Research Team

James Investment Research is an investment advisory firm in Alpha, Ohio celebrating its 33nd year in business. Founded in 1972 by Dr. Frank E. James, Jr., James advises over $1.3 billion in assets for clients such as NYSE-listed companies, universities, hospitals, banks, as well as private investors.

James employs a team of portfolio managers, assistant portfolio managers and analysts all working together for our clients best interests.

Portfolio Mangers

Dr. Frank James, Ph.D, is the Founder and Chairman of James Investment Research. Dr. James earned his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1967. His dissertation, The Implications of Trend Persistency in Portfolio Management, provided a computer-based study of the price movements of every security listed on the New York Stock Exchange between 1926 and 1960. The results of his research in identifying securities with high probability of future appreciation continue to be used in the firm today. Dr. James was formerly in charge of the graduate management program, and a professor of Management and Statistics, at the Air Force Institute of Technology. His current responsibilities include overseeing the company's innovative investment management and research, and managing the firm's legal and financial matters. Dr. James maintains the firmís dedication to providing its employees with a productive work environment supported by state-of-art technology.

Barry R. James, CFA, CIC is President and Portfolio Manager with James Investment Research. Barry received his undergraduate degree from The United States Air Force Academy and his Masterís Degree from Boston University. He joined James Investment Research in its beginning years before a tour of duty as an officer with the United States Air Force. He returned to the company in 1986. Barry currently oversees the management of James Investment Research and is a senior member of the Investment Committee.

Ann M. Shaw, CFP, is Chief Operating Officer and Portfolio Manager. Ann is a senior member of the Investment Committee and is involved in security analysis and client service. She received her Bachelorís Degree from Capital University. Annís CFP designation brings essential knowledge and expertise to our individual client base. Annís management responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company, including human resources, MIS, trading, clearing and administration.

Tom Mangan, is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager. Tom is a graduate of The Ohio State University and earned his MBA from The University of Notre Dame in 1974. Tom had over 20 years experience in trading and portfolio management, including positions in New York, London and Chicago before joining James Investment Research in 1994.He was Senior Vice President at Fuji Securities in Chicago prior to joining James. Tom is Director of Fixed Income and a member of the Investment Committee. In addition, Tom is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the James Advantage Funds. He is also the Fundsí Chief Compliance Officer.

David W. James is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager with the firm, and serves as an Investment Committee member. Davidís responsibilities include a variety of research projects and statistical analysis. David started with the firm in 1981 and helped develop our computer model for screening stocks.

R. Brian Culpepper
joined the firm in 1995, and serves as a Portfolio Manager and Investment Committee member. Brian assists in our research and helps analyze stocks and mutual funds. Brian often presents to the Investment Committee. He is a graduate of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he earned a double Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and Management in 1995 an MBA in 2005 and is a CMFC.

Brian Shepardson, CFA, has been with James since 1999 when he was hired as DTC administrator. Since that time, he has taken on operational duties including analysis of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Brian was recently promoted to Portfolio Manager having passed Level III of the CFA program this year. Brian obtained his BBA from the University of Cincinnati in 1996.

Research Consultant

M. Fall Ainina, Ph.D.
is a Professor of Finance at Wright State University. He is a co-director and collaborator on various federal grants used to support and develop international programs in the College of Business. He obtained his B.S. in Business Administration from the Institut de Hautes Etudes Commerciales of the University of Tunisia, his MBA from Ball State University and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Dr. Ainina has taught French Conversation at Arizona State University, Corporate Finance at the Universidad de las Frontera in Temuco, Chile, Stock Market Portfolio Simulation at Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales díAngers, France, Electronic Commerce at the Universidad de Conception, Chile and Investment Analysis in the British Virgin Islands. His teaching interests include international finance, investments, options and futures. Dr. Ainina was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mauritania to the United States of America, Brazil and Mexico from February 1992 to September 1994. He is the past President of the Economic Group of the African Diplomatic Corps in Washington, D.C. He has published in the areas of corporate finance, leveraged buyouts and investments in journals such as The Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, The Journal of Risk and Insurance, The Journal of Applied Business Research, and The Academy of Management Executive. He co-authored Managerial Finance Using Lotus 123 (Harper & Row, New York) and A Field Guide to Internationalizing Business Education published in November 2000 by the University of Texas at Austin, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). He joined James Investment Research in 2000 as a Research Consultant.

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