General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> January 9, 2012

Investing in Volatility in a Tense Geopolitical Environment – Charles K. Ortel – Newport Value Partners, L.L.C.

Charles K. Ortel serves as Managing Partner of Newport Value Partners, L.L.C. Newport, established in 2007, provides value-added research to executives and to investment firms. From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Ortel was President of The Chart Group, L.P., a private investment and advisory firm, which he founded with another partner. While at Chart, Mr. Ortel helped create and manage an Irish corporate buyout fund, a small-cap U.S. buyout fund, a French petroleum development company, a U.S. natural gas distribution company and an offshore fund of hedge funds. He served as Chairman, President and Director of numerous Chart-sponsored companies and as an outside Director of Tedcastle Holdings Ltd. and Ariel Corporation. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Ortel was Senior Managing Director and Member of the management committee at The Bridgeford Group, Inc. From 1980 to 1991, Mr. Ortel worked for Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. Trained in corporate finance, Mr. Ortel eventually served in a senior capacity within Dillon Read's corporate buyout department before leading Dillon Read's worldwide merger and acquisition group as a Managing Director. Mr. Ortel graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA, and from Yale University with a B.A., cum laude. Profile
TWST: Please tell us about Newport Value Partners.

Mr. Ortel: We are a research firm that got its start back in 2006. Several friends and I saw the credit crisis coming back then, and our original