While everything around us is changing, we wanted to let you know we are still here for you.
Over the past month Granite Investment Advisors has been observing Governor Sununu’s Stay-at-Home order. We are deemed an essential business and, as such, employees are rotating through the office while others are working remotely.
Granite Investment Advisors has always recognized the importance of technology; and has not shied away from making investments to improve our capabilities. Debra Wentworth is the partner who spearheads these efforts. With all of the investments we have made over the years, Granite Investment Advisors was positioned to immediately adopt the Stay-at-Home order. In March we put the technology to the test. We enacted our business continuity plan using enhanced remote working environments for more than half of our staff; and safeguarded our ability to provide uninterrupted service to our clients. Our research team and portfolio managers have spent hours in virtual meetings actively managing client portfolios. We have met with many of you, virtually, to review your portfolio and re-affirm your asset allocation. We will continue using this technology to meet with you virtually until the Stay-at-Home order is lifted; and in the future if that is the most convenient for you.
Many of us are charitable, giving of our time, talent, or both. Our colleagues are no different, even as they navigate through quarantine. Here are a few ways our employees are giving back to their communities:
- Scott Schermerhorn is working along with his fellow board members at the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Hampshire to determine new ways to support the community. The Boys and Girls Club is one of the few organizations that the state deemed an emergency provider. During the Stay-at-Home Order, the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Hampshire provides meals, online teaching and other online physical training programs to 2500 members. Also, the club is providing consulting support to other facilities that serve a similar demographic.
- Tim Lesko, in his role as Trustee for the NH Retirement System, continues to oversee the retirement savings for the State’s first responders-Police, Fire, and Teachers. Additionally, Tim serves on the board of the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association. The Concord Regional VNA is the largest home health and hospice provider in the state. Their nurses are providing frontline services to those ill at home or needing hospice care.
- Victory Soucy is Chairman of the Board at “Good Life”, a senior activity center that, when open, is a place where older adults are “valued as full participants in the community”. Retaining their staff during the quarantine means that their high-risk population can remain engaged through online video and group chats.
- Craig Smith, a Boston Public Schools Community Partner, is helping to prepare projects and video lessons for the younger students who are remote learning.
- Jillian Gariepy has offered to foster animals in need from the Monadnock Humane Society.
- Cathy Fosterling has two first responders in her family. Her son is a New Hampshire State Trooper; and her daughter-in-law is a respiratory therapist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center who is seven months pregnant. Cathy provides support as only a mother and grandmother can while they fulfill their duties to the State and to patients.
Many of us have immediate family members or friends who are first responders here in New Hampshire and throughout our country. All of us know doctors and nurses, radiation techs and EMT’s, police officers, firefighters, active duty military, and, let’s not forget teachers. We are hopeful that while all of us do our part, our lives can soon return to normal. There is one thing we know to be true- our daily commitment to our clients and to our communities keeps us grounded.
We hope that you and those you love are safe and healthy.