad. He took first place in the Rwanda Air Magazine for landscape photography in Africa and has appeared on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. View his fine art at billboozfineart.com. Bill’s first book, Seasons and Colors of the Appalachian Mountains, is a pictorial guide that has been well received. His second book, Total Return Life™ is due to be published soon.
Professionally, Bill managed 1.3 billion dollars in assets for high net worth clients. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) and a finance major who graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University and is active with his Alma mater. He is the principal of Total Return Financial managing assets and insurance for clients. He has a minor in Vietnamese from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and speaks Chinese. As the Chairman of the Board for the Rutgers Business Leader Development Program, he has given speeches on entrepreneurship and professional development to students at colleges in the Philadelphia area. Bill’s adventure buddy is his Jack Russel Terrier, named Maggie who accompanied him on his 19,100 mile RV odyssey from Philadelphia to Alaska and back. They live in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.