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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).

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 twenty-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, the Chief Financial Officer of the securities division of Home Savings of America.  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.




Milkah LoScalzo LL.B.

Vice President

Ms. LoScalzo has over twenty-six years of experience in the financial services industry working with large institutional clients and high net worth individuals, and small- to mid-size corporations. She is a Vice President reporting directly to the CEO and handles trading and operational issues for S.L. Reed & Company. Before joining S.L. Reed & Company, Ms. LoScalzo was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of The Seidler Companies, where she serviced institutional clients, such as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University.

Prior to that, Ms. LoScalzo was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of The Boston Group, L.P. handling all aspects of the broker-dealer/investment management firm.  Ms. LoScalzo received her B.A. and Ll.B from the University of the Philippines.

Ms. LoScalzo holds Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.


Vicki Redhouse

Operations Manager

Vicki Redhouse serves as Operations Manager for S.L. Reed and Company and has been with the firm for over eight 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 23 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, Dean Witter 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.

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.

In addition, she also holds Series 7, and 66 securities licenses.