Glenn is President and Portfolio Manager of Obsidian Investment Advisers, a registered investment advisory firm he launched in 1999 after a successful career in international business development with such companies as British Petroleum, General Motors, and Microsoft. Glenn’s goal is to invest client assets where they can generate the highest return, as he tries to mitigate the risks associated with market climates, while providing a range of money management services.
Glenn has always had a passion for managing money, but considers his main job to help people achieve their financial goals. Given his core belief that business is fundamentally about providing solutions and solving problems, by founding Obsidian he has been able to combine the ability to serve with his passion. He considers his work with Obsidian, “the perfect job.”
Glenn is also an experienced corporate turnaround artist, having traveled the globe turning around several underperforming divisions during his career, and more recently taking this knowledge to the local small business community through his work as an active angel investor. He prides himself on his financial acumen, business ethics, and depth of knowledge.
Glenn earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, received his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Administration, and passed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) 7, 66, and 24 examinations.
He currently serves on the Board of the Bank of Washington as Chairman of the bank’s Asset-Liability (ALCO) Committee, Washington Care Services (a skilled nursing facility), and on the Board of the Windwood Homeowners Association. Additionally he serves on the NASAA Exam Maintenance Committee, which develops and manages question content of FINRA Series 63, 65, and 66 exams.
Glenn is actively involved in local small business investment and competitiveness issues, and often provides testimony in Olympia on private equity and economic development issues effecting Washington State businesses. He was appointed by Gov. Locke to the WA Securities Advisory Committee, on which he served as Secretary; to Gov. Gregoire’s Global Competitiveness Council; the Washington State Infrastructure Financing Task Force; and several regional task forces: two Seattle Mayor’s Task Forces: Economic Opportunity, and Minority Contracting; the King County Healthy Families and Communities Task Force.
Glenn also served as past Treasurer of Tabor 100 (a non-profit organization), past Chair of the Urban Enterprise Center at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, past Board member of Ezell’s Fried Chicken Inc., and many years as a judge for the PSBJ “CFO of the Year” award’s.