Ron Strauss

RON STRAUSS, CFA, is Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
of Pekin, Singer & Shapiro Asset Management. He has been managing the
assets of wealthy individuals with the firm since 1996. Mr. Strauss
began his career as a Trainee in the International Department of the
Chase Manhattan Bank. He subsequently became an analyst in the Corporate
Research Department of Montgomery Ward and was promoted to Project
Manager. He was also adjunct Associate Professor at Loyola University.
Prior to joining Pekin, Singer and Shapiro, Mr. Strauss was a securities
analyst, director of research and general partner at Mesirow and
Company. He then moved to William Blair & Company as an analyst and
became a partner of the firm. Mr. Strauss was recently awarded the Mary
Herrick Humanitarian of the Year Award. He graduated from the University
of Wisconsin with a BA in history and received his MBA from New York

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