For the third consecutive year, Aberdeen Asset Management organized its characteristic “Burns’ Supper” in Miami last week. The firm's clients who attended the event enjoyed an evening in which the whiskey and the bagpipes were followed by the toasts to the eighteenth century Scottish poet Robert Burns, which was the aim of the occasion.
Gary Marshall, who until this year headed Aberdeen Asset Management for the Americas, acted as "master of ceremonies" in the purest Scottish tradition. Marshall will soon return to the UK to continue to develop management tasks for the firm, while David Steyntakes overtakes as managing director of the Aberdeen Asset Management team in the Americas region, as was reported by the company in late 2013.
Aberdeen Asset Management has its corporate headquarters in the city of Aberdeen in northeastern Scotland, where its roots date back to 1875, although the current asset management company was established in 1983.
“I am delighted to witness how Aberdeen’s presence in Miami is reinforced year after year, thanks to the support of an excellent team and of course, thanks to your support as clients,” explained Gary Marshall to his guests. “Once again we gather on a date close to January 25th, the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns, to resume this tradition which is an important part of Scottish culture, and essential to our overall corporate identity.”
“Aberdeen has closed 2013, by, amongst other achievements, becoming the first European independent asset manager in terms of assets under management listed on the stock exchange, following SWIP's acquisition, with over half a trillion dollars in assets under management, of which more than 75 billion are in the Americas region.”
During the dinner, which included the traditional Scottish “haggis”, the guests enjoyed a Whiskey Tasting commented by Nicholas M. Pollacchi, Whisky Master, who has worked as Public Relations’ Director at The MacAllan and The Glenrothes, two prestigious Scottish distilleries. Since 2010 he has his own company, The Whisky Dog, which organizes whiskey tasting events in the U.S.
Several members of Aberdeen’s team in the U.S, London, and Scotland, both of the commercial division and of its investment team accompanied the guests during the cocktail and dinner, which was enlivened by Piper Robert Ritchie, Canadian born piper of Scottish origin and a resident of South Florida since 1956.