Our Team

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George P. Schwartz, CFA
Chairman & CEO

George is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for the development and implementation of investment strategy for the Firm. He is co-manager of the Ave Maria Value Fund and Ave Maria Rising Dividend Fund. From 1967 to 1974, he was an investment research analyst and a partner with two New York Stock Exchange member firms. From 1974 to 1980, he was Vice President, Senior Investment Officer, and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the National Bank and Trust of Ann Arbor. In that position, he had direct responsibilities for over $500 million of investment funds. In 1980, George founded Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc.

George has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Detroit, is a CFA charterholder, and a Chartered Investment Counselor. He is a member of the CFA Society of Detroit, the Economic Club of Detroit, and the CFA Institute and serves on several corporate and philanthropic boards.

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Richard L. Platte, Jr., CFA
President & CIO

Rick is President and Chief Investment Officer of the adviser. He is responsible for analyzing and evaluating investment opportunities suited to clients’ investment objectives. He is lead manager of the Ave Maria Rising Dividend Fund and co-manager of the Ave Maria Growth Fund and Ave Maria Bond Fund. From 1974 to 1979, he was an investment research analyst with the National Bank of Detroit, and from 1979 to 1983, he was the Chief Trust Investment Officer for the National Bank and Trust of Ann Arbor. Prior to joining Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., in 1987, he spent four years as an investment counselor with Securities Counsel, Inc., where he managed portfolios for pension and profit sharing plan clients.

Rick holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan. He is a CFA charterholder and a Chartered Investment Counselor. He is a past President of the CFA Society of Detroit, and a member of the CFA Institute.

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Timothy S. Schwartz, CFA
Executive Vice President

Tim is the Chief Financial Officer for the Firm. He is also lead portfolio manager of the Ave Maria Value Fund. Tim joined Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. in 1998, and prior thereto was an analyst in the commercial credit departments of Fifth Third Bank and Comerica Bank.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Fairfield University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Walsh College. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Naples and the CFA Institute.

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Joseph W. Skornicka, CFA
Senior Vice President

Joe is lead manager of the Ave Maria World Equity Fund and co-manager of the Ave Maria Value Fund. He is also responsible for equity research functions with a focus on large‐cap stocks and global equities. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Joe was a portfolio manager at Munder Capital Management in Birmingham, Michigan where he also provided idea generation and research support in the financial services sector. Joe was a vice president and portfolio manager at INVESCO in Denver, Colorado from 2001 to 2004. He originally joined Munder Capital in 1995 as a result of the firm’s merger with Comerica Bank. Prior thereto, he was an equity analyst at Woodbridge Capital Management, an investment subsidiary of Comerica.

Joe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Financial Administration from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Detroit.

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ROBERT C. SCHWARTZ, CFP®
VICE PRESIDENT

Bob is co-manager of the Ave Maria World Equity Fund and a portfolio manager for select private clients. He is also responsible for developing and implementing investment strategies suited to clients’ individual investment objectives. Bob joined Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. in 2001. Prior to joining the Firm, he was a Database Manager with The Medstat Group, a healthcare information services company.

Bob has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Bob is a CFP® professional and holds the FINRA Series 65 license [FINRA BrokerCheck]. He is a member of the Mutual Fund Education Alliance and the ICI Small Funds Committee.

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Brandon S. Scheitler
Portfolio Manager & Analyst

Brandon is lead portfolio manager of the Ave Maria Bond Fund. He is also a fixed income and equity research analyst. Prior to joining the Firm in 2007, Brandon worked for Waddell & Reed and Merrill Lynch.

Brandon has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Walsh College. He also holds the FINRA Series 65 license [FINRA BrokerCheck].

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BRIAN D. MILLIGAN, CFA
Portfolio Manager & Analyst

Brian is lead portfolio manager of the Ave Maria Growth Fund. He is also a research analyst responsible for equity research functions for the Firm with a focus on growth companies. Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, Brian was an analyst with Standard & Poor’s.

Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree from Trine University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Business Administration degree. He is a CFA® charterholder.

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MICHAEL J. SCHWARTZ
Senior Vice President –
Institutional Sales

Mike is responsible for servicing the advisor channel for the Ave Maria Mutual Funds. Prior to joining the Firm in July 2003, Mike spent nine years with Automatic Data Processing where he was National Sales Manager for the Employer Services Division.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration degree from Madonna University.

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CATHY M. STONER, CPA, IACCP℠
VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER

Cathy manages the financial affairs of the Firm, including the coordination and supervision of all back office operations, internal accounting procedures, regulatory compliance, and client services. In these roles, she interfaces with clients, attorneys, accountants, custodians, brokers, and other vendors on behalf of the Firm. Cathy joined Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. in 2009. Prior thereto, she was an external audit manager for Deloitte & Touche, LLC serving a variety of clients in both the automotive and healthcare industries.

Cathy has a Bachelor of Accountancy from Walsh College. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA.

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MICHAEL J. RICHTER
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Mike is responsible for development and implementation of the Firm’s marketing and public relations initiatives. Mike joined Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. in 2011. Prior to joining the Firm, Mike was Manager of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Munder Capital Management. Prior thereto, Mike was a marketing specialist at Detroit-based Roney & Co.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University and holds the FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 licenses [FINRA BrokerCheck]. He is a member of the Mutual Fund Education Alliance and the ICI Small Funds Committee.

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TODD C. GIESSLER
DIRECTOR OF ADVISORY SERVICES

Todd is responsible for servicing the advisor channel for the Firm’s proprietary mutual funds – the Ave Maria Mutual Funds. Prior to joining the Firm in July 2012, Todd was a DC Benefits Operations Manager with AON Hewitt. Prior thereto he was a Retirement Internal Consultant with Nationwide Financial. From 1995 to 2009, Todd worked for Putnam Investments in a variety of sales & marketing positions, advancing to Senior Regional Marketing Director.

Todd has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Ithaca College and holds the FINRA Series 6, 7 and 63 licenses [FINRA BrokerCheck].

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LAURA A. PRESTON
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Laura is responsible for the management of the operations department, including portfolio accounting, performance reporting, client account maintenance and billing. She also manages relationships with key service providers, such as custodians and brokerage firms. Prior to joining the Firm in 1996, Laura worked in the healthcare industry as an administrative assistant.

Laura has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

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CHADD M. GARCIA
SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST

Chadd is responsible for equity research functions for the firm. Previously, Chadd analyzed public equities as a Managing Director at SQ Advisors. Prior thereto Chadd worked in private equity as a Managing Director at Gulf Coast Capital Partners and as Vice President at Comvest Partners. Before his work in private equity, Chadd was an Associate in the mergers and acquisitions group at CIBC World Markets.

Chadd has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Resource and Economics from The University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. He is a board member and CFO of The Rising Farmworker Dream Fund and is a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

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ADAM P. GAGLIO, CFA
Equity Research Analyst & Head Trader

Adam is a research analyst responsible for equity research functions for the Firm with a focus on small and micro-cap companies. He also is responsible for the Firm’s trading functions. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Adam was an actuarial analyst at Towers Watson.

Adam has a Bachelor of Science degree in Math from the University of Michigan. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Naples and the CFA Institute.

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CHRISTOPHER E. O’ROURKE
SENIOR ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE

Chris manages the mutual fund shareholder servicing department. In this role, he interfaces with individual shareholders and prospective shareholders, handles telephone inquiries, fulfillment of literature requests and shareholder account servicing. Chris joined Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. in 2005. Prior thereto, he was a Regional Sales Manager for Flint Ink, a commercial printing ink supplier. Prior thereto, Chris was employed for ten years at Ford Motor Company in various professional positions.

Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Hodges University in Naples, Florida.

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Gregory R. Heilman, CFA
Of Counsel

Greg is responsible for equity research functions for the Firm. In addition, he manages portfolios for selected private clients. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Greg was Vice President and Portfolio Manager with Gries Financial LLC in Cleveland, Ohio for four years. From 1987 to 1999, he was a Portfolio Manager and Analyst with BP America. Prior experience included portfolio management responsibilities with Western Reserve Capital Management and two bank trust departments.

Greg has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toledo. He is a CFA charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and a past President of the Louisville Analysts Society.