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Carol Podesta Foley
President & CEO
Registered Investment Advisor

Carol Podesta Foley began her financial career at William Blair in 1982. In 1986, Carol joined Podesta & Co., the firm founded by her late father, Robert A. Podesta, an active and highly respected leader in Chicago’s financial and civic communities. Since 1990, under Carol’s leadership, Podesta & Co. has continued the legacy of its founder. Carol has attained an extensive range of investment and management experience.  Her prolonged role in the securities industry is fundamental to the success and longevity of the company.  

DePaul University, M.B.A., Finance
St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, B.A.
Carol holds FINRA Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 28, 53, 63 and 66

Industry Affiliations 
Former District 8 Committee Director, National Association of Security Dealers, Inc. 
Member Nominating Committee, National Association of Security Dealers, Inc. 
President, Bond Club of Chicago
Chairman Finance Committee, Union League Club 

Community Involvement
Carol was a founding member of the Beverly Montessori School and a Board Member of the Beverly Arts Center, serving as Treasurer for 6 years.  She currently serves as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Fortnightly Club of Chicago.

Victor Elting
Executive Vice President & Secretary
General Counsel

Victor has over 45 years of experience in the financial industry and 15 years with Podesta & Co. Since joining the firm in 1999, Victor has acted as Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Secretary. Victor has served on a number of industry related organizations including the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Board of Directors of NASDAQ, Inc., the Illinois Secretary of State’s Securities Law Advisory Committee, the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) Business Conduct Committee and the Board of Directors of the Bond Club of Chicago.  Victor is a graduate of Brown University (BA) and Hastings College of the Law University of California (JD).  Victor’s vast experience in regulatory issues and his skills at disseminating critical information provides invaluable insight to the firm.  

Kimberly Donovan
Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer

Kimberly began her career in 1985 as a financial analyst at the Chicago Board of Trade.  In 2002, after a ten year hiatus, she returned to the workforce and joined Podesta & Co. Initially performing administrative and operational duties, she now serves as Chief Compliance Officer and municipal investment banking specialist.  Kimberly is responsible for, among other things, establishing and implementing written policies and procedures designed to comply with industry regulations, specifically; FINRA, MSRB and SEC regulatory bodies. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration, finance major and accounting minor, from Marquette University.  She holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 28, 63, 79 and 99.

Brian Foley
Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Registered Investment Advisor

Brian began his career in the investment industry over 40 years ago.  He joined The Chicago Corporation as an institutional broker at its inception and remained there until the firm was sold to ABN-AMRO in 1997.  In 2001 his entire division was sold to RBC Wealth Management.  Brian joined Podesta & Co. in 2010 as Chief Investment Officer directing a customized investment management program, IMS Portfolio.  Brian earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, and attended the Wharton Business School Institute of Finance.  He holds FINRA Series 4, 7, 42, 63 and 65 licenses.  

Larry Morris
Senior Vice President
Registered Investment Advisor

Larry joined Podesta & Co. in January 2012.  Larry has more than 29 years of public finance experience.  He has structured and marketed billions of dollars in public offerings for a wide variety of projects throughout Illinois and the United States.  Larry also has considerable experience in assisting major issuers in developing and implementing financial plans.  Prior to joining Podesta & Co., Larry served as Senior Managing Director at Mesirow Financial.  He received his undergraduate degree in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and is a Certified Public Accountant.  Larry holds FINRA Series 7, 53 and 63. He is also a registered Municipal Advisor.

Penny Gates
Equity Sales Trader

Penny joined Podesta & Co. in 2010 as a trader with responsibility for assuring the best execution of our customer orders.  She brings extensive knowledge and experience to the firm.  Since 1990, Penny has been employed as a trader at Mesirow Financial, Everen Securities and Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett.  Penny holds FINRA Series 7, 55 and 63.

Jack Crowe

Senior Vice President

Jack has been in the investment business his entire professional career. Starting out selling fixed income products, (municipal bonds, corporate bonds, mortgage backed securities) to commercial banks. He progressed to private equity. Recently becoming heavily involved with hedge funds and alternative investments. Jack is a graduate of DePauw University, in Greencastle, IN. He serves on The SGA Board of Advisors at Auburn University. He is also a volunteer with, “Renew North Chicago” a business mentoring program. Jack has been married for 30 years, and has three grown children. Hobbies: golf, cooking, Auburn football. Licenses – 22, 63, & 65.

Jim Hinman
Senior Vice President

Jim is a fixed income/high yield securities specialist with over 40 years’ experience with institutional and retail clients. Jim joined Podesta & Co. in 1999 and is an active financial advisor and broker to institutional and retail clients.  He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63.

Susan Rice Keeley
Vice President

Susan entered the securities industry joining Podesta & Co. in 1995.  Her primary responsibilities involve comprehensive service to High Net Worth clients, specializing in 401K Rollovers and IRAs.  In addition, Susan has 10 years of institutional sales experience with money managers.  She holds a B.A. and M.S. degree from Northwestern University.  Her licenses include FINRA Series 7 and 63.

Gary W. Lees
Vice President

Gary began his career in 1973 at Walson & Co. followed by Cohen & Co. and The Chicago Corporation.  In 1988, he joined Podesta & Co. specializing in option writing strategies, allowing clients the capability to properly hedge their portfolios.  He has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois.  He holds FINRA Series 5, 7 and 63.


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