Transparency and authenticity are the building blocks of the positive relationships between Independence Wealth Advisors and our clients. Our IWA Client Advisory Board meets once a quarter to discuss important topics like the client experience. This board acts as the voice of the client and helps us maintain a close and productive relationship with the people we serve.
Gary Fejes attended Cuyahoga Community College and received an Associate of Applied Business Degree in Marketing. He worked for the United States Postal Service for 30 years. Gary began his postal career at the main post office in downtown Cleveland as a sorting and distribution clerk, and then advanced to the position of lead sales and service associate at suburban post offices in both Parma and North Royalton. He provided customer service at the main retail window and was responsible for fulfilling the daily needs of postal clients, the supervision and monitoring of other clerks, maintaining postal stock, and the end-of-day daily cash balance activities.
Gary retired in 2016 and resides in Parma with his wife, Joy. He enjoys all sports and likes to play golf. Currently, Gary is a snowbird and spends time during the winter at his home in Florida enjoying many community activities.
Stella has over 35 years of sales management and marketing experience and currently is a director of field sales for Penguin Random House Publishers. She has spent her career developing and adapting sales and marketing strategies in an ever-changing marketplace to maximize profitability and establish value, adding long-term profitable relationships. These experiences have further developed her motivational leadership skills, interpersonal communication, and organizational and problem-solving skills. Stella has a history of a participatory management style with strong team building skills and a track record of building, mentoring, leading, and developing high performance sales teams.
She believes it is an honor to be a member of the IWA Client Advisory Board. With her professional experience and by being the voice of the client, as a client herself, Stella can add value by contributing to IWA’s vision for growth and excellence.
Stella graduated from the University of Akron and majored in business and marketing. She also volunteers in the community: she was a former University of Akron Alumni Board Member, where she mentored new students; a volunteer at her church; a board member of her condo association; and a volunteer at the Haven of Rest, a local shelter. Other than volunteering, Stella enjoys reading, biking, weight training, spinning, gardening, outdoor sports, and getting together with friends.
Vince has an extensive entrepreneurial background as the current president of a construction company and serves in a very rewarding role as the administrator for a local nonprofit. He has also owned and operated a chain of retail stores, a local service company, and an e-commerce business. Vince brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board, from management and customer service to fiscal responsibility.
Vince and his wife enjoy spending time with their children, biking, skiing, the great outdoors, and they look forward traveling more.
Dave grew up in Chagrin Falls, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Kent State and subsequently became a Certified Public Accountant. His banking career started at Central Bank of Akron and ended at KeyCorp 41 years later. He has been married to his wife, Ruth, for 42 years and has four children, ages 32 through 39, who are all married. Two have doctorates, one has an MBA and CPA, and his youngest son has just recently quit wandering the globe to go back into data engineering. He is incredibly proud of all of them.
In his spare time, Dave enjoys singing with his church choir, remodeling his house, and bike riding. His best choir experience was singing at the old Cleveland Stadium in the Billy Graham Crusade choir. His most notable building experience was moving a barn from Bath to Richfield and his best bike experience was riding RAGBRAI across Iowa. David brings a good business sense to the table for the Client Advisory Board and considers it a pleasure to be of assistance to Independence Wealth Advisors.
Cindy is joyfully retired following a 43-year career in human resources at the Cleveland Clinic. While working, Cindy’s areas of expertise included policy development and interpretation, employee relations, recruitment and hiring, job evaluation, salary and benefits, EEO/AAP and Family Medical Leave administration.
Since 1996 and in retirement, Cindy enjoys working as an independent contractor for Power Presentations providing presentations skill training for professionals from a variety of Fortune 500 Companies, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations improving their communication skills and advancing their careers.
Cindy earned her bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace College. She lives in Strongsville with her husband. When weather permits, you’ll find Cindy walking, gardening, biking, swimming, and cross-country skiing. When the weather forces her inside, Cindy can be found quilting, reading, and socializing with friends.
Michael is currently retired. Most recently, he was the vice president of human resources for The Smithers Group, a multinational scientific testing and consulting organization.
Michael has more than 30 years of HR leadership and consulting experience with both private and publicly traded firms including Bridgestone, Pirelli, and Continental Tire. His favorite professional accomplishment was preventing the closure of a 2000 employee manufacturing plant by negotiating an innovative labor agreement with a challenging labor union.
In addition to his role on the IWA client advisory board, he focuses his time on paying forward, especially to jobseekers looking to enhance their employment prospects. He serves as vice president of Hudson Job Search, a board member for his alma mater the University of Akron’s Human Resources Advisory Committee, and facilitator of the Department of Job and Family Services, Summit County Ohio Means Jobs Executive Networking Group.
He enjoys his role on the advisory board, helping ensure that IWA is transparent and focused on maintaining the trust necessary between a client and their financial partners.
Michael is an auto enthusiast who, when not at the races or watching them on TV, can be found detailing his pride and joy until the wee hours. He and his wife Cindi live in Cuyahoga Falls and they enjoy traveling and spending time with their family, especially their first granddaughter.