February 22, 2012


Posted in About Us, Retirement tagged , , , , at 6:27 pm by Iris Mack Dayoub

 “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”

 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

I recently had the privilege of spending a week with friends who a few years ago sold most of their belongings and took up residence on a boat, the Tusen Takk II. Tusen Takk is Norwegian for a “thousand thanks.”

Never have I slept so well as when I claimed the top cabin for my bedroom where the seas rocked me to sleep every night.

The adventure, one of those on my bucket list, was even more fun and entertaining than I could have ever imagined. I learned a lot about boat-life, the Caribbean and the islands. One of the most striking lessons was learning how to conserve water. Like most of us landlubbers, I had heard and read about the importance of water conservation, but I had never really paid much attention. Returning home I thought more about the use of water and am continuing to practice – hopefully, developing some long-lasting habits about the way I use water. 

Thinking about water, I recalled reading about water as a commodity and decided to do a little research. Water is a hot topic here in Savannah as the debate continues about the deepening of the Savannah River. Last Sunday I learned more about the potential frailty of our local rivers at a meeting of the Ogeechee River Keepers .

The Sierra Club is leading a drive to make sure water does not become a commodity and continues to be a human right.

Here are some photos taken during my delightful, memorable excursion on the Tusen Takk II.

These links will take you to the website for the Tusen Takk II and their blog about our visit.

 Tusen Takk to my gracious hosts!

August 13, 2008


Posted in About Us, Financial Planning at 3:20 pm by Iris Mack Dayoub

Iris Mack Dayoub, Ph.D. has been involved in the financial services industry since 1984.  She has a wide background of educational and business experience with a master’s degree in mathematics, a doctorate in mathematics education and many post graduate courses in financial strategies and economics.  She is the founder and president of Alpha Financial Management. 

Much of her success is attributed to individual commitment to her clients, as well as her ongoing pursuit of knowledge and expertise in the rapidly changing field of financial services.  She has shared this knowledge through seminars on the Basics of Investing, Estate Analysis, Retirement Planning and Financial Freedom and has published articles on Asset Allocation and Estate Planning.  Iris has published several articles n national and local journals, appeared on television, and been quoted in Investment News and the Wall Street Journal.

Iris is a Registered Advisor with the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the largest nationwide organization of fee-only financial planners.

She serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Business Administration (COBA) of Savannah State University.  She has served on the Financial Committee for the Armstrong Atlantic University Foundation and is currently the Treasurer for the newly formed COBA Foundation.

Iris and her husband, Michael, have five children and twelve grandchildren.  In her leisure time Iris enjoy playing the piano, sewing and competing in triathlons. She became an Ironman in 2005 – swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles.

She was the Council Director for Girls on the Run of Coastal GA (GOTR_GA), an after-school program for pre-teens that uses the power of running to educate and prepare Savannah area girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. As of January 1, 2012, she will serve as the Chair of the Board for GOTR-GA to assist the newly appointed Council Director, Sarah Todd. More information can be found at www.girlsontherun-ga.org.

Iris Mack Dayoub, Ph.D.

Iris Mack Dayoub, Ph.D.

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