[Own your tomorrow™]
President and Founder, Gratus Capital Management
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Being independent has changed my view of success. It's changed my view of what living really means. Having the impact that we have, that's a great feeling. Building a culture at Gratus Capital, building a team that is as passionate about taking care of clients as I am, it's a great feeling to see that.
And the services that Schwab provides for us give us all the things that a client might miss from being from a Wall Street firm. But the ability to be creative and provide cutting-edge advice, and it be current, and pull in experts and professionals to collaborate on a client's behalf gives us the ability to provide them independent advice, so it's kind of the best of both worlds.
Now, with this firm, we are helping clients achieve levels of success by allowing them to live their life. And so the culture that we've built here is very synergistic with what we were preaching to our clients, and that is, we work very hard here, but success is not driven by just the revenues that our firm generates, it's by us having a policy of people being at home with their families, and not always focused on hours here at work.
The thing that I most enjoy about being a father is watching my sons develop. And I haven't just watched them, I've been in the middle of it with them. An awful lot of the decisions that they make today are a direct result of discussions we've had, of them watching what I do and how I handle situations. And the fact that they're becoming awesome young men is a joy for me to watch and be a part of.
Certainly, when my sons were born, it changed my focus. And that's when I got involved with Make-a-Wish, the charity that I work with. I met a couple of the kids that we were granting wishes for, and then that, of course… that was it after that.
Today, when I leave work and I'm on my way home, and just in the car, and thinking about what we're doing for clients, I get a very good feeling about the way that we're adding to their lives, the way that we're taking care of these clients. It's something that I'm proud to tell my sons about what I do at work every day.
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