George is a seventh generation Vermonter with 24 years of experience working in the financial industry and is a Certified Portfolio Manager (CPM®). Between his junior and senior year of college at McGill University in Montreal he interned on the syndicate desk of Merrill Lynch in New York City. During this internship he was engrossed in the capital markets as well as the Initial Public Offering process. However, his interest in the markets and investing started as a young man, inspired by his father George D. Ewins Sr. who established a Merrill Lynch branch in 1978 in Vermont after returning to Burlington from Wall Street. George’s father started mentoring him in finance as a young man and he made his first stock purchase at age 12. A favorite childhood pastime was reviewing Mario Gabellli’s annual reports and stock picks. He went on to major in history during college with an interest in the history of the U.S. stock market. He started out his career working in Merrill Lynch’s corporate headquarters at the Merrill Lynch Asset Management division.
Between his love of finance and deep family connections to Vermont where Ewins Farm was established in 1821, it was an easy decision to return to home from Wall Street to join George Ewins Sr. as his business partner. (George Sr. retired from the industry in 2001.) After 22 years at Merrill, George and his partners decided to make the move to Raymond James. Given the team’s history at their prior firm, the decision to move was several years in the making and prompted by a culture shift post the 2009 acquisition of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America. After conducting extensive due diligence they decided on a move to Raymond James, a firm whose culture the team found to be positive, conservative, and that they believe provided them the support and resources to best serve the clients of Ewins, Kowalski, & Swett Wealth Management. George resides in Charlotte, Vermont with Marie-Michelle, his wife of 14 years and their two children Felix and Isla.