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People with Good Hearts


For today’s cover story of U.S. 1, I talked to Gretchen Sword and Dan Rowe to find out what happened to Wm Sword & Co. after his untimely death. It’s a good story and a cautionary tale for families of small business owners.  As below, or the complete story here. 

Gretchen Sword was caught up in the throes of grief. Rowe was also grieving, and the daughter and de facto son clashed. “Dan had a new vision of where he wanted to take the company,” Sword says. “I didn’t know what I wanted, but I wanted my father back.” She tried to block the  plans that Rowe proposed.

One year later, the firm launched under a new name, Sword, Rowe & Company, a boutique merchant bank focused on offering financial advisory services for private companies
and alternative investment managers….

Daniel Rowe is CEO and managing director, supported wholeheartedly by the Sword family, notably Gretchen Sword. How this happened is a story of knowledge, power, wealth, connections — and people with good hearts.

A separate story on Daniel Rowe tells of his career..and his singer-songwriter wife, Charlotte Kendrick.

photo by Mark Czajkowski

Postscript: due to a glitch in one paragraph it looks like I quoted Martha Sword. The quote is from Gretchen Sword.

She (Martha Sword) was ill equipped to take over the business, but her husband had trusted she would have the good sense to find good help. And she knew enough not to sell it. “Immediately there were poachers looking to take over the firm,” she (Gretchen Sword) recalls. “Now I realize that it would have been easy enough for him to sell the assets when there was a rough month. In a 37-year career, there were a lot of ups and downs. I am sure there were many times he could have given up. For us to get through the first year was pretty amazing.”

Singer songwriter Charlotte Kendrick is my new fave. You’ll find out why in a future issue of U.S. 1.

Take these sweet domestic lyrics to “Thank You”

I didn’t sleep that well, neither did you
But I’m the one who gets to take a nap
It never seems to balance out quite right
You pump the gas while I stay warm and read the map

I’m gonna love you when you’re 45
I’m gonna love you when you’re 93
Maybe by then I will be
As good to you as you have been to me

Or this one, from a song called Yellow.

Take a minute, take an easy step back
There’s no secret password, no code to crack
It’s not a race or a contest, but if you’re still keeping score
You will always have less, they will always have more

This Princeton-based singer has a website that links to a nine-song loop from her three albums. Good listening…