Paul Hynes CFP®

Director in Wealth Management, Partner

Meet Paul

What do you enjoy most about wealth management?

After more than three decades in the industry, I’ve never stopped learning. I’m constantly curious and enjoy expanding my understanding.

What's the biggest challenge?

Dealing with all the aspects of our clients’ lives, including both ups and downs. Staying balanced between the euphoria of the ups and the dreariness of the downs can be a challenge.

What do you love most about being part of Aspiriant?

I was attracted to Aspiriant’s client-centric culture and people.

What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?

Founding and building a successful, independent wealth management firm after 22 years of working at a large Wall Street brokerage firm.

What quality of yours makes you best suited to what you do?

Walking in other peoples’ shoes — empathy combined with determination to move forward and accomplish goals.

How should people think about their wealth?

Someone is going to enjoy your wealth, it might as well be you. Using it and giving it away can be both fun and rewarding.

What do you love to do outside of work?

I enjoy playing and viewing sports. Golf and pickleball are two of my current favorite pastimes.

What would you be doing if you weren't working for Aspiriant?

I’d still be running HearthStone Private Wealth Management, the independent firm I started with my business partner, Wendy Wildey.

What was the most influential book you've read and why?

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey. I endeavor to practice those habits every day, which I believe to be timeless and universally applicable in life.


Paul joined Aspiriant in 2021 via a merger with HearthStone Private Wealth Management, the San Diego firm he co-founded with business partner, Wendy Wildey. Paul serves as a Director in Wealth Management and Aspiriant partner. Paul also directs the fiduciary investment services team at Aspiriant. He brings more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Prior to joining the firm, Paul served 11 years as president and CEO of HearthStone. Before that, he spent 22 years with a large Wall Street brokerage firm. During that time, the firm changed its name 13 times and is currently known as Morgan Stanley.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia. He earned the right to use the Certified Financial PlannerTM Professional designation in 2012. Paul founded Senior Safe & Sound, a non-profit educational resource and video library that seeks to educate and empower senior citizens and those they love to prevent elder fraud and abuse. He serves on the Investment Advisory Board of United Way of San Diego, as well as several other non-profit boards and committees.

Paul and his wife of over 40 years, Joanie, are empty nesters after raising two incredible and wonderful humans, Chris and Lauren. Together they enjoy sports of all kinds — currently golf, tennis and pickleball are favorites. They also enjoy travel, wine tasting and reading.

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