Founders

Diane Black

Co-founder & Chairman of the Board

Congressman Black’s faith in America’s promise was shaped from an early age. The middle daughter of Great Depression-era parents, Diane spent the earliest years of her life in public housing and would go on to become the first person in her family to earn a college education. As a registered nurse, small businesswoman, and former educator, Diane Black brought a unique and dynamic perspective to her work as a legislative leader in both Tennessee and Washington. In Congress, Diane served as Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where she worked to draft the 2018 fiscal year budget that cut millions of dollars in wasteful spending and confronted the crippling debt burden in Washington.

David L. Black, Ph.D

Co-founder & Director

Dr. Black founded 2nd Vote Inc., in 2012 in order to research and highlight corporate social justice activism. He is responsible for the overall strategy of the 2nd Vote family of companies. Dr. Black is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (F-ABFT) and American Institute of Chemists (FAIC). He joined Vanderbilt University in 1986 as Assistant Professor in Pathology and Pharmacology and currently holds appointments in Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. In 1990 he founded Aegis Sciences Corporation where he served as Chairman and CEO until October of 2016. During his tenure, Dr. Black grew Aegis from 5 to over 1,000 employees as it became one of the largest drug testing companies in the nation.

Daniel Grant

Co-founder & CEO

As CEO, Daniel Grant is responsible for the development and overall management of the Funds, Registered Investment Advisor and holding company. He also acts as a Trustee, Chief Compliance Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Grant has been published in the Wall Street Journal, appeared on national broadcasts and interviewed by Fox, Bloomberg, National Review and others on the topic of ESG investing and Stakeholder Capitalism. Grant began his career in the mergers and acquisitions group of a Fortune 500 company and then worked as an investment banker for over 10 years. Grant then founded Technology Services Partners, a boutique specializing in M&A services. Grant gained further experience with regional and national leaders managing corporate lending teams covering the Southeast and ultimately became President of Commercial Banking for a $15 billion regional bank. Grant earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University and BS in Economics from Florida State University. He holds the Series 63, 65 and 79 securities registrations.

Advisory Board

Dr. Kevin Hassett

Former Senior Advisor and Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2017 through 2019. He was called back to the White House to serve as a Senior Advisor to President Trump to support data-driven decisions in response to the Coronavirus. Dr. Hassett is currently Vice President of the Lindsey Group, a visiting distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution, an economic contributor at CNN, and a senior advisor to Capital Matters, the economic web site of the National Review. Prior to his White House service, Hassett was an economist at the American Enterprise Institute. He also served as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. His academic background includes being an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, as well as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School.

Andy Puzder

Mr. Puzder is the former chief executive of CKE Restaurants, where he helped turn Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. into globally known fast food powerhouses. Under his leadership, CKE expanded to over 3,800 restaurants, generated $4.3 billion in revenue and employed 75,000+ people domestically and 115,000+ worldwide.

Mr. Puzder earned a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., where he served as Senior Editor on the Law Review.  He was then a practicing commercial trial lawyer in St. Louis when Puzder authored legislation which The United States Supreme Court upheld in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services in 1989. 

Dr. Michael Edleson, Ph.D., CFA

Dr. Michael Edleson, Ph.D., CFA: Dr. Edleson recently retired as Chief Risk Officer, responsible for risk management of The University of Chicago’s endowment. He joined the Office of Investments in early 2010. From 2003–2010, Dr. Edleson ran risk management globally for four divisions of Morgan Stanley as managing director, including CRO for Equities and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Previously, he served as Chief Economist and senior vice president of NASDAQ and NASD. Dr. Edleson was a finance professor at Harvard Business School for over six years, following four years on the faculty at West Point; he was an Army engineer officer and served over 29 years in uniform, active and reserve. Dr. Edleson recently served on the board of Financial Management Association International.

Dr. Don Chance, Ph.D., CFA

Dr. Chance, Ph.D., CFA, holds the James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies and is Professor of Finance at the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. He previously held the William H. Wright, Jr. Endowed Chair for Financial Services at LSU, and the First Union Professorship in Financial Risk Management at Virginia Tech. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Chance worked for a large southeastern bank, now part of Regions Bank. He has been a visiting scholar at universities in Hong Kong, Australia, Korea, Singapore, Scotland, and in the U. S.  Dr. Chance has had numerous articles published in academic and practitioner journals and has authored four books. He has also been heavily involved in the development and authorship of the derivatives and risk management curriculum in the CFA program.  In 2015 he received the C. Stewart Shepard Award for his many years of service to the CFA Institute in the development of its educational programs.

Dr. Robert Brooks, Ph.D., CFA

Dr. Brooks holds the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Endowed Chair of Financial Management. He is also founding partner of Blue Creek Investment Partners, LLC, a money management firm (merged with Keel Point, LLC) and president of Financial Risk Management, LLC, a financial risk management consulting firm focused on market risks. Dr. Brooks is the author of over 80 articles appearing in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Derivatives, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, and others. Dr. Brooks has been quoted in several print media, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, New York Times, and The Bond Buyer. Dr. Brooks has also testified in a subcommittee hearing of the U. S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. as well as in a field hearing of the SEC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Team

Arthur B. Laffer, Jr.

Laffer Tengler Investments Chief Operating Officer, Portfolio Manager

Arthur has more than 30 years of investment experience, most recently as President and Lead Portfolio Manager of Laffer Investments, which he founded with his father, Dr. Arthur B. Laffer Sr. He has experience in various areas of the industry, including marketing, product development, sales, information technology, and macro-economic analysis.

Albert Neubert

Chief Portfolio Strategist

Mr. Neubert is considered a leading authority on index development and maintenance protocols. Mr. Neubert began his career in 1976 at Standard & Poors where he managed and led the development of the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400, S&P SmallCap 600 and SuperComposite 1500 Indexes.

Jane Kanter

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Ms. Kanter is responsible for the execution of key business initiatives, oversight of product management, and business and supplier partnerships. Previously, Ms. Kanter was Co-founder of ARK Investment Management, a $50 billion+ asset management company and served as its General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Kanter also recently served as General Portfolio Administration Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Partner of Manifold Partners LLC.

Gail Gitcho

Communications Adviser

Gail is a political strategist with more than 18 years of experience working in American politics and manages our communications and marketing functions. Gail was the Communications Director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. She also worked on Mr. Romney’s 2007 presidential primary campaign, John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and subsequently served as Senior Adviser for Bobby Jindal’s 2015 bid.

Peter Flaherty

Senior Adviser for Social Conservative Outreach

Peter is our Senior Adviser for Social Conservative Outreach. Peter served as National Deputy Campaign Manager for the 2008 presidential campaign of Governor Mitt Romney and Senior Adviser for Strategy for the 2012 Romney presidential campaign. He also served as Governor Romney’s National Liaison to members of the faith community. He was Senior Adviser and debate preparation coordinator to Governor Jeb Bush during the 2016 presidential election.

Lea Anna Hartman, CIMA®, CRPS®, AIF®

Regional Sales Vice President

Lea Anna's passionate about helping people build the best future possible and has worked closely with financial advisors and consultants to assist them and their clients achieve their financial goals. She has over 20 years experience in financial services, with a focus on retirement planning, and has served as a financial advisor as well as a consultant with OppenheimerFunds and Invesco. She also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) and Chartered Retirement Planning Consultant (CRPC) designations.

John Wildern

Managing Director, Head of Sales

John Wildern brings over two decades of executive experience as the Managing Director of Sales, leading the firm’s distribution strategy, channel alignment, and client experience. Previously, Mr. Wildern was a Partner at NorthCoast Asset Management, where he built a distribution infrastructure and sales team that raised over $3 billion of trusted client assets across multiple channels. John’s career background also includes UBS, St. James Investment Company, and Fidelity Investments, where he was a Regional Vice President for the Managed Solutions group. John earned a BS in Finance from Hillsdale College, an MA in Economics from the University of Detroit Mercy, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. John also holds the Series 7, 63, and 66 securities registrations, and is a CFP® Practitioner.

Katie Lake

Sales Representative

Katie has been a Psychology Research Assistant at Pennsylvania State University where she had the opportunity to conduct her own research and present on her findings at prestigious industry conferences. In this role she developed expertise in data collection and analysis, database management, writing, editing and creating professional presentations.

Min Shen

Quantitative Analyst

Min is responsible for the development and maintenance of the index research and analytics system. Before joining 2VA, Min was a quantitative researcher in a fintech company, where she developed time series forecasting models and trading strategies for different asset classes. Min holds a MS degree in Quantitative Finance from Rutgers University and a BS in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Stony Brook University. She specializes in data mining and statistical analysis and is proficient in Python, Java, and MATLAB.