By Marc Lewyn, GV President
It’s true that the great ones never do it for the accolades, but it is always gratifying to be recognized for exceptional work in your profession. Last month, GV Financial Advisors’ CEO David Geller, my friend and colleague of many years, received the 2009 Turknett Leadership Character Award.
I had the privilege of being with David and seeing the surprise on his face when former UPS CEO Oz Nelson announced David as the winner in the CEO/President/Partner category. The award luncheon, sponsored by the Turknett Leadership Group, in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character, was held on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Georgia Aquarium.
Just moments before David’s name was called, David and I had both quietly remarked that he had a “zero chance” of winning. Since then, I have realized that this public recognition of David’s talents should have come as no surprise. Anyone who knows David even a little seems to quickly understand that he exemplifies the best of what the Turknett Award represents. The Leadership Character Award recognizes the correlation between an organization’s ability to achieve and the character of its leadership. I have always appreciated these tremendous qualities in David and am thrilled to see him receive some professional recognition for his amazing leadership character.
As if that were not enough, David was also named a 2009 Top 25 Advisor in Georgia by Barron’s magazine for the second year in a row, and GV Financial Advisors was again named one of the Top 25 Wealth Management firms in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle Book of Lists.
After the luncheon, David did exactly what you might expect: He returned to the office and went back to the work he loves. On behalf of everyone at GV, congratulations, David!