FirstWave Financial’s Tom Kirk is selected as a finalist of the 2019 “Founder of the Year.”

Satellite Beach, FL, August 27, 2019 – FirstWaveFinancial announces the selection of FirstWave Financial Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tom Kirk,CFP®, PFS, as one of four finalist of the upcoming Founders Forum’s “Founder of the Year.”

An announcement released by the Founders Forum Board states the four finalists were chosen from a selection of ‘very deserving nominees.’ They are: 

  • Tom Kirk, FirstWaveFinancial 
  • Jim Barfield and Rich Hall, Luke and Associates 
  • The Thompson Family, Dixie Crossroads 
  • Pete McChrystal, Accent Technologies

The winner will be announced by the Founders Forum at the 2019 “Founder of the Year” event on Tuesday August 27th at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront Hotel. The program runs from 6:00–8:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit–founder–of–the–year.

“I am honored to be a finalist in a group of such accomplished business leaders,” said Tom Kirk. “Founders Forum has supported and recognized the efforts of Brevard’s entrepreneurs for nearly 35 years. I greatly respect their rich history and service to our community.”

In addition to being the Chairman of the Board of Directors of FirstWaveFinancial, Tom Kirk is a certified public accountant and personal financial specialist, the creator of The WealthCareSolution™ and a Board Member of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.


About FirstWave Financial: 

FirstWave Financial is an independent wealth management firm, providing planning and advocacy for successful families and businesses. They are based in Satellite Beach, Florida. For more information, call 321-773-7773 or visit

About Founders Forum:  

Founders Forum was established in 1985 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the needs of entrepreneurs within Brevard County, Florida. Founders Forum has evolved into an educational and networking organization where entrepreneurs can learn from and build relationships with many of the regions’ most successful business leaders. The Founders Forum Board is comprised of business and community leaders from across the Space Coast. The make up of the Board is engineered to represent the interests and best practices of a wide range of industries. 


Mr. Kirk was selected as a “2019 Founder of the Year” finalist by the Founders Forum. The selection criteria for the Founder of the Year, included the finalists’ community service activities, volunteerism and the Firm’s involvement within the community. The selection criteria was not conditional upon receiving any payment, donation or other compensation from Mr. Kirk, FirstWave Financial or any of its employees. Although FirstWave Financial did purchase tables at the 2019 Founders Forum, Founder of the Year event, the table purchases were not required to be selected as a 2019 finalist. Unless expressly indicated to the contrary, FirstWave Financial did not pay a fee to be included in any such ranking or selection as a finalist. Awards, rankings, ratings, and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications including without limitation from “Founders Forum,” and other organizations: do not guarantee FirstWave Financial’s future performance or its clients’ investment success; should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that such client will experience a certain level of results if FirstWave Financial is engaged, or continues to be engaged to provide investment advisory services; nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement of FirstWave Financial by any of its clients or the Founders Forum. Rankings published by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications are generally based on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized adviser. Working with a highly-rated or ranked adviser does not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance. FirstWave Financial does not advertise its receipt of awards, rankings, ratings, and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications unless it has a reasonable basis to believe that any questionnaire or survey used in the process is structured to make it equally easy for a participant to provide favorable and unfavorable responses, and is not designed or prepared to produce any predetermined result. 

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