August 26 is Women’s Equality Day. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievement without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. It is a day to recognize that historically, and yes even today, that women have had to fight for equality for too long. It is a day to help spread the message that women deserve every right and opportunity a man has. Luckily for the men and women we know, we all say “of course!”
Shane and I are lucky to have been raised by strong women both named Betty, and always have had the good fortune to be influenced by the independent women we married, and the women we have worked with during our careers. Their influence, particularly in the creation and growth of Quartz, has been instrumental to the success of our firm.
Lori Dumas- we call the glue of Quartz, and our Senior Operations Associate, has been by our side from the beginning. We kid her about honoring her “daily recurring 15- year work contract” with us. She may retire someday way out in the future, but we would like to keep her around if she will let us. Her professionalism and ability to keep “all of the bb’s in the box” are critical to the success of Quartz.
Natalie Gentry- the newest talent to Quartz brings her marketing expertise to ensure that the unique messages of the Quartz offering are disseminated in greater numbers, in more places, on a highly consistent basis. In the short time she has been with us, we have noticed her skills in finding the most strategic ways to communicate the uniqueness of our firm.
Our wives Cyndee and Carol bring the financial, bookkeeping and accounting acumen to Quartz in addition to their own careers and interests. Their focus on the financial intricacies of running a private firm allow Shane and I more freedom to focus on our clients.
Other key women to Quartz include Angela Xavier and Rosanne Green, who have been instrumental in our long- term relationship with LPL Financial. Their ability to listen and direct meaningful change has been tremendous in our partnership with LPL.
Finally, we can never forget our female clients. Your spirit, resilience and leadership to your own families is inspiring.
To all the women in our lives, we say Thank You.