Good Counsel Homes Alumnus Gives Powerful Testimony

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Corporate finance professional and philanthropist Matt Eitner is the CEO of Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. Outside of his career, Matt Eitner supports organizations such as Good Counsel Homes, a nonprofit that provides pregnant women and mothers with homes and residential care services.

Good Counsel Homes recently hosted its 2019 Ball for Life fundraiser, which featured a jewelry auction. The highlight of the event was a moving speech by Abigail, a young mother whose life was changed for the better by Good Counsel Homes.

A native of Haiti, Abigail was brought to the United States by her abusive husband. She was rescued by a shelter and introduced to Good Counsel Homes by the shelter’s staff after she gave birth.

The Good Counsel Homes staff gave Abigail a temporary home and accompanying residential services. Additional support was extended by accompanying Abigail to court hearings and helping her apply for a green card and work permits.

Good Counsel Homes also connected Abigail with a counselor and enabled her to attend an English-as-a-second-language course. She eventually received an English certificate and a work permit.

Later, Abigail obtained a factory job that enabled her to provide for herself and her daughter. She now has her own place and recently bought her first car.

Stories like this are made possible by the generous support of donors to Good Counsel Homes.

Laidlaw & Company Supports Massachusetts Charity Golf Tournament


Matt Eitner
Matt Eitner

Serving as CEO of Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd., New York professional Matt Eitner provides brokerage and investment banking services that meet the needs of diverse institutional and individual clients. Community focused, Matt Eitner maintains his firm as one with a strong local focus and a commitment to charitable causes.

This year (2019) marks Laidlaw’s fourth consecutive year as Massachusetts Bay Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Tournament presenting sponsor, in tandem with SVB Leerink and Optum. The 2018 tournament raised in excess of $900,000 for the volunteer-driven organization, which has a strong impact in motivating youth academically and in areas such as self esteem and personal achievement.

As Mr. Eitner described it, the annual event is one that he and his colleagues “take great pride in supporting.” He spoke highly of the substantial impact of Massachusetts Bay Big Brothers Big Sisters in building strength among all community members and looks forward to continuing to support the event in the future. The golfing event is formally known as the Daquan Burrell Memorial Big Golf Tournament and is held at the Stow Acres Country Club.

How to Choose a Competent Wealth Manager


Matt Eitner
Matt Eitner

A veteran of the financial world, Matt Eitner is the chief executive officer of investment bank Laidlaw & Company Ltd. From his New York office, Matt Eitner provides wealth management services to the firm’s clients.

Your wealth manager is the person who will manage your wealth actively to ensure it delivers returns in line with your financial goals and needs. Therefore, your choice of manager is crucial. But how do you decide which wealth manager is best for you?

There are many considerations to make when vetting potential candidates:

Credentials. What credentials does the wealth manager have? Ask whether he/she is a Certified Financial Planner or holds any other relevant credentials.

Past performance. Ask about the candidate’s past investment performance. For example, you can ask him/her to compare his/her performance in the last five years with a benchmark such as the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100. Wealth managers who consistently outperform this benchmark are a good start.

Your investment profile. Settle for a wealth manager who understands your investment needs and profile. This takes into account your risk appetite and tolerance for volatility. This way he/she can tailor an investment plan to match your profile.

Cost versus value. Do not get transfixed by the cost of one wealth manager over another. Look at the overall picture. If you want to grow your wealth, a manager who offers tons of value at a higher price is better than one who offers no value at a cheaper price.