When choosing a professional adviser, it may be important to know that your core values are in alignment.
My professional practice, business activities, and personal life are driven by a goal of advancing these three core values.
1 – Support for independent small business
The current trend of income and wealth concentration within the largest corporations controlled by the top 1% of income and wealth individuals is dangerous and harmful to our society. We are compelled to stop the trend. For me this effort to stop the trend means supporting small businesses that help more people boost income and wealth and resisting measures that primarily benefit only the top 1%. Im 1987 left the most powerful firm on Wall Street firm to gain integrity with this core value and have been committed to working for ordinary business people ever since. While I’ve been privileged to serve some of the country’s wealthiest and most successful people as clients, we are pleased to share this common value.
2 – Golden Rule; treating others as I would wish to be treated
I support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that the United States adopted in 1948 and modified and reaffirmed since then through covenant. For me this often means putting the rights of the weak and disadvantaged on equal footing as those of the rich and powerful. It means resisting any effort to “put America first” in front of the rights of individuals in any other nation. In practice, I am committed to a daily exercise of “doing unto others as I wish they would do to unto me”. The Golden Rule is the basis of professional ethics standards that incorporate competence, integrity, fairness, diligence, professionalism and confidentiality.
3 – Freedom of expression for dissenting and diverse ideas
Respect for the right to peaceful assembly, freedom pf expression and protest must be upheld even when exercising this right is not convenient and it interferes with efficiency and operations of the majority. This right may not be impeded through laws, for example the requirement for permits for assembly, or the enforcement of disorderly conduct laws against peaceful protesters. Upholding the right to free speech means that I will support and give platform to people even when I do not agree with their positions. The defense of free speech recognizes that there are well-established legal and ethical limits to what is protected free speech vs. what is intolerable in society. I anticipate that free speech will be the primary tool used to direct the future of our world in a better direction than would otherwise be preferred by those of the political and economic elite class.