Plumb Welcomes George Logemann as New Chief of Technology Officer

We are thrilled to share that Plumb has appointed George Logemann as our new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). George joins our team with extensive experience in financial technology and a fresh perspective that will drive our company to greater heights. As a member of our leadership team, George will play a central role in shaping and implementing our technology vision here at Plumb. George will lead software development, focusing on multiple phases of strategic enhancements and innovations, aimed at delivering exceptional value to our clients.

George has three decades of expertise in building financial technology for investment and wealth management enterprises. Notably, George dedicated over 13 years to Citadel, a leading hedge fund in the US. Within Citadel, George held various pivotal roles, including CTO and COO of Global Commodities, overseeing trading and risk technology as well as operational aspects for the firm’s commodities strategies. Prior to this, George spearheaded the creation of Citadel’s firm-wide back office platform, capable of capturing millions of daily transactions and supporting all portfolio management, operations and accounting processing. Beyond Citadel, George has dedicated several years to crafting cloud-based aggregation and operational workflow solutions for the financial advisory sector.

George’s background is broad and deep across financial technology and operations. We anticipate leveraging his leadership and experience at Plumb as we develop our comprehensive technology strategy and deliver top-tier solutions for our clients. “George brings such a cool edge and innovative creative process to our team. I am excited to see how he can expand the app and guide our technology team to new levels,” shared CEO Rob Scherer, expressing enthusiasm and optimism for the future. George has embarked on this mission by beginning to evolve our Plumb Bill Pay App into a comprehensive, interactive financial data platform. This expansion aims to offer clients not only convenience, but also valuable insights and interactive reporting features that empower them to take control of their financial health.

Unlike static reports that provide a fixed set of information, interactive reporting will allow clients to engage with their financial data dynamically. Plumb is using a scalable data warehouse, Snowflake, in tandem with the Plumb Bill Pay Application platform to obtain and pull from client data to offer more robust reporting and significant insights for our clients. Within the enhanced platform, Plumb will enable clients to gain more intuitive access to their information, customize dashboards, visualize trends, predict future cashflows, and receive real-time alerts and recommendations.

By transforming the app into a multifaceted data insights tool, we are not only enhancing its value proposition but also helping users gain a deeper understanding of their finances. This initiative will set a new standard in the fintech industry, demonstrating how technology can be harnessed to provide meaningful and interactive financial insights.

As we embark on this exciting journey, we are confident that George’s vision and expertise will enhance our technological capabilities, foster a culture of innovation, and propel us toward achieving our strategic goals. George shares, “Plumb’s leadership team cares about providing a high-quality client experience and they have outlined an innovative strategy. I am very excited to engage in this endeavor to help shape the future of the application suite and build solutions that will set us apart from other providers.” We look forward to the positive impact George will make and the advancements we will accomplish together. Join us in welcoming George to Team Plumb!

Unmasking Wire Fraud: Safeguarding High Net Worth Clients with Expert Vigilance

Wire fraud. We hear about it on the news and perhaps from friends or family members who have fallen victim to it, but what exactly is it? And why do high-net-worth individuals need to be especially concerned, and more importantly, how can they be protected?

What is Wire Fraud?

At its most basic level, wire fraud is a criminal offense that involves using some form of electronic communication – like phone calls, emails, or texts – to defraud someone. And it happens more often than you might think. According to the FBI, wire-transfer fraud causes approximately $2 billion in losses annually – and this has only been increasing in recent years.

Different Types of Wire Fraud

There are different types of wire fraud perpetrated by criminals. These include activities such as:

  • Phishing: Imposters send fake emails appearing to be from legitimate entities with the goal of capturing personal or financial information.
  • Identity theft: Criminals steal someone’s social security number or bank account information.
  • Investment scams: Offers of fraudulent investment opportunities are made via email or phone, often with a promise of high returns or guaranteed profits.
  • Business email compromise: Criminals gain access to an employee’s email account and use it to transfer sensitive information or funds to themselves.

Wire Fraud and High-Net-Worth Individuals

HNWI and UHWNI can be especially vulnerable to wire fraud for a few main reasons:

  • Their extreme wealth makes them a target for criminals.
  • The average age of a HNWI living in the United States is between 70 – 74, which is another group widely targeted by criminals.
  • Criminals assume that these people won’t notice or miss if/when funds go missing.

Because of these reasons, providing safe and secure financial services to high-net-worth clients is vitally important. Understanding the warning signs of a wire fraud attempt, and what to do to prevent them, is a key component to ensuring this protection.

{Read more about how we securely handle wire transfers, ACH, and check payments for our high-net-worth clients here.}

Wire Fraud Red Flags

The expert accountants and executives at Plumb are highly educated in how to spot wire fraud, and they undergo monthly training sessions to ensure that they are up to date on any recent wire fraud developments.

Here are some signs that might indicate a wire fraud attempt:

  • An urgent request for funds. This is especially concerning if it comes from a client who doesn’t typically place urgent requests – but any urgent request should be verified and vetted.
  • “No verbal approval required” messaging. This is a definite red flag, especially if the client usually requires verbal approval.
  • Small changes to a known email address. For example, perhaps there’s one letter missing in a name.
  • Request to send to a foreign entity if the client has only ever sent funds domestically.

Our team is trained to look out for patterns, and if a pattern is altered, they pick up the phone to confirm. They are also trained to follow the pre-set guidelines and process in place – regardless of whether the amount is $100 or $1,000,000.

Best Practices for Protecting High Net Worth Clients

Some essential measures Plumb has in place to protect HNWI clients from wire fraud include:

Robust cybersecurity measures

  • Implementing robust firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
  • Regularly updating and patching software and systems.
  • Conducting security audits and risk assessments.
  • Encrypted email and messaging platforms.
  • Multi-factor authentication for sensitive transactions.

Plumb’s strict firewall requires multi-factor authentication and encryption for all wire transfer instructions. Additionally, all new wire instructions must be verbally authenticated to ensure legitimacy.

Ongoing staff education

  • Employee training on identifying and preventing wire fraud.
  • Internal controls and checks/balances among team members.

At Plumb, the training starts from the moment a new junior team member begins their job, and it continues – consistently – from there. We also send members of our team for professional development specifically focused on cyber security and wire fraud so that they have certifications in Wire Transfers and Fraud.

The internal controls we have in place further help to protect our clients and their assets.

We take our role as stewards of our clients seriously, and we are proud of our impressive cybersecurity measures and education.

Take the Next Step Towards Safe and Secure Financial Services: Contact us at to discuss how our outsourced bill payment services can enhance accuracy, save time, simplify record-keeping, reduce stress, and fortify the security of your financial transactions. Your peace of mind is our priority.

Plumb Bill Pay App Spotlight: QuickBooks Online Integration

Plumb’s proprietary bill pay app was designed specifically to address the needs of our high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients and their financial management teams.

{Watch this brief overview video to see our app in action.}

This proprietary app delivers an intuitive interface that offers anytime, anywhere access to bill pay and cash outflow statuses – and it’s fully integrated with QuickBooks Online.

How it works

  • We pull information needed to facilitate the entry of vendor invoices, such as vendors, chart of accounts, and payment data out of QuickBooks Online and into the Plumb bill pay app.
  • We push the updated bill data from the Plumb bill pay app into QBO.

Security measures in place

The transfer of data is protected via bank-level security and consistent audits to ensure financial privacy and security. In addition, we benefit from the rigid security practices of our industry-leading vendors, such as Apple, Google, and AWS. It is important to note that no bank account information is shared between the platforms.


Thanks to the seamless integration with QBO, our clients and their trusted advisors benefit from:

  • Easy and customizable approval process by entity
  • Clear dashboard view of bills paid, bills pending approval, and total cash outflow.
  • Balance snapshot with alerts if funding is required.
  • 6-month projection of estimated cash flow based on commitments.
  • “Hot List” of most important bills to track.
  • Quick access to bill information, expense details, relevant attachments, and bill pay reports
  • Easy communication with the Plumb Team – from the app.

For a sneak-peak at some of the app features, please watch these brief videos:

We’d love to discuss how you can benefit from this app. Please reach out today for a consultation and a demo.

Plumb delivers financial peace of mind by assisting high-net-worth individuals and family offices know where their money is going, so their trusted advisors can effectively manage it. We work in partnership with their team — including wealth, CPA, and other advisors — to provide the highest quality of data and financial reporting to establish a holistic view of their assets and financial holdings. We’d love to help answer any questions you may have. Feel free to schedule time to speak with Anneke Stender, our EVP, at your convenience.

The Wealth Mosaic Interviews Anneke Stender

Great interview with Plumb Family Office Accounting & Bill Pay EVP and Co-Founder Anneke Stender featured on The Wealth Mosaic.

In this series, The Wealth Mosaic (TWM) interviews leading members of the wealth management and FinTech communities to find out more about them, their journey, their perspectives on the market and how they see the future.

Read Anneke’s interview here.


Plumb Family Office Accounting is an expert at delivering the clarity and financial peace of mind high-net-worth individuals and family offices need. Let us know if you would like to get in touch for more information. We work in partnership with your team — wealth, CPA, and other advisors — to provide the highest quality financial reporting. This gives you true control of your wealth and establishes the foundation for effectively implementing your financial strategies.



Prioritizing Family Life & Business: An Interview with Anneke Stender

Top Ways to Handle Family Life and Business with a Busy Lifestyle

Several responsibilities can cause stress and anxiety in family life and business.  It can be hard to find the right balance between organizing family life events and getting year-end ready with clients and other commitments at work.

Here is a list of reminders and quick tips to keep things in perspective in your busy life:

  • Schedule: Plan smaller tasks and meetings than normal.  Time management is key and keeping a clear overview of due dates on your calendar.
  • Disconnect: When spending time with your family, make it a priority to unplug from work emails and calls.  Keep everyone informed ahead of time about your unavailability or absence, and let them know when you’ll be reconnecting.
  • Plan time for yourself: It can be exhausting to keep everything going, so taking time for yourself will rejuvenate you later.
  • Avoid talking business with family or friends when they do not ask.  However, it can be helpful to discuss certain topics and events with the most important people in your life to let them know what’s going on.
  • Clear communication: Set fixed times for family and work, so both sides can count on you.  Be fully present during those time blocks, so you’re focusing on one thing at a time.
  • Work when everyone is sleeping: getting up before the family wakes up or staying up after they go to sleep, so it doesn’t conflict with family time.
  • Delegate and trust others: bring in additional resources who can help you avoid stress.

An Interview with Anneke Stender

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With all your responsibilities at Plumb, how do you deal with upcoming family events and all the organization and planning?

Planning ahead and calendaring everything is essential for me.  I plan out the weeks and month very detailed in my corporate calendar, so nothing gets lost and everyone knows if I’m free or not. I always mark events or tasks that are not negotiable in red, so my assistant can plan and schedule meetings around those times.

Overall, the less time I have available, the more efficient I can be.  I focus on the really important things and delegate the rest to others.  I am thankful to have a great team at Plumb behind me that I count on, so I have enough time for my family.

How do you handle work during the days you are spending time with your family?  Are there any rules you set?

When I spend time with my family, I turn off my email notifications.  I want to avoid pop-up messages on my phone, so I am fully present to focus that time with my girls and my husband. I dedicate 100% to one thing at a time.

When I visit my family in Germany, I am totally unplugged from work for the duration of the trip.  Sometimes I feel that going overseas makes it easier to enjoy the time off, because I am distancing myself from work with different time zones.

Clear communication upfront towards everyone at work and from my family is the key for making this work. By setting fixed times, my availability for family and work is clear, so both sides can count on me.

What is your favorite time and place for getting work done?

My most productive time is early in the morning.  I usually wake up at 4:30AM and start checking and responding to emails in bed, then I start getting ready for work.  When the children are sleeping, I have time to work without distraction.  However, I mostly spend working time in the office in La Jolla or Orange County.

What do you do to avoid stress and how do you boost your energy levels this time of year?

Even if I only have an hour a day, I block it off in my calendar.  Pilates helps me to relax from time to time, however, I still struggle on getting better to take time for myself.  In addition, it’s always helpful to seek outside help, such as a nanny on special occasions or counting on someone to help with recurring tasks.

As a successful business leader and mother, who inspires you?

Sheryl Sandberg.  I just finished reading her second book, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. I have so much respect and admiration for her and how she handles her life.

How Plumb Family Office Accounting Can Help with your Family Life + Business Throughout the Year

Recurring tasks like bill payment or handling with taxes at the end of the year, and general organization and planning take an immense amount of valuable time. Save this time and effort with the help from additional resources to spend it with your family and friends or use to refueling your energy.

Plumb Family Office Accounting excels at high-net-worth accounting and financial consulting by applying a controller-level’s financial insight to managing personal finances.

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