Features June 2018

Allan Bieganski – Four Rivers Co-op

Its geographical footprint having expanded over the decades, a name change seemed appropriate last year for the former Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op, that had served the remote and far-flung areas of central and northern British Columbia since 1944. “Over the years, we had amalgamated with smaller retail co-ops in the area and outside it, and […]

Benjamin E. Allen – Parnassus Investments

The company was ahead of its time, Benjamin E. Allen remarks with a chuckle. Maybe so far ahead of its time—like 20 years—that prosperity came much later. For it seems that even in progressive San Francisco, the concept of socially responsible investing was a very acquired market trend when Parnassus Investments opened its doors in […]

Beth M. Kotran – Ferrero North America

As general counsel for the North American operations of the global confectionery heavyweight Ferrero, Beth M. Kotran has literally achieved—well almost—what she had so aspired to after leaving private practice in 2002. “I was focused on one piece of a bigger pie,” she tells Vanguard from her office in Parsippany, New Jersey. “I wanted to […]

Bill Tremko – USI Consulting Group

You can’t call this a mere growth spurt. USI Consulting Group (USICG) has been on a steady—sometimes dramatic—track of expansion for going on 25 years now. And it’s showing no signs of easing up; in fact, quite the opposite. The Glastonbury, Connecticut, company can attribute much of this success to the niche it has carved […]

Brian Saulnier – Sea Crest Fisheries Ltd

What a difference just a few years makes, muses Brian Saulnier, president of a southwest Nova Scotia operation that, not too long ago,  was thriving in its support of the province’s then-booming mink farms. For as recently as 2014, those pelts comprised one of Nova Scotia’s top agricultural exports, a $140 million industry, with China, […]

David Edwards – Heron Wealth

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid the size of Manhattan struck Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The impact blasted open a crater 110 miles wide, triggered a tsunami with 500-foot waves and shrouded the planet in dense clouds of acid rain. Within just a few centuries, apex predators like T-Rex and Velociraptor died out. Meanwhile, species of […]

David Mayes – Bearing Point Wealth Partners

It hits you the moment your eldest boards the bus for her first day of middle school. She’ll be off to college in seven years. By the time she’s your age, you and your wife will be eligible for social security. You’ve managed to scrimp and save here and there, but as that bus pulls […]

Dr. Morgan R. Olsen – Arizona State University

The big test for institutions of higher education just might be how to adapt to an era of less financial support from the government and increasing operating costs. Creativity and efficiency seem the campus approach from here, and under the leadership of Dr. Morgan R. Olsen, Arizona State University just might be setting an example […]

Erin Bagley – Coverys

Amidst the cacophony of the national health insurance debate—over who pays what and how; and of when liability comes into play—one voice always seems drowned in the din: that of practitioners providing the care. It’s a conundrum Erin Bagley knows only too well. As general counsel for Coverys, a medical professional liability insurer headquartered in […]

Jack Salzman – Kings Point Capital Management

When it comes to the finer things in life—a brilliant diamond, a top-shelf glass of scotch—having an “old-school” approach is usually considered a good thing. The term implies a certain reverence for tradition, an air of expertise often lacking in today’s increasingly automated, derivative-driven world. Jack Salzman wonders why wealth management should be any different. […]

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