David A. Stone
David A. Stone is co-founder and CEO of First Rate. Stone acts as the visionary for the firm and ambassador for the company’s values-based culture called First Rate Living.
Stone launched First Rate in 1991 with the vision of providing a dynamic set of investment analysis solutions for wealth and asset managers. Since then, the company has enjoyed significant annual growth in revenue, which can be partly attributed to its reputation in the industry for building strong personal relationships with clients.
Stone’s experience, before establishing First Rate, includes eight years at SEI Investments where he worked as a programmer, developer, and product manager. Stone embarked on his career in 1979 with many roles in the financial services industry.
Stone graduated from Dartmouth College where he studied economics and mathematics while earning Varsity letters for football and track. Stone, being very committed to community service, serves on the board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth With a Mission-San Diego/Baja and Turner 12. David and his wife, Trina, also serve as pioneering members of the BAM movement. Dave speaks around the world on his experience of keeping God first in business and has also written a series of books: In God’s Company, Multiplying In Gods Company, Character in God’s Company, Entrepreneurship In God’s Company and Worship In God’s Company.
In 1984 David moved with his family to Kailua Kona, Hawaii, to serve as Chancellor of the University of the Nations/Kona, a globally networked university structure and focused on the developing world. He was involved throughout Asia and the Pacific teaching, consulting and networking government, business, religious and social agencies with particular emphasis on organizational and leadership development and the social implications and equipping of an emerging generation of children at risk.
From 2004-2013 David was based in Washington D.C. Together with colleagues in the U.S. Capitol and a network of diplomats around the world, he served on behalf of Members of the U.S. House and Senate Breakfast groups, engaged in building trust and committed relationships among a broad spectrum of political leaders, while counseling privately, with a particular focus on reconciliation and justice among the poor.
Since early 2014, David has served as VP of Government Relations with Newdea Inc, partnering with governments in the transition from Aid dependency to a convergence model of sustainable economic development. David brings lifelong hands-on and trusted relational experience from humanitarian, academic, business and government sectors in service of emerging leaders and developing nation governments.
Steve Novotny Enterprises Inc. was launched 15 years ago as a holding company for our privately held ventures; both cloud-based (golfnow.com, 247moms.com) and ground-based (building and development). I enjoy taking a concept to market from initial idea to roll out of the product. Many times asked to help in troubleshooting ideas/products that needed a different vertical projection.
GolfNow.com was launched in 2003. GolfNow.com is the largest seller of Golf Tee Times on the Internet and is a subsidiary of The Golf Channel. Steve Novotny Enterprises recently sold all Golfnow.com assets to the Golf Channel and the Comcast Corporation.
The building side of Steve Novotny Enterprises Inc. is now in its 21st year of business. SNR NW Properties LLC was established to manage our rental portfolio of single and multi-family developments.
247moms.com is one of the most viewed websites for MOMS on the Internet. Started in 2007 their web site has over 15,000 articles in circulation. Facebook is as big as our website with over 700,000 likes. Trisha Novotny, my wife is the “Master Mom” behind http://247moms.com.
We spend time every month working in the country of Mexico. Currently, we are establishing a center for an NGO in Puerto Vallarta. This organization works in community development within the local people as well as training young Millennials in Spiritual Formation.
I love to play Golf… I love to play Racquetball… I love meeting tech geeks… I love meeting leaders & I love having a wife and five kids.
Specialties: New ventures. Marketing developer. Leadership Training. People Collector.
J Daniel Wiebe
Jesse Daniel Wiebe and his wife Miriam live in British Columbia Canada in the hub of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, just north of the US border. They have four children and ten lovely grandchildren. Dan’s entrepreneurial skills were developed in his family’s agriculture-related industry. In 1973 Dan stepped away from the family business to begin his own poultry farming operation, and in 1995 he pioneered an integrated approach to food production; Rossdown Group of Companies has developed into a 100-million dollar agri-business with over 450 employees with 12 locations and 6 divisions in beautiful BC. Leaving his sons to run the family business, Dan retired as CEO in 2007 to devote time to his passions of learning and transformational development
Dan has also served on numerous Canadian agriculture-related committees for civic, provincial, and national governments. Dan has served a private Christian School in senior Board positions; as Finance Chair for a denominational Bible School; church finance committees; Advisory Board, University of the Nations; and has led church care groups together with his wife Mimi. Dan and Mimi are members of Northview Community Church in Abbotsford BC and enjoy being part of a thriving outreach orientated church.
Dan recently retired as chair of the Board of the company he founded and he leaves the operation in the capable hands of his sons who continue this honorable tradition of producing food for the world at the same time influencing lives of people with whom they come in contact.
I grew up in the UK and after university, I worked with the British government for almost 5 years promoting the UK in numerous exhibitions and conferences.
In 1991 I joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Canada and have served with them ever since, leading Discipleship Training Schools and a program taking youth groups on 2-week cross-cultural trips. I have had the privilege to travel to over 50 nations and all the experiences involved in that. Today I serve on a number of leadership teams and boards both locally and internationally. I am married with three teenaged children.
For the last 6 years I have been part of a discipleship program for businessmen in our city and through this became very interested and involved in Business as Mission (BAM). As we progressed through the course, I noticed that many of these businessmen were looking for somewhere to either give financially or to invest themselves in. In 2015, I was invited to a BAM event in Chiangmai and it was there that I began to connect the dots. A year later after attending a similar event in Seattle a group of us got together and hosted a similar event in Vancouver in June 2018.
I am privileged to be a part of this board and look forward to seeing all that unfolds in the years to come.