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Nikki Garry, founder of Your Money Matters, LLC, financial analyst for The GSI Group and adjunct instructor at Millikin University

Name: Nikki L. Garry

Age: 36

Occupation: Founder and owner of Your Money Matters LLC, financial analyst for GSI Group and adjunct instructor at Millikin University

City of residency: Decatur

What does an average day look like for you? 

I would say my days definitely vary, but they're also very structured and very full. I've got my full-time job as a financial analyst (for GSI Group, a grain-storage systems manufacturer), and most of my evenings are spent at Millikin as an adjunct instructor or at a community-related meeting. I also run my own business ( where I offer financial coaching through one-on-one sessions and financial literacy seminars.

I live by my calendar because I have so much going on, but I enjoy it!

What's your favorite thing about what you do?

I love to help others. The vision of my business is to equip consumers of all ages for financial freedom. I absolutely love helping people to win with money and my passion is contagious!

Outside of your busy schedule, do you have any hobbies?

Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, shopping and spending time with my family and friends. I am also an active volunteer and serve on multiple boards throughout the Decatur community, such as the city of Decatur's Human Relations Commission as vice chairman and also vice chairman of the Tabor School of Business Dean's Business Council at Millikin. I am also very active at my church, Kingdon Come Ministries. 

What's something that you've always wanted to learn to do?

I’ve always wanted to speak fluent Spanish. I took four years of Spanish in high school, but I did not pursue it further. Perhaps I will in the future. I think learning any second language makes you more marketable in corporate America and also helps with becoming more relatable to others.

What are three words you would describe yourself with?

Driven, fun and organized.

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