We had a nice gathering of clients and friends last evening to celebrate the successful launch of our High Rock Capital Management Private Client Division.
It was a great chance to chat with clients who had been working with me for years and some who were brand new.
We had some lovely wine tasting provided by Chris Mclean of Rogers and Company, the "Ferrari" of wine importers and distributors in the Toronto area (with special thanks to Dan Cook who set that up for us). Chris gave us some great discussion on the geographical, geological and ultimately the flavourful reasoning for his selections.
Emerging Canadian artist Donna Chudnow kindly added plenty of colour to the evening with a wonderful display of a great cross-section of her work.
One of our sponsored athletes, Miranda Tomenson, was also on hand to talk about her journey from being 23rd (and 3rd Canadian) woman to cross the finish line in the 2013, 1/2 Ironman World Championship, through an almost career ending knee injury in 2014 and back to world-class status for the 2016 season and her dream of competing at the Ironman World Championships (and finishing in the top 10) in Hawaii in 2018.
The Blue Jays were at the top of most conversations and the exciting time that it had become for the city of Toronto and Canada as a whole.
One of our more shrewd clients made a call to purchase playoff tickets well before the Blue Jays clinched and they were on hand to share their stories of Wednesday's game 5, emotionally charged, victory.
The mood in the room was positive and this in light of some financial markets that had been less so. In fact we had just finished sending out client 3rd quarter reports and in the words of one client: "Breaking even never looked so good!".
But with almost everyone I chatted with over the course of the evening, there was one underlying theme: Trust.
"We Trust you".
That is one very heavy responsibility, but one we accept and absolutely respect.
As I once read: Trust takes a long time to earn, seconds to break and an eternity to repair.
We take that very seriously.
So thanks to all of our clients for joining us last evening to celebrate, share your thoughts, your feedback and your trust.
Scott Tomenson,CIM Managing Partner, Chief Investment Strategist