Our Team & Process 2019-02-06T19:23:45+00:00

THE PORTSIDE INVESTMENT TEAM

Portside Investment Advisors is comprised of an experienced and skilled management team to help ensure your investments are handled with care and managed successfully.

Prior to founding Portside Investment Advisors, Mike spent twenty years at Northwestern Mutual where he was Managing Director – Investment Strategy. In that role, he managed the asset allocation process for Northwestern Mutual’s $200 billion general account as well as the company’s pension plans and long term care insurance business. After Mike joined Northwestern Mutual, he held several positions of increasing responsibility across the organization including Actuary, Assistant Director of Tax Planning, Head of Equity Quantitative Strategy and Global Equities Portfolio Manager.

Mike received a BSBA in Actuarial Science from Drake University and an MBA from the executive program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has attained the Fellow in the Society of Actuaries and Member in the American Academy of Actuaries designations.

Community board involvement has included the Grafton Board of Education and New Beginnings are Possible, a center for kids in at risk situations.

Dick has managed portfolios using asset allocation strategies as an independent Registered Investment Advisor since 2003. Prior to this experience he held other finance related positions including in senior management at Morgan Stanley as well as at International Paper and Alcan Aluminum.

He has served as a member of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees in Washington DC where he was the Chair of the Endowment with $180 million in assets under advisement. Dick has served a director of the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) Foundation. Other current board memberships include the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center.

He has presented workshops on best practices for nonprofit investment committees and fiduciary issues. He has led seminars on Servant Leadership, co-sponsored with Concordia University School of Business Administration in Wisconsin. Topics included were best accounting procedures, asset management practices for non-profits.

Dick has completed the Advanced Endowment Management Program at the Yale University School of Business. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in Vietnam and is an avid racing sailor.

Van is active in academia, business, and public policy. Prior to his role at Portside, he cofounded and subsequently sold a registered investment advisor, DOMO Capital, and has formerly served as an independent director for Commerce State Bank and Commerce Financial Holdings, Inc. In addition to Portside Investment Advisors, he serves as Associate Professor of History & Economics at Concordia University Wisconsin, where he holds an appointment in both the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Business. Van has also been elected to three terms as the Village President of Thiensville, Wisconsin, where he still serves as the chief executive officer of one of the few debt free, self-governing municipalities in the entire country.

Van’s insight into the global political, economic, and military environment is widely recognized, and he is featured regularly in the media, including international and national TV and radio outlets such as the BBC, NPR, and Newsmax as well as local outlets such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, TMJ Radio, and the Ozaukee News Graphic.

Van earned a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a BA from Vanderbilt University, and has been a fellow at the United States Military Academy.

Xiaoting has an investment background that includes empirical asset pricing, information efficiency in the financial markets and corporate governance. She has experience analyzing exchange traded funds for relative value signaling. Xiaoting has also lectured on various investment related topics at the university level. She has done extensive research on the transmission of negative information in the short selling and equity options markets. Some of her research on this topic has been published in the Journal of Financial Markets.

Xiaoting earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Houston and a BS in Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Since 2007 Kathy has served high net worth individuals, families and foundations by preserving, protecting and growing their investment portfolios, utilizing asset allocation strategies and momentum as primary drivers of return. She earned the Series 7 and 66 securities licenses and holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation awarded by the College for Financial Planning. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and her MBA through the Executive Curriculum at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Kathy contributes to the well-being of the metro area through numerous organizations, including 6 years as president of the Mequon Community Foundation; also many years of non-profit board service for the Columbia College of Nursing, Tempo Milwaukee, the Ortgiesen Foundation and Goethe House Wisconsin, a German cultural organization. She also takes an active role at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin.

Speaking engagements have ranged from presenting on a panel for the Planned Giving Council of Eastern Wisconsin; to leading two financial, investment and estate planning seminars at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin; to presenting investment topics for multiple investment clubs and women’s groups.

She can be contacted at kathy.pederson@portsideia.com

Prior to joining Portside Investment Advisors, Eric was a senior vice president and client service director with Columbia Wanger Asset Management, LLC. Eric joined Columbia Wanger in 2000 and has been a member of the investment community since 1987. Prior to Columbia Wanger, Eric was a regional sales director with Founders Asset Management, LLC, and a sales manager of the financial advisor group with Strong Capital Management.

Eric earned a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Eric is married with three children. He enjoys tennis, platform tennis, golf, fishing and biking. He serves on the Community Development Authority Board in his hometown and volunteers for Secure Futures, a non-profit group which empowers teens through financial literacy, and at the American Legion.

He can be contacted at eric.arvold@portsideia.com

VALUES

Our commitment to integrity is paramount. We want to have a long term relationship with our clients. That means building and maintaining trust with everything we do.

EXPERIENCE

We maintain a team of highly experienced professionals who have managed portfolios successfully through market cycles. This team understands how to generate performance while handling your investments with diligence.

RELATIONSHIP

We want to partner with our clients and maintain long term personal relationships.

RESULTS ORIENTED

We believe our service is providing economic value to you that exceeds our fees. We look forward to demonstrating successful results consistently over time to every client.