50+ Employees

3

Gurtin Municipal Bond Management

Overall Ranking26

Employees72 Firm TypeRIA CEOWilliam Gurtin LocationSolana Beach, CA Primary CustodianSchwab Advisor Services

Overall Ranking26

Employees72 Firm TypeRIA CEOWilliam Gurtin LocationSolana Beach, CA Primary CustodianSchwab Advisor Services

“This is the smartest group of people I ever worked with,” said Bill Gurtin, founder and co-CEO of Gurtin Municipal Bond Management, about his employees. His goal for his 10-year-old firm is to be a microcosm of society, a “place where we can understand that we’re all just people,” he said.

“This is the smartest group of people I ever worked with,” said Bill Gurtin, founder and co-CEO of Gurtin Municipal Bond Management, about his employees. His goal for his 10-year-old firm is to be a microcosm of society, a “place where we can understand that we’re all just people,” he said.

The organization has been very intentional about the diversity it wants to embody and how it wants to achieve that. For one thing, it includes in its recruitment activities schools that traditionally serve less-advantaged populations. For another, the company provides interview training to help its employees understand and avoid unconscious bias during the hiring process.

“If you just want to hire the best people, all you should care about is what’s inside the person,” Mr. Gurtin said. “We want self-motivated people who have sought out help and overcome obstacles. While Ivy League schools are great, every school has the cream of the crop. You might need to search a little harder.”

The organization’s focus on diversity is a reflection of its intention to “do the right thing,” a fundamental goal of its founder.

“Everyone in the firm knows that our heart’s in the right place, and you can feel proud of the way you work,” Mr. Gurtin said. “You have to be a profitable, not a profligate, firm. We want to be profitable enough to sustain doing the right thing.”

— Deborah Nason

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