Quarterly Letter Excerpt: From John Bird’s Desk

As Albion grows and matures – and we’re now in the early years of our fifth decade – it’s inevitable that we find ourselves celebrating the retirement of long-time team members, honoring their contributions, yet continuing into the future without disruption. We’ve had a few over the years and it’s time to celebrate another. Doug Wells, Partner and head of business development, will be retiring in early July. Doug reached out to Albion in the 1990’s when he was looking for financial planning advice. He liked what he saw. Several years later, in 2002, Doug came back and pitched Toby and me on why we should hire him. Those of you who know him know he can be persuasive! We brought him into Albion and never looked back. His desire to learn was immediately apparent and within a few years had earned, in addition to his MBA, the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designations. He helped us along our path of continuous improvement where we strive to add more value to everything we do on behalf of clients. And he worked to get the word out into our community about Albion. Over the years he turned his network of business associates into a group of lifelong friends. From being a ski instructor at Deer Valley, hosting a radio show on KPCW, trying Bikram Yoga, or organizing group mountain bike rides, Doug has never shied away from trying new things. And with that spirit, he is trying a new chapter in his life, that of retirement.

He has helped scores of Albion clients make the decision to retire. More often than not the decision is far more personal than financial; it can be difficult to leave what you’ve known for decades and step off into the unknown. Having successfully counseled people through the transition he knew it was time to follow his own advice.

We will miss Doug. His energy, upbeat attitude, and intelligence are all characteristics we knew we could depend on. But we also know he leaves behind a highly functioning team that is already filling the void he leaves behind. Thank you, Doug, for choosing Albion!

Note: This blog post is an excerpt from Albion’s Quarterly Letter to clients. Find the entire letter posted in the Learning Center of this website.

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