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Daniel J. Close, CFA
Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager - Nuveen Investments

Dan manages a number of state-specific, tax-exempt portfolios, including the Georgia Municipal Bond, Kentucky Municipal Bond, Michigan Municipal Bond, North Carolina Municipal Bond, Ohio Municipal Bond and Tennessee Municipal Bond strategies and related institutional accounts. He also serves as portfolio manager for national closed-end funds and is the lead portfolio manager for the firm’s Taxable Municipal strategies. Dan began his career in the financial industry in 1998 and joined Nuveen Asset Management in 2000. Prior to his current position, he served as a research analyst covering the corporate-backed, energy, transportation and utility sectors. Before joining the firm, he worked as an analyst at Bank of America Securities specializing in originating and structuring asset-backed securities.
Dan received a B.S. in business from Miami University in Ohio and an M.B.A. at the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.
   

Thomas Hall Dinsmore 
Chairman - Dinsmore Capital Management Company 
Tom Dinsmore is the Chairman and Portfolio Manager of Bancroft Fund Ltd. (BCV) and Ellsworth Convertible Fund Ltd. (ECF) and Chairman of Dinsmore Capital Management Company (the adviser to the funds).  He joined these firms in 1983 after spending two years on the convertible arbitrage desk at Morgan Stanley & Co.  He is the Past President of the Closed-End Fund Association and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts and the CFA Institute.  Through the two funds, he is a member of the Closed-End Fund Subcommittee of the Investment Company Institute.  He has presented on Closed-end funds and Convertible Securities before Financial Analysts and national investment organizations. Tom is a CFA charter holder, received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
   

Jon Diorio
Director
 - BlackRock
Jon Diorio is a member of BlackRock’s Product Management and Development Group. Mr. Diorio is responsible for U.S. retail product management, development and strategy within Blackrock’s U.S. Wealth Advisory division. In addition, Mr. Diorio is responsible for overseeing BlackRock’s Closed-End Fund business. Prior to joining BlackRock, he held various roles at DWS Investments, the asset management arm of Deutsche Bank. Most recently, Mr. Diorio was a Director in DWS’s retail sales division. In previous roles, he was head of closed-end funds for DWS, along with a portfolio specialist for DWS’s alternative mutual funds. Mr. Diorio earned a BA degree in Finance from Loyola University and an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance and Economics from NYU, Stern School of Business. In addition, he earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation through the Investment Management Consultants Association in conjunction with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has his series 6,63,7,and 24 licenses.
   
Alison DuPont
Senior Funds Marketing Manager-US  - Aberdeen Asset Management
Alison duPont is a senior funds manager responsible for creating and delivering marketing strategies for Aberdeen Asset Management’s U.S. closed-end fund complex. She is also responsible for the funds’ investor relations program. She joined the firm in 2011 as a marketing communications manager. Aberdeen Asset Management is a global leader in investments and a member of the FTSE 100 Index, one of the most widely used stock indices. Previously, Alison spent nearly 14 years at Morgan Stanley and its predecessor firm, Smith Barney, where she was responsible for marketing a variety of investment strategies. She holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a M.A. in communication studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Alison currently serves as secretary for Aberdeen Asset Management’s U.S. charitable foundation.
   

Cecilia L. Gondor
Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer - Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors, Inc.
Cecilia L. Gondor is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors, Inc., and Secretary, Treasurer & CCO of The Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund.  Ms. Gondor is registered with the NASD as a Financial and Operations Principal, Options Principal, and Registered Representative.  She joined the firm in 1984.  She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Miami (’83) and FINRA Series 7, 24, 27, 4, 63, 66, 55. 
   
Alan Goodson
U.S. Head of Product Management and Development - 
Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.
Alan Goodson is Aberdeen’s Head of Product, overseeing both Product Management and Product Development for Aberdeen's registered and unregistered investment companies in the U.S. and Canada.  Alan joined Aberdeen from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000 and served a Director of Aberdeen's business in Jersey before relocating to Aberdeen's Philadelphia office in 2005. He has extensive experience in launching and servicing both closed and open-ended funds in Europe and the U.S.. Alan graduated with a BEng (Hons)
in Naval Architecture from the University of Southampton, is a Chartered Accountant and holds the Series 7 General Securities license.
   

Anne Kritzmire
Managing Director, Closed-End Funds & Global Structured Products - 
Nuveen Investments
Anne Kritzmire oversees strategic marketing and support, financial advisor and investor education, industry relations and comprehensive data services for Nuveen Investments’ family of closed-end funds and exchange-traded commodity products. She leads an integrated program of advisor and investor support activities, including the award-winning websites www.CEFconnect.com and www.nuveen.com/cef, as well as advertising, educational initiatives, analyst relations and sales support. She has been quoted extensively in business media such as Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Investment News. She has also appeared on NBC, Bloomberg Television and Morningstar.com. Ms. Kritzmire joined Nuveen Investments in 1999 as vice president and director, client development, to develop the firm’s customer relationship management strategy across multiple product platforms and sales channels. Previously in her career, she held senior marketing positions with Abbott Laboratories and served in sales, engineering and consulting capacities with IBM Corporation. She received an MBA in marketing and finance with distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS cum laude in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She is also a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at Wharton, and is Series 3, 7, 24, 63, and 65 licensed.
   

Chris Larsen
Director, Closed-End Funds Product Group - 
Legg Mason
Prior to joining Legg Mason in 2007, Chris Larsen worked at the New York Stock Exchange for 10 years where he held a number of positions, most recently as Director, Global Corporate Client Group. In this position, he managed the closed-end fund business for several years. Chris holds a BS in Marketing from the State University of New York at Oswego, and an MBA from Fordham University.
   

Ed Russell
Director - Tortoise Capital Advisors

Mr. Edward Russell joined Tortoise Capital in 2006. Since joining the firm, Mr. Russell has participated in marketing all of Tortoise’s new closed- and open-end funds. He served as president of Tortoise Capital Resources (TTO) from April 2007 to June 2012. Mr. Russell serves as a director for Abraxas Petroleum Corp. (NASDAQ: AXAS). Previously, Mr. Russell was a managing director at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company Inc., where he headed the energy and power group. At Stifel, Mr. Russell was responsible for all energy and power transactions, including all of the debt and equity transactions for the Tortoise funds, starting with the first fund’s initial public equity offering in February 2004.
   

Rainer Vermehren
Lead Portfolio Manager of the Germany Funds - Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

Rainer Vermehren is a Portfolio Manager for International Equities at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and Lead Portfolio Manager of the Germany Funds. Based in Frankfurt, he joined the Company in 1997 with 3 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the firm, Rainer worked in Latin American Equities at Morgan Stanley. He received a BA from Towson University and a MBA from Fordham University
   
Scott Weingarden, JD, CFP®, CIMA®
Vice President, Investments - Raymond James Investments
A member of The Starner Group since 1997, Scott Weingarden focuses on investment planning, portfolio design and maintenance, and portfolio manager research. As a Starner
Group client, you’ll work with Scott to develop an investment portfolio that is unique to your needs – and focused on meeting the goals that you established during the financial planning process. On an ongoing basis, Scott will evaluate your investment plan to ensure it remains consistent with your goals and risk tolerance – and recommend changes when necessary. Scott is Series 7, 66 and insurance licensed and received the Certified Financial Planner™ certification from the College for Financial Planning. He also holds a Certified Investment Management Analyst™ designation, earned at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Scott completed his political science degree at the University of Michigan and his law degree at the University of Miami. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Financial Planning Association, the University of Michigan Alumni Association and is a Young President of the Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation. In his free time, Scott enjoys golfing, watching Michigan sports from the warmth of his Miami home, and spending time with his wife, Melissa, and sons, Jesse and Dylan.
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