People

Thyra E. Zerhusen
CEO and Chief Investment Officer

Ms. Zerhusen is the principal founder of Fairpointe Capital LLC, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of the firm. She is part of the Mid-Cap Investment Team, serving as lead portfolio manager for the mid-cap strategy, including the AMG Managers Fairpointe Mid Cap Fund, the Parvest Equity USA Mid Cap Fund, and institutional separate accounts.

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Prior to founding Fairpointe Capital, Ms. Zerhusen was the Chief Investment Officer for Mid-Cap Equities at a predecessor firm, beginning in October of 2003. Ms. Zerhusen also spent four years at Talon Asset Management, as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, where she began managing the Aston (now AMG) Fairpointe Mid Cap Fund. She has managed the fund without interruption for over fifteen years, thus preserving the long-term track record. Previously, she was employed by The Burridge Group as principal and portfolio manager for a tax-sensitive mid-cap product, and spent eleven years as Senior Investment Analyst at Sears Investment Management Company. Ms. Zerhusen started her career as an Investment Research Officer at Harris Trust & Savings Bank in Chicago and was responsible for in-depth financial analysis of company fundamentals and industry trends. She has been a guest on Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser, CNNfn’s Mutual Fundamentals, Bloomberg, and CNBC. Ms. Zerhusen received a Diplom Ingenieur from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology with concentrations in life sciences, biotechnology, and economics. She has an M.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois. She is also a member of the Financial Analysts Federation. Primarily educated in Switzerland, Ms. Zerhusen is fluent in English, French, and German.

Mary L. Pierson
Co-CEO and Portfolio Manager

Ms. Pierson is a co-founder of Fairpointe Capital LLC and Co-CEO. She is part of the Mid-Cap Investment Team, serving as co-portfolio manager for the mid-cap strategy, including the AMG Managers Fairpointe Mid Cap Fund, the Parvest Equity USA Mid Cap Fund, and institutional separate accounts.

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Prior to co-founding Fairpointe Capital, Ms. Pierson served for seven years as a member of the Mid-Cap Investment Team, led by Ms. Zerhusen, at a predecessor firm. She co-managed the Aston (now AMG) Mid Cap Fund, the Parvest Equity USA Mid Cap Fund and separately managed institutional accounts as well as providing research and analysis of existing and potential mid-cap equity holdings. Ms. Pierson’s prior experience includes fifteen years with Harris Bancorp and Harris Futures Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary. While serving as General Manager at Harris Futures Corporation, she was responsible for managing all aspects of the institution, which operated as a financial futures broker. In prior positions at Harris, Ms. Pierson conducted in-depth international economic research and analysis of foreign exchange exposure issues, along with currency trends and foreign political conditions related to investments. Ms. Pierson received a B.A. in Economics from DePauw University, an M.A. in Economics from Northwestern University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from The University of Chicago.

Michelle J. Katauskas
Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Katauskas serves as Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Operations of Fairpointe Capital LLC, and is a member of the firm’s Executive Team. Ms. Katauskas was made a member of the LLC in 2013. Her responsibilities include all compliance and regulatory affairs for the firm, overseeing back office operations and trading activity.

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Prior to joining Fairpointe Capital in 2011, Ms. Katauskas served as the Chief Compliance Officer and VP of Operations for ten years at a predecessor firm. Ms. Katauskas was employed at William Blair & Company, LLC for five years as the Accounting Supervisor for the Investment Management Department. Ms. Katauskas received a B.A. in Finance from DePaul University.

Marie L. Lorden
Portfolio Manager and Co-Founder

Ms. Lorden is a co-founder of Fairpointe Capital LLC and serves as a member of the Mid-Cap Investment Team and the firm’s Executive Team. Her responsibilities include serving as co-portfolio manager for the mid-cap strategy, including the AMG Managers Fairpointe Mid Cap Fund, Parvest Equity USA Mid Cap Fund, and institutional and private client accounts..

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Prior to co-founding Fairpointe Capital, Ms. Lorden served for eight years as a member of the Mid-Cap Investment Team, led by Ms. Zerhusen, at a predecessor firm. She co-managed the Aston (now AMG) Mid Cap Fund, the Parvest Equity USA Mid Cap Fund, and institutional and private client accounts, as well as providing research and analysis of existing and potential mid-cap equity holdings. Ms. Lorden held positions specializing in equity product analysis with Zurich Insurance Group, Driehaus Capital Management, and The Burridge Group, where she was responsible for mid-cap equity maintenance research and institutional client service relationships. Previously, she was a Project Manager at Radio Free Europe in Prague, where she was responsible for analysis of registration options for the Radio’s international bureau locations. Ms. Lorden received a B.S. from Elmhurst College and an M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Robert J. Lukaszewicz
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lukaszewicz serves as CFO and COO of Fairpointe Capital LLC, and is a member of the firm’s Executive Team. His responsibilities include finance and firm-wide administration.

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Mr. Lukaszewicz spent fifteen years leading the finance and operations area for Institutional Capital (ICAP), a Large Cap Value Manager in Chicago. During his tenure with the firm, ICAP grew from $2.5 billion in assets under management to $16 billion. Part of the growth at ICAP was due to the start-up and growth of the ICAP Funds family from $200,000 in 1994 to over $2.0 billion. Previously Mr. Lukaszewicz was the Assistant Controller with The Yarmouth Group, a real estate investment adviser located in Chicago. He started his career at CNA Insurance. Mr. Lukaszewicz earned a B.S. from Northern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from DePaul University and is a C.P.A.

Jeanine M. Meola
Director of Institutional Sales

Ms. Meola serves as Director of Institutional Sales at Fairpointe LLC. Her responsibilities include, marketing equity strategies to consultants, plan sponsors, foundations and endowments as well as supporting the client servicing efforts of the firm.

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Prior to joining Fairpointe Capital, Ms. Meola was Director of Institutional Sales at Optimum Investment Advisors where she led the company’s first effort to market to institutional clients. Her previous experience includes two years as Manager of Marketing and Client Relations at RMB Capital Management. She also spent nineteen years at Harris Associates L.P., where she was responsible for institutional sales for both domestic and international strategies, after beginning her Harris Associates’ career in the Mutual Fund Operations Department. Ms. Meola is a member of the Professional Advisory Counsel for the Chicago Foundation for Women. Ms. Meola has 26 years of industry experience and received a B.A. from DePaul University.

Jean W. Orr, CFA
Director of Research

Ms. Orr serves as a member of the Mid-Cap Investment Team. She is responsible for fundamental research of current portfolio companies and potential new investments.

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Before joining Fairpointe Capital LLC in 2012, Ms. Orr was a senior research analyst with Nutmeg Securities, LLC. Ms. Orr spent thirty years with major Wall Street firms including Smith Barney, Drexel Burnham and A. G. Edwards and with boutique firms Labé, Simpson & Company and Bluestone Capital. Prior to that, Ms. Orr managed equity investments as an analyst and portfolio manager with Penmark Investments. Ms. Orr has a B. A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Brian Washkowiak, CFA
Portfolio Manager

Mr. Washkowiak is part of the Mid-Cap Investment Team, serving as co-portfolio manager for the mid-cap strategy, including the AMG Managers Fairpointe Mid Cap Fund, Parvest Equity USA Mid Cap Fund, and institutional and private client accounts. His responsibilities include investment research and portfolio management.

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Prior to joining Fairpointe Capital LLC in 2015, Mr. Washkowiak managed a fund at BW Opportunity Partners, LP, focusing on small and mid-cap investments. He also spent thirteen years as a research analyst and portfolio manager at Talon Asset Management, Inc. and was a member of the investment committee. At Talon, Mr. Washkowiak worked with Ms. Zerhusen as an analyst and assistant portfolio manager on the mid-cap strategy. He started his career at Duff & Phelps, LLC as an analyst in its consulting group. Brian received a B.A. in Finance from Illinois State University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).