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Wealth Adviser Profile: Ian Porter

by James Phillipps on Apr 20, 2009 at 00:01

Wealth Adviser Profile: Ian Porter

Ian Porter may not look like your archetypal Hell’s Angel, but in the summer he is planning to ride through Ardenne and the Moselle Valley in France to celebrate his 40th birthday in style.

‘I’m going with a few biker friends and they are an eclectic bunch,’ he says. ‘One only has one arm – he lost the other one in a motorbike crash but got back on a few years ago, and now he has a customised Harley Davidson.’

Ahead of his French foray, he plans to put his own Suzuki GSXR1000 through its paces on a track day he has lined up at Brand’s Hatch in May. It is supposed to be able to reach a nerve-jangling 180 miles per hour, but he might not quite push it that hard to spare his wife’s nerves.

Porter, who is the proposition director of Alexander Forbes Wealth Management, is clearly very passionate about motorcycling, but it is not only the thrill of the wind rushing through his hair that has him hooked.

‘I love the diversity of people you meet,’ he says. ‘It does not matter if you are a brickie, a bank manager or a Hell’s Angel – if you have got a bike you are all in the same club. It is very egalitarian.’

Porter is a real people person and this has had a profound influence on his career. He started out at Commercial Union in 1987 valuing old with-profits policies manually, which he admits he found somewhat dull.

By 1991, he had tired of ‘sitting behind a desk’ and saw a job as a client-facing broker consultant at Scottish Life advertised in his local paper. ‘I got the job and was lucky to work with a couple of great guys who really trained and mentored me and helped me gain the confidence to deal with people,’ he says.

Porter quickly excelled at the firm and won a trip to Monte Carlo for smashing his sales target in only his second year.

He admits that he developed a bit of an ego and grew increasingly irked by the structure at ScotLife.

He later ‘moved to the other side’ but not before a few more twists and turns.

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