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Chief Investment Officer
Tom Samuelson is the chief architect behind Vineyard Global Advisors’ innovative investment approach, which is one that can provide clients a means to participate in market growth while offering a framework of protection during significant market declines. He is a firm believer that investment risk comes hand-in-hand with investment opportunity. Consequently, he has developed a dynamic risk management process that adjusts the level of investment risk exposure to what may be more appropriate within the prevailing economic environment. Simply put, this dynamic risk management process seeks portfolios that tend to experience “lower highs,” but more importantly, “higher lows,” thereby better keeping clients on track toward meeting their personal financial goals.
Tom is currently one of just 269 investment professionals worldwide who have earned both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designations. Prior to co-founding Vineyard Global Advisors, he served as Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer & Senior Portfolio Manager for First Allied Asset Management. In that role, Tom was responsible for managing $1.3 billion in AUM.
Additionally, Tom has previously managed funds for the University of Notre Dame’s endowment, O’Connor & Associates/Swiss Bank and was lead Portfolio Manager of Invesco’s energy mutual fund, where he improved performance and oversaw asset growth from $50 million to over $330 million. He began his investment career in Chicago as an equity and high-yield bond analyst for Duff & Phelps, where he became a partner of the firm.
Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering and MBA from the University of Tulsa. In his free time, Tom can be found skiing, playing tennis and hiking with his wife,