Chris Schwarz, PhD
Finance Professor at The Paul Merage School of Business
Faculty Director, Center for Investment and Wealth Management
Professor Christopher Schwarz joins the faculty of the UCI Paul Merage School of Business in the area of Finance and will assume a leadership position in the school’s Center for Investment and Wealth Management as Faculty Director.
Schwarz’s research interests include the management, disclosure, and operational risk of the investment fund industry and the impact of manager incentives and structure on investment fund performance. His research has been published in such leading academic journals as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and included in testimony before the U.S. Congress House Financial Services Committee.
Feroz Ansari, MBA, MIM, CFP®
Senior Principal & Portfolio Manager
Compak Asset Management
Feroz Ansari is a Senior Principal and Portfolio Manager. He is a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner™) certificant. He holds an MIM (Masters of International Management) degree from ASU - Thunderbird, Graduate School of International Management, Arizona, and an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan. He has completed risk management, trading, portfolio management, leadership and financial management programs at The Oxford University in England, INSEAD in France, Citibank Training Center-Singapore, Euromoney in New York and Emirates Bank Training Center in Dubai. Feroz Ansari published a research paper dealing with dual exchange rate mechanisms and has conducted training programs for treasury management and foreign exchange.
Prior to joining Compak, Feroz worked in banking and treasury management. He held positions at Banque Indosuez, Faysal Bank and Emirates Bank International. Feroz has over 22 years of experience in banking, treasury management, asset allocation and asset management. He started his career in 1993 as a Treasury Associate at Banque Indosuez and held the Position of Treasurer, Head of Treasury & Corporate Banking and Deputy General Manager at Emirates Bank.
Ashley Bleckner, MA, CFP®
Prior to committing to join RS Crum in 2015, Ashley spent over three years with a wealth management firm based in Toledo, Ohio serving as a Client Relationship Manager where she helped develop, coordinate, and implement financial plans and manage day-to-day client requests. Ashley takes great pride in her client relationships.
Actively involved in the community, Ashley is a member of ProVisors, the Orange County FPA, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), and CalCPA. Ashley has volunteered her time on a number of philanthropic projects, including the Center of Investment and Wealth Management at UCI (LIFEvest), “It’s Your Money,” Alzheimer’s Association, and is a co-founder of the Austin Kudzia Scholarship.
Portfolio Manager & Investment Strategy Officer, Bank of the West
Cyrus Charna serves as a Portfolio Manager and as the Investment Strategy Officer for Bank of the West. In this capacity, he is responsible for the investment management of trust and agency accounts. Mr. Charna is an active member of the Bank’s research team with focuses in select GICS sectors, alternative investments, and overall asset allocation for the Bank’s investment strategies. As a member of the Global Investment Management team, he reviews and analyzes a variety of markets and securities for investment opportunities and keeps current with economic and financial market events. He also works with investment professionals worldwide via the Bank’s parent company BNP Paribas, one of the largest banks in the world. Mr. Charna writes weekly, monthly, and quarterly investment communications, known as the Bank of the West Investment Insights, which are shared with all clients, prospective clients, business partners, and employees.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Charna was an Analyst at Angeles Investment Advisors, where he assisted in investment management and market research for the advisory of institutional clients with assets totaling over $40 billion. Previously, Mr. Charna also personally managed investments for a small group of ultra-high net worth individuals as a self-employed investment consultant. Former positions in the financial industry include experience in real estate development and management.
Steven L. Gill, PhD
Associate Professor, Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy
Steven Gill is an Associate Professor in the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy. He received a BS in Accounting from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) a MS in Taxation from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and a Ph.D., Accounting (University of Massachusetts 2007). Prior to entering academia, Professor Gill worked twelve years in the field of accounting including roles in public accounting, internal audit, corporate accounting and ultimately, vice president of finance.
Professor Gill’s research interests include a concentration in taxation including mutual funds and college savings (“529”) plans and wider interests in corporate internal control structure and weaknesses, management overconfidence and earnings quality. Professor Gill has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and his teaching interests include taxation and financial accounting.
Glenn Hamburger, CFP®
Senior Vice President, Bank of the West, Orange County
Mr. Glenn Hamburger has been Senior Vice President of Wealth Management Group - Orange County at Bank of the West since February 2016. Mr. Hamburger has more than 25 years of experience as a wealth management executive. He served as Senior Vice President of Private Client Services at City National Bank since August 2010. He served as Group Manager for Comerica Bank's Wealth Management Group, where he was responsible for three private banking offices. Before joining Comerica, he served as a Banking Manager at Union Bank. He has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters of Business Administration from California State University at Long Beach. Glenn is also involved in several community activities which include the Corporate Partnership Committee with Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Junior Achievement, and March of Dimes.
Channing R. Lindsay
Vice President, Senior Private Client Advisor, Bank of the West Wealth Management
Mr. Lindsay has over 14 years of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Bank of the West, Mr. Lindsay served as a Private Banker with Wells Fargo. Mr. Lindsay had also served as Vice President and Managing Partner for Capitol Pacific Finance, specializing in purchase lending.
Mr. Lindsay prides himself on his ability to build a team and designed process to help assist his clients succeed financially through a comprehensive process.
Mr. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University. Mr. Lindsay is heavily involved in multiple organizations. Mr. Lindsay is an Orange County Ambassador for LMU Alumni, a visionary member of University California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business Dean's Leadership Circle, Aliso Viejo Community Association Events and Outreach Committee member, and serves as the past president for the Aliso Niguel Boys Lacrosse Booster Club.