Directors & Management

Directors

Roderick H. Dillon Jr.
Roderick H. Dillon, Jr. serves as Chairman of the Board, has been a Director of the Company since 2001, and was the Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2015. Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Mr. Dillon had been employed as a portfolio manager by Loomis, Sayles & Company since 1997. Mr. Dillon has over 30 years of experience in the investment management industry. Mr. Dillon received his BS and MA from The Ohio State University and his MBA from University of Dayton. Mr. Dillon also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Randolph J. Fortener
Randolph J. Fortener has been an independent director of the Company since 2013, is the chair of the Audit Committee, and serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee. Mr. Fortener is currently the CEO of Cozzins Road Capital, a private investment firm, since 2014. As CEO of Cozzins Road Capital, Mr. Fortner directs all investment and acquisition activity for the company. Prior to that Mr. Fortener worked at the Crane Group, a private holding and management company, based in Columbus, Ohio, from 1990 to 2014 and served as the president of Crane Investment Company, from 2007 to 2014. Prior to joining the Crane Group, Mr. Fortener was a partner at Deloitte, a big four accounting firm, providing services to investment banking firms. Mr. Fortener also specialized in estate and tax planning for privately held businesses while with Deloitte. Mr. Fortener has over 35 years of business experience with an emphasis on corporate acquisitions and investments. Mr. Fortener has served on numerous corporate boards and has served as chairman for many of them. Currently, Mr. Fortener is an appointed board member of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and serves on the board of The Breathing Association. Mr. Fortener received a BS in accounting from The University of Findlay and an MBA in finance from the University of Dayton and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
James F. Laird
James F. Laird has been a director of the Company since 2011. Mr. Laird was the Chief Financial Officer of Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc. from 2001 through 2014 and President of Diamond Hill Funds from 2001 through 2014. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Mr. Laird was employed as a Senior Vice President for Villanova Capital since 1999 and Vice President and General Manager for Nationwide Advisory Services, Inc. from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Laird has over 25 years of experience in the investment management industry. Mr. Laird received his BS in Accounting from The Ohio State University, is a Certified Public Accountant.
Paul A. Reeder III
Paul A. Reeder, III was elected as an independent director of the Company in 2015 and serves on the Audit Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. Reeder has been the President of PAR Capital Management, a private investment firm, since 1990. He is also the portfolio manager of a private investment partnership. Mr. Reeder received his BA from Oberlin College and his Master's degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Bradley C. Shoup
Bradley C. Shoup has been an independent director of the Company since 2012, is the chair of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee, and serves on the Audit Committee. Mr. Shoup is a private investor. He was a Partner at Falcon Fund Management Ltd. from 2013-2016. From 2011-2013, Mr. Shoup was a Managing Director of Cox Partners Inc., a private investment partnership in a family office. From 2007-2011, Mr. Shoup was Chief Investment Officer of Armstrong Equity Partners LP, a private investment partnership in the same family office. From 2003-2006, Mr. Shoup was President of BCS Capital Inc, an investment advisory firm. Prior to BCS Capital, he was a founding member of Relational Investors LLC, an institutional investment management firm. Mr. Shoup has over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. Mr. Shoup received a BS in Civil Engineering with Distinction from the University of Kansas and his MS from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Frances A. Skinner
Frances A. Skinner has been an independent director of the Company since 2010 and serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Skinner has been a partner with AUM Partners, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in the investment management industry, since 2009. Prior to joining AUM Partners, she was a principal with Focus Consulting Group, Inc. from 2003 to 2009. Ms. Skinner also spent 16 years at Allstate Investments, LLC, where she worked on developing compensation and incentive programs for investment professionals. Ms. Skinner has over 25 years of experience in the areas of investment management, finance and consulting. She is a co-author of the book High Performing Investment Teams (Wiley, 2006). Ms. Skinner received her BA from St. Xavier University and her MBA from the University of Illinois – Chicago. Ms. Skinner also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Management

Christopher M. Bingaman
Chief Executive Officer and President
Christopher M. Bingaman was elected Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2016 and has been President of the Company since 2015. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Mr. Bingaman was employed as a senior equity analyst at Nationwide Insurance & Affiliates from 1997 to 2001, an equity analyst at Dillon Capital Management in 1997 and held various positions with Fifth Third Bank, First Chicago NBD and NBD Bank from 1990 to 1997. Mr. Bingaman has 25 years of experience in the investment management industry. Mr. Bingaman received his BA in Finance from Hillsdale College (cum laude) and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Bingaman also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Thomas E. Line
Chief Financial Officer
Thomas E. Line has been the Chief Financial Officer of the firm since January 2015 and was named Chief Executive Officer of the Diamond Hill Funds in November 2014. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Line served as a Trustee and Chairman for Diamond Hill Funds from 2005 to 2014, Chief Operating Officer for Lancaster Pollard & Company from 2012 to 2014, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Red Capital Group from 2005 to 2012, Vice President and Treasurer for Red Capital Group from 2004 to 2005, President of Focused Financial Consulting, Inc. from 2002 to 2004, Chief Operating Officer for Meeder Financial, Inc. from 1998 to 2002 and Vice President and Treasurer for BISYS Fund Services, Inc. from 1996 to 1998. Prior to 1996, Mr. Line spent seven years at KPMG in various roles. Mr. Line received his BS in Accounting from Wake Forest University, and he is a CPA (inactive).
Lisa M. Wesolek
Chief Operating Officer
Lisa M. Wesolek has been the Chief Operating Officer of the firm since January 2015. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Ms. Wesolek was employed as Senior Vice President, National Sales Manager for the Asset Management Group at Wells Fargo Funds Management from 2008 to 2010, Managing Director and Head – Institutional Asset Management at Evergreen Investment Management from 2005 to 2008, Managing Director, West Region Head for JP Morgan Asset Management from 2004 to 2005 and Managing Director for Banc One Investment Advisors Corporation from 1994 to 2004. Ms. Wesolek received her BS in Finance from Franklin University and holds the following FINRA securities licenses: Series 7, 24 and 63.
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