Author: Finola Annibella

April Meeting Topic: Beyond Bitcoin … Blockchain

Speaker:  Matt McClintock

Topic:  Beyond Bitcoin, Sorting through the Hype and Hope of Blockchain

Matt is a founding partner of Evergreen Legacy Planning, LLP, a national law firm based in Evergreen, Colorado. He helps affluent individuals and families manage their affairs privately in protective, tax-efficient structures. His practice focuses on innovative legal solutions for entrepreneurs, individuals with complex or unusual assets, and families seeking to preserve and protect wealth for future generations. He is a leader in designing and implementing creative legal solutions to maximize protection and privacy and minimize tax liability. Matt is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Wyoming, and Alaska, and often works with other attorneys as co-counsel for complex matters. (www.EvergreenLegacyPlanning.com). Matt was selected by his peers as a “Super Lawyers Rising Star” for his contributions to excellence and innovation in practice.

Matt especially enjoys working with individuals with unusual assets like closely-held businesses, cryptocurrency and other valuable digital assets, and other unique assets. His practice includes linking strategies from the most effective jurisdictions to give clients the best, most protective, tax efficient, and private structures available. A 20-year veteran of the estate planning and trust administration industry, Matt designs and implements creative legal strategies that help individuals preserve, protect, and ultimately pass on the stewardship, values, and humanity of who they are along with their financial wealth, however great or modest. His practice emphasizes long-term trust design & implementation,
asset protection, and strategic business planning and succession.

Matt is a member of the Colorado, Wyoming, and Alaska Bar Associations, WealthCounsel, and the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP-Wyoming chapter). Matt speaks and writes frequently on a wide range of strategic legal topics. He volunteers his time as a member of the Governor’s Blockchain Council and as a member of the board of directors for Team Evergreen, a nonprofit cycling club that has donated more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations in Colorado and beyond.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of law (2000). Matt lives in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado. He is married, and has two grown (and amazing) daughters who are pursuing their own dreams helping those who cannot help themselves. Matt is an avid cyclist and reader.

Ian Campbell, Mission Suite

Ian Campbell, Mission Suite

January 2019 Member Spotlight

Ian Campbell, Mission Suite

The January member spotlight was presented by Ian Campbell. Ian is a marketing and business development specialist with almost 20 years of experience in marketing and development. His company (The Mission Suite – themissionsuite.com) provides unified, automated marketing for small and mid-sized companies. He’s spent most of his career helping early-stage companies, small and mid-sized businesses, and nonprofits use their CRM and automation tools to help them drive their pipeline.

Ian and his wife moved to Denver from San Diego three years ago with their dog Hunter. You can usually find them enjoying the mountains skiing, hiking, camping, or paddling down a river somewhere. If you want a few interesting stories you can ask Ian about the time he sang Sinatra duets with Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish, the time he came across a 6-foot long bull shark scuba diving in La Jolla Cove, or the time he was rock climbing and ended up dangling by his fingertips from a rock 400’ above the trail.

Contact Ian at campbell@themissionsuite.com or 855-429-3227.

February Meeting Topic – Soles of a Survivor

Nhi Aronheim stands at only four feet, nine inches tall, but her story is immense.

Several anthologies including KENTUCKY WOMEN: TWO CENTURIES OF INDOMITABLE SPIRIT AND VISION, and the PBS documentary, VIETNAM 101, have profiled my harrowing journey as a child refugee who escaped war-torn Vietnam in search of the American dream.

Speaking very little English when Nhi arrived in Kentucky, she excelled in school and became valedictorian her senior year. She later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Centre College in Danville, and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Nhi worked for four years as a telecommunications consultant for Lucent Technologies, during which time she met and married a Jewish man, and converted to Judaism in 2004. She has two beautiful children who she has raised to embrace Vietnamese and Jewish cultures.

After transitioning to sales and marketing in the mortgage industry—where she worked for over sixteen years—she retired from Citywide Home Loans as a marketing specialist, at the age of forty-one.

Next to her family, Nhi’s passion is to make a positive difference in people’s lives. She volunteers as a mediator for courts and the Better Business Bureau in Colorado, in addition to being an interpreter.

In 2013, Nhi earned a Black Belt in Taekwondo, fulfilling a promise she made to her birth mom—who wanted Nhi to learn karate before she left Vietnam—in the event she came under attack during her escape, she could protect herself.

Having come full circle from prosperity to poverty and back, Nhi hopes to encourage others to believe that in spite of overwhelming odds, they can survive any situation with a desire for improvement and the willingness to grasp opportunities in front of them.

NARRATIVE OVERVIEW

The soles of my feet still bear the scars of my horrific escape from Vietnam—where I trudged through the jungles of Cambodia at the age of twelve with a group of strangers. No experience, however, has influenced or enriched my life more than being adopted into a Christian family and later becoming a Jew.

In SOLES OF A SURVIVOR, I share my story of survival, resilience, hope, and faith in my quest to achieve the American dream.

Various articles, academic papers, and literary anthologies have focused on the experiences of Vietnam Boat People, but many of the one million refugees who fled my country’s oppressive communist regime find it too painful to share their stories in depth. I too refused to relive my traumatic experiences for almost three decades—until now.

Through SOLES OF A SURVIVOR, I fill an essential gap for understanding the adversity Vietnam refugees endured from the perspective of a young child; the experience of being adopted into a household of a different culture; and the joys of interfaith marriage.