In 1999, Deborah founded ARIA (Asset & Retirement Investment Associates – now GSB Wealth Management) with the goal of providing individualized asset management strategies to high net worth clients. She believed that clients deserved a better alternative to expensive cookie-cutter portfolios offered by large firms, and instead began offering transparency in an industry laden with hidden fees. She recently sold the company to Guilford Savings Bank and changed the name of the company to GSB Wealth Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Guilford Savings Bank.
Together, Deborah and her team build customized portfolios that their clients can easily understand. She believes that creating tailored solutions gives her clients the ability to “open the paper and find their investments,” a stark difference from the annuities, hedge funds, private placements and mutual funds offered by others.
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.