Directors & Management

Directors

Heather E. Brilliant
Heather E. Brilliant was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective September 3, 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brilliant served as Chief Executive Officer, Americas with First State Investments. Prior to that role, she spent almost 14 years with Morningstar where she served as Global Head of Equity & Credit Research before advancing to Chief Executive Officer, Morningstar Australasia. Earlier in her career, she held several roles analyzing both credit and equity at firms including Driehaus Capital Management, Coghill Capital Management, and Bank of America. Ms. Brilliant holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation and is past chair and current member of the CFA Institute Board of Governors. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
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, is the Chair of the Board and serves on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. 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 30 years of experience in the investment management industry. Mr. Laird received his BS in Accounting from The Ohio State University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.
Paula R. Meyer
Paula R. Meyer was appointed as a director of the Company on February 20, 2019 and currently serves on the Audit Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee, and the Compensation Committee. Ms. Meyer has worked in variety of roles within the investment management industry most recently serving as President of RiverSource Funds, the proprietary fund complex of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. from 1998 to 2006. Ms. Meyer currently serves as a director for Mutual of Omaha and First Command Financial Services. She also served as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines from 2007 to 2016 and on the Investment Company Institute's Board of Governors from 2000 to 2006. Ms. Meyer received her Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
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 a director of the Company since 2012, is the chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, and serves on the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. Mr. Shoup has been Chief Financial Officer of NueVida Resources, LLC since 2017. 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.
Nicole R. St. Pierre
Nicole R. St. Pierre was appointed as a director of the Company on February 20, 2019, is the Chair of the Compensation Committee and currently serves on the Audit Committee and Nominating Governance Committee. Ms. St. Pierre served in a variety of roles with the Asset Management group at J.P. Morgan from 1994 to 2018, most recently as Managing Director; Head of Client Services and Business Platform & Americas Regional Lead. Ms. St. Pierre received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University.

Management

Heather E. Brilliant
Chief Executive Officer and President
Heather E. Brilliant was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective September 3, 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brilliant served as Chief Executive Officer, Americas with First State Investments. Prior to that role, she spent almost 14 years with Morningstar where she served as Global Head of Equity & Credit Research before advancing to Chief Executive Officer, Morningstar Australasia. Earlier in her career, she held several roles analyzing both credit and equity at firms including Driehaus Capital Management, Coghill Capital Management, and Bank of America. Ms. Brilliant holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation and is past chair and current member of the CFA Institute Board of Governors. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
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).
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