Executive Vice President
Paul Sutherland is a husband and father. Sutherland reads to children often and creates his own stories that he sometimes turns into children’s books. He is an author of many children books, including Congazori, Finding Utopia; Mani and Pitouee; Amani the Boda-Boda Rider; Sharon’s Song; Do You Like Grasshoppers and Chapati, and the adult illustrated fiction book DRAGON; and others.
Paul is founder and director of Squaring the Education Pyramid Institute (STEPi), that works to create products to help parents, educators, NGOs, churches, religious leaders, government education ministries, and others in their work to develop programs that support the nurturing of literacy; a love of books, art, learning and story; and inspire a child’s natural active, happy, emotional, cooperative, and relationship intelligence. Paul has created three parenting manuals; Discipline with Love, which was designed for the Uganda Law Society, Parenting with Love, and Interfaith Parenting with Love created for the Parliament of World Religions conference in Toronto Canada in 2018.
Paul has worked in the investment and financial advisory business since 1975. He is the founder and President of Financial & Investment Management Group, Ltd. (“FIM Group” founded in 1984), a registered investment adviser that manages investment portfolios on a discretionary basis for individuals, trusts, foundations, and retirement plans. Mercer Advisors acquired FIM Group in December 2018. Paul served on the board of directors of the Utopia Funds, a registered investment company, between December 2005 and March 2009.
Paul is Chairman and a founding board member of the Utopia Foundation and is also the author of several adult nonfiction and fiction books including Emmanuel’s Prayer; Zenvesting; Virtue of Wealth, Creating Life success the Zenvesting way; The AMA guide to Financial Planning; and others. Paul as a shareholder of Good Harbor LLC is also part owner of Spirituality and Health Media, LLC, part owner of SmartwiredLLC, creators of The Smart Parenting Revolution, which provides educational tools for parents, and educators. Paul also founded Yen Yoga and Fitness LLC, the most extensive yoga, spinning, and fitness studio in Northern Michigan, which now operates as a non-profit community entity.
Paul is on the board of GAIA, online streaming and video service that entertains, informs and helps people pursue their highest purpose. GAIA’s biography of his background states, “Mr. Sutherland has significant senior leadership, global investment, business, entrepreneurial and financial experience, the board believes that he brings the board a broad understanding of the business aspects of the sustainable health, transformation, consciousness, spirituality and well-being movement and market in which GAIA operates.”
Paul holds an MBA from Lake Superior University and has completed the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology courses through Coursera; Character Grit and Research methods, by Dr. Angela Duckworth and Dr. Clare Robertson-Kraft; and Positive Psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman’s visionary science taught by Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman.
Paul’s key commitments are to help support children from pre-natal to age six, and early childhood education, and elevate the importance of supporting families and communities so they can support young children.