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Parady Financial Group Inc

1130 Main Ave. Second Floor

The Villages, Florida,32163

United States

Company Description

Parady Financial Group, Inc. is a proud member of the Central Florida Better Business Bureau, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and fostering of the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public. Parady Financial Group, Inc....more

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The students, many in the free- and reduced-lunch school programs, each received a $25 prepaid gift card from local businessman Greg Parady, owner of Parady Financial Group.
Greg Parady and his wife Jenni smile as they pay off thousands of dollars in strangers' layaways at a local Wal-Mart in Florida. It's pure and real," said Greg Parady, a 41-year-old CEO of a financial planning firm and layaway angel. "That's different from writing a check to a non-profit." This year he paid off over $16,000 in layaway plans. This is his second year of being a surprise layaway angel. Last year the story of his $21,000 spontaneous layaway angel spree made headlines across the country. He said there's nothing like the feeling of swiping a credit card and then turning to a stranger and telling them you just paid for all their holiday toys. "There's no better look than the one on peoples' faces when they don't know why you're giving," Parady added. Wal-Mart associate Tracy Ellis was running the layaway counter when Parady and his wife came through, him still wearing a "ridiculous" red and green jacket and she a formal gown from a holiday party from which they'd just come. Ellis said some customers had come in to cancel their plans because they didn't have enough money, only to find out that Parady had paid them off. Parady didn't stop there, giving away over $101,000 this holiday season. To spread the cheer, he gave students and clients pre-loaded $100 and $25 gift cards with the instructions to spend it on someone else, preferably a stranger. He also donated over 200 laptops to local lower-income schools to help the students prepare for the new Florida state assessment tests, which this year have a typed essay component. Parady says business has been good this year and he wanted to share his good fortune. Profits at the firm increased by 60 percent, he said, compared to 35 percent increases in years past. The volunteers were clients of Greg Parady, a Lady Lake philanthropist and businessman who organized the $19,000 donation of 15-inch HP computers. Parady made national headlines last year as the "layaway Santa" who gave $20,000 to others shopping for Christmas presents at a Villages Wal-Mart. This time, he lured school administrators outside for the surprise. Since appearing on NBC's "Today" show and other major media outlets for his holiday generosity, Parady said he's focused much of his charity work to benefit children. The owner of a financial-planning firm in The Villages, he created the Parady Cares Foundation to aid several area schools. The foundation's help has ranged from donating snacks for after-school programs to funding field trips. "I have a special place in my heart for kids," Parady, a father of one, said. Parady is so proud of the relationship we share with Rose Haverlack. Once Greg Parady and his team heard about the shortage and decided to become involved, they asked the administrators at Wildwood Elementary the number of snacks and drinks that would be needed for the entire month. With a target of 1,920 items, Parady Cares put the word out to their members. In the three week window from mid-May through June 6, they received a whopping 10,000 items, 6,000 snacks and 4,000 drinks-thousands more than were needed. Some of the surplus items were saved for the upcoming school year at Wildwood Elementary, and the balance was given to the Sumter County Youth Center, also located in Wildwood. "In this community it's easy to forget about our kids and elementary schools, however, being a new father it's all about the children," says Greg Parady. With the school year just around the corner, Parady will be initiating their new Back To School (put in a chalkboard font) program that will address the concerns of the children of three local schools during the 2014-15 academic year: The Villages Elementary, Wildwood Elementary and Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary. Shatana Rivera, Parady's head of Client Relations and Events, says, "We're excited about providing for the students and contributing to the success of these great schools during the coming year, but we want people to realize that we're not just trying to put a quick-fix Band-Aid on the problems and shortcomings that exist right now. Greg Parady's renown as the "Layaway Santa" and the response of grateful 4th grade student, leads to dynamic opportunities for his firm, Parady, to help local elementary schools in need. Though the media seems to thrive on the bad news that dominates the headlines day to day, we all dream of a world where every random act of kindness leads to another, and yet another, creating a snowball effect that makes the planet a kinder, more compassionate place. When Greg Parady, in a moment of inspired generosity, paid off $21,000 in customer layaways for 76 families of total strangers last Christmas at The Villages Walmart, he launched what has become a powerful avalanche of goodwill in the community - including the ongoing opportunity for his firm, Parady Life & Annuity, to help two local elementary schools in dire need. Discovering that The Villages Elementary School lunch program had a large deficit - and teachers were often paying out of their own pocket for their students to eat - Parady sent members of his team to the school with $500 cash for the school's lunch fund; it turned out the total student "debt" was $489 and this amount covered them for this entire school year. Wanting to continue helping Villages Elementary where further needs arose, Parady Life & Annuity has become a major sponsor of the school's "Field Day," a May 15-16 event in which the students participate in fun outdoor athletic activities. Thanks to Parady's $3500 contribution, each child will now receive a commemorative event T-shirt and replenishing food and drinks. Members of Parady's financial team and many of their clients are volunteering their time to this special annual two day event. Researching further needs related to youth in the community, Parady and his team discovered a similarly alarming student lunch deficit of $1700 at Wildwood Elementary School - and promptly gave the school $3000 to pay it off and take care of any immediate future deficits. Parady's team was then told about an important after-school program where students who are below grade level academically stay three hours after school for special tutoring sessions. Government funding only allows for students to receive a small pack of crackers and juice during these extra hours - and only a single cheese sandwich for lunch! kids2 Parady has made powerful personal connections with the students at both schools over the past few months. Alarmed that this sort of shortage can occur next door to The Villages, one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S., Parady has again taken action. The after school care program ended in April, but the firm will be contributing a wealth of snacks for Wildwood's summer program, which run for four weeks (June 17-July 17), four days a week and includes ten classes with 20 children per class. The number of snacks that will be provided totals 1,920 and will include fruit snacks, chips, cheese crackers, graham crackers, cookies and fruit cups. Drinks will include small bottles of water and pouches of Capri Sun. Beyond providing funding for their needs, Parady has made powerful personal connections with the students at both schools over the past few months. In late January, he was invited by writing resource teacher Bonnie Binniveld to visit several fourth grade classrooms at The Villages Elementary School and held a several hour pizza party for the grateful kids. He later came to Wildwood to have fun with Tracy Gandy's kindergarten class. The school uses the acronym ROAR to define student expectations: Respect Others, Obey Safety Rules, Act Responsibly and be Ready to Learn. Parady learned their Wildcat chant and "roared" back and forth with them, then later posed for photos. "It's hard to imagine children and their teachers having to worry about the kids' next meals, and that teachers were paying for the lunches of their students who couldn't afford them," says Parady, who recalls a rough home life growing up in Maine, where he was often the victim of ferocious bullying. "Knowing that my team members and clients at Parady wouldn't stand for this either without wanting to help, we asked each school how we could help in the short term while we figure out a more sustainable long term solution. "Our goal is to bring awareness to this issue and help in any way we can," he adds. "As much as we would like to, I realize that you can't help every single cause, and there are so many that are worthwhile. But when it comes to little children, I feel that I have a responsibility to be active, proactive, and do whatever it takes to help them. If they don't eat properly, they'll have a harder time succeeding." Parady and his wife Jenni recently celebrated their son Bennett's first birthday, and being a new father certainly contributes to his awareness of the preciousness of a child's needs. "Bennett will not be the layaway kid I was growing up, but as he gets older, we intend to teach him our values and instill in him the importance of giving back to those who weren't born with all the advantages." All of the awareness and resulting contributions Parady is now making to these local schools stem from the Founder and CEO's random act of spontaneous kindness at Walmart - and an envelope of colorful "Thank You" Cards from students at The Villages Elementary School. For those in the community who know him, Parady's renown as the "Layaway Santa" - a story that received coverage on all major network affiliates, national and international wire services, the Huffington Post, CNN, MSNBC, "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," Time Magazine and The Daily Mail in the U.K. - is typical of the deep connection with and dynamic history of philanthropy that the Maine born and raised Parady has with his adopted hometown. This includes an annual breast cancer event, annual food pantry fills, "Coats for Kiddos" and impromptu Red Cross fundraising and blood drives after natural disasters. Unbeknownst to Parady, the same week he was paying down layaway debt at Walmart, Bonnie Binneveld, the writing resource teacher for the entire fourth grade at nearby Villages Elementary School, was trying to come up with the perfect writing assignment to coincide with her sharing of "Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story. Cynthia Rylant's 1997 bestseller is about a boy named Frankie who waits beside the tracks for the Christmas Train, which brings presents to underprivileged children who live in coal towns and hollows. "We were reading the book the same week that the news story about Mr. Parady's generosity for total strangers came out," says Binneveld. "I suggested that they use black paper and a silver pen to create a coupon my students could give to people as a means of paying it forward, but some of them had a better idea: to write 'that man', Mr. Parady, and thank him for what he did for the customers at Walmart. A large percentage of our students are on free and reduced lunch plans, and know what it's like not to have money for presents. About half of my 120 students wrote and designed thank you cards and mailed them off." Parady, who was away for the holidays, returned from vacation to find an overflowing envelope on his desk filled with these beautiful and colorful expressions of gratitude. Months later, he says he still keeps some of them in his briefcase looks at them when he needs to be cheered up or inspired. Nazarro said Parady is proud to be associated with the event and all that it stands for. Greg Parady speaks to fourth-graders at Villages Elementary of Lady Lake. Greg Parady speaks to fourth-graders at Villages Elementary of Lady Lake. Greg Parady of Parady Life & Annuity stopped by Villages Elementary of Lady Lake recently to talk about the power of giving. In part, he wanted to visit with fourth graders at the school on Rolling Acres Road who had written him "thank you" notes for helping out local families at Christmas. Parady covered more than $20,000 in layaway expenses for multiple families at the local Wal-Mart.


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GREG PARADY Chief Executive Officer Parady Investments is a Registered Investment Advisory offering financial planning services; not all Parady employees are registered, including Greg Parady. Staff licenses and certifications. - Privacy Statement


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Greg Parady
GREG PARADY Chief Executive Officer Parady Investments is a Registered Investment Advisory offering financial planning services not all Parady employees are registered, including Greg Parady. Staff licenses and certifications. - Privacy Statement


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The students, many in the free- and reduced-lunch school programs, each received a $25 prepaid gift card from local businessman Greg Parady, owner of Parady Financial Group.
Greg Parady's renown as the "Layaway Santa" and the response of grateful 4th grade student, leads to dynamic opportunities for his firm, Parady, to help local elementary schools in need. Though the media seems to thrive on the bad news that dominates the headlines day to day, we all dream of a world where every random act of kindness leads to another, and yet another, creating a snowball effect that makes the planet a kinder, more compassionate place. When Greg Parady, in a moment of inspired generosity, paid off $21,000 in customer layaways for 76 families of total strangers last Christmas at The Villages Walmart, he launched what has become a powerful avalanche of goodwill in the community - including the ongoing opportunity for his firm, Parady Life & Annuity, to help two local elementary schools in dire need. Discovering that The Villages Elementary School lunch program had a large deficit - and teachers were often paying out of their own pocket for their students to eat - Parady sent members of his team to the school with $500 cash for the school's lunch fund; it turned out the total student "debt" was $489 and this amount covered them for this entire school year. Wanting to continue helping Villages Elementary where further needs arose, Parady Life & Annuity has become a major sponsor of the school's "Field Day," a May 15-16 event in which the students participate in fun outdoor athletic activities. Thanks to Parady's $3500 contribution, each child will now receive a commemorative event T-shirt and replenishing food and drinks. Members of Parady's financial team and many of their clients are volunteering their time to this special annual two day event. Researching further needs related to youth in the community, Parady and his team discovered a similarly alarming student lunch deficit of $1700 at Wildwood Elementary School - and promptly gave the school $3000 to pay it off and take care of any immediate future deficits. Parady's team was then told about an important after-school program where students who are below grade level academically stay three hours after school for special tutoring sessions. Government funding only allows for students to receive a small pack of crackers and juice during these extra hours - and only a single cheese sandwich for lunch! kids2 Parady has made powerful personal connections with the students at both schools over the past few months. Alarmed that this sort of shortage can occur next door to The Villages, one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S., Parady has again taken action. The after school care program ended in April, but the firm will be contributing a wealth of snacks for Wildwood's summer program, which run for four weeks (June 17-July 17), four days a week and includes ten classes with 20 children per class. The number of snacks that will be provided totals 1,920 and will include fruit snacks, chips, cheese crackers, graham crackers, cookies and fruit cups. Drinks will include small bottles of water and pouches of Capri Sun. Beyond providing funding for their needs, Parady has made powerful personal connections with the students at both schools over the past few months. In late January, he was invited by writing resource teacher Bonnie Binniveld to visit several fourth grade classrooms at The Villages Elementary School and held a several hour pizza party for the grateful kids. He later came to Wildwood to have fun with Tracy Gandy's kindergarten class. The school uses the acronym ROAR to define student expectations: Respect Others, Obey Safety Rules, Act Responsibly and be Ready to Learn. Parady learned their Wildcat chant and "roared" back and forth with them, then later posed for photos. "It's hard to imagine children and their teachers having to worry about the kids' next meals, and that teachers were paying for the lunches of their students who couldn't afford them," says Parady, who recalls a rough home life growing up in Maine, where he was often the victim of ferocious bullying. "Knowing that my team members and clients at Parady wouldn't stand for this either without wanting to help, we asked each school how we could help in the short term while we figure out a more sustainable long term solution. "Our goal is to bring awareness to this issue and help in any way we can," he adds. "As much as we would like to, I realize that you can't help every single cause, and there are so many that are worthwhile. But when it comes to little children, I feel that I have a responsibility to be active, proactive, and do whatever it takes to help them. If they don't eat properly, they'll have a harder time succeeding." Parady and his wife Jenni recently celebrated their son Bennett's first birthday, and being a new father certainly contributes to his awareness of the preciousness of a child's needs. "Bennett will not be the layaway kid I was growing up, but as he gets older, we intend to teach him our values and instill in him the importance of giving back to those who weren't born with all the advantages." All of the awareness and resulting contributions Parady is now making to these local schools stem from the Founder and CEO's random act of spontaneous kindness at Walmart - and an envelope of colorful "Thank You" Cards from students at The Villages Elementary School. For those in the community who know him, Parady's renown as the "Layaway Santa" - a story that received coverage on all major network affiliates, national and international wire services, the Huffington Post, CNN, MSNBC, "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," Time Magazine and The Daily Mail in the U.K. - is typical of the deep connection with and dynamic history of philanthropy that the Maine born and raised Parady has with his adopted hometown. This includes an annual breast cancer event, annual food pantry fills, "Coats for Kiddos" and impromptu Red Cross fundraising and blood drives after natural disasters. Unbeknownst to Parady, the same week he was paying down layaway debt at Walmart, Bonnie Binneveld, the writing resource teacher for the entire fourth grade at nearby Villages Elementary School, was trying to come up with the perfect writing assignment to coincide with her sharing of "Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story. Cynthia Rylant's 1997 bestseller is about a boy named Frankie who waits beside the tracks for the Christmas Train, which brings presents to underprivileged children who live in coal towns and hollows. "We were reading the book the same week that the news story about Mr. Parady's generosity for total strangers came out," says Binneveld. "I suggested that they use black paper and a silver pen to create a coupon my students could give to people as a means of paying it forward, but some of them had a better idea: to write 'that man', Mr. Parady, and thank him for what he did for the customers at Walmart. A large percentage of our students are on free and reduced lunch plans, and know what it's like not to have money for presents. About half of my 120 students wrote and designed thank you cards and mailed them off." Parady, who was away for the holidays, returned from vacation to find an overflowing envelope on his desk filled with these beautiful and colorful expressions of gratitude. Months later, he says he still keeps some of them in his briefcase looks at them when he needs to be cheered up or inspired. From PressRoom.com: Greg Parady, CEO of Parady Financial Group, was recently seen in Forbes magazine with other leading professionals as part of a feature "GameChangers". Continue reading Greg Parady was recently seen in Forbes as one of the "Game Changers". Continue reading Nazarro said Parady is proud to be associated with the event and all that it stands for. Greg Parady - Our Philosophy & Team Work Greg Parady speaks to fourth-graders at Villages Elementary of Lady Lake. Greg Parady speaks to fourth-graders at Villages Elementary of Lady Lake. Greg Parady of Parady Life & Annuity stopped by Villages Elementary of Lady Lake recently to talk about the power of giving. In part, he wanted to visit with fourth graders at the school on Rolling Acres Road who had written him "thank you" notes for helping out local families at Christmas. Parady covered more than $20,000 in layaway expenses for multiple families at the local Wal-Mart. Greg Parady, a 40-year-old financial analyst, spent more than $20,000 to pay off layaway accounts at a Central Florida Walmart, where one woman collapsed in tears because she was so excited. Parady Investments is a Registered Investment Advisory offering financial planning services; not all Parady employees are registered, including Greg Parady. Staff licenses and certifications. - Privacy Statement


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