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Blue Line Financial, LLC

Blue Line Financial, LLC


Tom Parlon - President and Owner

I grew up in Hyde Park, attended St. Sebastian’s, and earned both a BS and an MBA from Northeastern. I was fortunate to play hockey and captain the team during my senior season—though, no, we didn't win a Beanpot!

I joined the Boston Police as a Cadet and spent about 5 years with the department. The next question that usually comes up is, "Why did you leave?" Honestly, it was one of the most difficult decisions I had made up to that point in my life. I caught the finance “bug” during my senior year at NU. However, I still had the desire to be a "cop"—it's what I knew and grew up around. About a year after graduating from the academy and with my interest in finance growing, I decided to get my MBA. A few years later, after earning my MBA, I had the opportunity to join an investment firm.

I wrestled with this decision for a long time and consulted with family and friends. Some suggested trying to balance both police work and finance. However, I had too much respect for the profession, the department, and my partner to not be completely committed to being a police officer. I did not think it would be fair to my partner or fellow police officers if I was not fully devoted. Moreover, it could potentially be dangerous to myself and those around me if I was not "100% there" during my shift.

It has been over 20 years since I left, and the next question that usually arises is, "Do you miss the job?" About a year after transitioning into finance, 9/11 happened. While both the finance and first responder communities were directly impacted, I remember watching the NYPD and NYFD doing what they do best—answering the call. Heroism in action—an unwavering commitment to help.

In April of 2013, the Boston Marathon bombing happened. I had family, close friends, and former co-workers working there that day. Once again, the response from the BPD, EMS, and medical personnel showcased heroism in action.

I know I didn't become a police officer to someday get the chance to be a "hero." I put on that uniform, like so many continue to do today, to help—help make a difference in somebody's life. From a financial perspective, that is my goal with BLF—to answer the "call" and be of service. I welcome the opportunity to make a difference in the financial lives of first responders and their families.

Some days I miss "the job," but every day I miss the camaraderie and the collective desire to help. Today, I am grateful to be in a position where I can provide financial guidance to people I consider friends.