Christina Hester Snyder is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Wealth Adviser with AspireWealth Planners. Prior to joining Aspire, Christina worked for 15 years as a vice president and senior trust advisor with PNC Wealth Management, assisting high-net worth clients with complex estate, tax and financial planning needs. Christina has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, specializing in trust administration, retirement options, estate planning, insurance and business planning. As a wealth adviser, Christina is dedicated to eliminating her clients’ financial fears by educating them and enhancing their financial intelligence and helping them develop a financial plan that goes far beyond the investment component. Christina believes in a comprehensive approach that addresses all facets of planning, including wealth transfer, insurance, taxes, investments, retirement, risk management and business planning. She works in concert with her clients’ other trusted advisors to synthesize their strategies rather than having them operate in silos. Christina takes pride in delivering proactive and responsive service to her clients, and helping them understand, manage and track their progress toward meeting their financials goals and objectives.
Christina graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in International Business. She earned her Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP) certification in 2011, her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2015 and her Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) designation in 2019. Christina is currently pursuing her Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation. She also holds her Life & Health Insurance licenses, series 7, 66 and series 63.
Christina is an active member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), Baltimore Estate Planning Council (BEPC), the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, the NAEPC Foundation, the Estate and the Gift Tax Study Group. She also serves on the Planned Giving Advisory Council for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). She also served as a past board member of the Pratt Contemporaries, Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Christina is the President and past Treasurer of the Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS), the Maryland Chapter. WIFS is a national organization whose mission is to attract, develop and advance women in their professional careers. She is a current Board Member and Treasurer of the Starboard Society, a nonprofit that helps Maryland families who are faced with financial hardships. A Board Member of the Life Planning Resources (LPR), a professional association that educates the public on necessary financial and elder care issues. She is also a member of the Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore, a group of interdisciplinary professionals dedicated to promoting the highest degree of excellence in the field of Collaborative Practice. Collaborative Practice is an out-of-court process for resolving disputes associated with divorce, estates and trusts, pre-nuptial agreements, etc.
In May of 2019, Christina received the Professional Advisor Recognition Society award from the Baltimore Community Foundation. This recognition honors legal and financial advisors who actively promote philanthropy in their practice. In 2015, The Daily Record named Christina to its 2015 VIP List – Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 in Maryland. This award recognizes the professional accomplishments and commitment VIP honorees make to inspiring change in their community through their careers, volunteer activities and civic involvement in Maryland. These awards are not reflective of client experience and do not predict the recipient's future performance.
Christina was also part of the 2012 Business Volunteer Maryland GIVE program, a ten-month leadership program that focuses on civic leadership, volunteerism, business involvement, and increasing awareness of the key issues facing our community.