Amanda Gift is a Shareholder and Client Strategist at Signature. Amanda advises clients and provides comprehensive, customized solutions for estate planning, philanthropic strategies, asset allocation, and portfolio construction.
Amanda has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having been an adviser at American Express before joining Signature in 2002.
Amanda is a community volunteer and has enjoyed working with various organizations over the years. She is currently a Director and Chair of Programs for Access College Foundation and is a Tocqueville Society Cabinet Member of the United Way of South Hampton Roads. She is a past Chair of The Up Center and a past Board member of the James Madison University Alumni Board of Directors. has previously served as a Board member of the Virginia Stage Company and as Past President of the Financial Planning Association Hampton Roads. She sits on the Advisory committee for Grace Bible Church, and also serves as a volunteer in their Adoption and Foster Care Ministry.
Amanda received a bachelor ‘s degree in Finance from James Madison University and is a graduate of the LEAD Hampton Roads program.
Amanda’s hobbies include scuba diving, swimming, reading, and cooking, but spending time with her husband and four young children is her favorite hobby.
What do you do for Signature clients?
I help wealthy families build their legacy—whatever “legacy” means for them. Legacy might mean establishing a portfolio that transfers through two or three generations. Legacy could also be establishing a charitable legacy or raising amazing children. We help our clients navigate through life.
What do you love about wealth management?
I love developing creative plans and sharing new ideas with our community of clients as well as my relationships with my clients.
What qualities make you best suited to do what you do?
I take time to get to build a relationship with clients by being engaged to their interests and creating an open environment. By developing strong and genuine relationships, I can make it easier for clients to talk about hard things. I love developing creative plans that help them achieve their financial goals, rather than bore them with ideas that don’t resonate.
How does teamwork contribute to your success?
At Signature, we have a lot of institutional knowledge. For example, I’m not an expert of private aviation, but several of my colleagues are. We have wonderful shared knowledge that our clients get access to.
What is your favorite thing about working at Signature?
We execute administration and portfolio development flawlessly. We allow our clients to explore new ideas while helping them achieve their goals. For example, I have a client who is excited about philanthropy. For him, it’s not about mission statements; it’s about random acts of kindness and being able to change individual lives in really meaningful ways.
What does Signature do differently from other firms?
In the public markets, portfolio construction is a commodity. If you can find it on Google, and that’s all you need, then you don’t need Signature. However, what gets lost in a Google search is the power of experience. We combine expertise from our colleagues to provide a knowledge base with decades of experience and skills. We compare our clients’ experiences from those we’ve learned from in the past and provide insight to solutions. As a collective, we’re able to connect the dots between the smartest minds in specific niches throughout our extended networks—all for the benefit of our clients.
What do you wish more people understood about their wealth?
You have the opportunity to choose your relationship with your wealth. We can help you build the relationship you choose.
Do you use your finance background outside of Signature?
I love using my skills to support my community. Right now, that means I act as Chair of the Board of Directors for The UP Center, the largest and oldest human services agency in Hampton Roads. I am also an active member of the Investment Committee for the United Way Foundation.
What personal accomplishments are you most proud of?
My husband, four children, and dogs. My family is my delight.
What do you love to do outside of work?
I love spending time with my family and bringing them along when I go exploring. I also love engaging with the local community through my church.
- Named one of the Top 100 New Financial Advisors at American Express
- Using my skills to serve as President or Board Member of organizations I care about, including the Financial Planning Association, Virginia Stage Company, The Up Center, and James Madison University
- Named one of Hampton Roads’ Top 40 Under 40 in 2010
Education & Accreditations
- B.S. in Finance, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
- LEAD Program graduate, Hampton Roads, VA
- Chair of the Board of Directors, The UP Center
- Member, Investment Committee for the United Way Foundation
- Board Member, Virginia Stage Company
- President, Financial Planning Association Hampton Roads