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Richard E. Cripps, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

(443) 224-1231

rcripps@stifel.com

Mr. Cripps has been the Chief Investment Officer since the founding of EquityCompass in 2006. His prior responsibilities include Managing Director of the Portfolio Strategy Group at Stifel Research and Chief Market Strategist and Co-chairman of the investment committee at Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. Mr. Cripps began his career in 1979 as a Financial Advisor with Legg Mason.

The EquityCompass investment philosophy and process were developed by Mr. Cripps from his broad industry experience authoring numerous investment related research studies, creating and monitoring portfolio models, and participating in Economic forums that include the White House on policy implications of corporate dividend taxation.

Mr. Cripps has a B.S. in Finance from James Madison University where he was also a member of Executive Business Council. He is also a CFA charter holder and member of the Baltimore Security Analyst Society.