Rachel C. Lower, CLU®, ChFC®

President and CEO

Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in increasing peace of mind for business owners. As a trusted advisor, she helps clients create practical business and estate plans that save clients significant tax dollars. Her work with clients in the affluent financial space means she is working with the top 1-2% of people in the US in terms of wealth and influence.

Rachel's Best Cornerstone Story
I am always amazed to see how much of an impact good planning can have over the course of several years. When we started working with a particular client, the client requested that we develop a way to provide equality to his kids who were not active in the business as well as a mechanism to transfer the family business to those who are active in the business. By utilizing sophisticated estate and business planning techniques, we were able to remove significant growth from his estate. Initially, the removal from the estate was slightly over $2 million. Now, 15 years later, that $2 million has grown to be over $30 million removed from his estate.

 

In 2016 Rachel became a shareholder of Cornerstone. In November 2019, she was promoted to President and CEO of Cornerstone Advisors – this role makes her responsible for the next phase of growth and client development. Rachel’s success in her current role was built through her dedication to her clients and various roles she has held over the course of her work experience. From managing a client service team, to becoming seasoned in client development, and now President and CEO, she is well-versed in all aspects and obstacles that might occur with insurance and estate plans. 

Rachel has created long-term relationships with clients and advisors by being proactive to ensure the plans developed continue to meet the objectives of clients. In addition to her great knowledge, clients and their advisors enjoy Rachel's positive attitude and energetic personality, which helps her make a challenging process easy for all involved. Her impact also applies to growing and developing the Cornerstone team and creating a work culture that values engagement, work-life balance and growth aligned to each individual. 

Rachel received her Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designations through the American College of Financial Services. She holds a Pennsylvania Life, Accident and Health license as well as FINRA 6 & 63 securities licenses. She is an active member of both AALU and the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley. Rachel received a BBA in Actuarial Science from Temple University, where she was a member of the Gamma Iota Sigma academic fraternity, which is dedicated to promoting, encouraging and sustaining student interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial science as professions. She also has participated in the Program Development Committee for M Financial Group, a premier financial services design and distribution network focused on creating better solutions and products for affluent clients. 

Rachel was awarded the 2016 Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40 Award, which celebrates 40 of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s most accomplished young businessmen and women. She was recognized for her commitment to business growth, professional excellence and to the community. Read More.

Rachel gives back to the community and believes this is an important part of her work. She supports Bethany Church, Allentown Rescue Mission, Animals in Distress, Dream Come True, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Parkinson’s Unity Walk, Make-A-Wish, ArtsQuest, was a featured speaker at Moravian College’s Future Business Leaders of America Chapter, and volunteers as treasurer for both of her daughters’ soccer teams.

Whether it is on the ski slopes or on the beach, Rachel’s greatest enjoyment outside of work is spending time with her husband, Brad, and her two daughters, Cecelia and Amelia.