In 1999, Deborah founded Asset & Retirement Investment Associates, “ARIA”, with the goal of providing individualized asset management strategies to high net worth clients. She believed that clients deserved an alternative to cookie-cutter portfolios then offered by large firms, and instead began offering investment transparency in an industry where she believed there was little of it. Together, Deborah and her team built customized portfolios that their clients could easily understand. She believed that creating tailored solutions gave her clients the ability to “open the paper and find their investments”.
In 2011, Guilford Savings Bank acquired a majority interest in ARIA and in 2016 the company name was changed to GSB Wealth Management to better reflect the growing relationship between the two firms. Today GSB Wealth Management, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guilford Savings Bank.
Her 40+ years of experience in the investment arena include many years with Den norske Bank, Norway’s largest commercial bank, Merrill Lynch, Bank Boston and First Union. She has been quoted in the New York Times, spoken to peers on behalf of Fidelity Investments, and was named 2014 Woman of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate).
Deborah started her career in finance with Den norske Creditbank in Oslo, (now DNB) in 1973 working in the fields of international institutional relationships. She later directed her career into the area of asset/liability management and was responsible for developing interest rate and liquidity risk management strategies for the bank’s non-domestic assets (approximately $15 billion) as a Vice President for Norway’s largest commercial bank. She worked extensively with institutional investing and derivative products for the bank in its European and North American offices.