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Robert Nichols, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Nichols is the founder of S.L. Reed & Company. For twenty-one years (1971 to 1992) prior to founding S.L. Reed & Company, he was President of the Roley, Nichols Capital Group, Inc., in Los Angeles, California. While at the firm, he was President of RNC Capital Management a firm managing more than $1.25 billion in portfolios of taxable, municipal, corporate and multi-employer retirement plans and foundation clients.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he was a senior member of the Investment Policy Committee and Research Committee. In 1990, he and his partners sold the firm to an Austrian bank.

His academic degrees include a Ph.D. in Management from the Claremont Graduate School’s, Drucker School of Business. Mr. Nichols’ past management responsibilities include managing accounts for the State of Washington, Catalina Island Conservancy, GTE Pension Fund, Rapid Transit District of Los Angeles, Territory of Guam Airport Authority, American Institute of Architects, Southwest Electrical Worker’s Union, City of Warren Michigan, Little Rock Police and Fire (LOPFI), and People’s Bank & Trust.

He has served as a Trustee of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Foundation, Public appointed member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Pension Fund, as well as Chairman of the Board of Counselors for the School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California (USC).

Prior to his extensive career in the financial services industry, Mr. Nichols served as a Naval Aviator in Vietnam.

Mr. Nichols holds Series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 65 securities licenses along with a State of California insurance license.

Stephan Pene

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Pene has worked as a financial officer in the investment advisory and brokerage field for more than thirty-five years. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a Principal of S.L. Reed & Company. Prior to joining S.L. Reed & Company, he was Controller at National Planning Holdings, Inc. a broker dealer/RIA affiliate of Jackson National Life Insurance Company (JNL) and Curian Capital, LLC, an RIA and subsidiary of JNL. Prior to that, Mr. Pene was Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at Wells Fargo Van Kasper, an investment banking, broker/dealer, insurance agency and fixed income securities primary dealer.

Earlier in his career he was, for seven years, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Griffin Financial Services, Inc. an affiliate of Home Savings of America, offering investment and insurance products to Home Savings customers. His academic degrees include a B.S. in Finance from California State University, Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University where he graduated magna cum laude.

Mr. Pene holds Series 4, 7, 24, 27 and 63 securities licenses.

Kenneth G. Kilpo, AIF®

Managing Director, Advisory Services

Mr. Kilpo has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry consulting with high net-worth individuals and small to mid-size corporations. Prior to joining S.L. Reed, Mr. Kilpo was a Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch.Mr. Kilpo’s professional duties at S.L. Reed & Company include retirement plan consulting for qualified and non-qualified corporate retirement plans, and executive deferred compensation plans.

Mr. Kilpo has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Westwood Village Rotary Club and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

Accredited Investment Fiduciary is a professional designation from Fiduciary360. AIF® designation signifies knowledge of fiduciary responsibly and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care.

Mr. Kilpo holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities licenses along with a State of California insurance license.
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Joseph Robillard

Director, Institutional Sales

Mr. Robillard brings to S.L. Reed extensive experience in finance, managing banking relationships of high-net worth individuals, as well as private and public corporations. Prior to joining Windward Capital Group Inc., he was a Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo’s Commercial Bank. Mr. Robillard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Joseph serves on the Board of Trustees for the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Mr. Robillard holds Series 7, 24 and 66 securities licenses and California and New Mexico insurance licenses.

Vicki Redhouse

Director of Operations

Vicki Redhouse serves as Director of Operations for S.L. Reed and Company and has been with the firm for over 20 years. Her responsibilities include day-to-day management of the operations area as well as customer account reconciliation and order entry, among other client services. She also serves on the firm’s Anti-money Laundering committee. Ms. Redhouse has over 30 years of professional operations and administrative experience in the financial services industry. She has worked in the greater Los Angeles area with several large national/regional wire-house firms including Oppenheimer, Paine Weber, and Sutro & Co. throughout her career. Prior to coming to S.L. Reed, she served as the office manager/operations manager at Drake and Company, reporting to the branch manager.

Ms. Redhouse holds Series 7, 63 and 24 securities licenses.

Jeremy Johnson

Director of Compliance

Jeremy Johnson serves as Director of Compliance and is responsible for the day-to-day regulatory compliance at S.L. Reed & Company and its affiliate, Windward Capital Management Company. Jeremy also plays an integral part in all operational aspects of the firms. Formerly, he was Operations Manager of the Fidelity Office in Irvine CA and later with the Fidelity Office in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jeremy is also responsible for keeping our staff up to date through the firms continuing education program, including our annual compliance meetings, as well as all new and proposed regulatory/legal changes to our business that may affect our clients.

Mr. Johnson holds Series 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 24, and 53 securities licenses.

Katherine Galway


Ms. Galway came to S.L. Reed & Company from Dimensional Fund Advisors. Throughout her extensive career in financial services, she has worked at Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse Securities and Bank of America Investment Services. Her responsibilities at S.L. Reed & Company include equity trading, order entry and account reconciliation.

Ms. Galway holds a B.A. degree from University of California, Berkeley in Interdisciplinary Studies/International Economics and Relations, and a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Ms. Galway holds Series 7, and 66 securities licenses.

Shannon Nichols

Assistant to the CEO/Registered Representative

Ms. Nichols came to S.L. Reed & Company from Morgan Stanley as a Registered Sales Assistant, handling all aspects of client servicing. Prior to that Shannon worked at Union Bank MUFG as a Business Banking Associate. Her responsibilities at S.L. Reed & Company include customer service support for the CEO and other Registered Representatives. In addition, Ms. Nichols handles her own securities and insurance clients with investment/insurance recommendations and trading.

Ms. Nichols holds a B.S. degree from Fordham University in Business Administration, New York, NY.

Ms. Nichols holds Series, 6, 7, 63 and 66 securities licenses and California insurance licenses.

Christopher Eichler

Registered Representative and Investment Advisor

Mr. Eichler has been with S.L. Reed & Company for almost 20 years. He maintains and services a larger book of retail clients for S.L. Reed & Company. Mr. Eichler’s family founded Bateman, Eichler, Hill, Richards (Members of the New York Stock Exchange). He has over 40 years of investment experience and has worked at both Bear Stearns and Oppenheimer prior to joining S.L. Reed & Company.

Mr. Eichler holds Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses.