People

Executive Committee

The Advisory Research Executive Committee represent the firm's core business units.  

Matthew Swaim, CFA, CPA

Managing Director

Executive Committee Chair

Matthew Swaim

Matthew K. Swaim, CFA, CPA, 18 years of investment experience, serves as a Portfolio Manager, a Managing Director, and Chair of the Executive Committee for Advisory Research. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Swaim worked in the assurance and business advisory group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Swaim holds a B.S. in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Paul Graffy

Managing Director

Business Development, Marketing & Client Services

Paul Graffy

Paul Graffy, 30 years of investment industry experience, serves as Managing Director of Advisory Research. Prior to joining the firm, he served as President, Sales and Distribution for Compass EMP funds. Paul is a former Senior VP – National Sales Manager of John Hancock Investments and Senior Divisional Vice President of MFS Investment Management. Paul holds a B.A. in Economics and a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at Wharton – University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Steiner

Managing Director

Chief Compliance Officer

Susan Steiner

Susan Steiner, 17 years of investment industry experience, serves as Chief Compliance Officer of Advisory Research. Susan joined Advisory Research through its combination with the St. Louis-based MLP & Energy Infrastructure team where she most recently served as its Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining the MLP team, Ms. Steiner served in various compliance and accounting functions at FAMCO. Susan holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has passed the Uniform CPA Examination.

Ellen Freeman

Senior Vice President

Operations

Ellen Freeman

Ellen D. Freeman, 12 years of investment industry experience, serves as a Senior Vice President and Head of Operations. Her previous experience at the firm includes operations portfolio administrator and research analyst on the US Value investment team. Ellen holds a B.A. in art history from Saint Mary’s College, Indiana. Ellen was awarded the CFA Institute Investment Foundations™ certificate.