Get to know Charlene personally

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Originally from the Bay Area, Charlene Quaresma is a first-generation American, whose Portuguese parents taught her about the value of hard work and planning early in her life.  Upon graduating early from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's Degree in Consumer and Social Psychology, Charlene entered a business climate still hurting from the dot-com bust and the terrorist attacks of September 11th.  She understands that flexibility and creativity are needed to build wealth in adverse markets.

Charlene is not your typical financial planner.  She didn't dream of working in the industry; she never imagined she'd land in the world of investments and long-term planning.   She began her career as a sales manager at a lingerie boutique and it was there where she discovered the powerful link between money and emotion, passion and vulnerability.  With her, it's not about judgment; it's about owning your story and following your dreams.

She moved to Portland in 2008 to follow her heart and a man that she later married.  Charlene and Mike live in Southeast Portland and are part-time parents to her teenage step-daughter Myah and full-time parents to their two Devon Rex cats, Gilly and Beanie. 

Having a passport since the age of five, Charlene enjoys traveling internationally with Mike (and occasionally her parents- to help with her Mom).  She is fascinated by learning the cultural history and richness from other countries.  However, she loves going back to Portugal and the Azores, especially the island of Pico because she can practice her "semi-fluent" Portuguese.  Last summer, she toured Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Netherlands.  Mike and Charlene got engaged in the Dominican Republic and recently traveled to Playa Del Carmen this April and Barbados in July of 2018.  Australia is on the docket for 2020!  

In her spare time, she enjoys live music, karaoke, stand-up comedy and anything in the arts and crafts world.  Her latest projects include singing the nation anthem in front of thousands of people at Northwestern Mutual's Western Regional Conference and constructing a set of life-size Angry Birds costumes.  She has been a frequent "Burner" and travels to Black Rock City annually since 2000 with the camp Children of Chaos.  Her favorite movie is The Nice Guys and favorite band, Queen.

Charlene is a strong believer that you can have the life you dream of, it just takes a plan and commitment to make it so.

Charlene Marie Quaresma

Financial Representative


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