Since joining Cohen & Company in 1999, Chris has been focused on providing audit and consulting services to the investment industry. As co-president of the Investment Industry Services Division, he drives the strategic and tactical initiatives for team. Cohen & Company’s Investment Industry Services Division, representing more than 250 employees, serves a national client base including mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity, exchange traded funds, commodity pools, investment advisers, fund service providers, high net worth individuals, trusts, and foundations.
Chris is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Ohio Society of CPAs, and was a founding board member of the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Chris's client base includes some of the firm's largest and most complex fund families, primarily in the mutual fund and ETF sector. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors and chair of the investment committee for the Community Foundation of Lorain County and the Finance Advisory Council for Ohio University. Chris is also active in leading the firm’s recruiting efforts and is a member of the firm’s leadership team.
Bruce is the co-founder of Berkshire Global Advisors and co-leads the Firm’s Wealth Management practice.
Bruce joined Mr. McEver in establishing Berkshire in 1983 as the first independent investment bank covering the investment management and securities industries. He has over 35 years of industry experience and is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. During his tenure at Berkshire, Bruce has advised on a wide range of M&A transactions in the real estate, mutual fund and institutional sectors.
Notable Transaction Experience:
CenterSquare (BNY Mellon) / Management & Lovell Minnick Partners (2017)
Stockbridge Capital / CITIC Capital (2017)
Allianz Global Investors / Sound Harbor (2016)
Legg Mason / Clarion Partners (2016)
BNY Mellon / Atherton Lane (2016)
Aberdeen Asset Management / FLAG Capital Management (2015)
Legg Mason Investment Counsel / Stifel Financial (2014)
Parametric / Eaton Vance (2003)
Prior Work Experience:
HF2 Financial, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Highbury Financial Inc., Co-Founder, Chairman
Paine Webber, Associate Director, Strategic Planning Group
Prudential Insurance Company, Comptroller’s Department and the Planning & Coordination Group
Education & Affiliations:
Harvard Business School, MBA
London School of Economics
Trinity College, BA in Economics
Fellow of the Life Management Institute
Past board member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute
Matthew Franey joined Celera in mid 2014 to expand business development efforts for Celera’s flagship solution, SalesStation.
Franey began his professional career with Ernst & Young, and his investment industry affiliations include both analyst and sales roles with Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, FIS, Corp (formerly Metavante Corporation), and, most recently, Infinity Benefit Solutions.
Matthew holds both a BA in Finance and Accounting and his Masters in Accounting and Information Analysis from Lehigh University.
Matthew returned to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after completing his graduate studies, a community where he spent his growing up years, and where his family still lives. He is a keen student of social media innovation, and the evolution of the delivery of investment solutions through electronic, online tools.
Number of Years of Financial Services Experience (10)
Brad Hearsh is a Senior Advisor in UBS Investment Bank’s Global Financial Institutions Group providing advice to advice to asset management companies (including senior managements and their boards of directors), primarily in connection with mergers and acquisitions and private placements.
Brad has been with UBS Investment Bank for the last 31years, having begun his investment banking career at PaineWebber Incorporated in 1985 and then joining UBS as part of the UBS/PaineWebber merger in 2000. From 1981 to 1985, Brad was a Corporate Associate in the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.
Brad received a BA from Williams College, an MA from Lincoln College,Oxford University and a JD from the University of Virginia Law School.
Carl is the VP of Strategic Development at MFAM, a position he has held 2011. Mr. Hendley is responsible for initiating and maintaining the firm’s relations with institutional investors, key-accounts, and external partners.
Neil is a seasoned manager with nearly four decades of financial industry experience. He started his career as a broker in 1979, and today he serves as Portfolio Manager to six Funds and as CIO he oversees the entire family of Hennessy Funds.
Neil began his career at Paine Webber and worked there and at Hambrecht & Quist until founding his own broker/dealer firm in 1989 and founding Hennessy Funds and launching his first mutual fund in 1996.
Neil is a nationally recognized and respected asset manager, ranking among Barron's Top 100 Mutual Fund Managers for many years*, and he is a frequent guest/contributor in national financial media.
Neil received a BBA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.
* Barron's last published a "Top 100 Mutual Fund Managers" list 8/08.
Ben is responsible for leading the U.S. distribution of BMO Global Asset Management’s investment capabilities through financial intermediaries.His responsibilities include leading and coordinating the client experience for advisers, home offices, strategic partners and sub-advised clients.Ben oversees BMO Investment Distributors, a FINRA broker-dealer, as the president and chief operating officer.
Prior to joining BMO Global Asset Management, Ben was director of defined contribution at Russell Investments, responsible for managing Russell’s intermediary distribution of retirement plan solutions across the U.S. In 2011, he was awarded the Russell Award for Excellence. Prior to working at Russell, he was a partner at Strategic Employee Benefits.
Ben is a thought leader whose writing on retirement issues has been published in Institutional Investor and on behalf of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA). Ben is also a recognizable industry voice as the creator and co-host of BMO’s Better Conversations. Better Outcomes. podcast series. Ben earned the Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM designation and holds the FINRA Series 6, 7, 24 and 66 securities licenses.
Ben lives with his wife and two daughters in Utah, where they enjoy sharing their passions for skiing, hiking, mountain biking and gardening.
Reshma Kapadia is an award-winning financial journalist with more than 20 years of experience. Currently, Reshma is a senior writer at Barron’s Magazine, where she writes about emerging markets, retirement and the mutual fund industry.
Prior to Barron’s, she covered investing and personal finance as a senior writer at SmartMoney, The Wall Street Journal's monthly magazine. Before joining the magazine, Reshma spent a decade as a correspondent at wire services, including Reuters News, where she reported on financial markets, the dot-com boom and bust, media conglomerates and industrial companies.
Reshma completed a Knight Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and earned a SABEW Best in Business magazine award and a Folio Magazine Eddie award. She is a mentor-editor for the OpEd Project, which tries to increase the diversity of voices contributing to commentary across media.
Tom serves as president of Plumb Funds, a proprietary mutual fund company where he is also the lead portfolio manager for the Plumb Equity Fund and Plumb Balanced Fund, a role he’s had since the Funds’ inception in May 2007. He has also served as the president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Plumb Funds since their inception and secretary of Plumb Funds since August 1, 2017.
Tom is also the founding Principal of Wisconsin Capital Management, LLC since January 2004, a firm that traces its origins back to 1984 (formerly Thompson Plumb & Associates). His roles there include portfolio manager, research analyst and fund manager. In addition, he maintains an ownership interest in and serves as the president of SVA Plumb Financial, LLC, an affiliated entity.
With more than three decades of experience as an investment professional, Tom’s career includes twenty years as the lead manager of two balanced mutual funds, the Thompson Plumb Balanced Fund and the Dreyfus Premier Balanced Opportunity Fund.
Tom earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975. He is a member of the Madison Investment Management Society and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
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Jennifer Schonberger helps decide which stories the Fox Business Network covers from Washington across daily shows. She also reports on air on the Federal Reserve and economic issues. In addition, Jennifer writes and reports for Foxbusiness.com and runs FBN’s DC bureau in the bureau chief’s absence.
Jennifer has been a financial journalist for over 12 years. She speaks with top financial experts regularly and is an expert on financial markets and the economy, for which Fox Business relies on regularly. She has written, conducted analysis and screened for stocks for The Motley Fool and Kiplinger magazine. Prior to joining Fox Business, Jennifer created and hosted her own financial news show on local cable in Northern, VA.
Her financial acumen is rooted in her finance and international business degree from the University of Virginia.
Jim is currently the CFO/Treasurer and Secretary of The RBB Fund, Inc. He was formerly Assistant Treasurer of The RBB Fund, Inc. from 2005 -2016; from 1995 -2016, Senior Director and Vice President of BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. (predecessor firms include PNC Investment Services/First Data Investment Services/Fund Plan Services). Jim was previously CFO/Treasurer of FundVantage Trust, and Trainer Wortham Funds; Treasurer Chestnut Street Exchange Fund; Assistant Treasurer of the Kalmar Fund, Wilshire Funds’ and Weiss Treasury Only Money Market Fund. He also held senior level management positions at Merrill Lynch Asset Management and Bankers Trust.
Jim received his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Rider University and his Undergraduate Degree in Accounting (BA) from Rutgers University
John Waggoner has put personal finance and investing into plain English for more than three decades. He was a senior columnist for InvestmentNews and, prior to that, USA TODAY's personal finance columnist for 25 years. He has written for Morningstar, The Wall Street Journal, and Money magazine. Waggoner has also written three books on finance and investing.
He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in English literature and is working on his Certified Financial Planner designation. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.