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J. Burner Crew
Founder & Managing Director
Burner began his career in asset management at a well-established New York securities brokerage firm. He gained extensive experience in the public funds sector and years of success in the financial markets at KeyBank, McDonald Investments, and EF Hutton.
His specialties include; Asset Management/Allocation, Fund Management, Alternative Investment, Portfolio Diversification, Financial Consulting, Options Trading, Credit Spreads, Debt Structuring, Bond/Alternative Financing, Investment Education, and Public Speaking & Presenting.
A Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Ohio (Series 65), in addition to serving as a Financial Advisor and a Municipal Advisor, Burner has served as an on-air Financial Analyst for Fox 8 News and an Economic Outlook Panelist at The City Club of Cleveland.
Chief Compliance Officer
Vanquilla specializes in new client acquisition and client management. She has extensive experience in customer relations, administration, sales, and sales management. Prior to joining the team, she was a client of Nirvana Analytics. A United States Army Reserve veteran, she served in Operation Desert Storm.
She holds a BA in Finance from Mount Union University.
Board of Advisors
Marc S. Byrnes
Advisory Board Chairman
Marc S. Byrnes is Chairman of Oswald Companies. Under Marc’s leadership, the 124-year employee-owned (ESOP) company has enjoyed significant growth and has strengthened its position among the top 50 largest insurance brokers in the United States. The firm is also ranked among the elite top 10 privately held brokers in the country specializing in employee benefits and financial services which was founded by Marc when his agency merged with Oswald in 1987.
A fixture in the Northeast Ohio civic community, Marc serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Way of Greater Cleveland and he was named United Way Volunteer of the Year in 2011. He is an active member on the following Boards: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and University School. He received University School’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award in 2012.
Fred Cummings is president of Elizabeth Park Capital Management, Ltd., a $290 million asset management firm based in Pepper Pike, OH. EPCM is focused on investing in regional bank/thrift stocks and preferred securities. In February 2008, Mr. Cummings launched Elizabeth Park Capital, L.P., which is a long/short hedge fund. In February 2016, Mr. Cummings launched an event driven fund focused on identifying the most likely bank sellers over the next three years.
Prior to founding Elizabeth Park, Mr. Cummings worked as a senior analyst for FSI Group, a $150 million financial services hedge fund. He was primarily responsible for making long and short recommendations for bank, thrift and consumer finance stocks across a broad range of market-caps.
Prior to founding McDonald Partners, McDonald served as president and CEO for Wayne Hummer Investments in Chicago, Illinois from 2003-2005. Tom had total responsibility for the P & L of the company and was responsible for growing the company through the addition of high quality financial advisors to service high net worth clients of the parent company’s banks. At the same time, Tom developed products and services that allowed Wayne Hummer to change from a transaction-based firm to one focused on planning-based wealth management.
This focus allowed for the growth of assets under management and other fee-based business. Prior to joining Wayne Hummer, Tom spent 12 years with McDonald Investments in Cleveland, Ohio. He began as director of sales development and progressed in responsibility to ultimately become director of the Private Client Group. In that capacity, Tom established the Investor Services Group and developed products and services dedicated to the affluent investor.
Eddie Taylor Jr.
Eddie Taylor, Jr. is President of Taylor Oswald, a venture between Oswald Companies and Mr. Taylor. Oswald is one of the nation’s largest independent, employee-owned insurance brokerage firms. Eddie has previously owned or operated companies in a variety of industries including warehousing and distribution.
Education and Professional Affiliations A native of the Cleveland area, Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Elyria West High School and Allegheny College. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Allegheny College.
Diverse Financial Experts and Specialists
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