We are committed to a culture that we can be proud of, and our name is meant to always remind us.
At the time that Heather and Steve were planning the launch of the company, Heather’s father had his book published about the Gloucester fishing industry, and in particular Heather’s great grandfather Stephen Olson, who was a Doryman. The book is full of facts with interesting anecdotes about the man and his daughters, great grandmothers to Heather. Steve was fortunate enough to meet two of these women late in their lives. It created a very personal connection.
The book vividly portrays these fishermen, their families, and their community. It was clear that they were committed to their craft, they looked after their shipmates, and they loved their families. And it revealed the incredible courage of these men. Heather and Steve discussed how there were lessons here for us as we considered the type of culture we wanted to create for our firm. These core values: being good at what we do, taking care of each other, and being all about family, became the cornerstone of the culture of our firm.
When we were considering a name for our company, Steve said, “Let’s go to the book”. We had already decided we wanted the word “partners” in our name. We envisioned our top colleagues would largely be partner-level consultants. And we wanted to be seen as true partners to our clients. So as Steve scanned the book he said, “How about Rocky Neck Partners?”. Heather shrugged and said, “Nah”. Then he said, “How about Eastern Point Partners?” Again she responded the same way, but then she looked up and raised her index finger and said, “But you’re on to something here”.
So we looked deeper to the reference to Hawkins Point, which is a fishing ground on the Grand Banks in the Northern Atlantic. Sadly It was there on March 7 1935, that Heather’s great grandfather was lost at sea. It was then that we knew the name of our company.