Lebenthal Asset Management’s capabilities encompass several domestic equity strategies.
All-Cap Value Equity Portfolio
The All-Cap Value Equity Portfolio seeks to capitalize on the pricing inefficiencies of smaller stocks and the potentially greater stability of larger companies with the goal of providing long-term capital appreciation. The Portfolio Manager uses in-depth proprietary research to identify under-valued businesses with solid balance sheets that are run by superior management teams.
— Portfolio Manager: James B. Lebenthal, CFA
Lebenthal Asset Management - All Cap Value Strategy
John B. Carey, Jr.
John Carey is a Portfolio Manager focused on balanced equity accounts. Mr. Carey also works with Jim Lebenthal in managing the LAM All-Cap Value Strategy. Mr. Carey has over 40 years of experience in investment management. Before joining Lebenthal, he was a Portfolio Manager for 35 years at U.S. Trust, where he was a Senior Vice President and a member of the Portfolio Policy Committee. The independence and close, personal attention that Mr. Carey applies to all of his clients are key factors in his long-term success.
Mr. Carey graduated from Susquehanna University in 1972 with a B.A. in Economics and is a member of the Pi Gamma Mu National Honor Society. Mr. Carey earned an M.B.A. in Finance from
The Pennsylvania State University in 1973. As a collegiate wrestler, Mr. Carey won 3rd Place in the 177 lb. weight class at the Middle Atlantic Conference in 1971.
James B. Lebenthal CFA
Chief Executive Officer, Lebenthal Asset Management, LLC & Chief Investment Officer, Lebenthal Wealth Advisors, LLC
James Lebenthal is the CEO and CIO of Lebenthal Asset Management and the CIO of Lebenthal Wealth Advisors. As CIO, he is the Chairman of the Investment Committee and oversees the economic and market outlook for clients firm wide. He is also the Chair of the Investment Manager Due Diligence Committee, which is responsible for approval, review and monitoring of outside investment managers. In addition, he is the portfolio manager of LAM’s flagship All-Cap Value strategy. Jimmy started his Wall Street career at Goldman Sachs in Private Client Services and then as a partner at the money management firm of Levy Harkins before joining the family business in 2007. A frequent commentator on investments and the overall markets, Jimmy is a regular contributor to CNBC.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Jimmy was a Lieutenant and qualified as a nuclear submarine engineer. During his tenure, he was awarded 2 Navy Commendation Medals and 4 Navy Achievement Medals. He holds a BA in molecular biology from Princeton University, an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and Series 4, 7 and 63 licenses.
Jimmy serves as a Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Mizzentop Day School in Pawling NY, and as a Director of the Akin Hall Historical Association, also in Pawling.
Chase Smith has 5 years of financial industry experience; the last 3 with Lebenthal Asset Management. Mr. Smith works on the All-Cap Value Strategy team with his focus on new idea generation, stock selection and trading; in addition to providing clients with asset allocation and retirement planning advice. He brings a client–centric approach with a passion for equity investing. A graduate of Seton Hall University with a BS in Political Science, he worked at Smith Asset Management for 2 years as a financial consultant before joining Lebenthal. Chase holds Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
Aurora GARP Equity Portfolio
The Aurora GARP Equity Portfolio is a process driven discipline that seeks consistent growth of principal with relatively low volatility. Our intent is to add consistency to our results and allow our emphasis on security selection to drive returns. The Portfolio Manager utilizes a “bottom-up” approach for its “Growth At the Right Price” discipline to equity investing.
— Portfolio Manager: David J. Yucius, CFA
Lebenthal Asset Management - Aurora Group
Vice President of Trading & Operations
Allison Roy brings more than 20 years of experience in the industry and assists the team with trading and operations. Before joining Lebenthal, Ms. Roy was a private client manager on the Institutional Client Service Team at Wilmington Trust with a focus on performance reporting, systems management, and operations. Allison received a BA in Business Administration from Baylor University and resides in the Atlanta, Ga area.
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Brenda Bradford has more than 15 years of experience as a professional administrator and supporting C- level executives. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BS in Urban Affairs and has extensive human resource, communications and meeting planning expertise. Brenda has also traveled widely, both domestically and internationally. She joined Aurora Investment Counsel, now a division of Lebenthal Asset Management, in 2013 as office manager responsible for the day to day running of the office.
Mike is responsible for Marketing and Client Services with Lebenthal Asset Management, LLC. Mike has serviced high-net-worth, institutional and intermediary clients as a partner of Aurora Investment Counsel for over a decade. Prior to joining Aurora, now Lebenthal Asset Management, Mike was a portfolio manager at Vestor Capital Corporation. Mike is an alumni of the University of Georgia.
David Yucius, Jr., CFA
David is the President and Portfolio manager for Aurora Investment Counsel. His investment career began in 1990. Prior to founding Aurora, David had been the exclusive portfolio manager and research analyst for an Atlanta wealth management firm, and also managed an investment consulting business for a regional brokerage firm in Atlanta. Other experience includes working for institutional investment firm, as well as a major mutual fund complex in Boston, MA.
David has been widely quoted in various media including The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and Bloomberg News. David is an active member in the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts. He served as an instructor of the CFA review course sponsored by the Society for 5 years and is also a member of the CFA Institute. David is a Chartered Financial Analyst who employs quantitative and fundamental analysis towards his investment recommendations.
The Griffin Group
The Griffin Group manages portfolios utilizing Dividend Growth, Growth and Covered Call strategies. The strategies are focused on generating compelling risk adjusted returns for different needs and risk tolerances.
Lebenthal Asset Management - The Griffin Group
Mrs. Mason is senior administrator in the Griffin Group. Prior to joining Griffin Mrs. Mason spent more than 35 years at The Bank of New York as a Vice President in Charge of Operations for the Investment Division. Her duties included responsibility for the division budget, purchasing director and supervision of an administration staff of over twenty administrators.
Mrs. Mason holds a BA from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. LoBue is a Vice President in the Griffin Group. He is responsible for executing, allocating, and confirming all company trades. In addition to his role as a trader, Mr. LoBue acts as the primary portfolio administrator. During the summers of 2002-2008, Mr. LoBue worked on the New York Mercantile Exchange as an EFP Specialist. During those years, he was able to work in all the major trading rings including crude oil, options, and natural gas. From 2008-2010, Mr. LoBue managed brokerage accounts.
Mr. LoBue graduated Summa Cum Laude from Farleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Entrepreneurial Studies.
Mr. Metzendorf is Managing Director in the Griffin Group. Lee joined Griffin in 2012 after spending the previous 4 years at Corinthian Partners where he was a Portfolio Manager. Prior to Corinthian Partners, Lee spent 17 years at Fiduciary Trust as a portfolio manager.
He earned a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A from Columbia University.
Thomas A. Famigletti
Mr. Famigletti is a Managing Director in the Griffin Group. Over the last forty years, Thomas Famigletti has earned a reputation as a respected securities analyst and investment manager. He entered the investment business in the 1960’s, starting his career in the Trust Department of First National City Bank (now Citigroup) as an analyst and Investment Officer managing trust assets. Mr. Famigletti then joined European American Bank in 1972 where he started the investment management division. After ten years of managing institutional and private client assets at EAB, he joined Dreman Value Management to build their investment business. As one of three original partners at Dreman, he helped grow the assets under management from under $50 million to over $4 billion. Mr. Famigletti partnered with a European banking conglomerate in 1996 to form Griffin Asset Management LLC.
Mr. Famigletti has a B.A. in Economics from Hofstra University and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, and the Financial Analysts Federation.
Douglas M. Famigletti, CFA
Mr. Famigletti is a Managing Director in the Griffin Group. Mr. Famigletti is the Portfolio Manager of the Griffin Group Covered Call Strategy and Co-Portfolio Manager of the Griffin Group Dividend Growth Strategy. He also involved in the management of the Griffin Group Growth Strategy. Mr. Famigletti started his investment career in 1996 with Massachusetts Financial Services. He then joined Griffin Asset Management LLC where he spent four years as an equity research analyst. In 2000 Mr. Famigletti joined Goldman Sachs’ Institutional Sales Desk and was responsible for providing sales coverage for some of their largest clients. Mr. Famigletti returned to Griffin Asset Management LLC in 2004. Mr. Famigletti is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College where he was the captain of the Men’s Ice Hockey team and played on the Men’s Lacrosse Team.
Dividend Growth Equity Portfolio
The Dividend Growth Equity Portfolio seeks to invest in the stocks of dividend-paying companies with the expectation that their dividends will be raised over time on a consistent basis. Our intent is to earn an income stream that grows at least as fast as the rate of inflation, while limiting the downside volatility to principal. The Portfolio Manager utilizes a bottom-up, value-oriented approach to dividend growth equity investing.
— Portfolio Manager: Christopher C. Liu, CFA
Lebenthal Asset Management - Dividend Growth
Christopher Liu, CFA
Christopher Liu has more than 9 years of industry experience with a focus on individual equity investments and asset allocation. He is the sole Portfolio Manager of Lebenthal Asset Management’s Dividend Growth Equity strategy. Prior to joining Lebenthal, Chris was a portfolio management associate at U.S. Trust within the Private Wealth Management division of Bank of America. He received a BA in Economics and East Asian Studies from New York University. Chris holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation as well as Series 7, and 63 securities licenses.
Enhanced Equity Income Portfolio
The Enhanced Equity Income Portfolio seeks to maximize the dividend income stream on a high quality equity portfolio in a risk-averse manner. It utilizes a covered call option strategy to generate additional income, which enables it to participate in long-term equity returns, with an emphasis on current income. The Portfolio Manager uses in-depth proprietary research to identify under-valued businesses with solid balance sheets that are run by superior management teams.
— Portfolio Manager: Michael Jamison
Lebenthal Asset Management - Enhanced Equity
Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer
Michael is a portfolio manager with strong involvement with investment research and security selection. Before joining Lebenthal, Mr. Jamison was a managing director and member of the investment policy committee at Barrett Asset Management, where he ran the firm’s enhanced equity income strategy.
Early in his career he worked at the Bankers Trust Company. Over time he moved to the research department at EF Hutton and then back to the investment management area within the firm where he managed individual portfolios along with the Basic Value mutual fund. After EF Hutton was merged into Shearson Lehman Hutton, Michael moved to PaineWebber where he founded the money management unit PaineWebber Asset Management at the firm. While at PaineWebber he managed the Asset Allocation mutual fund, individual and institutional client portfolios.
Michael subsequently moved to Brandywine Global Investment Management where he founded and managed the private client business for the firm. After Brandywine Michael began Jamison Prince Asset Management, a firm that specialized in managing investments for wealthy individuals and smaller institutions. The firm was merged into MB Investment Partners where he became the managing partner and chief executive officer.
After MB Investment Partners, he was a Board Member and Executive Vice President at Beacon Trust Company.
Lebenthal Asset Management – Large Cap Growth Strategy
The Large Cap Growth Equity Portfolio seeks capital appreciation and above average growth through identification of market-leading, fast growing companies with sustainable competitive advantages. As an integral part of the investment process, individual securities, industry, economic and market risks are identified and managed through careful stock selection, thoughtful portfolio construction, and strong sell discipline to minimize losses.
Lebenthal Lisanti Capital Growth, LLC
LAM is minority owner of Lebenthal Lisanti Capital Growth, LLC, a woman-owned and managed SEC-registered investment advisor focused on small and SMID capitalization stocks. It seeks maximum capital appreciation. The Portfolio Manager uses fundamental research and data screening to position early with companies viewed to have the highest potential growth. Lebenthal Lisanti advises on the Lebenthal Lisanti Small Cap Growth Fund (ASCGX) and serves the institutional marketplace through separate accounts for public plan, corporate, endowment and foundation clients.
— Portfolio Manager: Mary Lisanti, CFA
Lebenthal Lisanti Capital Growth - Small Cap and SMID Cap Growth
Justin rejoined Lebenthal Lisanti in April of 2015 as a research analyst. Justin worked for the firm during college and after graduation, assisting the firm in its industrials, energy and technology research. He has a Bachelor’s of Science, Finance, from Manhattan College.
Kit Yee Martin
Chief Administrative Officer
Kit is Lebenthal Lisanti’s Chief Administrative Officer; she brings over 23 years of experience to that role. She joined Lebenthal Lisanti Capital Growth in 2008 as an Operations Specialist. Prior to joining Lebenthal Lisanti, she was with Manhasset Capital Management, LLC (hedge fund) since 2005 as the Office Manager and portfolio assistant. There, she handled all the administrative aspects of the firm from working with vendors to handling trade discrepancies with the Prime Broker. She also worked ING, where she handled administrative work and special projects. From 1991 – 2001, she was a Business Manager for the small/mid and large cap equity fund groups at Deutsche Asset Management/Bankers Trust, where she worked with Mary Lisanti.
Senior Vice President, Research
Mihaela joined Lebenthal Lisanti in June 2012. She has over eleven years of experience, including eight years of experience in research sales, with William Blair and earlier with JP Morgan and Prudential Securities. Mihaela came to this country from Romania in 2000 as a winner of the visa lottery; she is a graduate of the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania and Columbia College in Chicago. Mihaela specializes in research on the consumer sector, as well as business and healthcare services. She is also responsible for the trading at Lebenthal Lisanti Capital Growth.
Timothy Woods, CFA
Managing Director & Senior Research Analyst
Tim joined Lebenthal Lisanti in June 2015 as Managing Director, Research. Tim has over 31 years of experience in research and portfolio management. He worked with Mary Lisanti at Bankers Trust, where he followed energy and healthcare as part of the Small/Mid Cap Team, and then managed the team and the small cap product after Mary departed. He launched and managed the Smith Barney Small Cap Growth mutual fund, and was most recently at JP Morgan as part of their large cap growth team. Tim specializes in research on the industrials, financials and energy sectors. He also serves as the firm’s Risk Manager. Prior to joining Lebenthal Lisanti, he was a senior analyst at JP Morgan Asset Management.
Mary Lisanti, CFA
President & Portfolio Manager
Mary Lisanti is a 36+ year veteran of small cap growth research and investing; she is the founder of Lebenthal Lisanti. Mary spent the first twelve years of her career as a small cap analyst and strategist on Wall Street. During the past 25 years, she has managed small cap portfolios at three premier asset management companies. In her most recent position prior to founding Lebenthal Lisanti, as CIO of ING Investments, LLC, (1998-2003) she was responsible for building the active equity management team. During her tenure there, assets under management in her area grew from several hundred million to several billion dollars. Prior to that, Mary was at Strong Capital Management as Senior Portfolio Manager for both the Small Cap Growth and Mid Cap Growth Strategies. From 1993-1996, Mary was Managing Director and Head of the Small/Mid Cap team at Bankers Trust Company. Mary was named Fund Manager of the Year in 1996 by Barron’s (fund managers were ranked by their respective fund category, by performance, and had to be managing their funds for at least two years. Additionally, volatility was factored in, with less volatile funds scoring higher than more volatile funds). Mary is also a member of the NYSSA.