Our Team

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Fred DiSanto

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Fred DiSanto is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ancora. He became the Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and Chairman in 2014. Mr. DiSanto leads Ancora and its three Registered Investment Advisors along with its Broker Dealer. Prior to joining Ancora, Mr. DiSanto served as the Executive Vice President and Manager of the Fifth Third Bank’s Investment Advisors Division overseeing Investment Management, Private Banking and Trust and Banking Services. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Maxus Investment Group from 1998 until December of 2000, which was subsequently sold to Fifth Third Bank in January 2001. In his role at Maxus, he was responsible for the marketing, sales and financial operations. He also served as Managing Partner at Gelfand Partners Asset Management from 1991 until its merger with Maxus Investment Group in 1997. Mr. DiSanto began his investment career in 1985 with McDonald Investments in Institutional Equity Sales. Mr. DiSanto is currently on the boards of The Eastern Company (EML), Edgewater Technology, Inc. (EDGW) and Regional Brands, Inc. (RGBD). He is also on the Executive Committee for the Board of Trustees at Case Western Reserve University. Fred is a former Chairman of the Board of Regents of St. Ignatius High School and former Chairman and current Trustee of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. He is a past Board Member of Lorain National Bank (LNBB) and Parkview Federal Savings Bank (PVFC). Fred earned a Bachelor degree in Management Science from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management (Cleveland, Ohio).

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Richard Renner

President, Family Wealth

Rick has advised affluent families for over thirty years. His industry career began with Alex Brown & Sons in 1986. As a better way to add value for families, Rick began Inverness Investment Group, a registered investment advisor (RIA) in 2002. At Inverness he built an experienced team to advise on investing and to consult on planning for client’s future financial events. At Inverness the team advised over three hundred exceptional, affluent families. In 2015, Inverness merged with Ancora where Rick currently serves as President of the firm's Family Wealth practice. Rick is also a member of Ancora's Executive Committee. Rick believes the goal of the firm's Family Wealth advisory practice is to help families plan and navigate their finances and investments through future uncertainty. Rick leads a team of experienced professionals who build high comfort levels and trusting relationships to reduce as much tension and stress as possible related to financial matters  for family and individual clients. Rick has served on many boards over the years and currently is on the Board of Trustees at Fieldstone Farms and their associated Therapeutic Riding Center Foundation where he serves as an active member on the investment committee. Rick also is the founder and still chairman of the investment committee for Beaumont School’s endowment fund. Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University, where he was captain of the Water Polo team for two years. E-mail: rick@ancora.net

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John Bartels

Managing Director, Family Wealth Advisor

John is a Managing Director and member of Ancora's Executive Committee. As a financial advisor and investment strategist with twenty years of experience, John works with a team of dedicated financial and legal specialists in Ancora's Family Wealth practice providing high net worth families with custom executive and lifetime planning services.  Many of the high net worth families and entrepreneurs that he serves appreciate the familiarity of our family CFO concept. Ancora's Family Wealth clients receive highly customized consultation in the areas of investing, retirement planning, tax compliance, risk management, and legacy planning. Mr. Bartels founded Independent Advisors in 2000 with the goal of providing world class wealth management to his clients. In 2009, Independent Advisors and Inverness merged, creating a team of specialized and dedicated financial and legal professionals. Prior to founding Independent Advisors, John was a branch manager for Raymond James Financial Services. Before Raymond James, John was an associate with the Estate Planning Team, where he learned wealth management and estate planning techniques for high net worth families. He is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a board member for Circuit Technologies, Womankind, North Coast Community Homes and Gateway Cancer Research. John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from John Carroll University. He is a FINRA licensed registered representatives. E-mail: jbartels@ancora.net

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James Bernard, CFA

Managing Director, Fixed Income

James M. Bernard, CFA, joined Ancora in 2006 as Director of Fixed Income. Jim manages taxable and tax-exempt fixed income portfolios for various institutional and high net worth individual accounts. In addition to portfolio management, he provides fixed income consulting services for various financial institutions. Jim managed fixed income portfolios as well as the Ohio Municipal Bond Fund and the Kentucky Municipal Common Trust Fund for Fifth Third Investment Advisors prior to joining Ancora Advisors. His prior experiences include serving as Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of a multi-line insurance organization in central Ohio. He also managed funds for banks and trust companies in Indiana and Kansas City during his 30 years in the investment business. Jim earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Xavier University and an MBA from Ball State University.  He holds the CFA designation and is member of CFA Society Cleveland. He is a registered representative holding Series 7 and Series 24 (principal) licenses.   He is a board member and former Chairman of the Board of Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Incorporated, a non-profit mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse consulting provider. E-mail: jb@ancora.net

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Howard Essner, JD

General Counsel, Managing Director, Family Wealth Advisor

Howard is a Managing Director and member of Ancora's Executive Committee. Howard is an attorney licensed in Ohio with more than 30 years of legal experience. Howard leads Ancora's Lifetime Planning Group, overseeing a team of financial planning specialists providing high net worth families with custom retirement planning, cash flow planning, tax planning and compliance, risk management, and legacy planning. Howard also participates in Ancora’s Retirement Plan Services and has extensive experience with retirement plans both as a former ERISA attorney and a plan administrator for a 200+ employee plan.  Howard started his legal career with the law firm of Hahn, Loeser and Parks in Cleveland, where he was first an associate and then a partner.  Howard’s practice included corporate, tax, employee benefits, estate planning and non-profit law. In 1991, he became General Counsel and Senior Vice President for PASCO, Inc., a privately held company in Hudson, Ohio. Howard is a member of the Executive Committee and second Vice President of the Northern Ohio Golf Association, and past President and Trustee of the Silver Lake Country Club in Silver Lake, Ohio. Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude, with distinction) in History from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree in History of Religion from Brown University, and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Akron School of Law. E-mail: howard@ancora.net

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Brian Hopkins

Managing Director, Corporate Development

Brian Hopkins has been a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Ancora for over ten years. He is a Managing Director of Corporate Development and a member of the Executive Committee at the firm. Mr. Hopkins is responsible for making recommendations and sourcing opportunities for strategic growth of the firm, including acquisitions, joint ventures and new product opportunities. He is also a Portfolio Manager for the firm. As Portfolio Manager he is responsible for making investment decisions for the firm’s alternative products. Prior to joining Ancora, Mr. Hopkins was an Investment Associate with Primus Capital Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the Midwest.  At Primus, he performed due diligence for new investments and monitored portfolio investments. Before joining Primus, he worked in the Investment Banking Division of Deutsche Bank in London as an Associate after completing the Investment Banking Analyst Program with Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown. He worked in the Consumer Industry Group focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions. Brian is currently a board member for Regional Brands, Inc. (RGBD). Brian earned an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Georgetown University.

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John Micklitsch, CFA CAIA

Chief Investment Officer

John Micklitsch, CFA, CAIA started with Ancora in 2006 and is Ancora's Chief Investment Officer. In addition to his Chief Investment Officer responsibilities, John manages global, multi-asset class separate accounts for the firm's high net worth and institutional clients. John began his money management career in 1996 at the firm of Robert E. Torray & Company Inc. where he was an analyst and head trader on the firm's $5 billion large cap value strategy. In 2003, he joined Fifth Third Asset Management, where he researched and managed small and micro cap investments for the firm's mutual funds and individual accounts. Prior to joining Ancora, John was lead portfolio manager for the small cap value strategy at Allegiant Asset Management, the institutional money management division of National City Corporation. During his tenure, he was responsible for assets in excess of $1 billion, including the strategy's publicly traded mutual fund and separate accounts. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. He also serves on the board of Biltmore Trust and Biltmore Insurance Co., sits on the Investment Committee of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and is a member of Bluecoats Inc. E-mail: johnmick@ancora.net

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Richard Renner

President

Rick has advised affluent families for over thirty years. His industry career began with Alex Brown & Sons in 1986. As a better way to add value for families, Rick began Inverness Investment Group, a registered investment advisor (RIA) in 2002. At Inverness he built an experienced team to advise on investing and to consult on planning for client’s future financial events. At Inverness the team advised over three hundred exceptional, affluent families. In 2015, Inverness merged with Ancora where Rick currently serves as President of the firm's Family Wealth practice. Rick is also a member of Ancora's Executive Committee. Rick believes the goal of the firm's Family Wealth advisory practice is to help families plan and navigate their finances and investments through future uncertainty. Rick leads a team of experienced professionals who build high comfort levels and trusting relationships to reduce as much tension and stress as possible related to financial matters  for family and individual clients. Rick has served on many boards over the years and currently is on the Board of Trustees at Fieldstone Farms and their associated Therapeutic Riding Center Foundation where he serves as an active member on the investment committee. Rick also is the founder and still chairman of the investment committee for Beaumont School’s endowment fund. Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University, where he was captain of the Water Polo team for two years. E-mail: rick@ancora.net

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John Micklitsch, CFA CAIA

Chief Investment Officer

John Micklitsch, CFA, CAIA started with Ancora in 2006 and is Ancora's Chief Investment Officer. In addition to his Chief Investment Officer responsibilities, John manages global, multi-asset class separate accounts for the firm's high net worth and institutional clients. John began his money management career in 1996 at the firm of Robert E. Torray & Company Inc. where he was an analyst and head trader on the firm's $5 billion large cap value strategy. In 2003, he joined Fifth Third Asset Management, where he researched and managed small and micro cap investments for the firm's mutual funds and individual accounts. Prior to joining Ancora, John was lead portfolio manager for the small cap value strategy at Allegiant Asset Management, the institutional money management division of National City Corporation. During his tenure, he was responsible for assets in excess of $1 billion, including the strategy's publicly traded mutual fund and separate accounts. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. He also serves on the board of Biltmore Trust and Biltmore Insurance Co., sits on the Investment Committee of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and is a member of Bluecoats Inc. E-mail: johnmick@ancora.net

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John Bartels

Managing Director, Family Wealth Advisor

John is a Managing Director and member of Ancora's Executive Committee. As a financial advisor and investment strategist with twenty years of experience, John works with a team of dedicated financial and legal specialists in Ancora's Family Wealth practice providing high net worth families with custom executive and lifetime planning services.  Many of the high net worth families and entrepreneurs that he serves appreciate the familiarity of our family CFO concept. Ancora's Family Wealth clients receive highly customized consultation in the areas of investing, retirement planning, tax compliance, risk management, and legacy planning. Mr. Bartels founded Independent Advisors in 2000 with the goal of providing world class wealth management to his clients. In 2009, Independent Advisors and Inverness merged, creating a team of specialized and dedicated financial and legal professionals. Prior to founding Independent Advisors, John was a branch manager for Raymond James Financial Services. Before Raymond James, John was an associate with the Estate Planning Team, where he learned wealth management and estate planning techniques for high net worth families. He is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a board member for Circuit Technologies, Womankind, North Coast Community Homes and Gateway Cancer Research. John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from John Carroll University. He is a FINRA licensed registered representatives. E-mail: jbartels@ancora.net

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Jack Burke

Director, Family Wealth Advisor

Jack has over forty years of experience serving the investment needs of clients. Before joining Ancora, Jack held various positions at Ferris, Baker Watts, Raymond James & Company, Roney & Company, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and Paine Webber Jackson & Curtis. Jack earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State, and attended the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance. He is a graduate of the Securities Industry Association’s Advanced Management program. Jack is a FINRA licensed registered representative. Active in civic, community and other organizations, Jack serves as a Director and Chairman of the Community Board of St. John Medical Center and as an advisor and trustee of West Shore Osteopathic Foundation. He serves on the Business Advisory Council to Kent State University College of Business. He is the past Chairman of the Board of the Kidney Foundation of Ohio and also served as Chairman of the Board of Medical Mutual of Ohio.  In addition, Jack has been active in his local community government through his prior work as Councilman for Ward 1 in the City of Westlake and as former President of the Community Improvement Corporation in Westlake.   He has served as an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange and American Stock Exchange.  Jack served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a combat medic and received various awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal. Jack lives in Westlake, Ohio with his wife, Judy. E-mail: jack@ancora.net

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Chris Catanese

Assistant Vice President, Client Service and Operation

As a Registered Assistant, Chris’ experience in handling all customer trading and transactional needs is a great value to Ancora's Family Wealth clients. She excels at customer service and works diligently to anticipate customer needs. Chris’s industry career began at Merrill Lynch in January 1987. She joined Inverness in 2002. Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts with a Communications degree from The University of Toledo, and studied one year in Rome, Italy. Chris is a FINRA licensed registered representative. She is an OHSAA Certified Coach, and is currently serving at Gilmour Academy as their Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach.  Chris is a member of the Church of the Gesu Women’s Guild and attends yearly mission trips to Honduras with high school students from Church of the Gesu Youth Group & Gilmour Academy High School. Chris lives in Shaker Heights with her husband, John, and their four sons. E-mail: ccatanese@ancora.net

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Howard Essner JD

General Counsel, Managing Director, Family Wealth Advisor

Howard is a Managing Director and member of Ancora's Executive Committee. Howard is an attorney licensed in Ohio with more than 30 years of legal experience. Howard leads Ancora's Lifetime Planning Group, overseeing a team of financial planning specialists providing high net worth families with custom retirement planning, cash flow planning, tax planning and compliance, risk management, and legacy planning. Howard also participates in Ancora’s Retirement Plan Services and has extensive experience with retirement plans both as a former ERISA attorney and a plan administrator for a 200+ employee plan.  Howard started his legal career with the law firm of Hahn, Loeser and Parks in Cleveland, where he was first an associate and then a partner.  Howard’s practice included corporate, tax, employee benefits, estate planning and non-profit law. In 1991, he became General Counsel and Senior Vice President for PASCO, Inc., a privately held company in Hudson, Ohio. Howard is a member of the Executive Committee and second Vice President of the Northern Ohio Golf Association, and past President and Trustee of the Silver Lake Country Club in Silver Lake, Ohio. Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude, with distinction) in History from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree in History of Religion from Brown University, and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Akron School of Law. E-mail: howard@ancora.net

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Anthony J. DiSanto

Vice President, Family Wealth Advisor

Anthony “TJ” DiSanto, joined Ancora in January 2017. As a Family Wealth Advisor and Relationship Manager, he assesses and provides solutions to client’s goals and objectives. He was a Senior Internal Wholesaler for Bank of New York Mellon/Dreyfus for three years. Over the phone and in person, he provided investment solutions to Financial Advisors via mutual funds or separately managed accounts. TJ earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from John Carroll University. He holds both FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 brokerage licenses. Email: anthony@ancora.net

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Matt Gordillo

Senior Vice President, Family Wealth Advisor

Matt has over twenty years of experience as a Financial Advisor. He specializes in Retirement Income Planning for individuals who are either at or near retirement. Through a financial planning process, he assists clients in developing sound strategies for a comfortable retirement. Matt began his career with Steinhaus Financial Group as a Financial Planner. He went on to open his own branch of Raymond James Financial Services in 1999. In 2004 he moved from Columbus to Cleveland and merged his practice with Independent Advisors. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Economics from The Ohio State University. Matt is on the Ambassador’s Committee at The 1st Tee of Cleveland and is a member of Elyria Country Club. Matt lives in Avon Lake with his wife, Desiree, and daughter, Adelina. He is an avid golfer and fan of Cleveland sports and The Ohio State Buckeyes. E-mail: mgordillo@ancora.net

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Richard T. Heffern

Director, Insurance

Richard T. Heffern joined Ancora in 2017 as Director of Insurance. Rick provides customized insurance offerings for Ancora’s individual, family and business clients. Prior to joining Ancora, Mr. Heffern was the Principal and Founder of ReVera Partners, where he provided insurance solutions to non-profits, businesses, individuals, and families. He has served as Principal and Founder of The Financial Group, LLC, an insurance practice, and has also held the position of Vice President Insurance Services at Huntington Bank, Vice President at Pollock & Pollock, and Principal at Clark/Bardes, now Clark Consulting, all of which specialized in insurance or benefits solutions. Rick earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree with an emphasis in Business from Hillsdale College in Michigan. He is a member of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and the Cleveland Association of Life Underwriters. He holds Life and Health Insurance Licenses. Email: rheffern@ancora.net

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Patricia Heraghty

Assistant Vice President, Client Operations and Events

Trish has been with the firm since 2001 and has specialized in planning events in both the corporate and non-profit sector including galas, golf tournaments, and client appreciation events.  With the firm's expansion, she has the opportunity to continue to plan and execute a wide range of functions. She has a keen eye for detail and a passion for creating unique and memorable experiences to make each and every event truly special. As a Registered Sales Assistant she works to prepare portfolio reviews, execute trades and schedule client meetings. Tricia is a General Securities Registered Representative in the State of Ohio. She is a member of Hillbrook Condominium Association Board, and a past member of Fieldstone Farms Therapeutic Riding Center Event Committee. Tricia lives in Russell Township, Ohio.  She enjoys yoga, reading and travel. E-mail: tricia@ancora.net

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Larry Joseph

Managing Director, Family Wealth Advisor

Larry has experience in management of family wealth clients and institutional clients as well as gathering assets for the firm's managed account, mutual fund, and partnerships. He has twenty years’ experience in the Municipal Securities Industry. Larry served as Vice President of Cabrera Capital Markets where he traded tax free municipals for large institutional customers and high net worth individuals. He was the Managing Director in the Cleveland office of McDonald Investments. He spent twenty years in the Municipal Department trading for the firm's inventory and selling municipal securities to various well-established clients. Larry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting & Finance from Baldwin Wallace College. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Larry is a FINRA licensed registered representative.E-mail: larry@ancora.net

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John Kane

Senior Vice President, Family Wealth Advisor

John has experience as both a Family Wealth Advisor and Client Relationship Manager. He previously worked for Merrill Lynch, in account services and National City Corporation in wealth management. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Finance from Xavier University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Cleveland State University.  John is a FINRA licensed registered representative. John is on the Associate Board at Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and donates time and efforts to multiple charitable organization and not for profits. E-mail: john@ancora.net

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Tom Kennedy

Director, Portfolio Manager

Tom began with the firm in 2007. As a senior portfolio manager, Tom manages customized portfolios for family wealth clients, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of both the Family Wealth Investment Committee and the Family Wealth Model Portfolio Investment Committee. Tom began his career in 1996 at an estate planning firm and has 20 years of experience focusing on strategic portfolio management and sophisticated wealth planning. His prior roles include financial advisor, registered principal and Certified Financial Manager at Merrill Lynch’s Private Client Group, COO & portfolio manager at Independent Advisors and president and founder of four private businesses. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration in Finance degree from John Carroll University. Tom is a FINRA licensed registered representative. He is a level II CFA candidate. Tom is a member of CFA Institute & CFA Society of Cleveland, an Advisory Committee Member of Veggie U, and is on the planning committee for JCU Baseball Alumni. Tom lives in Avon, Ohio with his wife, Christine, and their four children. E-mail: tom@ancora.net

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Tom Kropf

Vice President, Client Operations

Tom assists in managing the client support staff and a variety of day to day operations. He is a client reporting specialist generating customized equity and fixed income reports for advisors and clients. Tom spent three years as a marketing director at Merrill Lynch producing and promoting financial seminars and informational events. Prior to that he spent five years as Vice President of KROPF Public Relations, Inc. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Tom is the President of Chatham Homeowner’s Association and previously served on the Board of Directors at CARE ALLIANCE. Tom lives in Aurora, Ohio with his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters. E-mail: tkropf@ancora.net

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Tricia Lanara

Assistant Vice President, Client Service and Operations

Tricia has been with the firm since May of 2000 serving as a Senior Client Service Manager.  Tricia has extensive knowledge in securities, annuities, life insurance and long term care. She is the liaison between our office and many companies and handles a variety of new business, as well as processing service work for our clients. Tricia ensures that the needs of our clients are being satisfied and her aim is to provide excellent customer service and communicate effectively with our clients. Tricia lives in Broadview Heights, Ohio with her husband and two sons. E-mail: tlanara@ancora.net

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Dana Lusardo

Vice President, Client Operations

Dana Lusardo joined Ancora in 2010. Her primary focus is to provide client support services including account documentation and reporting activities. Before joining Ancora, Dana worked at RBC Wealth Management as an Assistant Complex Manager. She was responsible for the supervision of daily sales and trade-related activities of the nine complex branches and their employees. In addition, she provided risk assessment and document management services for new account set-up and account reviews. Prior to RBC, she worked as an Office Compliance Manager at Morgan Stanley where she managed and maintained compliance procedures for an office of 52 brokers and trainees. Dana has almost two decades of experience in the investment industry. Dana is a FINRA licensed registered representative. E-mail: dana@ancora.net

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Paul McCormack, CFP, AAMS

Director, Family Wealth Advisor

Paul has more than twenty-seven years of financial services industry experience working with business owners, affluent individuals, and families helping them to develop and implement strategies to protect, grow and transfer their wealth. Prior to joining the firm, Paul worked in several local offices for UBS Financial Services as well as Sagemark Consulting/Lincoln Financial Advisors. Before becoming a personal financial advisor, Paul worked as an investment banker with Ernst & Young in Cleveland and TM Capital Corp. in New York City focusing on middle market mergers and acquisitions. Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Middleburg College and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance & Management from Columbia University’s Columbia Business School. Paul earned the Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Asset Management Specialist designations in 2007. Paul is a member of the Mayfield Sandridge Club, Chagrin Valley Country Club and the Cleveland Racquet Club. Paul currently holds or previously held leadership positions in the Chagrin Fall’s Dad’s Club, Chagrin Falls Boosters Club, Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation and the Kensington Green Homeowner’s Association. Paul resides in Chagrin Falls with his wife, Laurie, and their three children. Paul enjoys both tennis and platform tennis as well as golf, skiing and keeping up with his children. E-mail: pmccormack@ancora.net

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Alan Miller

Director, Portfolio Manager

Al has over forty year of experience working with families and institutional investors. He customizes client portfolios with the objective of establishing a sound investment strategy. He uses a combination of mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and in some cases covered call writing on selective equities in order to achieve the desired results. Al earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Corporate Finance from New York University. Al lives in South Euclid, Ohio with his wife, Susan. He enjoys playing chess and listening to many music genres, and of course spending time with his three grandchildren. E-mail: miller@ancora.net

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Sonia Mintun, CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Sonia Mintun, CFA joined Ancora in 2008 as a Portfolio Manager. She manages individual and institutional accounts and is responsible for the firm’s High Dividend Equity strategy. She also provides research on large cap value and family wealth strategies. Sonia began her career in 1983 with Bernstein-Macaulay in New York City as an Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager. During her six years there, Sonia managed their high-grade and high-yield fixed income products, as well as a $200+ million closed-end mutual bond fund. Sonia also worked as a Portfolio Manager and Head Trader for Westinghouse Credit Corp. where she raised over $200 million through a collateralized debt obligation. She held the position of Portfolio Manager and Analyst for Proper Analysis Corp., followed by her time at First Fiduciary Investment Counsel as Chief Compliance Officer, Vice President and Portfolio Manager. Sonia earned a Bachelor of Science degree with dual majors in Accounting & Finance from Lehigh University. She also holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Cleveland. Sonia has served on the Board of Trustees for the Lehigh University Alumni Association, as the President of the Northern Ohio Lehigh Alumni Association, and on the Leadership Committee at Hawken School. She was previously a writer for Street Insights, a subsidiary of theStreet.com. In 2015, Sonia was a recipient of Crain’s Cleveland Business Women of Note award, and in 2017 she received Crain’s Influential Women in Finance award. E-mail: sonia@ancora.net

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Vicki Moore

Assistant Vice President, Client Operations

Vicki Moore joined Ancora in 2017 as Assistant Vice President, Client Operations. She is primarily responsible for providing administrative and operational support to the Portfolio and Sales Managers within the firm.Ms. Moore began her career in 1999 as a Receptionist at Ladenburg Thalmann where she assisted the advisors with scheduling and various other projects. In 2001, Vicki joined Ferris Baker Watts as the Receptionist/Sales Assistant. In this role she assisted with managing clients, maintaining accurate records and handling client correspondence. In early 2009 she joined RBC Wealth Management as a Complex Operations Associate. During her seven-year tenure, she held several positions in which she was responsible for Required Minimum Distributions, transferring of assets and providing support in all areas of trading. Vicki holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.  She resides in Strongsville and has 2 grown children. E-mail: vmoore@ancora.net

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Robert Renner, CPA

Director, Portfolio Manager, Compliance Officer

As a Compliance Officer at the firm, Bob is closely involved with the all day to day operations and compliance. In addition, Bob has over 13 years of portfolio management experience working with families and businesses since joining Inverness in 2003. Bob began his professional career with Deloitte & Touche in 1992. He joined Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co. in 1994 and was a Manager in the Business & Assurance Services department, responsible for management of audit, review, and compilation engagements. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The University of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Denison University. Bob is a FINRA licensed registered representative. Bob lives in Akron with his wife, Ting, and has two sons and a young daughter. E-mail: brenner@ancora.net

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Michael Santelli, CFA

Director, Chief Portfolio Strategist, Portfolio Manager

Michael has over twenty years of experience in the investment management industry managing equity and fixed income portfolios for institutional clients, mutual funds and high net worth individuals. Before joining the firm, Michael spent eighteen years at PNC Capital Advisors, where he led a team of professionals managing Large Cap Value, Mid Cap Value, and Focused Equity strategies for institutional clients and financial advisors. He spent four years on Wall Street in the mortgaged backed securities research departments at Merrill Lynch and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Michael brings a disciplined investment process with a focus on risk management, discount to intrinsic value, and margin of safety. Michael earned a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from The George Washington University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He also holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society Cleveland. Michael is on the Finance Council at Church of the Gesu. He also serves as the CFA Society Cleveland’s Advocacy Chair. Michael lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, Noreen, and their eight children. E-mail: msantelli@ancora.net

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David Sowerby, CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

David Sowerby joined Ancora in 2017. David is a portfolio manager for multiple investment strategies at Ancora. Prior to joining Ancora, Mr. Sowerby was most recently a Portfolio Manager at Loomis, Sayles & Company, were he worked since 1998 and held multiple senior positions. At Loomis, David worked directly with institutional clients on asset allocation strategies and multi-product accounts. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Portfolio Manager for Beacon Investment Management Company. David began his industry career in 1986 providing investment strategy as an Economist for Comerica Bank. Mr. Sowerby is serving as the Chairman of the Investment Committee for the City of Detroit General Employee’s Retirement System. He also serves as Vice Chair on the Investment Committee for Beaumont Hospitals and previously served 10 years as Chairman on the Investment Advisory Committee for the State of Michigan’s $60B pension fund. Mr. Sowerby was appointed by the Governor to serve as a Director of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. David frequently appears as a guest speaker on CNBC, Bloomberg, and at various investment conferences where he provides his views on the investment environment. David earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Economics from Wayne State University and was the 2002 recipient of Wayne State University’s Distinguished Corporate Citizen award. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. David is a FINRA registered representative. E-mail: dsowerby@ancora.net

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Jeffrey van Fossen, CFA

Managing Director, Chief Equity Strategist, Portfolio Manager

Jeff joined the firm after serving more than twenty years in the high net worth financial services industry. He has more than twenty-five years of investment management experience and has worked extensively with affluent individuals and families. Jeff served as a portfolio manager and founding member of the Cleveland Office of The Northern Trust Company, managing $500 million of high net worth client assets. Prior to this, he served as a portfolio manager in the Wealth Management Group at KeyCorp, where he managed over $750 million of assets for wealthy individuals and families. Jeff began his career at Ameritrust Corporation (The Cleveland Trust Company) as a Trust Officer. Jeff also served as a portfolio manager and equity analyst for Packer & Company, a private asset management firm located in Perth, Australia, where he gained experience in Australian and Pacific Rim markets. He also has served as an analyst valuing privately held business concerns. Jeff earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Marketing from The University of Akron, as well as Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Case Western Reserve University.  Jeff earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1998. Jeff is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society and Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Cleveland. He has been admitted to the Ohio State Bar & Ohio State Bar Association, and is an Executive Board Member for the Great Trail Council of The Boy Scouts of America. Jeff resides in Sharon Township with his wife, Dr. Victoria L. van Fossen, and their two children. He is active in Scouting and is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying backpacking, skiing, and fitness activities. E-mail: jvanfossen@ancora.net

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Steve Varrone

Director, Family Wealth Advisor

Steve has over twenty-five years of experience of providing high-touch investment services to Family Wealth clients. Before joining Ancora, Steve worked at Fifth Third Bank and Fifth Third Asset Management where he held various roles as a private client financial advisor, investment sales representative and relationship manager. Prior to Fifth Third, Steve was a partner with Maxus Investment Group and its predecessor organization Gelfand Partners Asset Management. He also has six years’ experience as owner of a financial advisor and broker-dealer. Steve earned a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. He is a FINRA licensed registered representative. Steve was an Executive Board Member at Diabetes Partnership of Greater Cleveland and currently volunteers at various non-profit organizations. E-mail: Steve@ancora.net

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Eric Woidke

Director, Family Wealth Advisor

Eric Woidke joined Ancora Advisors in 2005 and serves as a Private Client Advisor. He specializes in assisting high net worth clients as well as corporations, public and government entities, unions, and charitable foundations formulate and achieve their financial goals and objectives. Prior to joining Ancora, Eric held the position of Assistant Vice President and Financial Advisor at Fifth Third Bank. Before joining Fifth Third, he served as a financial advisor for Cleveland based money management firm, Maxus Investment Group, which was acquired by Fifth Third Bank in 2001. He also has ten years experience as a business owner in the private sector. Eric received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Miami University. He currently holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses.  In addition, Eric serves as a member of the Investment Committee for the Community Foundation for Lorain County, a public charity group that works to support and fund local improvement projects. E-mail: eric@ancora.net

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Dan Hyland

President, Ancora Holdings Inc.

As President of Ancora Holdings, Dan oversees operations and distribution functions at the holding company level. His role includes overseeing the institutional business, including sales, investment products and overall strategy, as well as Ancora’s Retirement Plan Services business. Prior to being named President of Ancora Holdings, Dan served as President of Ancora’s Institutional Asset Management division after spending four years as Ancora’s Managing Director of Marketing & Client Services, where he managed all aspects of business development and distribution, including Family Wealth, Institutional and Retirement Plan Services. Dan joined Ancora in 2012 as Director of Mutual Fund Distribution. Dan’s investment career began in the early 1990’s with McDonald & Company/KeyBanc Capital Markets, with a focus on institutional equity sales. His responsibilities included providing stock research and analysis to institutional portfolio managers throughout the Midwest. In 2008, he started Hyland Investor Services, Inc. His focus at Hyland was to originate, coordinate and conduct high level meetings for small cap public company management teams with institutional investors in the Midwest region. Prior to beginning his career in business, Dan spent three years as a PGA Tour Caddie and worked full time for PGA Tour veteran D. A. Weibring. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The University of Dayton. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses. E-mail: dan@ancora.net

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John Micklitsch, CFA CAIA

Chief Investment Officer

John Micklitsch, CFA, CAIA started with Ancora in 2006 and is Ancora's Chief Investment Officer. In addition to his Chief Investment Officer responsibilities, John manages global, multi-asset class separate accounts for the firm's high net worth and institutional clients and manages the firm's private China focused investment partnership.  John began his money management career in 1996 at the firm of Robert E. Torray & Company Inc. where he was an analyst and head trader on the firm's $5 billion large cap value strategy. In 2003, he joined Fifth Third Asset Management, where he researched and managed small and micro cap investments for the firm's mutual funds and individual accounts. Prior to joining Ancora, John was lead portfolio manager for the small cap value strategy at Allegiant Asset Management, the institutional money management division of National City Corporation. During his tenure, he was responsible for assets in excess of $1 billion, including the strategy's publicly traded mutual fund and separate accounts. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. He also serves on the board of Biltmore Trust and Biltmore Insurance Co., sits on the Investment Committee of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and is a member of Bluecoats Inc. E-mail: johnmick@ancora.net

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Denis Amato, CFA

Managing Director, Microcap Equities

Denis J. Amato, CFA, joined Ancora in 2006.  In addition to overseeing Ancora’s investment policies, Denis manages individual portfolios as well as the firm's microcap equity strategy which includes the Ancora Microcap Mutual Fund. Denis’ investment career began in 1969 at Central National Bank as a Portfolio Manager in the Trust Department managing both pension and profit sharing portfolios.  Later, he became the bank's Research Director and Chief Investment Officer. Denis joined Gelfand Partners Asset Management in 1991 as the firm's Chief Investment Officer. He remained the company's lead equity portfolio strategist and Chief Investment Officer through the firm's merger with Maxus in 1997. While at Maxus he managed institutional and individual high net worth client portfolios.  Denis also managed the Maxus Ohio Heartland Fund which focused primarily on the buying and selling of securities in Ohio based companies. After the sale of Maxus Asset Management to Fifth Third Bank in 2001, Denis served as the Chief Investment Officer for the bank's Northeast Ohio region.  In addition, he continued to manage both individual and institutional portfolios as well as two of Fifth Third's Value Mutual Funds. Denis has a Bachelor of Business Administration Magna Cum Laude degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a former President of the Cleveland Society of Security Analysts. In July, 2011, Denis was elected to serve on the Mace Security International Board of Directors.  Mace Security International, Inc. is a manufacturer of personal defense and electronic surveillance products marketed under the famous brand name Mace®. E-mail: denis@ancora.net

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Jeff Anderson, CFA

Director, Alternatives Portfolio Manager

Jeff Anderson joined Ancora in 2010 as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager. He focuses on special situations such as liquidations, bankruptcies, turnarounds and companies trading at discounts to their net cash balance. Mr. Anderson has extensive experience investing in micro-cap special situations. Prior to joining Ancora, Jeff managed a special situations portfolio for Millennium Partners in New York. He spent six years at the Kellogg Group in New York. During that time, he worked in the Specialist Operations Group on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before joining the firm's proprietary trading operation. In that capacity, he was a co-portfolio manager and helped build the special situations group from a two person team to a team of seven analysts and two traders. Jeff is currently a board member for Regional Brands, Inc. (RGBD). Jeff earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, awarded to him in September 2013.

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James Bernard, CFA

Managing Director, Fixed Income

James M. Bernard, CFA, joined Ancora in 2006 as Director of Fixed Income. Jim manages taxable and tax-exempt fixed income portfolios for various institutional and high net worth individual accounts. In addition to portfolio management, he provides fixed income consulting services for various financial institutions. Jim managed fixed income portfolios as well as the Ohio Municipal Bond Fund and the Kentucky Municipal Common Trust Fund for Fifth Third Investment Advisors prior to joining Ancora Advisors. His prior experience include serving as Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of a multi-line insurance organization in central Ohio. He also managed funds for banks and trust companies in Indiana and Kansas City during his 30 years in the investment business. Jim earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Xavier University and an MBA from Ball State University. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Cleveland Society of Financial Analysts. He is a registered representative holding Series 7 and Series 24 (principal) licenses.   He is a board member and former Chairman of the Board of Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Incorporated, a non-profit mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse consulting provider. E-mail: jb@ancora.net

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Joseph Boehm, IV

Director, Alternatives Portfolio Manager

Joseph Boehm joined Ancora in April 2014. As a Portfolio Manager in the Alternatives group, he is primarily responsible for investment decisions for the firm’s alternative products, and remains actively involved in research and investment idea generation for the portfolios.  Prior to joining Ancora he worked at Sigma Capital Management in New York City where he provided buy side research and analysis that focused on the technology, media and telecom sectors for a long/short equity portfolio.  Previous to Sigma Capital, Joe worked at Deutsche Bank Securities as an Investment Banking Associate in the Media & Telecom coverage group, which provided M&A and financing advisory services. Prior to Deutsche he was an Analyst in Equity Research at Barclays Capital covering cable, satellite and telecom. Joseph received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, and earned a Certificate in Business Excellence from the Columbia Business School Executive Education program. Mr. Boehm currently serves on the board of Potbelly Corporation. He holds the Series 7, 63, 86, 87, and 79 licenses. E-mail: joeb@ancora.net

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James Chadwick

Director, Alternative Investments

James Chadwick joined Ancora in 2014. His primary responsibilities are Portfolio Management for the firm’s Alternative Investments products, and co-managing the firm’s shareholder activist strategy. Jim has investment experience working in the shareholder activist arena, with a focus on micro and small cap companies. His activist engagements include operating companies, banks, closed-end funds, and a wide array of industries. He has served on the board of seven public companies as a result of activist intervention. Prior to joining Ancora, Jim was the Managing Director of the private equity firm Harlingwood Equity Partners, LLC. Before joining Harlingwood, Jim founded and managed two activist hedge funds, PCI Partners LLC and Monarch Activist Partners LP. He began his activist career in 1999 working for the pioneering activist fund Relational Investors LLC. At Relational he participated in the fund’s activist investments in Aetna, Inc., Prudential, National Semiconductor, Mattel, Dial, and Sovereign Bancorp., among others. Jim is currently a board member of Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE: STC). Jim earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles. E-mail: jim@ancora.net

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Joseph Donato

Assistant Vice President, Trader

Joseph Donato joined Ancora in 2017 as Assistant Vice President, Trader. He works alongside the director of institutional trading and is responsible for the management, execution, and reporting of all aspects of the firm's institutional equity trading. Mr. Donato  was previously a Senior Trade Specialist at thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade in Chicago where he specialized in trading equities & equity options as well as commodity futures, futures options, and foreign currency. Joe earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business. He holds FINRA Series 3, 7, 34, and 63 licenses. E-mail: jdonato@ancora.net

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David Henkel

Director, Institutional Sales

David Henkel joined Ancora in 2016 as Director of Institutional Sales. He works with individual and institutional clients to determine how Ancora’s strategies best fit their specific needs. Mr. Henkel previously spent 13 years at Sanford C. Bernstein in New York as an institutional research salesman. He managed top institutional asset managers and hedge funds based in New York, London, Scotland, Dublin, Tokyo, Miami and Brazil. Before Bernstein, David worked in Bristol Myers Squibb’s MBA Management Rotation program where he worked in Business Development, Marketing and Sales. His prior work experiences before getting his MBA include working at the White House in Washington DC and working for a Chilean winery in Santiago, Chile as an export manager. David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the varsity football and swim teams, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. E-mail: david.henkel@ancora.net

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Brian Hopkins

Managing Director, Corporate Development

Brian Hopkins has been a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Ancora for over ten years. He is a Managing Director of Corporate Development and a member of the Executive Committee at the firm. Mr. Hopkins is responsible for making recommendations and sourcing opportunities for strategic growth of the firm, including acquisitions, joint ventures and new product opportunities. He is also a Portfolio Manager for the firm. As Portfolio Manager he is responsible for making investment decisions for the firm’s alternative products. Prior to joining Ancora, Mr. Hopkins was an Investment Associate with Primus Capital Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the Midwest.  At Primus, he performed due diligence for new investments and monitored portfolio investments. Before joining Primus, he worked in the Investment Banking Division of Deutsche Bank in London as an Associate after completing the Investment Banking Analyst Program with Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown. He worked in the Consumer Industry Group focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions. Brian is currently a board member for Regional Brands, Inc. (RGBD). Brian earned an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Georgetown University.

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Ryan Hummer, CFA

Director, Risk Management

Ryan Hummer, CFA joined Ancora in 2008. He is the Portfolio manager for a private investment partnership at Ancora focused on merger arbitrage. Ryan also manages the arbitrage segment of Ancora’s multi-strategy private investment partnership. Mr. Hummer previously worked as a large-cap equity analyst and portfolio manager at First Fiduciary Investment Counsel. He performed due diligence on potential equity investments including management interviews, site-visits, competitive sustainability research, and financial statement analysis. Ryan also built complex financial models to assign intrinsic values to these equities based on diligence findings. He began his career in the financial industry in Chicago where he spent three years working at proprietary trading firms. His first position was with SMW where he worked as part of an options trading team that profited through an arbitrage strategy. Ryan then obtained a position as a trader with TradeGroup, a subsidiary of TradeLink where he employed an arbitrage strategy that took advantage of shifts in the U.S. Treasury yield curve. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Professional Studies from The University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree in Investment Management & Corporate Finance from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. E-mail: ryan@ancora.net

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Dante Iacozili

Vice President, Head Equity Trader

Dante Iacozili joined Ancora in 2017. His primary responsibility is equity trading for Ancora's Institutional and Alternative strategies. Mr. Iacozili previously was a Position Trader at KeyBanc Capital Markets on their Institutional Equity Desk, focusing on market making and execution in small and mid-cap equities.  Dante started his career in 2010 at DV Trading in Chicago, trading strategies in the Eurodollar term structure, U.S. Treasury Curve and commodity futures. Dante earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The University of Akron.  He passed Level I of the CFA program, and holds the Series 7, 55 and 63 Licenses. E-mail: diacozili@ancora.net

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Thomas J. Kennedy

Director, Portfolio Manager

Tom Kennedy joined the firm in 2007 as a Senior Portfolio Manager. Tom took on the role as co-portfolio manager for the High Dividend Equity strategy in 2016. He also manages customized portfolios for family wealth clients, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of both the Ancora Inverness Investment Committee and the Model Portfolio Investment Committee. Mr. Kennedy began his career in 1996 at an estate planning firm and has vast investment experience focusing on strategic portfolio management and sophisticated wealth planning. His prior roles include financial advisor, registered principal and Certified Financial Manager at Merrill Lynch’s Private Client Group, COO & portfolio manager at Independent Advisors and president and founder of four private businesses. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration in Finance degree from John Carroll University. Tom is a FINRA licensed registered representative. He is a level II CFA candidate. Tom is a member of CFA Institute & CFA Society of Cleveland. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Veggie U, Circuit Technologies and Decision Data Software. Tom guest lectures at John Carroll University teaching analytical modeling. Email: tom@ancora.net

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Nicholas Koenigsknecht

Assistant Vice President, Equities Analyst

Nicholas Koenigsknecht joined Ancora in September, 2014 as an Equity Analyst.  Nicholas assists with research for the Small/Midcap Investment Products out of the Detroit office. Prior to joining Ancora, Nick worked as a Computer Maintenance Management Specialist for CBRE.  Previous to CBRE, Nick worked as a Facility Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle.  Nick received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2010. E-mail: nick@ancora.net

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Sonia Mintun,CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Sonia Mintun, CFA joined Ancora in 2008 as a Portfolio Manager. She manages individual and institutional accounts and is responsible for the firm’s High Dividend Equity strategy. She also provides research on large cap value and family wealth strategies. Sonia began her career in 1983 with Bernstein-Macaulay in New York City as an Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager. During her six years there, Sonia managed their high-grade and high-yield fixed income products, as well as a $200+ million closed-end mutual bond fund. Sonia also worked as a Portfolio Manager and Head Trader for Westinghouse Credit Corp. where she raised over $200 million through a collateralized debt obligation. She held the position of Portfolio Manager and Analyst for Proper Analysis Corp., followed by her time at First Fiduciary Investment Counsel as Chief Compliance Officer, Vice President and Portfolio Manager. Sonia earned a Bachelor of Science degree with dual majors in Accounting & Finance from Lehigh University. She also holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Cleveland. Sonia has served on the Board of Trustees for the Lehigh University Alumni Association, as the President of the Northern Ohio Lehigh Alumni Association, and on the Leadership Committee at Hawken School. She was previously a writer for Street Insights, a subsidiary of theStreet.com. In 2015, Sonia was a recipient of Crain’s Cleveland Business Women of Note award, and in 2017 she received Crain’s Influential Women in Finance award. E-mail: sonia@ancora.net

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Mark Preston

Director, Alternative Sales & Marketing

Mark Preston joined Ancora in 2016 as Director of the firm’s alternative sales and marketing. Prior to joining Ancora, he was a Managing Director with FSI Group in New York where he managed the sales and marketing for their long/short equity hedge fund. Prior to FSI Group, Mark worked for Cole Partners in Chicago, a third party marketer, where he managed the marketing and sales efforts for a variety of hedge fund managers. Mark has held positions as a proprietary derivatives trader, a senior financial consultant and a fixed income trader. Mark began his career on the Treasury Bond futures desk for Cargill Investor Services at the Chicago Board of Trade. Mark received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses. Email: mpreston@ancora.net

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Jim Raimondo

Director, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

James Raimondo joined Ancora Advisors in 2005 as a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager. Currently, he is responsible for managing the Taxable Fixed Income composite.  He also assists in the marketing efforts of the firm. Prior to Ancora, Jim held the position of Vice President and Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Fifth Third Asset Management where he supervised over a billion dollars in investable assets while overseeing the investment performance of the firm's income producing accounts. He was also a Portfolio Manager at the Cleveland based money management firm  Maxus Investment Group, acquired by Fifth Third Bank in 2001. A Wall Street veteran, Jim has over twenty five years of experience managing fixed income assets for endowments funds, corporate accounts, and pension plans. During his career, he has developed time-tested strategies for reducing interest rate and credit risk in client portfolios and increasing overall returns to investors. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Marketing from Marietta College. E-mail: jr@ancora.net

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Michael Santelli,CFA

Director, Portfolio Manager

Michael Santelli joined the firm in 2014 as a Director and Portfolio Manager. He has taken on the role of co-portfolio manager for the Ancora Microcap equity strategy, which includes the Ancora Microcap Mutual Fund. This was a natural fit due to Michael’s lengthy investment experience, as well as his past expertise in managing value oriented equity strategies. Before joining Ancora, Michael spent 18 years at PNC Financial Services Group in their institutional investment management unit. His first five years was spent on the fixed income side of the business where he served as leader of the taxable fixed income team. The final 13 years he served on the equity side of the business where he was leader of the fundamental value team. Before managing money, Michael spent four years in fixed income research on Wall Street in the structured products groups at Merrill Lynch and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Michael earned a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from The George Washington University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He also holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society Cleveland. Email: msantelli@ancora.net

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Jeremy Scacco

Vice President, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

Jeremy Scacco joined Ancora Advisors in 2005. His responsibilities include fixed income security selection and the monitoring of portfolio cash positions for both individual and corporate fixed income accounts. Before joining Ancora, Jeremy was an Associate Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Fifth Third Asset Management where he supervised client portfolios and directed the firm's efforts to comply with AIMR presentation and accounting standards. Prior to Fifth Third, he oversaw the mission critical portfolio accounting systems at Cleveland based, Maxus Investment Group. In addition, he was responsible for the quarterly reporting duties related to the firm's managed accounts and proprietary mutual fund products. Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Hiram College. He holds both FINRA Series 7 and Series 53 Principal  licenses. E-mail: jeremy@ancora.net

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Matt Scullen, CFA

Vice President, Equities Analyst

Matt Scullen joined The Ancora Group in March, 2012 as an Institutional Equities Analyst. He is primarily responsible for researching and monitoring individual equities in the firm’s Micro Cap equity investment strategy. Matt is responsible for identifying deeply undervalued equities and performing due diligence and valuation according to Ancora’s normalized return analysis. Mr. Scullen worked at Wall Street Money Managers, Inc. where he assisted clients with asset allocation, retirement planning and performed research for mutual funds, stocks and bonds for client portfolios. In addition, Matt owned and operated Liberty Analytics LLC, an independent RIA firm where he actively managed several portfolios.  Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The Ohio State University. Matt holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, awarded to him in August 2012. He has served on the Board of Directors for CFA Society Cleveland in the past, and has been elected to serve as President of the Society for the 2017-18 term.

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David Sowerby, CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

David Sowerby joined Ancora in 2017. David is a portfolio manager for multiple investment strategies at Ancora. Prior to joining Ancora, Mr. Sowerby was most recently a Portfolio Manager at Loomis, Sayles & Company, were he worked since 1998 and held multiple senior positions. At Loomis, David worked directly with institutional clients on asset allocation strategies and multi-product accounts. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Portfolio Manager for Beacon Investment Management Company. David began his industry career in 1986 providing investment strategy as an Economist for Comerica Bank. Mr. Sowerby is serving as the Chairman of the Investment Committee for the City of Detroit General Employee’s Retirement System. He also serves as Vice Chair on the Investment Committee for Beaumont Hospitals and previously served 10 years as Chairman on the Investment Advisory Committee for the State of Michigan’s $60B pension fund. Mr. Sowerby was appointed by the Governor to serve as a Director of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. David frequently appears as a guest speaker on CNBC, Bloomberg, and at various investment conferences where he provides his views on the investment environment. David earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Economics from Wayne State University and was the 2002 recipient of Wayne State University’s Distinguished Corporate Citizen award. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. David is a FINRA registered representative. E-mail: dsowerby@ancora.net

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Patrick Sweeney

Assistant Vice President, Alternatives Analyst

Patrick Sweeney joined Ancora in November, 2013 as an Institutional Marketing Associate. He has since transitioned into the Alternatives group as an equity analyst. In that capacity Patrick’s primary responsibilities include fundamental company research and investment idea generation for the portfolios. Prior to joining Ancora, Patrick worked as a Corporate Banking Analyst at PNC Financial Services. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from John Carroll University in 2012. Patrick is active in his community and is an assistant coach for the Saint Ignatius High School Men's Basketball Team.  He received his FINRA Series 7 license in January, 2014. E-mail: patrick@ancora.net

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Dan Thelen, CFA

Managing Director, Small/Mid Cap Equities

Dan Thelen joined Ancora in September 2012 as the Director of Small/Midcap investment products.  He is responsible for the management of institutional client portfolios as well as expanding the asset base of Ancora’s Family of Mutual Funds. Dan began his career in the investment business in 1990 in Price Waterhouse’s Valuation Services Group where he performed private valuation analyses on spinoffs and divestitures for small to mid-size companies in a variety of industries.  In 1996, Dan joined Loomis Sayles & Company in their Detroit office as a Small Cap Equity Analyst where he performed due diligence on companies in the Small Cap space.  In 2000, he was promoted to Small Cap Value Co-Portfolio Manager.  Later that year he was made Lead Portfolio Manager in which his primary responsibility was to manage the firm’s Small Mid Cap Value strategy. Dan received his Bachelor of Arts and his MBA from Michigan State University.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation as well as the Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. E-mail: dant@ancora.net

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Steve Varrone

Director, Institutional Advisor

Steve joined Ancora in 2014 as a Director in Institutional Sales. He is responsible for marketing and client services to plan sponsors, corporations, foundations/endowments, Taft-Hartley funds and consultants.  Steve has over 25 years of experience of providing high-touch investment services to his valued clients. Before joining Ancora, Steve was employed at Fifth Third Bank and Fifth Third Asset Management where he held various roles as a private client financial advisor, investment sales representative and relationship manager.  Prior to Fifth Third, Steve was a partner with Maxus Investment Group and its predecessor organization – Gelfand Partners Asset Management.   He also has six years experience as owner of a financial advisor and broker-dealer. Steve holds a BA from The Ohio State University and holds several FINRA licenses including the Series 7 and Series 66. He has served on the Executive Board of the Diabetes Partnership of Greater Cleveland and continues to volunteer at a number of non-profit organizations. E-mail: steve@ancora.net

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Peter Mooney

President, Ancora Retirement Plan Services

Peter Mooney formed Source Companies, now Ancora Retirement Plan Services, in 2001 and has vast experience in the retirement planning industry. Peter leads the team to deliver custom retirement plan solutions and support to businesses and individuals. Mr. Mooney saw the opportunity for a new type of retirement plan to enter the market, and worked to develop an “open architecture” retirement product for the 401(k) industry. Peter entered the insurance and investment industry in 1993, beginning his career as an agent, advising clients on mutual fund investing, life insurance programs, personal financial planning, and corporate planning. He also developed an organizational group for corporate employee benefit programs and estate planning. Prior to his financial advising career, Peter was an accountant with Grant Thornton in Cleveland, as well as a small business owner. Peter earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Cleveland State University.  He currently holds FINRA Series 7, 6, 63, 65 and 24 licenses as well as Life and Health Insurance licenses.

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Linda Bellomy

Relationship Manager

Linda Bellomy joined Ancora Retirement Plan Services in October 2016. She has more than twenty years’ experience with retirement plan enrollments and education. Mrs. Bellomy has an extensive background in Human Resources, giving her a unique perspective in dealing with Plan Sponsors and their circumstances. She has worked for several vendors including most recently her 12 years with John Hancock. At John Hancock, Linda was a part of a Top Ten Sales team for her entire tenure. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in client service and retention, retirement readiness, and the 401(k) sales process, having conducted thousands of enrollment, education, and review meetings in her career. Linda works closely with plan sponsors to identify goals and objectives to ensure both plan and participant success. Linda has her State of Ohio Life and Health Insurance license. She holds FINRA Series 63 and 6 registration. E-Mail: lbellomy@ancora.net

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John Danch

Senior Vice President, Retirement Plan Services

John E. Danch joined Source Companies in 2004 and is currently a Senior Vice President for Ancora Retirement Plan Services. Source merged with Ancora in 2016 to form Ancora Retirement Plan Services. Mr. Danch’s responsibilities include providing consulting and advisement for small and medium sized businesses for their benefits, compensation and retirement areas. Previously, he has served in a variety of positions ranging from accounting manager to controller of a leading nationally known relocation firm. He has also served as the operations manager to a consulting and auditing firm with over 100 clients including Ernst & Young LLC, Citigroup, Parker Hannifin and Roadway Express.  John’s objective point of view and analysis expertise has been implemented in over 50 companies nationwide. John earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Kent State University. He currently holds FINRA Series 6, 63, and 65 licenses, along with a Life and Health Insurance license. Email: jdanch@ancora.net

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Howard Essner, JD

General Counsel, Managing Director, Family Wealth Advisor

Howard is a Managing Director and member of Ancora's Executive Committee. Howard is an attorney licensed in Ohio with more than 30 years of legal experience. Howard leads Ancora's Lifetime Planning Group, overseeing a team of financial planning specialists providing high net worth families with custom retirement planning, cash flow planning, tax planning and compliance, risk management, and legacy planning. Howard also participates in Ancora’s Retirement Plan Services and has extensive experience with retirement plans both as a former ERISA attorney and a plan administrator for a 200+ employee plan.  Howard started his legal career with the law firm of Hahn, Loeser and Parks in Cleveland, where he was first an associate and then a partner.  Howard’s practice included corporate, tax, employee benefits, estate planning and non-profit law. In 1991, he became General Counsel and Senior Vice President for PASCO, Inc., a privately held company in Hudson, Ohio. Howard is a member of the Executive Committee and second Vice President of the Northern Ohio Golf Association, and past President and Trustee of the Silver Lake Country Club in Silver Lake, Ohio. Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude, with distinction) in History from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree in History of Religion from Brown University, and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Akron School of Law. E-mail: howard@ancora.net

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Rachel Jerpbak

Associate, Marketing & Client Services

Rachel Jerpbak joined Ancora Retirement Plan Services in April of 2016 as Associate of Marketing and Client Services.  She acts as project manager to facilitate and aid in the creation of marketing material and campaigns, while also providing support to our retirement plan clients and their participants.   Rachel earned a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Ohio University where she pursued a Marketing Major in the Service Engagement track as well as a History Minor.  During that time she served a term as the VP Fraternity Development for the Ohio Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi. E-mail: rachel@ancora.net

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Bill Koenig, JD, MBA

Director, Retirement Plan Services

William M. Koenig, JD, MBA has been with Source Companies since its inception in 2001. Source merged with Ancora in 2016 to form Ancora Retirement Plan Services. Mr. Koenig combines his background as an attorney with his financial consulting experience to advise closely-held business owners and high-net worth individuals. This includes designing and implementing qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, establishing and funding shareholder buy-sell agreements, creating estate planning scenarios, crafting wealth accumulation and distribution strategies, and assisting with other corporate employee benefit programs.  From 1995 to 2001, Bill practiced law for The Office of General Counsel, Department of the Navy in Washington, DC. His work included defending the Department of the Navy as a Trial Attorney in multi-million dollar, complex commercial litigation and government contract disputes.  Bill earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mount Union College and his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Bill is admitted to practice law in Ohio and Washington, DC. He also holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses as well as State of Ohio Life and Health licenses.  E-mail: bill@ancora.net

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Linda Rafal

Vice President

Linda Rafal has been running the operations side of Source Companies since 2001 and now serves as Vice President for Ancora Retirement Plan Services. Source merged with Ancora in 2016 to form Ancora Retirement Plan Services. Linda also manages the client services associates and handles any non-routine service. Ms. Rafal has a strong background in the financial services and life insurance industries with over 30 years of industry knowledge and experience. She was with the Equitable Life Assurance Company for 16 years early in her career, and from 1985 to 2000, she worked for an independent life insurance broker, gaining valuable experience with a large number of insurance carriers. Linda has her State of Ohio Life and Health Insurance license. She holds FINRA Series 99 registration. E-mail: linda@ancora.net

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Joe Spidalieri

Chief Operating Officer, Ancora Holdings Inc.

As Chief Operating Officer of Ancora Holdings, Joe oversees the firm’s operations for its various divisions with responsibilities including technology, trading and sales support. Joe also acts as the Chief Compliance Officer of the Ancora Trust, which oversees all compliance policies and procedures for the Ancora Family of mutual funds. In his previous role as Chief Compliance Officer of Ancora Holdings, Joe oversaw all compliance matters for all of the firm’s subsidiaries. Prior to taking over as Chief Compliance Officer, Joe oversaw Ancora’s day-to-day operations. Since his arrival in 2003, his responsibilities have ranged from administering the firm’s portfolio accounting system to heading up the equity trade desk. Joe previously worked at American Express in the Company's Finance and Money Management division. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Finance & Marketing, with a minor in Business Legal Studies, from Miami University. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 4, 55, & 66 licenses and the Ohio Life Health Insurance license. E-mail: joe@ancora.net

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Jason Geers

Chief Compliance Officer, Ancora Holdings Inc.

Jason joined Ancora in 2014. In his role as Chief Compliance Officer of Ancora Holdings Inc., Mr. Geers oversees compliance measures for the entire organization. Jason sets the tone for compliance through the creation of a firm-wide compliance program. His primary responsibilities include monitoring the firm’s adherence to the policies and procedures, regulatory reporting requirements and internal compliance controls. Prior to joining Ancora, Mr. Geers served six years as a Senior Compliance Officer at Victory Capital Management.  In that role, he provided compliance leadership during the firm’s divestiture from KeyBank and through the integration of various firm acquisitions. His responsibilities there included regulatory reporting, compliance policy development, and trade oversight. During his tenure, he was named Victory’s OFAC and OSFI Officer while sitting on several firm committees including the Commission and Trade Oversight Committees and the Proxy Committee as Chairman. Jason started his investment career in 1998 with PNC as an Investment Advisor before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 2001 where he spent eight years in various professional roles at KeyCorp including Security Pricing Analyst, Retirement Plan Actuary and Compliance Officer. Jason graduated Cum Laude with Honors from Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Business Economics with an emphasis on International Economics and Finance. In addition, during college, he played for Ohio University’s three-time American Collegiate Hockey Association National Champion hockey team. Jason holds his Daily Valuation, PA-1A, PA-1B, and C-1 certification from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries. E-mail: jason@ancora.net

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Gary George

Vice President, Accounting and Client Billing

Gary George, CPA joined Ancora in 2005 as a senior accountant. He assists with the accounting function of The Ancora Group. He is involved with the billing and collections process for the registered investment advisor, Ancora Advisors LLC.  He also tracks company assets under management and generates/reviews settlements with various business partners of Ancora. Mr. George was a senior accountant for Fifth Third Bank and Maxus Investment Group where his responsibilities were similar. Gary earned his Bachelor Business Administration degree in Accounting from Cleveland State University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.He holds FINRA Series 7 and 27 licenses.   E-mail: gary@ancora.net

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JoAnna Gyetko

Vice President, Accounting and HR

JoAnna Gyetko joined Ancora in 2017 as Vice President, Accounting and HR. She assists with the accounting function of The Ancora Group. JoAnna also manages the Human Resource functions within the organization, with a focus on fortifying partnerships between executive stakeholders and employees. Mrs. Gyetko previously was the Accounting and Operations Manager for a small financial advisory firm from 2007 to 2016. In this role, she managed the organizational accounting, human resources and the information systems. JoAnna is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Accounting from Ursuline College. Email: jgyetko@ancora.net

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Laura Lawless

Executive Assistant to Fred DiSanto

Laura Lawless joined Ancora in 2014 as Executive Assistant to Fredrick DiSanto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Her main focus is to enhance the executive’s effectiveness by providing information management support, maintaining customer relations, protecting operations through confidentiality, and contributing to a team effort in goal obtainment. Mrs. Lawless previously worked with account receivables, although her background is in Social Work. She values the time she was able to spend raising her four children and volunteering at various organizations. Laura earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from John Carroll University. E-mail: laura@ancora.net

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Mike Mancuso

Assistant Vice President, Investment Operations

Mike Mancuso joined Ancora in 2010 as a client reporting specialist and analyst. His primary responsibility is administering Ancora’s portfolio accounting system and reporting engine. Using Advent’s most advanced reporting software, APX, he generates specialized and detailed equity and fixed income reports for money managers and clients. He helps the portfolio managers by providing performance evaluations as well as multi-asset class appraisals. He also makes these reports available quarterly to clients. Mike works regularly with Ancora's money managers and wealth advisors to assure that client investments are in line with the stated asset allocation goals per client management agreements. He also works daily with the trading department by submitting and monitoring trade allocations through Omgeo Oasys. Mike also administers databases across Ancora's investment programs and centralizes this information into a single, secured location. He assures that Ancora’s communications programs are directed to the proper audience and messaging is completed according to the highest standards in compliance and electronic communications. Mike helps improve communications with customers and strategic partners, while protecting the privacy of Ancora’s customers in the process.  Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from The Ohio State University. He holds the FINRA Series 7 license. E-mail: mike@ancora.net

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Katie Ricotti

Executive Office Assistant

Katie Ricotti joined Ancora in 2014 and currently serves as the Executive Office Assistant. Katie provides multi-departmental support to the Firm while also providing assistance to the Executive Committee, maintaining the daily office functions and interfacing with clients. In addition, Katie enjoys serving on Ancora’s Event Planning Committee and incorporating wellness into the workplace. Ms. Ricotti previously worked as an Executive Assistant at RF Management and assisted in commercial property management. Katie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. E-mail: katie@ancora.net

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Renie Walters

Vice President, GIPS® Compliance Officer

Renie Walters joined Ancora in 2007 to initiate, and now maintain, the firm’s GIPS® compliance program. Ms. Walters is responsible for calculating performance figures as well as constructing and maintaining GIPS® compliant composites for Ancora. In addition to the GIPS® program, she manages Ancora’s communications and marketing processes. This includes submitting product information to various databases, responding to Due Diligence and Requests for Proposal, managing promotional activities, press releases, and overseeing the design and development of marketing material and company presentations. Additionally, Renie calculates Ancora’s mutual fund performance and prepares supporting documentation for the Ancora Mutual Fund Board. Ms. Walters’ background in the investment industry is extensive. Before joining Ancora she was the project leader for the GIPS® compliance and verification program at Winslow Asset Management. Additional responsibilities included assisting with portfolio management, monitoring asset allocations and trading. Renie previously held the position of Marketing Coordinator at Shaker Investments where she assisted in the updates of technical marketing reports and also facilitated the rollout of new marketing material. At Verus Investment Management LLC, a hedge fund re-start from Shaker Investments, Ms. Walters worked in Investor Relations and handled marketing material updates. She has worked as a Marketing Associate at Alliance Capital Management, LP and a Financial Associate at A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc. Renie attended both Kent State University and Malone University and is a licensed Notary Public. E-mail: renie@ancora.net

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Brad Zucker, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Bradley Zucker joined Ancora in 2001 as the Chief Financial Officer for all Ancora entities.  In addition, he serves as the secretary for The Ancora Trust, operators of the Ancora Family of Mutual Funds. Brad is also actively involved in the operations of the firm’s hedge funds. Mr. Zucker was the Corporate Controller for International Total Services, a publicly traded international provider of aviation and commercial security services. At International Total Services, he was responsible for safeguarding the company's assets as well as managing accounting and finance related matters, including various SEC filings. He was promoted to this position after serving simultaneously as both the company's International Controller and Acquisition Controller. As International Controller, he managed accounting matters for the Company's international subsidiaries. As Acquisition Controller, Brad was responsible for executing the Company's strategic plan by managing all aspects of the pursuit, investigation, evaluation, negotiation and integration of acquisitions. Brad worked in Ernst & Young LLC's auditing practice prior to joining International Total Services. While at Ernst & Young LLC, he serviced major international manufacturing, retail and financial clients. In addition he worked with a variety of entrepreneurial service clients and participated in several special projects related to acquisitions and divestitures. Brad earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Emory University, Goizueta School of Business and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He holds FINRA Series 7, 27, and 99 licenses. E-mail: Brad@ancora.net