Coldstream Welcomes Two New Members to Board

Coldstream Holdings, Inc. welcomes John Orehek and Gary Rubens to the firm’s board of directors. With access to new networks and diverse industry expertise, these additions mark a key achievement for Coldstream Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries—Coldstream Wealth Management, Fit Insurance, Genesee Investments, and Ascent Capital—as they move forward on a focused path towards continued strategic growth.

Recently retired from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Security Properties, Orehek brings Coldstream’s Board over 30 years of real estate investment and business management experience. Orehek over saw Security Properties growth and recognition as a national owner, developer and operator of residential real estate. Over his career, he has helped structure hundreds of agreements between real estate sponsors and investors and remains active as both a real estate consultant and investor. “Inspired by Coldstream’s goals, I am pleased to become a firm advisor. Their commitment to excellent client service is first rate, and that commitment drives the thoughts and actions of their team every day,” said Orehek. “Coldstream continues to remain committed to investing in the recruitment and development of talented and motivated people capable of building the systems and practices necessary to deliver excellent client service.”

A private investor and entrepreneur based in Bellevue, Rubens brings to Coldstream 25 years of experience in launching startups, business acquisition, commercial real estate investing, and running large scale businesses. His previous roles include President and CEO of Architectural Details, Lighting Universe and as well as VP of Lowes Corporation. An avid philanthropist, he also founded the Rubens Family Foundation which focuses on providing underprivileged kids with college scholarships and supporting no-cost adoptions for foster kids. Most recently, Rubens announced a five-year, $20 million donation from his foundation to the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) and has donated over $26 Million to date to fund educational programs since selling his business to Lowes in 2012. “I was drawn to Coldstream because of their people,” said Rubens. “Talented, determined, and sincere, they care deeply about every client and every relationship. I’m grateful for this opportunity to inspire such people and to be a part of contributing to Coldstream’s continued development and success.”

“I’m honored to have these high quality individuals on our team,” said Kevin Fitzwilson, Managing Shareholder of Coldstream Holdings, Inc. “Their expertise, networks, and critical feedback will help Coldstream to continue growing strategically. I see a bright future ahead of us at Coldstream, and I know Gary and John will be a key part of us reaching our goals.”

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