Marv Cook

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Marv Cook, Financial Advisor, Marsh Cook Investment Group

Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network


As a young boy growing up in Eastern Iowa, I dreamed about playing football in the NFL.  I didn’t realize it at the time, (or as my mom continually reminds me, acknowledge it) but I was extremely fortunate to have people around me who gave me the support and guidance that I would require to achieve those goals.  I learned at a young age that a lot is possible if you are willing to work hard, develop a plan, and continually make decisions that will move you in the direction of your dreams and goals.  That attitude and work ethic lead me to fulfill two childhood dreams of playing football for Hayden Fry and earning a business degree at the University of Iowa.

College and Professional Football Career

My first day as an Iowa Hawkeye football player was met with the realization that I was 6B on the depth chart of 7 tight ends.  I had a lot of work ahead of me!  Over the next four years I earned four letters, was voted team Co MVP for the 1987 and 1988 seasons and was co-captain in 1988 when I led the Big Ten Conference in receiving and was selected as a consensus All American.

I was then selected as the 63rd pick in the 1988 NFL draft with the New England Patriots where I earned Pro Bowl selections during the ’91 and ’92 seasons.  During the time, I was aware of the statistic that the average career of a NFL player is 3.2 years so I began to plan for life after football.  I participated in the NFLPA’s Internship program and began working during the off season at Merrill Lynch in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Financial Services Career

After retiring from the NFL in 1995, my wife Tracy and I started our family with the first of our three children Drew.  Daughter Logan and son Ashton followed in 3 year increments.  In late 1997, my dreams led me to my current position as a financial advisor.   After working ten plus years in the financial service industry, I have realized the values that football taught me (i.e. discipline, hard work, dedication, commitment, and sacrifice) correlates directly to the investment planning industry.

Investment planning at its core is about picturing the outcome you desire and then developing a plan and action strategy to work towards making those desired outcomes a reality.  We all by nature desire great things.  The key difference is that often we don’t follow up with the plan or the work that needs to be done to make it come true.  Over my 45 years, I have observed some of the very best parents, friends, coaches, players, teachers, business owners, writers etc.  The fundamental lessons I have learned from them about success have been paramount to my development as a parent, son, coach, friend, and financial advisor.  They all have had passion for what they are doing, a desire to get better each and every day, and most importantly, a clear vision of what it takes to be successful in their chosen field.  I have the greatest career in the world!  I am able to share in the accomplishments; setbacks, and ultimately the journey alongside others/clients/friends who are also striving to live the only life they have to the best of their ability.

Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network,  LLC  (WFAFN), Member SIPC. Marsh Cook Investment Group is a separate entity from WFAFN


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