Rensselaer Graduates Begin Estate Planning Early
"One of my driving goals is to have a building named after my father at RPI," says Joe Templin.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—specifically RPI hockey—was a staple in the Templin household. Following in his father's footsteps, Joe graduated from RPI in 1994. There, he met his wife, Ambre Lee Ouellette-Templin '96. Someday, he hopes his sons Daniel and Liam will follow suit.
"Rensselaer gave me a lot of great opportunities; that's part of the reason why we give back in so many different capacities," Joe explains. The physics major took advantage of several leadership roles while on campus and felt extremely loyal to his fraternity, which offered priceless networking opportunities. He currently serves as Chapter Advisor for The Castle (Pi Kappa Phi), guiding current and future Rensselaer grads.
Today, Joe owns his own company, Unique Minds Consulting Group LLC; is a successful author; and holds the designations of Chartered Financial Consultant, Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Advisor on Philanthropy. Ambre, an engineer, just completed her master's degree in management from RPI and is a quality auditor for General Electric.
Because they are young, the Templins knew that to make a significant gift at RPI they needed a vehicle that provided them leverage. Previously Joe had designated the school a partial beneficiary on his retirement plan. Recently, they named RPI as an irrevocable beneficiary on a life insurance policy.
"It makes me proud to be able to contribute to something much bigger than myself," Joe says. The gift was extremely simple; yet it can make a tremendous impact.
Their goal is to ultimately pass along the opportunities that meant so much to them. "I want it to go toward leadership development," he says, "specifically within the Greek community."
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