Judy Heft is your personal CFO, life advocate, and wellspring of financial wisdom—whether you are a busy parent, young person struggling with student loans, or a high-net worth philanthropist. With a background in small business, bookkeeping and advocating for older Americans, Judy’s utmost concern is confidentiality and information security.
Judy combines extensive business management experience with a strong sense of caring for each of her clients. In her more than two decades of experience in the retail industry, she developed broad-based abilities to handle a wide range of financial matters. Judy has owned conventional and Internet-based retail businesses, where she was responsible for daily operations and management, purchasing, sales, accounts payable and receivable, and personnel. The skills Judy brings to each client are on tap for any situation. In the 23 years since Judith Heft & Associates was founded, Judy has seen it all; from less-than-honorable people insinuating themselves into the wills of older Americans, to resolving identity theft—and educating her clients on how to avoid it again in the future.
Judy’s early career began in her parents’ retail clothing store. As the store’s buyer and bookkeeper she became familiar with bill-paying, accounts receivable, balancing the company checkbook, and maintaining good relationships with vendors and customers. After leaving the family business, Judy was contacted by a friend regarding the financial situation of his mother. She was elderly and completely dependent on others to care for her. Judy quickly saw the cast of players that surrounded her new client were draining her vitality and her checking account. For the first time, Judy realized the scope, far reach, and often intangible nature of elder financial abuse.
After accumulating several older clients, Judy decided to branch out to other demographics with the opening of Judith Heft & Associates. She found a niche in helping her high net worth clients establish well defined, organized systems for handling their finances— including compliance with complex labor laws governing housekeepers, nannies, and home health aides. As the client base for Judith Heft & Associates continued to grow, Judy’s clients expanded beyond her hometown of Stamford, Connecticut, and into Fairfield County, Westchester County, NYC and up and down the east coast.
Judy is the co-founder of a mastermind group for women-owned businesses. Currently, Judy is a member of the American Association of Daily Money Managers www.aadmm.com
. And Judy is a certified money coach and loves helping individuals get to the root of their money habits and helps them figure out how to create healthier habits. Judy is also an active volunteer for Camp Happy Times, where children, who have or have had cancer, ages 5-18 years attend a one week sleep away camp for free under the umbrella of the Valerie Fund
. Judy has an associate’s degree from Mt Ida College and lives in CT where she raised her two daughters. When she isn’t working Judy enjoys relaxing at the beach, hiking, working out and spending time with her three grandchildren.