Firm – Our Team

Senior Management and Investment Committee Members

Nicholas Tompras, CFA®
Chief Investment Officer

Nick has over 21 years of experience in the investment management industry. He founded the firm in 1999 and developed its core investment philosophy and research process. Nick has been the lead portfolio manager of the firm’s primary EQR strategy since its inception in 2000. Prior to forming the firm, Nick was a portfolio manager at a St. Louis based asset management company. Nick has a BA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and has attained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Brett Rufkahr, CFA®, CAIA®
Chief Operating Officer

Brett has over 23 years of experience in the investment management industry. Since 1996, Brett has held several positions at U.S. Trust including Director of Investments, Portfolio Manager, Market Executive, and Private Client Advisor. Additionally, Brett led the investment side of TIAA-CREF Institutional Trust Company based in St. Louis. Brett has a BSBA with a double major in accounting and finance and an MBA, both from Saint Louis University and has earned both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.

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Mike Stanton, CFP®
Managing Director & Private Advisor

Mike has 17 years of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to joining APC, Mike was an Executive Director and Private Banker with J.P. Morgan Private Bank serving high and ultra-high net worth families and family offices across the country. His former positions include Private Client Manager at U.S. Trust, Sr. Financial Representative at Fidelity Investments, and a member of the Product team at Morningstar. Mike has a BS in Finance from University of Illinois and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

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Howard Potratz
Chair Investment Committee

Howard has 20 years of experience as a Corporate Executive with several Fortune 500 companies and an additional 20 years experience as a Management Consultant with expertise in marketing, finance, strategic planning, business development and general management. Previous positions held include Director of Marketing and CFO of Planters Peanuts; President of 1-800-Flowers and Corporate Vice-President of Marketing and Business Planning for Kellwood. Howard is a graduate of Wartburg College and earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.

Steve Fazzari
Academic Advisor, Macroeconomic Research

Steve’s research, often highlighted in the national press, explores two main areas: the link between macroeconomic activity and finance, specifically the financial determinants of investment spending, and the foundations of Keynesian macroeconomics. Steve served as the Chair of the Department of Economics at Washington University for six years. He was awarded the 2003 Missouri Governor’s Award for excellence in teaching and the 2007 Distinguished Faculty Award from Washington University. Steve’s many academic achievements include receiving a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

Willem Schilpzand, CFA®
Associate Portfolio Manager & Analyst

In addition to domestic experience with Merrill Lynch and East Coast Asset Management, Willem has worked for MFS International in London and IBM in Dublin, providing him exposure to both the domestic and international markets. Willem was accepted into the highly regarded Applied Value Investing Program while earning his MBA from the Columbia School of Business in New York. He has a BBA in International Business from the University of Georgia and has attained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Tim Piechowski, CFA®
Associate Portfolio Manager & Analyst

Prior to joining Alpine Private Capital, Tim was a Research Associate at San Diego based Brandes Investment Partners. At Brandes, he analyzed banks, thrifts, insurers, and holding companies on a global basis. Tim has a BSBA with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, Tim held internships with Credit Suisse, the Allied Irish Banks, and the Griswold Company, a direct access broker on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.