Persistence, Accountability and Remembering to “Ring the Bell”


Martin Schlaeppi is retiring as our Chief Growth Officer at the end of May and will transition into the role of Managing Director for DHG Corporate Finance. Martin has had a profound effect on me and the entire firm in a number of ways, and I thought it only fitting that I recognize him and his many contributions this month.

I cannot recall many meetings with Martin that were not highlighted by The Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up” ringtone cranking from his cell phone. It is a familiar sound that many of us have grown to love and expect when in the same room as Martin, but aside from his signature ringtone and the laughs that ensue, there are many things about Martin that I will carry with me after he moves on to his next role. These are just a

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#MeToo – Fostering a Culture of Respect


Sexual harassment in the workplace is an incredibly relevant topic with widespread discussion evolving from the #MeToo anti-harassment movement. We are continuing the global conversation at DHG as we set expectations for workplace behavior and solidify a culture of respect to ensure that all of our people have what they need to progress and build their own valuable careers.

Last month we hosted an anti-harassment panel discussion that was streamed live across our DHG locations. Titled “#MeToo – Leadership Perspectives on the Current Movement and DHG’s Culture of Respect,” the session featured insight from four DHG leaders as well as a Q&A with our DHG audience. With so many important points made, I wanted to share some of these key takeaways with you.

To me, it’s

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CEO Blog Takeover: Embracing Change


CEO Blog Takeover: Embracing Change

In January I talked about the importance of change adaptability in achieving our DHG mission and strengthening the change “muscle” within ourselves. Establishing change as a core competency is top-of-mind for us, so much so that we have welcomed Jeff Outten as our Director of Change Management. He has been a friend of DHG for many years and has helped guide us through many new initiatives and opportunities. We are excited to welcome him to the DHG team and look forward to the innovation and growth that will result from his leadership. I am pleased to have Jeff join me this month to share his vision for change at DHG.

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Celebrating Inclusion & Diversity - An Interview with Alpa Patel

During February and March we are shining a light on inclusion and diversity at DHG. I am thrilled to have Alpa Patel, Co-Leader of our Inclusion & Diversity Council and partner in our Atlanta office, join me this month to share her passion on the topic as well as her thoughts on authenticity, confidence and juggling priorities as a working mom.

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Changing Together as ONE DHG

When we think about change, our immediate reaction is often apprehension and anxiety. It may be that we are content with the present, or we fear the inability to thrive in a different environment. Regardless of the underlying cause of our anxiety, when you look beyond the initial discomfort, change can be the catalyst that leads to new ideas, valuable new skills and innovative solutions. In building valuable careers with our people, DHG seeks to exercise our change adaptability to strengthen the change “muscle” within ourselves.

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An Interview with Adele Chassaignac

As we near the end of our month of giving at DHG, it is the perfect occasion to shine a light on someone who truly represents our DHG values through their work in the community and their passion for giving back year-round. Adele Chassaignac, our 2017 DHG Community IMPACT Award winner, joins me to talk about her passion and the art of balancing her commitment to give back with her career growth at DHG.

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ONE DHG – Greater Together


The DHG we know today is the product of several firms merging together, and many people, cultures, ideas and ways of doing things uniting. We are proud of our many differences and what makes us unique as a firm, but we also recognize the need for an overarching mindset that encourages our people to be open-minded, flexible and willing to work in new and different ways - together. At its core, ONE DHG is about looking holistically at whether we are working together the best that we can and operating in a way that puts our mission first – building valuable careers with our people and helping our clients achieve their goals.

As we continue to grow and evolve as a firm, it is important for us to reflect on how we function best when we view ourselves as one unified team. We can

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CEO Blog Takeover: What a Ride…

At the end of this month our Chairman, and my friend, Kent Satterfield, will begin his retirement. Throughout his tenure at DHG, Kent has been a mentor to many, truly embodying our DHG values and teaching us what it means to make an impact. His contributions to the growth and success of the firm are endless, and his steadfast leadership and sharp wit will be remembered long after he leaves us on May 31st to begin retirement. Before Kent embarks on his next adventure, I asked him to share reflections on his time at DHG and some lessons he has learned. Please enjoy this blog from my friend, Kent. - Matt Snow, CEO

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CEO Blog Takeover: Seizing Opportunities


In honor of Women’s History Month, I would like to spotlight one of our female leaders at DHG who inspires me every day with her passion, innovative thinking and positive attitude. She has had a unique career path which has shaped her into the resourceful leader she is today. Her experience makes her well-suited for sharing insight with young professionals on how to navigate their own unique paths and figure out how to integrate a career and life outside of work. With that, I’m pleased to hand the baton over to Lori Haley, Managing Partner of DHG’s Birmingham office, for a special CEO Blog takeover. Take it away Lori! – Matt Snow, CEO

Navigating your path

As Matt mentions, my career path has been somewhat unique in that it has had many twists and

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Celebrating Inclusion & Diversity at DHG and Beyond

Earlier this month, in celebration of Black History Month, Women’s History Month and inclusion and diversity across our footprint, we released DHG’s first inclusion and diversity focused publication. The magazine is a compilation of stories from our Life at DHG blog celebrating diversity from many angles. I hope you enjoy the magazine and our Life at DHG stories.

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