Christopher Stepuszek, CFA

A 1981 graduate of Creighton University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, followed in 1985 with an MBA in Finance, Chris has spent thirty-three years in the financial industry as a management professional. Chris’s extensive knowledge in portfolio management, asset allocation, attribution analytics, and securities analysis coupled with his FINRA Series 3, 7, 63, and 65 Licensures have developed Chris’s expertise in designing and executing strategic operational, technical, and business programs to increase assets while minimizing expenses.

In 1986, as a Vice President with New York Life Insurance and Securities, Chris cultivated a  comprehensive knowledge in all lines of health, life, and annuity products. Specifically, Chris developed and maintained the pension and ERISA aspects of Taft-Hartley and defined contribution plans. In 1990, Chris became a Senior Vice President with Paine Webber, Inc. where he oversaw the management of 60 different entities including school districts. labor unions, and high net-worth investors with assets totalling more than $100MM.

In 2000, Chris was principal and founder of Washington Street Capital Management. In this capacity, Chris created a nine firm marketing alliance with money managers as third-party asset management representatives. Chris negotiated contracts with sub-advisors and providers while providing financial and asset management to small-, mid-, and large-cap businesses. Building on this success, in 2002 Chris moved to Fifth Third Bank Investment Advisors where he was Vice President of Sales and Client Services. Here, Chris developed and serviced institutional and high net-worth accounts for Fifth Third’s investment management subsidiary. During Chris’s tenure at Fifth Third Chris was responsible for 30 client relationships with $1.25B in assets.

In 2005, Chris began as Vice President of Sales and Client Services at Brandywine Global Investment, LLC. While overseeing 52 client relationships totaling more than $2.5B in assets, Chris also increased assets by $1.8B. At Brandywine, Chris managed and maintained relationships with key decision-makers from municipal, corporate and trade unions. Chris’s management included all facets of the experience from the initial presentation and close through strategic investments and long-term account management. While maintaining client relationships, Chris utilized attribution, capital markets, as well as equity and fixed-income research to develop financial models and metrics. Chris’s acumen in the arenas of product research and development has led to his partnership in the development of the Advanced Funding Program.