E!C’s Rising Star: Gautam Pai

By Samantha Wright  Gautam Pai Headshot

An Ohio State University graduate and lifelong Clevelander, past President of the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, Gautam Pai is Engage! Cleveland’s latest rising star.

During the week, Gautam works hard as the President and Owner of Balanced Financial Concepts, a financial advisory firm in Solon, whilst on the weekends he makes the most of living in a city he loves.  Gautam is a huge ambassador for Cleveland, and he believes that we should all be ambassadors for our city and be the difference we want to see in the city.  Having been involved with The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club for the past four years, Gautam has had the opportunity to put his words into action.  What Gautam loves about Cleveland is its diversity and its vibrancy.  He considers Cleveland to be a fantastic place to be a young professional because of accessibility to resources and the ability to build a network.  With these resources and networks comes the opportunity to make an impact, which is possible as the city is open to progress, particularly when it comes to the future of young professionals.

Gautam’s life motto is “work hard, play harder”.  He believes that we can not play without putting in the work first; “It is so much more rewarding to have fun when I know I have put in an honest day's work doing good for my clients.”  His career advice to other young professionals is to find something you love doing, and never let it go.  Gautam found love both at work and at home, and one of his favorite memories in Cleveland was his first date with his wife Rhonda….  It was the beginning of April 2007 and I decided I would take her to Fahrenheit in Tremont, a restaurant that neither of us had been to.  When I picked her up for dinner, it was 55 degrees and clear skies.  We had a fantastic dinner and came out of the restaurant to find six inches of snow on the car.  That's Cleveland… wonderfully unpredictable.

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