James G. Tillar, CFA - Principal
Jim began his investment career with a West coast
money management firm in 1986. He was recruited to Dean Investment Associates
(DIA) in 1987 to assist in the marketing effort directed towards Wall Street
brokerage firms. From 1987 to 1993 DIAís assets under management grew from $600
million to over $7 billion. Jim was made a member of DIAís Central Investment
Committee in 1989. In 1991, Jim moved to the Research Department and was
promoted to Assistant Vice President and Equity Strategist in 1994.
In late 1997, Jim established the Blue
Chip Division at DIA featuring a tax-friendly equity style called Blue Chip Tax
Advantage. This strategy was one of the first of its kind in the industry and
from its beginning reported audited performance returns on an after-tax basis.
Jim managed all aspects of this investment strategy.
Jim received his Chartered Financial
Analyst designation in 1989 and is a member of the Dayton Chapter of Financial
Analysts. Mr. Tillar received a B.A. from the University of Notre
Stephen A. Wenstrup - Principal
Steve has been active in the investment business
since 1982 when he began his investment career assisting small business owners
and buyers with the evaluations of potential investment opportunities. In 1983,
Steve became a member of one of the largest investment brokerage organizations,
which exists today as Salomon Smith Barney where he specialized in working with
business owners and individuals, assisting them in the selection of investment
advisors for their retirement and personal portfolios.
In 1989, Steve joined Hatteras Capital
Management ,working mostly with brokers, consultants and clients and assisted in
the research and portfolio management process.
Steve joined James Investment Research
in 1994 through their sister firm James Capital Alliance, where he specialized
in developing relationships through financial consultants. In 1997 Steve also
became part of James Investment Research working directly with investors in
developing objective based allocations for both privately managed and mutual
fund portfolios. Through a daily radioshow, a web based market letter and
financial reports for the firm, Steve wrote extensively on investment
Steve also developed a questionnaire
based approach that was used to work hand in hand with clients assisting them in
developing balance and diversification between investment strategies that best
reflects their objectives and risk tolerance.
Mr. Wenstrup received his BSBA in Finance from Xavier University
in 1981. He has passed and participated in numerous industry education programs,
including the NASD Series 7, 24 and 65.
Timothy M. Roesch - Vice President - Director of Operations
Tim brings over 15 years of experience in the
investment management industry. Beginning in 1991, Tim joined Flagship
Funds as Director of Information Systems. When John Nuveen & Company
purchased Flagship in 1996, Tim assumed the role of Assistant Vice President of
Information Services. Timís strategic company initiatives included the
development and advancement of systems and processes supporting Nuveenís
private asset management business.
In 1998 Tim joined Countrywide
Financial as Assistant Vice President of Investment Company Systems. His primary
responsibility was the leadership and management for the development and implementation of systems and technology for
asset management and product distribution.
Tim is a 1988 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors of Science / Business