Professional Focus and Services
Ken's focus is solely in socially responsible and sustainable investment strategies for socially and ecologically conscious people and organizations. He follows technology closely to implement advancements and systems to better the client/advisor relationship. With offices based in the Empire State Building in NYC, Ken is completely mobile and uses technology to fit the modern professional's lifestyle.
Ken works closely with First Affirmative to design customized socially responsible portfolios, tailored to realize financial goals while mirroring your personal values and social concerns. Implementing integrity and discernment into portfolios that afford a fuller and more comprehensive investing experience. Investors interested in fair trade and fair compensation, equal and just labor policies for women, minority groups and indigenous peoples, clean air, alternative energy, water preservation, organic farming, animal protection, spreading peace and promoting sustainability may be suitable for Ken's SRI- Sustainable Responsible Investment philosophy.
- Investment Advisory Representative, SRI Investing LLC
- Custodial Affiliations: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. and Foliofn Investments, Inc.
- Member, First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC
Education and Experience
Kenneth Silva Ballard has gathered invaluable training from his family's financial planning business, Ballard Associates, in Farmington CT. Entering the business partly due to his grandmother, Edna Lou C. Ballard's passing in 2014. Per her request he acquired his brokerage licenses to secure the family business, which she founded in 1979. Prior to finance, Ken's focus has always been on sustainability, working for over a decade as a Chef and member of SlowFoodUSA, Ken was opening farm to table restaurants and advocating for local and sustainable food systems across the country. Earning a degree in Sustainable Business while running a professional kitchen in Hartford CT, Ken realized the potential for investing in sustainable systems and made the transition from Chef to Financial Advisor in 2014, becoming a broker for Cambridge Investment Research. Schools Culinary Institute, Northern Arizona University, and University of Phoenix. Ken has held his Series 6(Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative) Series 7 (General Securities Representative), and Series 66 (Combined State Law Examination)
Ken's disciplined in meditation and ceremony with the indigenous traditions of the Lakota, Maya, Andean, and the Shipibo-Conibo of Peru. A student of life, he provides his service as a chef to these ceremonial traditions. Through this service he honors the relationship with Earth and the ancient knowledge, passed down by elders and wisdom keepers across the globe. Aware and disciplined in accessing humanities collective consciousness and interconnectedness of all living things, he sees the importance of community internationally, across all cultural boundaries. Ken is a student of Black Dragon Kung Fu and practices incorporating these teachings into all areas of life, to pass the way of truth and integrity to future generations.
Kenneth Silva-Ballard is an Investment Advisory Representative of SRI Investing LLC, an independent Registered Investment Advisor registered in New Jersey and providing advisory services nationwide. Gary subscribes to a package of professional services offered by First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC and is not an investment advisor representative of First Affirmative.
First Affirmative Financial Network is a Registered Investment Advisor (SEC File #801-56587).
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