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Ballast Equity Management, LLC

1815 S. Meyers Road, Suite 250
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181
United States
 
Contact :      Dave Mertens
Phone :       (630) 376-4392
Fax :             630 519-4743
Email :         dmertens@ballastequity.com
Web :           http://www.ballastequity.com

Ballast Equity Management, LLC Information

Type of organization : Limited Liability Company
Total Assets Managed ($Mil) : $30
Tax-Exempt Managed ($Mil) : $0
Taxable Assets Managed ($Mil) :
Year Founded : 2016
Wrap Programs Offered? : Yes
# of Accounts Managed : 49
In-House Research : 100 %
Carries liability insurance? : Yes
Errors & Omission Insurance? : Yes
Socially Responsible? : No
Minority Owned? : No
Wrap Program Description  
In $ Thousands

Ballast Equity Management, LLC History

Ballast Equity Management was founded as an independent, employee-owned advisory firm in 2016 by Jeff Kautz and Randy Hughes.  Jeff and Randy each have over 20 years of investment experience, most recently working together at Perkins Investment Management where Jeff held roles including Portfolio Manager, CEO and Chief Investment Officer and Randy held the roles of Director of Research and Analytics and Equity Analyst.  Assets under management during Kautz’ and Hughes’ tenures at Perkins grew from $30 million to over $20 billion. Since its founding, additional professionals have joined the firm; Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst Chris Leshock joined Ballast in 2017. Dave Mertens joined the firm as Partner and Head of Business Development in 2019.

Assets by Client Category Professional Categories
Assets   # of Clients Amount ($Mil)  
Individuals/Trusts :
46
$22.77
 
Limited Partnership :
 
Foundations :
3
$1.67
ERISA :
Unions, Taft-Hartley :
Public :
Others :
Total # of Professional : 4 Analysts : 0
Portfolio Managers : 3 Traders : 0
Client Service : 1 Operation : 0

Ballast Equity Management, LLC Personnel

Mr.  Jeffrey Kautz

Portfolio Manager
Tel : (630) 504-0640
Email: jkautz@ballastequity.com
Jeff Kautz is Co-Founder, CEO and Portfolio Manager of Ballast Equity Management. Prior to founding Ballast, Jeff was with Perkins Investment Management from 1997 - 2015 where he held roles including CEO, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager. Assets under management during his leadership at Perkins rose from $30 million to over $20 billion. Jeff began his career as a Market Maker and Specialist for GVR & Co. on the Midwest Stock Exchange. Jeff earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Chicago. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Mr.  Randall Hughes

Portfolio Manager
Tel : (630) 519-4932
Email: rhughes@ballastequity.com
Randy Hughes is Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager of Ballast Equity Management. Prior to founding Ballast, Randy was with Perkins Investment Management from 1995 – 2015 where he held roles including Director of Research and Analytics and Analyst. Assets under management during his leadership at Perkins rose from $30 million to over $20 billion. Randy began his career as a Registered Representative with First Investors Corporation. Randy earned a BS in Finance from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Governors State University.

Mr.  J. Christopher Leshock

Portfolio Manager
Tel : 630-519-4736
Email: cleshock@ballastequity.com
Chris Leshock is Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst of Ballast Equity Management. Previous industry positions include Consultant of Schwartz Capital Group, Equity Analyst of Perkins Investment Management and Equity Research Associate of Morgan Stanley & Co. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Marquette University and an MBA with concentration in Finance from DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Mr.  David Mertens

Client Contact
Tel : (630) 376-4392
Email: dmertens@ballastequity.com
Dave Mertens is Partner and Head of Business Development of Ballast Equity Management. In addition to his responsibilities at Ballast, he currently serves as an Independent Trustee of Advisors Series Trust, a mutual fund series trust. Previous industry positions include serving as Managing Director of Jensen Investment Management, Senior Vice President of Berger Financial Group, LLC and President of Berger Distributors, LLC. Dave earned a BS from Ball State University and an MBA from Marylhurst University.

Ballast Equity Management, LLC Product Name

Ballast Quality Value Smallcap:Privately Managed Accounts
Ballast Quality Midcap:Privately Managed Accounts
Ballast Select Value:Privately Managed Accounts
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