First Beacon Business Advisors

First Beacon Business Advisory Group is a comprised of a multidisciplinary and experienced group of business consultants who use their hands-on experience to provide in-depth and comprehensive advisory services to business owners. All of our advisors are widely recognized in their respective areas of expertise.

In addition to our principle advisors listed here, we have a network of experts ready to help in other functional areas of the business.

Meet Our Principal Advisors

Bob Gustafson - Co-Founder & Certified Financial Planner

Bob Gustafson - Certified Financial PlannerBob Gustafson is president of Triton Financial Group, a financial advisory firm offering comprehensive financial planning and wealth management. He is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved in the financial services industry for more than 25 years. He began his career in 1991 with a Denver-based investment banking firm, went on to work for a major financial services firm and, subsequently, founded his own independent, fee-based advisory firm in 1995.

Bob holds the certified financial planner (CFP©) designation and works with individuals and business owners in a fiduciary capacity to help them grow and protect wealth.

Past Chairman of the Marlboro Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Bob has also served on the board of directors with the Northern New England chapter of the Financial Planning Association.

Bob graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in general business finance. He is a radio talk show host for the “Financial Focus” show heard on WCRN and is one of the founding members of First Beacon Business Advisors. Some of Bob’s interests and passions include fishing, kayaking, and softball.

Debra Murphy - Marketing Coach & Consultant

Debra Murphy - Masterful Marketing - Marketing ConsultantDebra Murphy is president of Masterful Marketing, LLC. With more than 25 years of experience in marketing, Debra specializes in helping businesses create a powerful web presence. Her extensive background in computer science and marketing enables her to help business owners better understand the complexities of online marketing, including search, social and content marketing.

Debra worked in corporate marketing at various high technology companies, holding positions in product management and marketing. She has held the position of Director of Marketing & Business Development at a company producing content management software and was VP of Marketing at a software security startup.

Debra holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Framingham State University and an M.B.A. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She frequently blogs and contributes to thought-leading resources like Business2Community and Social Media Today. Debra is a marketing coach, author and trusted advisor for the small business community.

George Jensen - Finance and Operations

George JensenGeorge Jensen is president of MultiSource Finance, Inc., an independent commercial business loan brokerage. For over 25 years, George has been helping business owners and real estate investors find and obtain business loans and commercial mortgages. From owning and running several businesses, buying and selling investment real estate, and from being a part-time CFO for startups and growing small and medium sized businesses, George knows firsthand the challenges business owners and real estate investors face on a daily basis. Their biggest challenge is getting access to capital in the form of business and real estate loans.

George holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College in CT and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from D'Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston.

Steve Powers - Co-Founder and R&D Tax Credits

Steve Powers - Intrepid AdvisorsSteve Powers is president and CEO or Intrepid Advisors. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of research and development, particularly in the areas of mechanical and electrical engineering, plus software development. In 2001, Steve joined Intrepid Advisors. He spent 14 years as Vice President of Engineering at O.S. Walker Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. He served as the firm’s Managing Director while the company operated as a subsidiary of Carlin Charron & Rosen LP and became President after acquiring the business in early 2009.

Steve holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.B.A. from Anna Maria College. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, Society of Manufacturing Engineering and the Society of Plastics Engineers. Steve is a co-founder of First Beacon Business Advisors.

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As a small business owner it is often necessary to juggle many hats. For that reason, when I find someone I respect, trust and like to help me juggle one of my hats, I consider it a great day because it is so rare. Debra is such a person. Even better, as a small business… “Susan Soble”

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