Who we are.
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Soft music plays throughout. A man in outdoor attire and glasses, Greg Thomas, hikes across a bridge in a wooded area with a Labrador retriever.
Greg Thomas [off-screen]: I retired the first time in 1992. At the time I retired, I was faced with that issue that so many retirees face—how do you live off your money? I will tell you honestly, in the first year I’d wake up in the middle of the night and I’d go to my office, and I’d pull out my financial statements and I’d calculate it all again.
Greg continues hiking with his dog across a wooden bridge and rocks in a stream into clusters of thin trees.
Greg [off-screen]: Just in case—had I fooled myself, had I convinced myself? It’s very scary. Greg sits in a patterned armchair in a sitting room with flames flickering in the fireplace.
Greg [onscreen]: And I think most everybody has that feeling.
The woods reappear. Greg, wearing a hat, looks out at the woods and the open landscape. The dog runs up a hill with something in its mouth, and the two hike together down a worn trail along the hillside.
Greg [off-screen]: You realize how vulnerable you are. And I started to realize that, in retirement, having that income stream to replace the employment check that you might once have had was just crucial to my own well-being, and really my mental well-being.
The clean windows of an urban office building reflect sailboats on a bay. A wall appears with the ThomasPartners logo.
Greg [off-screen]: I founded ThomasPartners in the late summer of 2001. A lot of my friends were in their mid-50s.
Greg sits in the armchair in the sitting room.
Greg [onscreen]: Many of them had suffered pretty badly in the 2000 crash when all the dot-coms fell, and they were looking for something that met the needs of their retirement far more than taking wild risks on new industries and new kinds of companies.
Several businesspeople are having a discussion around a table in a conference room. A businessman sits in front of several computer monitors, comprehending the data on the screens. The boats move in and out of the bay next to an urban area. Greg sits at a desk with two laptops and a cup of coffee, immersed in his work.
Greg [off-screen]: During that time my strategy of dividend investing started to look pretty good. The vision was that we would do one thing, which was build dividend growth portfolios. And that was all we would do. We had three objectives: income every month, income growth every year, capital gains over time—in that order.
A man in business attire speaks on the phone in front of four combined computer monitors displaying analytics and data. A different man in business attire stands in front of his own four-monitor display, smiling while on the phone. Two businessmen speak animatedly in front of a big window overlooking the bay.
Greg [off-screen]: The best place to be in retirement is where you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay for it or how you can afford it. We feel that we really facilitate that by taking away, for many of them, the burden of worrying about how their money is investing and where their funds are coming from.
An older man rides a bicycle down a street. A different older man smiles as he chops herbs and slides sliced vegetables onto a skewer. He sprinkles the herbs around a fish fillet, topped with lemon slices.
Greg [off-screen]: For me, the real satisfaction comes from the individuals who articulate to us how we’ve helped them accomplish a more stable, more secure, and happier retirement.
A little girl runs up a few stair steps, where an older woman smiles and lifts her off the ground. The two sit down with a cello, and the older woman is showing the little girl how to play. The older woman stands proudly with her cello.
Greg [off-screen]: It’s never been a business to me. It’s been a passion. I enjoy the process of investing, I enjoy people, I like to solve problems. And the fact that it was a successful business was really kind of a byproduct of doing what I like to do and doing it for others.
Greg sits at his desk with his two laptops. Boats travel across the bay. Multiple businesspeople discuss with each other or study their computer monitors, and a view of a clocktower between two other urban buildings appears.
Greg [off-screen]: But as I think about—the greatest satisfaction is what we’ve done for a large number of clients who arrived at our doorstep unsure of how to approach retirement investing, and who today are very satisfied that they have the right strategy, they’re in the right place, and they are enjoying their retirement more, as a consequence.
Greg and his dog continue hiking a hillside with sparse trees. Some of the hills have a bit of snow, and the sky has clouds stretched thin. Greg stops at the top of a hill and looks out over the scenery with a look of pride and joy. The ThomasPartners® logo appears.
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