University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Rich Simmonds, FERC, Awards Sponsor 2006-2009

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Rich Simmonds is managing partner of Simmonds Associates LLC, a Seattle-based family business consulting firm. Mr. Simmonds assists university family business centers with coordinating, strategizing and hosting events for business owners and their families. He also advises families on potential solutions to the inherent challenges they face as a family business. Mr. Simmonds’ years of experience also position him to encourage and promote further research and education involving family businesses.

Simmonds co-founded Tyee Asset Strategies in 1995, serving as the company’s chairman until it merged with Laird Norton Trust Company in 2004. This newly formed company, Laird Norton Tyee, majority owned by the 7th generation Laird, Norton and Clapp families, offers wealth management services to family business owners and their families as well as to individual investors. Before co-founding Tyee, Mr. Simmonds was President of Sheppard, Simmonds and VanHousen, a wealth management company acquired by U.S. Bancorp in 1988.

Mr. Simmonds earned marketing and finance degrees from Central Washington University. He serves on the boards of the University of Washington’s Autism Center and Junior Achievement of Washington.

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