Nicholas Kaiser (Treasurer, Executive Committee) joined The Franklin Board of Trustees in 1993, since then he has served multiple terms. A Bellingham native, he was educated in Canada, Connecticut, and Chicago. After selling his Indianapolis investment firm to a major insurance company, he returned to Bellingham and founded Saturna Capital in 1989. Now with over 80 employees and $4 billion of assets under management, Saturna is the primary financial donor to The Franklin Academy. Chairman of Saturna Capital, Mr. Kaiser serves Saturna’s 15 mutual funds as trustee, president, and equity portfolio manager.
Mr. Kaiser, along with his wife and seven children, supports a range of educational and community activities, such as Western Washington University and the Boy Scouts. Locally, he received the Whatcom Business Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Several of his grandchildren have and are attending The Franklin Academy.
One of his favorite sayings is, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ~ Benjamin Franklin