UF founder and chairman
President, Financial & Investment Management Group, Ltd – Traverse City, Michigan.
Paul is married to Amy and is the father of five children-Akasha (25), Keeston (21), Patrick (8), Henry (6), and William (3). When not traveling the world, the Sutherlands reside in northern Michigan. Since 1975, Paul has worked in the investment and financial advisory business. As a Senior Portfolio Manager, he has been managing global total return investment portfolios (under the investing without borders style) for over 23 years. Paul formed Financial & Investment Management Group Ltd. (FIM Group), a Registered Investment Advisor, in 1984, capable of managing investment portfolio’s on a discretionary fee-only basis for individuals, trusts, foundations and retirement plans.
Beyond his extensive investment experience, Paul is the author of numerous books on financial planning and money management including, Zenvesting, 12 Steps to a Care-Free Retirement, and the AMA Physicians Guide to Financial Planning. Paul began his writing career in 1979 with an article on international investing which was published by Physician’s Management Magazine. Over the past 27 years Paul has had academic and consumer articles published in magazines, newsletters, and other publications on subjects such as benchmarking global portfolios, asset allocation, retirement investing, income investing, forecasting, and global investing. Paul has been published in Business Ethics, Financial Planner, Dental Management, Financial Advisor, and NAPFA News. He is a regular columnist for Spirituality & Health magazine and has been interviewed by Bloomberg News, Barrons, The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Transcript, Investors Business Daily (IBD), Investment News, Money Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, Dow Jones, Smart Money, Fox Business, CNN Money and others. Paul received his MBA from Lake Superior State University. In addition, he is a Certified Financial Planner and has completed the College of Financial Planning’s Advanced Studies Course: Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management.
Sara Harding is a senior operating executive with over 15 years of leadership experience across a range of industries. Throughout her career, she has consistently grown revenues, profits and brand awareness; turned around under-performing teams; and led successful business transformation initiatives.
She currently holds multiple leadership roles with FIM Group, a private client investment and wealth advisor that also owns a number of other businesses. In 2011, she was appointed as COO for Spirituality & Health Media.
Sara also continues to serve as Director of Yen Yoga & Fitness, a multi-disciplinary fitness studio that she has managed since 2010. In this role, she leads a team of over 50 and has built a thriving organization that outperforms industry norms for client retention, has significantly grown its client base, and plays a vibrant role in the local community.
Prior to assuming this position, Sara spent 6 years as Communications Director for FIM Group where she developed and executed communications and marketing strategies for the parent company as well as Utopia Funds and multiple additional business divisions.
Her early roles include Regional Marketing Manager for Dobson Communications and Sales and Marketing Manager for NPI Wireless.
Sara is an active member of the community and serves as Treasurer for the Utopia Foundation, and Board Member for Traverse Connect and TART Trails. Most notably, she spearheaded the creation of TEDx Traverse City in 2009. The annual event now attracts 1,000+ attendees, is streamed online, and has garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube.
Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has studied leadership at the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University. She currently lives in Traverse City Michigan.
Logistics Consultant for a Global Carrier – Traverse City, Michigan
A single father of 3 girls, Gevas obtained his MBA in strategic management from Davenport University and works for a global logistics company as an International, Account Manager. He has been involved with social development and micro enterprises projects for Utopia and champions women's rights in these communities as he firmly believes women are the backbone of every society. A keen reader and global traveler, He loves biking both road and mountain biking and participates in events both to race and also to raise funds for worthy causes such as the MS150. Since 2001 he has also created and produced a world beat radio show and used music as a medium to bring about greater understanding and cultural understanding.
UF Board President
Director of Community Partnerships, CMU
Alison Arnold’s professional experience cuts across education, business, and philanthropy. With over 15 years in education administration, Arnold has led innovative community engagement initiatives, grants, and partnerships to fuel new programs and support learning for P-12 and higher education institutions. In her current work as Director of Community Partnerships for Central Michigan University’s College of Education & Human Services, Alison cultivates educational linkages and outreach. Additionally, Alison has managed communications, marketing, and developed strategic grants and partnerships for corporate and non-profit organizations. Throughout her personal and professional journey, Alison has continually discovered the interesting threads that weave people together – affirming and inspiring her to help strengthen and create educational tapestries for future generations.
Attorney and digital guru
Selected as a Rising Star by Superlawyers Magazine for the years 2013 and 2014, Michael continues to break new ground as an attorney specializing in immigration law, estate planning and electronic discovery. He is one of the countries leading authorities on electronic data breaches and legal issues revolving around these issues, as well as the electronic storage of sensitive material. Technology savvy! Michael exploring ways for Utopia Foundation to be as publicly transparent as possible while maintaining integrity. He is “geeked” about the idea of UF being an example of “radical transparency” and is working on what that could look like. Michael is married to Amy Peterson who is also a Utopia Foundation Board Member. They have three young girls, have recently moved to the Traverse City area, and live on Elk Lake.