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William W. Lester, CFA 
Chairman of the Board
Joined the Firm in 1983. Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1980. CFA Charterholder, 1983. Investment Advisor Representative of Ameritas Investment Partners, member of the CFA Institute, past Director and past President of the CFA Society of Nebraska. Experience: First Mid American, Research Analyst, 1980-1983. 

James Mikus, CFA 
President & CEO
Joined the Firm in 1986. Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1985. CFA Charterholder, 1990. Member of the CFA Institute and past President of the CFA Society of Nebraska.


Gerald Q. Herbert, CPA
Chief Financial Officer 
Joined the Firm in 2005. Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Xavier University, 1989; Certified Public Accountant, 1992, licensed by Ohio Board of Accountancy. Experience: Controller, General Factory Supplies Co., 1996-2005; Controller, Bob Sumerel Tire Co., 1996; Tax and Audit Supervisor, Mountjoy & Bressler, 1989-1995.

Thomas G. Knipper, CPA
Chief Compliance Officer
Joined the Firm in 1998. Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration summa cum laude, The University of Dayton, 1979; Certified Public Accountant, 1981; licensed by Ohio Board of Accountancy. Experience: Union Central Life Insurance Company, Assistant Controller, 1995-1998; Gateway Investment Advisers & The Gateway Trust, Chief Accounting Officer, 1993-1995; Deloitte & Touche, Senior Audit Manager, 1978-1992. 

Babu V. Sonti
Chief Technology Officer
Joined the Firm in 1998. Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, The Ohio State University, 1987; M.A. in Mathematics with concentration in Graph Theory and Combinatorics, University of Maine, 1982. Experience: Union Central Life Insurance Company, 1988-1998; College of Wooster, Assistant Professor of Math/CS, 1985-1987.

Diane M. Busch
Senior Marketing Communications Specialist
Joined the Firm in 2006. Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, University of Cincinnati. Experience: New Creative Enterprises, Marketing Communications Manager, 1999-2006; Trust Company of the West (TCW), Marketing Communications Publisher, 1997-1999; Westmark Realty Advisors, Marketing Production Manager 1994-1997.

Tony L. Durante
Network Specialist
Joined the Firm in 2000. Education: Attended University of Cincinnati, 1991. Experience: Union Central Life Insurance Company, IS Service Center Specialist 1997-2000; IS Service Center Technician 1993-1997; Life Support Operator 1990-1993.