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Columbia business 'honest broker' between farmers and consumers
Columbia business 'honest broker' between farmers and consumers

In Michael Lewis's best-selling book Flash Boys, a group of do-good stockbrokers abscond from their cushy, high-paying jobs at big Wall Street banks to become the honest broker in what is depicted as increasingly corrupt stock market, one that rewards leaving the everyman on the raw end of the stick. Philip Gottwals, of Columbia, and Tim Hosking, of Baltimore, aren't stockbrokers, but through their locally sourced grocery business Friends & Farms, the duo have carved out their own small place as the honest broker in what they describe as a rapidly devolving food distribution chain. From that standpoint, it's not hard to see the parallels between Lewis's flash boys and...

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