The Independent Group of Companies, a family business soon to celebrate 30 years, was named the November Fairport-Perinton Chamber Business of the Month.
Thirty-five years ago, John Forken entered into a career within the financial industry. He had been serving the community as a social studies teacher and was actively recruited to pursue this job change. Forken began working as a financial representative from an office in his home, with his wife Christine helping with the paperwork. Starting in February 1987, his office life evolved through Webster, Penfield and Fairport locations, involving a growing staff along the way.
Forken’s focus is on helping individuals, businesses and trusts with financial planning processes. His service is comprehensive, involving investment insurance, asset management, payroll services, group benefits and trust administration. A specialty of generation-planning for families has developed due strong bonds with his clients. This service keeps Forken traveling across many states, meeting with clients face-to-face. The growth of services has been supported by staff expansion, now with long-term tenure as a team.
Kellie Wrightn chamber board director and membership committee member stated, “Established companies like the Independent Group of Companies are an important foundation for our Chamber. They are role models for many younger companies, from which to develop.”
Chamber President Paul West added, “Our chamber has a 103-year history and we value the oral history older companies are able to share in this span of time.”
In addition to being a member of the Fairport-Perinton Chamber of Commerce, Forken also belongs to the Webster Chamber of Commerce and was past president of the International Association for Financial Planning.