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Frank J. Abella Jr.
President and CEO—Investment Partners Group

Frank J. Abella, Jr. is the Founder of Investment Partners Group, CEO of its RIA, Investment Partners Asset Management, and Co-Manager of Investment Partners Opportunities Fund. With ME and MS degrees in engineering and science from Stevens Institute of Technology, Frank began his professional career in project development with the Linde Division of Union Carbide. With Carbide’s support, he pursued his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Upon graduation, he returned to Linde as a strategist on their Multinational Strategic Planning staff. In 1995 he formed Investment Partners Asset Management. During his career in finance he has served as a board member and consultant to a number of innovative and emerging technology companies.  Additionally, Frank is a past member of the North American Society for Corporate Planning and the Board of the Emerging Company Marketplace of the American Stock Exchange.
   
Thomas Dinsmore, CFA
Chairman and CEO—Dinsmore Capital Management 

Tom Dinsmore is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Bancroft Fund Ltd.; CEO, Portfolio Manager and co-founder of Ellsworth Fund Ltd. Before joining DCM Tom worked at Morgan Stanley. Tom is a CFA charterholder and has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, and an M.A. in Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he was elected to Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society. He also participates in the CFA Institute continuing education program. Tom is a member of the executive committee and former president of the Closed-End Fund Association (CEFA), the national trade association representing the closed-end fund industry. Memberships include the Investment Company Institute Closed-End Fund Subcommittee, the CFA Institute and the NY Society of Security Analysts.
   

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, 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
   
Alison duPont
Senior Marketing Manager—Aberdeen Asset Management
Alison duPont is a senior marketing manager responsible for developing and executing 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 Aberdeen in 2011 after 14 years at Morgan Stanley and its predecessor firm, Smith Barney, where she was responsible for marketing a variety of investment products, including mutual funds, managed account programs, and institutional consulting services. She holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a M.A. in communication studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
   

Grier Eliasek
President and Chief Operating Officer—Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC)

Grier Eliasek is President and Chief Operating Officer of Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC) and a Managing Director of Prospect Capital Management (PCM) and Prospect Administration. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Prospect Capital Corporation. At Prospect Capital, Mr. Eliasek is responsible for leading the Prospect team of professionals in the origination and assessment of investments. Prior to Prospect Capital, Mr. Eliasek served as a Managing Director with Prospect Street Ventures, an investment management firm which, together with its predecessors, has invested in excess of $1.5 billion in senior loan, mezzanine, bridge loan, private equity, and venture capital structures through publicly traded closed-end funds and private limited partnerships. Prior to joining Prospect, Mr. Eliasek served as a consultant with Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, where he managed engagements for companies in several different industries. At Bain, Mr. Eliasek analyzed new lines of businesses, developed market strategies, revamped sales organizations, and improved operational performance. Mr. Eliasek received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Eliasek received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar and a Rodman Scholar.
 

Larry Holzenthaler
Investment Strategist—Symphony Asset Management, Nuveen Investments

Larry Holzenthaler is an investment strategist and is a member of the Symphony Asset Management fixed-income team. His responsibilities include generating investment ideas, credit research, and product development. Prior to joining Symphony in 2007, Mr. Holzenthaler was an Analyst with Nuveen Investments in New York, helping to develop new closed-end fund products. Previously, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at Dahlman Rose & Co and an Equity Analyst at NSL Capital Management. Mr. Holzenthaler received a BS in finance and mathematics from Arizona State University.
   

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 InvestmentNews. 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.
   

Mark McAllister, CFA
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager—ClearBridge Investments (Legg Mason) 

Mark McAllister specializes in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) and co-manages a Dividend Income strategy and a Capital and Income strategy.  Mark rejoined ClearBridge in 2011 and has 26 years of investment industry experience. He joined a predecessor firm of ClearBridge Investments in 1999 and until 2007 was a managing director and senior portfolio manager focusing on large-cap value strategies. Most recently, Mark was a partner at High Rise Capital Management. Previously, he worked for JLW Capital Management as a portfolio manager, for Cohen & Steers Capital Management as a securities analyst and Investment Committee member, and for Metropolitan Life as a real estate analyst.
   

Rennie McConnochie
Senior Business Development Manager—Aberdeen Asset Management

Rennie McConnochie joined Aberdeen Asset Management in February 2013 as a Senior Business Development Manager working in the closed-end fund area. Rennie has worked in the investment industry for 29 years. Previously, he was responsible for the European Equity business and, later, for investment research in the region for Merrill Lynch. He then became CEO of Bridgewell PLC, an  investment bank in London. Before joining Aberdeen in New York, he was a partner at RP Capital, an investment and advisory company specializing in emerging markets.
   

Jonathan Morgan
President & CEO—Canadian General Investments, Limited

Jonathan Morgan is principal of Morgan Meighan & Associates and President and CEO of Canadian General Investments, Limited and Canadian World Fund Limited. Jonathan has over 10 years’ experience in the industry. In addition to being the lead investor relations representative, his responsibilities include portfolio management, strategic planning, business development and security analysis. Jonathan is a Certified Investment Manager (CIM).
   

Stephen Noll, CFA
Director—Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

Stephen Noll rejoined the company in 2006 with 12 years of industry experience. In his role, Stephen is the senior product specialist for equities. Prior to rejoining, Stephen served as a Portfolio Strategist at UBS Wealth Management, an Equity Analyst at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth and as a Eurodollar Broker at Lasser Marshall. He received a BS in Economics from Binghamton University and is a CFA Charterholder.
   

Daniel R. Omstead, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer—Tekla Capital Management, LLC

In addition to his role leading the firm, Dan Omstead is also President of H&Q Lifesciences Investors and H&Q Healthcare Investors, two NYSE listed closed-end mutual funds that make venture and public equity investments principally in small, emerging healthcare-related companies. Prior to joining Tekla, Dan was President and CEO of Reprogenesis, Inc. a private development stage biotech company developing therapies in the field of regenerative medicine. In 2000, Reprogenesis was merged with two other biotech companies to form Curis, Inc. Before joining Reprogenesis, Dr. Omstead was Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Cytotherapeutics, Inc a public biotech company that developed CNS therapies. Dan holds Doctoral and Master’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from Columbia University and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.








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