J. Dale Harvey

Partner, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer

Before founding Poplar Forest in 2007, Dale spent 16 years managing portfolios and performing investment analysis for The Capital Group Companies. At the Capital Group, he was a portfolio counselor for five different American Funds sub-accounts comprising over $20 billion of client funds. In addition to his investment responsibilities, Dale was involved in numerous management and oversight roles within the mutual fund arm of the Capital Group.

Dale received a B.S. in Commerce with honors from the University of Virginia in 1987, after which he worked for Morgan Stanley & Co. in its Mergers and Acquisitions Department for two years. He then earned a Master of Business Administration with honors from Harvard University in 1991.

In addition to his leadership of Poplar Forest, Dale serves as a portfolio manager for the Contrarian Value Strategy, which inculdes the Partners Fund and the Cornerstone Fund.


Stephen A. Burlingame, CFA

Partner, Analyst, and Portfolio Manager

Before joining Poplar Forest in 2011, Steve spent seven years with Trust Company of the West serving as a research analyst, managing director, and co-portfolio manager of the firm's Concentrated Core/Select Equities investment strategies. At the end of his tenure at TCW, Steve's product group had assets in excess of $9 billion. He also spent a year with Brandywine Asset Management working as a research analyst on their Large Cap Value product.

Steve received a B.A. in Economics cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 1999 and has held the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst since 2011. In addition to his analyst responsibilities, Steve is the portfolio manager for the Outliers Fund and the Contrarian Mid Cap Strategy.


Derek S. Derman, CFA

Partner, Analyst and Co-Portfolio Manager

Before joining Poplar Forest in 2011, Derek spent 16 years in the financial services industry, including six years as a managing director and co-portfolio manager at Trust Company of the West. Prior to this, he spent four years with Provident Investment Counsel as a senior vice president and co-portfolio manager on the Large Cap Flexible Growth and Concentrated Growth Funds. He also served as a sell-side analyst covering financial services for Wedbush Securities.

Derek received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego in 1991 and earned a Master of Business Administration from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in 1995. He has held the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst since 1997. In addition to his analyst responsibilities, Derek is co-portfolio manager for the Cornerstone Fund and the Contrarian Value Institutional Strategy.


Akash Ghiya


Before joining Poplar Forest in 2016, Mr. Ghiya spent 11 years working in the financial services industry.  His experiences include a year on the Long/Short equity team at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) as a generalist with soft coverage of Energy and Industrials, and five years at Pine Cobble Capital as a Partner investing Long/Short across the capital structure as a generalist.  At Pine Cobble, Mr. Ghiya also co-developed a Long/Short energy infrastructure / MLP fund.  Other experiences include private equity investing at Spectrum Equity Investors and investment banking at Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Ghiya received a Bachelor of Science in Economics, cum laude, in 2002 and a Masters in Business Administration in 2009, both from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Catherine M. Lloyd, CFA

Partner and Analyst

Before joining Poplar Forest in 2007, Cathy spent over ten years in the financial services industry. Her experience includes a year as Director of Research for Shafer Cullen Capital Management, following six years with Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York in both the Equity Research and Investment Banking Departments.

Cathy received a B.S. in Financial Services from Oregon State University in 1987, after which she worked in the Fixed Income Trading Department at Manufacturers Hanover Company. She spent two years in the Equity Research Department at Morgan Stanley before pursuing graduate studies. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in May 1993, prior to returning to Morgan Stanley. Cathy has held the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst since 2002.


Peter J. McAniff

Partner and Analyst

Before joining Poplar Forest in 2007, Peter spent 13 years working in corporate finance, including eight years in the Mergers and Acquisitions departments of J.P. Morgan & Co., Lehman Brothers and Banc of America Securities. After resigning from his position as a vice president in the J.P. Morgan M&A Group in New York, he co-authored The Practitioner's Guide to Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance.

Peter received a B.A. in History cum laude from Holy Cross College in 1989, after which he worked in the Office of Ronald Reagan. He then earned a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in June 1994 as well as a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in May 1994 prior to joining Banc of America. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as the California Bar.


A. Ryan Newman, IACCP®

Partner, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operations Officer

Before joining Poplar Forest in 2008, Ryan spent nine years in the investment banking industry working for Bankers Trust. At Bankers Trust, she was part of the team that made real estate investments on behalf of a public pension fund client. In addition to her investment responsibilities, Ryan was the asset manager for that investment fund.

She received a B.A. in Mathematics cum laude from Smith College in 1985, after which she worked for Prudential-Bache Securities in the Investment Banking Department for two years. She then earned a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Ryan is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and holds the designation of Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP®).


John Blau

Chief Marketing Officer

Before joining Poplar Forest in April 2015 as President of Poplar Forest Distributors, John spent 18 years at Oppenheimer. For the last two years, he was President of Oppenheimer Asset Management where he was Chair of the OAM Operating Committee, Investment Committee, Portfolio Review Board and a member of the Firm's Management Committee. At the time Mr. Blau resigned, Oppenheimer Asset Management had $28 billion in AUM across multiple investment advisory fee based programs and approximately 125 employees. Mr. Blau started his career as a Financial Advisor. Mr. Blau received a B.A. in Literature from American University in 1991. Mr. Blau has held the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst since 2001.


Christopher E. Morphy

Partner, Business Development

Before joining Poplar Forest in 2007, Chris spent 21 years managing portfolios and relationships for high net worth individuals at the firm of Gamble, Jones, Morphy & Bent, where he was named a partner and President in 1995. At Gamble Jones, Chris was responsible for overseeing 21 employees and over $1 billion in client assets.

He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Menlo School of Business Administration in 1983, after which he worked for Kidder, Peabody & Co. and Hambrecht & Quist in their brokerage groups in San Francisco. Chris is the portfolio manager for the Comprehensive Investment Program accounts and he is responsible for client relationships and business development, with a primary focus on the West Coast.


John Roche

Business Development

Before joining Poplar Forest in August 2015, John held similar positions at Gabelli Asset Management Company and Thornburg Investment Management. He also spent over a decade as an Advisory and Asset Management Specialist at Merrill Lynch. John received a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago. He has been a Certified Financial PlannerĀ® since 1997, and he is responsible for client relationships and new business development, focusing on the southeastern part of the United States.


Erin Chetwood, IACCP®

Compliance/Operations Manager

Before joining Poplar Forest in September 2015, Erin held the position of Senior Vice President, CCO and COO for an institutional investment firm in Pasadena, CA. She has worked in the investment industry for 30 years in the areas of compliance, soft dollars, trading operations and portfolio administration. Erin regularly participates in industry compliance forums, is a member of Southern California Compliance Group, and holds the Investment Advisor Certified Compliance Professional Program (IACCP®) designation from the National Regulatory Services' (NRS).


Patty Shields

Marketing Project Manager

Before joining Poplar Forest in March 2015, Patty worked in private equity for eight years, including positions held at Black Canyon Capital and Balmoral Funds. She held roles ranging from administration to client services and operations management. At Poplar Forest, she is responsible for client reporting, marketing media, generating RFIs, overall client services and marketing projects. Patty holds a B.A. in English with an Art Minor from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama.


Marla Mone

Administrative Assistant

Before joining Poplar Forest in 2013, Marla spent over 20 years in the legal field, including eight as an assistant to the managing partner of a South Pasadena law firm. She received her Paralegal Certificate from Chapman University in 1990. She is responsible for administrative support primarily for Dale Harvey and Ryan Newman.


Annina Punaro

Administrative Assistant and Client Service Associate

Before joining Poplar Forest in 2008, Nina worked for three years as a paralegal in general business litigation and family law at Greenberg and Glusker (now Greenberg Glusker), and for two years as a litigation paralegal in the Labor Department at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker. She also served as assistant to the General Manager at the Doubletree Hotel Pasadena for six years.

Nina received a B.A. in English cum laude from the University of Southern California, as well as a Legal Assistant Certificate awarded by the USC Law Center (now the USC Gould School of Law) and College of Continuing Education in 1979. She is responsible for office management and administrative support, primarily for Chris Morphy and Ryan Newman while also providing trading and client service support.


Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. Investments in the Poplar Forest Funds include risks associated with debt securities, foreign and emerging market securities, fixed income securities, small and medium companies, options, Mortgage-Backed and Asset-backed Securities and Investment Companies. See the prospectus for additional information about the risks of investing in the Funds.

Before you invest in the Poplar Forest Funds, please refer to the prospectus for important information about the investment company, including investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. You may also obtain a hard copy of the prospectus by calling 1-877-522-8860. The prospectus should be read carefully before you invest or send money.

The Funds are offered only to United States residents, and information on this site is intended only for such persons. Nothing on this web site should be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell shares of the Fund in any jurisdiction where the offer or solicitation would be unlawful under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

References to other mutual funds should not be interpreted as an offer of these securities.

Poplar Forest Capital, LLC, is the adviser to the Poplar Forest Funds, which are distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.

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