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04
May
09

Beyond The Usual Gift: Musings on Giving & Building Trust

What does a financial adviser give to the client who has everything?

For three decades, Richard Bermont sent his clients the usual tchotchkes as holiday gifts, from umbrellas to crystal items, all bearing his company’s logo. But this past year, the Coral Gables, Fla., wealth manager decided the times called for something different.

He and his partner, Adam Carlin, made donations in their clients’ names to needy nonprofit organizations, including a women’s homeless shelter.

The response was nothing short of stellar.  Read on…

As our economy has gone through its challenges and pitfalls, it never ceases to amaze me how important the relationships built in “tough times” are.  I started my business at the beginning of a very challenging time in the history of our nation economically, and yet I’ve seen through good times and bad how people are apt to pull together especially during the hard times to help, encourage and support each other.

I have loved the ability to serve unconditionally and without expectation during these days.

People have been trained to expect salesman to call or visit and be kind only to ask for something in return, and often those folks feel like the salesman was only kind to “get something from them.”

Two points stood out to me in the WSJ article by Charles Passy:

1. Showing clients that you care by doing your research; this takes time and effort but helps people understand that we are in this together for the long run.

2. It positions a company as Socially Responsible. Giving back to society and helping those less fortunate as well as our decaying world are at the top of people’s minds.

The idea of honoring people with more than just token gifts and cards for their birthdays builds confidence and trust.

By giving gifts that last, from the heart, relationships are not only strengthened, but memories are made and people’s lives are changed.  Giving the gift of music… a V.I.P. membership for the upcoming season or a donation to [in our case] Symphony of the Southwest in someone’s honor could very possibly be the beginning of a life changing event for all parties involved.

Scott VanHoogstraat, Financial Advisor & SSW Board Member

Edward Jones Investments

28
Mar
09

2009-10 Concert Season: The Recap

Symphony of the Southwest 2009-10 Season

Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater

Gala Benefit Concert Featuring Scott MacIntyre

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 @ 7:30pm
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater The Symphony of the Southwest opening concert will feature local talent and American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre. Scott MacIntyre began playing piano by ear at age 3, though he has been visually impaired since birth. He has been profiled on CNN, Sky News Europe, USA Today, and other media as pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. He has independently released 6 full-length CD’s, was one of the 13 finalists on Fox’s “American Idol 8″ and has written in genres spanning pop, rock, punk, jazz, and classical.

For more information on Scott MacIntyre visit the following links

http://www.scottmacintyre.com

http://www.myspace.com/scottmacintyre

http://www.twitter.com/idolscott

Tubby the Tuba and Friends

Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 2:30pm
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater
Children of all ages will love to explore and discover classic music written especially for young ears. The Youth Symphony of the Southwest (ages 15 to 20) will perform Debussy’s The Children’s Corner, and the Symphony of the Southwest will further delight you with Tubby The Tuba featuring a special guest narrator and Saint Saens’ The Carnival of Animals, featuring acclaimed pianists Walter Cosand and Robert Hamilton.

An Afternoon of Christmas Delights

Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 2:30pm
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater

Our holiday concert event is an event the entire family will enjoy. Symphony of the Southwest performs timeless, light-classical music and our popular Christmas carol sing-a-long in a visual Christmas wonderland including an appearance by Santa Claus himself. The Symphony of the Southwest will be joined side by side with the Youth Symphony of the Southwest.

Space & Science Concert

Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 2:30pm
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater
The mystery and awe of space comes to life as Symphony of the Southwest performs Gustav Holst’s masterpiece The Planets. All ages concert designed to spark the love and interest of science and the arts for kids 2 to 102.

From Paris…With Love

Saturday, May 8, 2010 @ 2:30pm
Mesa Arts Center, Piper Theater
Our Mother’s Day concert celebrates the romantic beauty of classical music from the French masters: Chabrier’s España, Ravel’s Pavanne for a Dead Princess and Mother Goose, Debussy’s Danse and Afternoon of a Faun, Saint-Saens’ The Swan, Allegro Appassionato and Bacchanale, and Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Other 09-10 Events

Peter & The Wolf

Monday & Tuesday February 8-9, 2010 @ 10am, 11am & 12pm
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater
The classic narrated tale of Prokofiev’s Peter and the dreaded wolf comes to life for over 7,000 third graders from Mesa public and charter schools.

Spring Fling Chamber Series

Saturday’s
Symphony House: 122 N. Macdonald in Mesa

Outdoor chamber concerts performed at the Symphony House in historic downtown Mesa. Times and dates TBD.
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27
Mar
09

2009-10 Concert Season: More Special Events

Want some more events? Stay tuned in the coming months…there are rumors of a Valentine event not to be missed!

Peter & The Wolf
Monday & Tuesday February 8-9, 2010 @ 10am, 11am & 12pm
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater

The classic narrated tale of Prokofiev’s Peter and the dreaded wolf comes to life for over 7,000 third graders from Mesa public and charter schools.

Spring Fling Chamber Series
Saturdays
Symphony House: 122 N. Macdonald in Mesa

Outdoor chamber concerts performed at the Symphony House in historic downtown Mesa. Times and dates TBD.
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