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Steve Distante

Stephen Distante is the CEO (or as Steve likes to be called, “Chief Entrepreneurial Officer”) of Vanderbilt Financial Group, which was founded in 1965. As the leader of Vanderbilt, Steve serves the advisors and clients by responsibly managing the firm and by instilling a culture of compliance, kindness, and helpfulness. His most impactful purpose is to ensure that all facets of the company are working effectively and efficiently while always looking for the next, smarter, and better way to do things. Steve keeps constant focus on the big picture and working on the business not in the business. He also holds the Vanderbilt Management Team accountable for preserving the vision and goals of the firm to ensure its success and longevity. A key ideal held among the Management Team is being in alignment. As Steve puts it—“We all have our oars in the water and rowing the same way!”
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Blackrock’s CEO, Larry Fink, Just Taught Us a Lesson About Impact Investing

Posted by Steve Distante on 3/6/18 4:08 PM

When you hear the word “Blackrock”, images of advocating for the common good aren’t the first ones that comes to mind. Recent events, though, have led us to believe that perhaps Wall Street is warming up to the sustainability movement. Actions taken by Blackrock and a host of Fortune 500 companies are proving that American capitalism doesn’t have to be self-serving – as these companies show, making a profit and making a difference don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

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Gun Control, Another Reason Why Impact Investing Is On The Rise

Posted by Steve Distante on 3/6/18 6:51 AM

As the recent tragedy in South Florida illustrates, school shooting has become a national epidemic. Impact investing gives us the ability to vote to end gun violence with our dollar signs. Financial advisors, stock market investors, and public market participants who dream of a safer society for our children may wish to consider impact investing as a way to design their portfolios to mirror their values.

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Topics: Impact Investing

Why I’m Tesla’s #1 and/or Biggest Fan

Posted by Steve Distante on 2/28/18 8:37 AM

If you do a search on Google, you’ll see that I’m known as Tesla’s #1 fan. If you’re curious as to why, or just a lover of the brand as much as I am, then read on to hear why I love Tesla.

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Topics: sustainability, electric vehicles

Five Ways to Weed Out a Bad Pot Investment

Posted by Steve Distante on 2/5/18 1:54 PM

Come on, all the cool kids are doing it. With names like Joe Montana and Snoop Dogg jumping on the bandwagon, cannabis (marijuana) isn’t just something for those late night frat parties anymore. Welcome marijuana into the mainstream, where it’s easier than ever to invest in cannabis companies through an exchange, commingled fund or private venture interest. Before you get hooked though, advisors should know the five ways to sniff out the stench of a bad cannabis investment.

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Advisors: Prepare Yourselves for the Opioid Crisis

Posted by Steve Distante on 1/28/18 10:48 AM

When people think of a financial advisor, what comes to mind are Roth IRA conversions, tax planning and investing your 401(k). Nobody thinks a financial advisor has the power to save somebody’s life.

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