SO DO WE
The “Big Trees” have survived for centuries, are built to adapt in a constantly changing environment, and grow fast when provided with the right conditions. We are such big believers in the power of these giants, we used them as our inspiration.
Our "Grove" is a consortium of senior level executives with decades of experience in key areas that most firms need to master in order to create the right conditions for growth. Depending on project scope, clients can tap into expertise covering such areas as strategic planning and positioning, finance, technology and executive coaching.
MEET THE GROVE
Co-Founder and Passionate, Results-Driven Thought Leader
Bill has spent his full 30+ year career spanning the inner workings of asset management firms. From positions in operations, trading, stock analysis, portfolio management and as the CEO of a $30+ billion institutional asset manager for 12 years – he has seen and experienced just about everything. His deep understanding and proven acumen in all phases of the business of asset management translates into direct insight and knowledge for Sequoia’s clients and investments. A graduate of UNH (BA) and Suffolk University (MBA), Bill spends his free time taking long walks, losing golf balls and donating his services to education-driven not-for-profits such as Thompson Island / Outward Bound.
Gina Baskett Solomon
Co-Founder and Business Strategy & Communications Maven
Gina has spent the better part of the last three decades helping firms to communicate better both internally and externally. Whether guiding firms to understand how internal communications can impede growth or facilitating conversations with clients to help them articulate and promote their unique value proposition, she is constantly thinking about ways to improve how firms engage each other and add value for their clients. A graduate of Wellesley College and an avid skier, runner and gardener, Gina is passionate about women’s education and leadership, and holds roles promoting both through Wellesley A Better Chance and the Women Unlimited LEAD mentorship program.
Talented Executive Coach, Master Motivator, Keen Observer of Talent
Quite simply, Ken excels at helping people to be their best. A seasoned executive and CEO who has led a number of companies both here and abroad, Ken has spent his considerable career focused on bringing out the best in leaders by quietly challenging them to better understand their strengths and to play to them in both their business and personal lives. Ken was most recently the Executive Vice Chairman of the Eliassen Group, one of the largest IT staffing agencies in the northeast. The former chair of the executive peer group for TEC (now Visage), Ken is a native of South Africa, has a BA and MBA from the University of Cape Town and currently holds several board positions, including King Arthur Flour, where he is Chair of the Board. When not helping others find their passions, he can be found on the links or with a good book in hand.
Technology, Infrastructure and Network Sage
Gary’s 30+ years of experience leading technology teams is a huge asset to the Sequoia Grove. His ability to translate business strategy to the tech realm is truly unique and makes him an ideal partner and innovator in financial services technology. Gary’s experience includes CTO and leadership roles at numerous complex domestic and global asset management firms including Batterymarch Financial Management, GMO, Santander Global Advisors and Baring Asset Management. His technical skills cover development and implementation of technical strategies to meet complex business requirements, business financial application systems, network services and platform integration. When not talking tech, Gary can be found traveling the world and lending his considerable talents to start-ups
Finance and Operations Guru
With 35+ years in the financial services industry, and over 20 of those in leadership positions, Fran has deep experience running the finance and operational sides of organizations. The former President and CFO of Batterymarch Financial Management, Fran has held direct responsibility for finance, operations, technology, compliance, risk management and HR for a $30+ billion firm with $120 million in annual revenues. Fran currently is a mutual fund board member and in his spare time focuses on building and refining first class operational platforms for clients. He is a volunteer in the General Adaptive Program at Community Rowing in Boston working with athletes with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Fran holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Bentley University and when not focused on client projects, can be found rowing on the Charles, or running and hiking in and around Boston.