Deborah Abildsoe’s extensive background in the investment world fueled her desire to create a company that could shift its focus to individual client needs.
In 1999, Deborah founded Asset & Retirement Investment Associates, “ARIA”,
with the goal of providing individualized asset management strategies to high
net worth clients. She believed that clients deserved an alternative to cookie-
cutter portfolios then offered by large firms, and instead began offering
investment transparency in an industry where she believed there was little of it.
In 2011, Guilford Savings Bank acquired a majority interest in ARIA and in
2016 the company name was changed to GSB Wealth Management to better
reflect the growing relationship between the two firms. Today GSB Wealth
Management, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guilford Savings Bank.
Her 40+ years of experience in the investment arena include many years with
Den norske Bank, Norway’s largest commercial bank, Merrill Lynch, Bank
Boston and First Union. She has been quoted in the New York Times, spoken
to peers on behalf of Fidelity Investments, and was named 2014 Woman of
FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate).
Deborah co-authored two articles on estate and retirement planning for TIAA
accounts together with Irving S. Schloss, Esq. which appeared in Bureau of
National Affairs’ Estate, Gift and Tax Planning Journal, and an
accompanying Tax Management Memorandum in 1997 and 1998. Deborah
was featured with Irving Schloss in the Connecticut section of the New York
Times in January of 1998. She has co-authored a book on the
subject, Understanding TIAA-CREF, How to Plan for a Secure and
Comfortable Retirement, published in December 2000 by Oxford University
Press. She also co-authored with Irving Schloss an article titled How Much
Do We Need to Retire? A realistic look at how life works and funds
operate, which was published in Trusts & Estates, February 2009.
Originally from Branford CT, Deborah currently resides in Guilford CT with her
husband. She is active as a corporator of the Guilford Foundation and has
served as President of the Board of the Guilford Art Center and the Guilford
Free Library. She is also a Corporator of GSB. She travels frequently to
Norway and Denmark to visit children and grandchildren.