DG Bob Parkinson declared Mr. Kenneth Solow, member of Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent, our District Governor Nominee (Designate) to be District Governor of Rotary International District 7620 in the Rotary Year 2015-2016.
ImageKen Solow was born in New York City and raised in the town of Willingboro, NJ. He graduated in 1979 with honors and degrees in Marketing and Finance from Towson University, Baltimore, MD. After five years in sales at Burroughs Corporation, he joined Cigna Financial Services Co. as a financial advisor in March of 1984. In 1991 he left Cigna to form his own financial advisory business and in 1993 co-founded his current firm, Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc., along with his partners John Hill and Dwight Mikulis.

Today, Pinnacle is a Registered Investment Advisor that serves more than 750 families providing comprehensive fee-based financial planning and investment advice. As Chief Investment Officer of the firm, he is responsible for all investment related activities of the firm. Pinnacle currently manages more than $1 billion of assets and employs thirty full-time financial professionals in their Columbia, MD, and Naples, FL, offices, including five full-time investment analysts. Ken is a frequent speaker in the financial planning industry on the topic of tactical asset allocation. He is the author of the book, Buy and Hold is Dead (AGAIN), the Case for Active Portfolio Management in Dangerous Markets, published in May 2009 by Morgan James Publishers,
N.Y.C. He has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Transcript, The Journal of Financial Planning, Financial Planning Magazine, and many other industry publications.

He has guest lectured on quantitative portfolio management techniques at the Frank G. Farb School of Business, Hofstra University and the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Ken was inducted into the Rotary Club of Columbia-Patuxent in September 1996. After assuming many leadership roles in the club, he was named the club’s Rotarian of the Year in 1998-1999. He served as club president during the 2001-2002 year. During his term the club was awarded one of the last 3H grants from the Rotary Foundation for funding AIDS clinics in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The club’s signature project to benefit the Howard County Health Alliance raised more than $100,000. At the end of his term he was recognized by District Governor, Andy Baum, as the Donal Lee Chamberlin award winner for Outstanding President District 7620. He has served as a trustee of the Rotary Club of Columbia-Patuxent Charitable Trust for the past nine years, including serving as Trust Chair for the past three years until his resignation as Trustee in 2012. Ken has pursued his interest in serving the Rotary District by becoming a member of the District
training team beginning in the 2003-2004 year for PDG Jim McDiarmid. Over the past decade he has worked closely with co-trainers PDG Paul Frey, PDG Andy Baum, and PDG Pat Kasuda to develop an original curriculum for District Pre-PETS training. He has presented talks on “Rotary President as CEO”, “Enhancing the Life of Your Club”, and “Why Give to the Rotary Foundation,” to hundreds of president-elects. He presented to the plenary session of the Multi-District PETS in 2012 and has been asked to speak again in 2013. Most recently Ken has become involved in training for District Area Governors and is serving as the AG trainer on the District training team in 2012. He is a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation, is a member of the Paul
Harris Society, and all members of his family are Paul Harris Fellows.

Ken is married to his wife of twenty two years, Linda, and is proud of their two children, Daniel, age 21, and Carly age 19. He spends his spare time wondering how after a lifetime of effort he still can’t putt. His handicap remains in the low teens and his life-long ambition to get to single digits remains out of reach.

He also enjoys fishing, traveling, and recreational reading. Ken and Linda, now empty nesters, currently live in Ellicott City, MD, with their border terrier, Connor.