Mr. Fain joined Madison Scottsdale with almost two decades of experience managing taxable and tax-advantaged portfolios for insurance companies. Mr. Fain holds a BS in Finance from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA in Finance from Michigan State University. He previously held the position of Vice President of Portfolio Management at a large, multi-line insurance consortium where he managed various affiliated company and external insurance client portfolios and spent several years prior to that managing the treasury operations for a regional property and casualty insurance company.
With over 20 years of experience in the investment management arenas of several insurance companies, Ms. Fowler brings a valuable understanding of the unique investment, statutory and accounting considerations particular to our insurance clients and the industry. Prior to managing insurance company portfolios, she directed the Investment Accounting department for a large insurance group. Ms. Fowler holds a BS in Finance from Arizona State University.
Ms. Johnson holds a BS in Business Management from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and has several years experience in the insurance industry prior to joining Madison Scottsdale. Ms. Johnson is responsible for supervising the operations and investment accounting administration for the firm.
Mr. Mason is an honors graduate of both George Washington University's National Law Center and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He has worked in the securities industry since 1991 and is registered with FINRA as both a general securities and financial operations principal. Prior to joining Madison in 1996, he served as General Counsel for the GIT Investment Funds family and as Assistant Counsel to the Investment Company Institute.
Mr. Miller joined our firm with over 20 years of insurance company and bank investment management experience. Mr. Miller managed the both fixed income and equity portfolios for Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company for 15 years prior to joining Madison Scottsdale. He previously served as an investment officer and portfolio manager for Bank One Investment Advisors in Central Illinois. He currently holds the CFA designation and has an MBA from Bradley University in addition to his undergraduate degree in Finance from Creighton University and a General Banking degree from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Sims joined our firm with over two decades experience in finance and investments, with a special emphasis in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Madison Scottsdale, Mr. Sims held several executive financial officer positions within the insurance industry including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer and head of mergers and acquisitions. He currently holds both the CPA and CLU designations and is a Business graduate of the University of Texas. In addition to corporate development and client relationships, Mr. Sims is responsible for overall strategic development of client portfolios.
Walter has 27 years of investment experience. At U.S. Bancorp he had responsibilities in research, portfolio management, and client relationships. He managed the Firstar Growth Fund and also spent considerable time speaking on investment strategy for the organization at a national level. Walter specializes in customized portfolio management for Madisonís high net worth client relationships. He earned his BBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin.
Ms. Krill received her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and her BBA in Finance, Investment and Banking, from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the Madison organization in September 2009, Ms. Krill served as Managing Associate General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel of CUNA Mutual Group in Madison. Prior to joining CUNA Mutual in July 2007, Ms. Krill was a shareholder in the Securities Practice Group of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Mr. Lefurgey leads Madison Investment Advisors' Fixed Income investment team and oversees the implementation our fixed income strategy. He is also a member of its Investment Strategy Committee. Mr. Lefurgey was previously Head of Fixed Income at Members Capital Advisors and similarly at Duff & Phelps Investment Management. He is a CFA charterholder and a graduate of Michigan State University.
Marian has 35 years of investment experience. At U.S. Bancorp Asset Management she spent 22 years in roles of increasing responsibility including research, portfolio management and Head of Equities. She become an equity fund manager in 1989 and managed the Firstar Growth and Income Fund from 1993 to 2000. She specializes in customized portfolio management for Madison's high net worth relationships. Marian holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University.
Mr. Sekelsky serves as the lead equity manager for Madison Investment Advisors' equity portfolios. A member of Madison Investment Advisors' Investment Strategy Committee and Asset Allocation Committee, Mr. Sekelsky joined Madison Investment Advisors in 1990, coming from Wellington Management Company in Boston, where he was an investment officer. He holds a BBA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin and is a CFA charterholder. He is an Executive Director of both Madison Scottsdale and Madison Investment Advisors.