While the Square Roots Collective name is relatively new, its genesis was over 25 years ago when we moved to the Kennett Square area to launch Chatham Financial, a financial derivatives advisory and technology company. Our goal was to build a different kind of finance company that put the trust of its clients and employees ahead of profit. We never imagined we would grow to our current size of nearly 600 employees in 6 offices on 4 continents working with some of the largest companies around the world. We believe Chatham’s success has been driven by our dedication to creating a culture that encourages our clients and employees to thrive. This culture in turn has created the ability to attract truly amazing people to our area who are aligned in purpose and values.
When I (Mike) started Chatham, we moved to Southern Chester County to be near family but along the way fell in love with the people, diversity, beauty, history and – perhaps because of the area’s rich Quaker heritage – the strong community spirit to love and care for everyone, regardless of background. I grew up the son of a Mennonite minister and Dot the daughter of a Mennonite dairy farmer and from an early age were both taught that faith needs to be demonstrated in all relationships. And it continues to be our faith today that inspires, grounds and motivates us. We so appreciate our rich heritage, which emphasized loving God, caring and striving for peace with others, and bettering the local community.
We raised our four daughters in the Borough, each graduating from Kennett High School. Our son-in-law is also a Kennett grad and is the first in his Mexican immigrant family to graduate from high school or college. He and our daughter (with our handsome grandson!) are pursuing real estate careers in Washington, DC. After college our second daughter spent two years in the Dominican Republic working for an education non-profit before returning to work at Square Roots in property management. Her fluency in Spanish has allowed her to provide comfort to our Spanish-speaking residents in Square Roots apartments. Our third daughter studied gerontology in college (study of the process of aging) and is currently working as an activities director at the Kennett Friends Home. Our fourth daughter is currently in college in North Carolina.