Gary Fournier, a Los Angeles-based managing director for JP Morgan Securities, LLC, has appeared among Barron’s Top 1,200 financial advisors in the nation in a number of recent years. Each year, he has ranked in the top 100 in his profession in California. Gary Fournier is also a dedicated philanthropist who has made notable contributions to groups that support education, children’s and family health, and the environment.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is among the environmental organizations he supports. The conservancy works to ensure that succeeding generations will be able to enjoy the beauty of the natural world. To that end, it acquires undeveloped lands for use as places of public recreation and education.
In cooperation with four municipalities in the area, the conservancy maintains voluntary conservation-related easements on these lands and works to efficiently manage them for the benefit of the community.
The conservancy offers arts-themed events and film screenings and, as part of its ongoing program of public education, an in-depth teacher training experience that allows K-12 educators to learn exciting new classroom activities to increase their students’ interest in nature and science.
To date, the almost 30-year-old conservancy has achieved success with the preservation of more than 1,500 acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The land is held in perpetuity as a public trust.
With more than 35 years of experience in the finance sector, Gary Fournier is the managing director for JP Morgan in Los Angeles. Outside of his work in money management, Gary Fournier supports a diverse group of nonprofit organizations, including the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is a group of professionals and volunteers who protect 1600 acres along the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles. The group is guided by four main goals. The first goal is to preserve the lands through the help of qualified staff capable of monitoring and mitigating environmental challenges as they arise.
The organization’s second goal is to improve upon the current quality of wildlife habitats within the area through targeted restoration projects. In addition to improving the natural conditions within the 1600 acres, the third and fourth goals aim to make the Palos Verdes Peninsula a place where visitors can participate in outdoor recreational activities and local children can access science-based educational opportunities.
In order to help reach these goals, the Conservancy occasionally hosts fundraising events and benefits, the most recent of which took place in November 2016. In cooperation with Whole Foods Market and the Terranea Resort, the Conservancy hosted a sold out garden-to-table dinner, with proceeds from the event going toward the environmental organization’s efforts.
For more than 35 years, Gary Fournier has held executive-level positions with leading financial institutions and currently serves as a managing director at JP Morgan. Outside of his professional ventures, Gary Fournier remains active in his community and works closely with organizations like the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy recently screened Kon-Tiki as the final film in its series, The Beauty of Nature. Screened at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California, Kon-Tiki features a reenactment of the raft voyage undertaken by Norwegian explorer, Thor Heyerdal, and his five friends. The friends sail an unsteady balsa wood raft across the Pacific Ocean and encounter sharks, tidal waves, and other dangers along their incredible 4,300-mile journey. With noteworthy CGI effects, Kon-Tiki was Norway’s 2013 Academy Awards submission for best foreign film.
To host the Kon-Tiki film screening, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy partnered with SCAN, a group committed to sharing Nordic Heritage and preserving the Scandinavian Center at Nansen Field in California. Representatives from Palos Verdes noted that the film embodies the passion and courage that the organization brings to land conservation efforts.