Mr. Shaver, CEO & CIO, co-founded DAC in January 2004. He also manages client accounts as Portfolio Manager and is a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding DAC, he was Vice Chairman/President & CEO of GoldK, Inc./GoldK Investment Services, Inc. He has held executive positions with State Street Research Investment Services, Inc., John Hancock Fund, Inc., Oppenheimer Management Corporation, and Mosely Hallgarten Estabrook & Weeden, Inc. Mr. Shaver is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA). From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Shaver was President and Interested Trustee for the Dividend Growth Trust, and from 2006 to 2010, was the Chairman of the Spring Island Trust. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Chairman of the Spring Island Trust Foundation. Mr. Shaver also serves as Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the GS Rising Dividend Growth Fund.
Years of Investment Experience: 43
Mr. Ghoston has served as Chief Operating Officer since joining DAC in April 2010 and as Chief Compliance Officer from 2010 to 2014 and from 2015 to August 2017. He was named President in 2014. Prior to joining DAC, he was President of and Chief Executive Officer with Unified Fund Services (previously a wholly owned subsidiary of Huntington Bank). While there, he also held positions including executive vice president of operations, where he was responsible for sales and P&L, Senior Vice President of Fund Accounting and Fund Administration, Chief Technology Officer, and he led oversight of risk and compliance. He has held executive positions with Huntington Trust Mutual Funds and Unified Series Trust, Ameriprise Advisor Trust, and Valued Advisor Trust. He is a graduate of Tulane University (MBA) and studied executive leadership training at Ohio State University. He is a member of the Operations and Technology Committees for Investment Company Institute.
Years of Industry Experience: 27
Mr. Nix, Managing Director, Institutional Management, joined DAC in August 2013. His responsibilities include serving as a Portfolio Manager and Strategist. Prior to joining DAC, he was Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer & Managing Director of Greenwood Capital Associates and previously served as Co-CIO. He has held executive positions with First Union and Heritage Bank. Mr. Nix is a graduate of The Citadel (BS), studied at Wharton Executive Education, and earned the CFA® designation in 2002. Mr. Nix is currently a member of several boards including the SC Coordinating Council for Economic Development, Jobs-Economic Development Authority, Palmetto State Growth Fund, and Leadership SC. Mr. Nix serves as Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the GS Rising Dividend Growth Fund.
Years of Investment Experience: 20
Mr. Cheshire, Director of Private Client Group & Senior Portfolio Manager, joined DAC in June 2014. Prior to joining DAC, he was Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager with Community Trust & Investment Company. Previous positions include Vice President, Relationship Manager, and Portfolio Manager with National City Bank, Private Client Group, and Investment Executive with PaineWebber. Mr. Cheshire is a graduate of University of Kentucky (BBA). He serves as board and executive committee member on the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority/Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.
Years of Investment Experience: 25
Ms. Wang, Director of Equity Research, joined DAC in June 2008. She is a member of both the Investment and Management committees, and is currently responsible for overseeing Equity and MLP research, monitoring companies in the Financial, Telecom, Energy, and MLP sectors, and making buy/sell recommendations to the Investment Committee. Prior to 2012, Susie was a Research Analyst for DAC. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University (MBA) and Swiss Management University (BBA), earned the CFA® designation in 2012, and the CIC® designation in 2013. She speaks Chinese, English, and conversational French. Ms. Wang has served as Portfolio Manager of the GS Rising Dividend Growth Fund since 2012.
Years of Investment Experience: 8
Mr. Taylor joined DAC in December 2011 as Portfolio Manager. He is responsible for investment management decisions for individual private client portfolios and works closely with financial advisers assisting with the management of institutional client portfolios. Prior to joining DAC, he was Student Research Assistant at Clemson University Small Business Development Center, where he helped start-up companies build business plans and get funding. He was also Crop Manager for Seaside Farm, Inc., where he oversaw all aspects of crop production, harvesting, storage, shipping, planning, and the management of large seasonal work crews. He is a graduate of Clemson University (MBA and BS), earned the CIMA® designation in 2017, and serves on the board of AMIkids Beaufort.
Years of Investment Experience: 5
Mr. Johnson, Sr. Portfolio Manager for the Private Client Group, joined DAC from Fifth Third Bank in February 2017. While at Fifth Third Bank, Mr. Johnson held the position of Senior Portfolio Manager, Vice President at Fifth Third Private Bank from 2003 to 2017. From 1990 to 2003, Mr. Johnson held the position of Financial Consultant, Vice President at Smith Barney, formerly Shearson Lehman Brothers. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Central Michigan University (BS, Economics and Finance). In addition, Mr. Johnson earned his CFP® designation in 2004.
Years of Investment Experience: 27
Mr. Haley joined DAC in March 2017 as Sr. Portfolio Manager for the Private Client Group. Jim has nearly 20 years’ experience in the investment and wealth management industry having previously served as Client Advisor/Vice President for SunTrust Private Wealth Management. Previous positions include Client Advisor, Portfolio Manager, Wealth Planner and Business Development within several regional/national banks to include Bank of America-US Trust, BB&T and Wilmington Trust. Mr. Haley is a graduate of Campbell University (Master of Trust and Investment Management, Southeastern Trust School), and Siena College (BS, Finance). In addition, Mr. Haley has earned the designation of CFP® in 2014.
Years of Investment Experience: 20
Peter G. Gerry III joined Dividend Assets Capital, LLC (“DAC”) in October 2012 and currently serves as MLP Analyst and Portfolio Manager. He is responsible for monitoring companies in the energy master limited partnerships sector and making buy/sell recommendations to the Investment Committee. Prior to joining DAC, Mr. Gerry was Senior Auditor for Office of the State Auditor, New Jersey. He graduated summa cum laude from Rider University (BSBA) and with distinction from Rider University (Master of Accountancy having a concentration in Fraud and Forensic Accounting). Mr. Gerry is a member of the Board of Directors of The Religious Society of Free Quakers.
Years of Investment Experience: 8
Mr. Kuehn joined DAC in October 2015 as a Senior Equity Analyst. He is responsible for monitoring companies in the DAC investible universe within the Industrials, Information Technology, and Materials sectors. Prior to joining DAC, he was a portfolio manager and research analyst with ICON Advisers. He held analyst and associate positions with Thrivent Financial, The Murrayhill Company, and FactSet Research Systems. Mr. Kuehn is a graduate of the University of Denver (MBA) and the University of Colorado (BS). He earned the CFA® designation in 2009.
Years of Investment Experience: 11
Phil joined DAC in December 2015 as a Senior Equity Analyst. His investment coverage responsibilities include companies in the Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, and Healthcare sectors. Prior to joining DAC, he was in equity research with The Capital Group Companies and an investment banking associate in the Energy & Financial Divisions for Credit Suisse First Boston. Phil is a graduate of Georgetown University (MBA) and Kenyon College (BA). He is a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and served as a director of New Directions for Veterans from 2010 to 2014.
Years of Investment Experience: 9
Mr. Guthrie joined DAC in January 2013 as Research Analyst and now serves as Risk Manager for the Firm. He assists DAC with monitoring and managing all areas of Enterprise and Portfolio Risk, including operational, business, regulatory, and portfolio risks. He also supports the various product and service lines with data management, portfolio analytics, business intelligence, and reporting. Prior to joining DAC, he was a Financial Analyst with Huntington Asset Services, Inc and a Debit Card Fraud Analyst for JPMorgan Chase. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College (BA) and earned the Certified Mutual Fund Specialist (CMFS®) designation from the Boston Institute of Finance in 2011.
Years of Industry Experience: 10
Mr. Reynolds joined the firm in 2016 as Portfolio and Systems Analyst. He assists the team by providing in-depth portfolio analysis, collaborating with the investment team to provide regular and ad hoc models, producing economic analytics, and working with DAC management to streamline information systems and data management processes. Prior to joining DAC, Jamie interned with the healthcare investment banking team of Allen, Mooney and Barnes (AMB). While there, Jamie focused on assisting the deal team with their analysis of healthcare services operators in the lower middle market. He is a cum laude graduate of College of Charleston (BS).
Years of Industry Experience: 1
Ms. Ottosen, Chief Compliance Officer from August 2017 to present, October 2016 as the Director of Compliance. Prior to joining DAC, she was Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel with GW Capital, Inc. During her career, Ms. Ottosen has held the positions of Chief Compliance Officer & Counsel with Jensen Investment Management, attorney and examiner with United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and was a Compliance Officer with Western Asset Management Company. She has held leadership positions with Transamerica Life Companies, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, and was an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick. She is a graduate of University of Miami, School of Law (JD), and University of Southern California (BS, Accounting) and is a member of the State Bar of California.
Years of Industry Experience: 19
Ms. Stanley joined DAC in March 2012. Prior to joining DAC, she was Member Services representative for Callawassie Island Club and Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. She is a graduate of Ashland University (BA) and she is a member and former officer of the Institute of Management Accountants.
Years of Industry Experience: 6
Mr. Cherewko joined DAC in October 2015 as Portfolio Associate in the client services department. He serves as a point of contact for all clients and is responsible for ensuring an outstanding client experience. Greg is charged with establishing new client accounts as well as maintaining existing relationships. In addition to working with clients, Greg serves as a point of contact for outside brokers and directly supports the Firm’s portfolio managers. Greg has nearly 20 years’ experience in the investment and financial services industry having previously served as a trust administrator for Bank of America, a private client advisor for Wilmington Trust Company, and a licensed financial services representative for TD Bank. He is a graduate of Towson University (BA) and attended the ABA National Graduate Trust School.
Years of Industry Experience: 20
Mr. Parrott, Investment Operations Manager, joined DAC in March 2012. He is responsible for overseeing daily, weekly, and monthly trading activities including allocations and reconciliations, performance requests and reporting, monitoring custodians, composite performance maintenance and reporting, system integrity, audits and controls, and overseeing DAC proxy voting. He also serves as chair of the Best Execution Committee. Prior to joining DAC, Jon was Senior Operations Specialist with Thomson Reuters. Previous positions include Client Solutions Specialist with UMB Bank/JPMorgan Chase, Operations Analyst with Bank of America, and Auditor with State Street Bank. Mr. Parrott is a graduate of Saint Anselm College (BA) and Dale Carnegie Leadership Training.
Years of Industry Experience: 13
Ms. Jordan joined DAC in February 2014 as Operations Associate. In 2016, she was also named Trader. She is responsible for all trading including allocations and reconciliations, producing report requests, maintaining trade order and client relationship management systems, and processing new and closed account documents. Prior to joining DAC, she was a Trader and Administrative Assistant for Rushmore Capital, Inc., Trader, Sales and Administrative Assistant for Domestic Securities, Inc., and Trading and Sales Assistant for MH Meyerson Inc.
Years of Industry Experience: 20+
Mr. Livingston, Controller, joined DAC in April 2011. He is currently responsible for the Firm’s financial results, cash forecasting/management, financial projections, IT planning and maintenance, and facilities management. Prior to joining DAC, Troy served on active duty with the United States Marine Corp for 20 years. He is a graduate of Lipscomb University (BS) and serves his local community as a Deacon with Community Bible Church and as a coach with local youth sports.
Years of Industry Experience: 6
Mr. Kindwall joined DAC in June 2016 as a Finance Associate. His responsibilities include assisting the Controller with accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and benefits administration, sales tracking and projections, IT and facility management. Prior to DAC, he was in sales and marketing with SafeKids, Inc., a bank teller with Palmetto State Bank, and customer services with Barrier Island Marine. He is a graduate of The Citadel (BSBA), where he held leadership positions as Regimental Recruiting Officer and president of the Citadel Republican Society.
Years of Industry Experience: 1
Ms. Conti, Receptionist & Office Administrator, joined DAC in December 2012. She is responsible for answering incoming calls, supply maintenance, event planning, travel arrangements, and administrative support. Prior to joining DAC, she was Executive Assistant for Sand & Sebolt, LPA. She has held Executive Assistant positions with NACCO Industries, Inc., Developers Diversified Realty Corp., and GOJO Industries. She studied Business Administration at Kent State University and Notre Dame College of Cleveland.
Years of Industry Experience: 18