Family Office Example
Family Office Services – An Example
I just saw this recent article within the Washington Post and thought it was interesting and relevant to the focus on this site on family offices.
It’s early on a spring morning and Peter Kirsch is busily overseeing the fast-moving life of AOL founder James V. Kimsey. Seemingly everything that touches the mogul finds its way to Kirsch’s desk in his ninth-floor penthouse office overlooking the White House, from philanthropy to investments, from politics to friendships to the management of the sprawling Kimsey household.
As chief of staff in the Office of James V. Kimsey, Kirsch is a quiet force on the local scene.
He arrives at the office at 7:30 a.m. to prepare for another day of controlled chaos. At 9 a.m., he gets his daily briefing. Office accounting manager Stephanie Weir reports nothing amiss in Kimsey’s balance of payments big and small, be it DirecTV or NetJets, Burning Tree Country Club or Nationals baseball tickets, American Express (Black Card) or a utility bill.
Next up is receptionist Brie Hytovitz, the first person to greet office visitors, whether they be Ted Turner or Ted Leonsis. When the Potomac Conservancy wants to have a fundraiser at the Kimsey estate, Hytovitz makes sure the tent company, caterer and parking valet are there. She has recently been putting the final touches on Kimsey’s next monthly “boys’ lunch” with friends, scheduled for Oceanair, a seafood restaurant in downtown D.C.
On it goes, as the meeting melts into the day. Pinning Kirsch down on the phone or in person takes effort. He jumps from one call to another, holding discussions with Hytovitz and a visitor at the same time, while an entrepreneur who needs cash cools his heels in the conference room. One minute Kirsch is on the phone with a big hedge fund manager, the next he is sweeping down the elevator to attend his son’s sporting event. Read more…
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