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Bassam Tarazi heel click

Raised analog.*

Groomed digital.*

Currently straddling the two.

*I believe we brave few are called xennials now.

(If you were looking to connect with me on financial advising, that's here.) 

Unbeknownst to me, my crooked and sometimes circuitous path to anything useful and fun in my life has really been about nurturing a career while trying to live an interesting life.


It’s been about finding a reason to explore in a time where everything’s been found.

It's been about clean shaves

Bassam Tarazi clean shaven

And strong beards

Bassam Tarazi with a beard

It’s been about creating moments that didn't have any effect on the length of my life, but certainly altered the depth of it.


It’s been about tinkering incessantly on weeknights & weekends, because you are what you do when no one is looking.

It’s been about drinking from the swill of vulnerability and curiosity.


That goulash hasn’t always been tasty*, but it sure has been hearty.

*e.g. I deal with a slight stutter

And I've learned to make it about more than just me.

It’s been about creating environments where businesses can stay human in an ever-connected world.


It’s been about helping people do the things they say they want to do by not only diving in, but diving down.


It’s been about discovering opportunities for people to feel comfortable in a routine, while still being able to touch the leading edge on the bell curve of experiences.

Ok. Now the actual bio.




My name, Bassam, means: the smiling one
I feel like I couldn’t have a better fitting name. 
Well, other than one that meant,
“Leave no burrito behind.”

Bassam Tarazi sipping tea

By day, I'm a financial advisor with Edward Jones, helping people organize and simplify their financial lives so they can live on purpose. 

I’m a degreed mechanical engineer and was a nuclear engineer at Pearl Harbor as my first job out of college.


For almost 10 years I helped helped steer the cultural and strategic ship of an NYC based construction company as their Director of Business Strategy (growing from $12 million to $275 million).

For 5 years I led organizational change management initiatives for large companies.

Meanwhile, on the side,


All of these experiences left with me with a mashed concoction of adaptability, accountability, and finish-ability, which happen to be the 3 most important* -ilities in the life’s toolkit.

Under the Colipera banner I coached and consulted with various individuals and entities on leadership, communication, and accountability.

*A fact decided by me

An explora-preneur at heart, I’ve also traveled to all 7 continents and 75 countries, having had such memorable experiences as:

  • Getting to Everest Base Camp and the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro 

  • Standing face-to-face with Fidel Castro while he held my Passport

  • Living on an Alaskan glacier for 8 days

  • Being hunted by a pig-tailed macaque in the jungles of Borneo

(Long stories. We’ll need some Scotch for those.)

Oh, and when I'm not doing any of the above, I'm probably hanging out with my wife and son.

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