Beth Stegner Peabody
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer
Problem-solving comes naturally to Beth. Combined with her passion to make a difference in the lives of others, it is easy to understand how a career in investment consulting was the perfect fit. As co-founder and majority shareholder of Stegner Investment Associates, Inc. (SIA), Beth has spent the last 28 years leading our firm.
Beth relies on 38 years of investment consulting experience to guide her decision-making for SIA and our clients.
As CEO and Chief Investment Officer of SIA, Beth is responsible for client development and portfolio management. She is a registered investment representative with the SEC under the terms of the Investment Advisory Act of 1940 and is an associate member of the Certified Financial Analyst® Institute and member of the Louisville Society of Financial Analysts.
Beth is proud to have served for three years as a member of Vanguard’s inaugural Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) Advisory Council. She was invited as one of 11 advisers nationwide to give counsel about our industry to Vanguard’s senior leadership team.
Her past roles include Vice President and Portfolio Manager with National City Trust, KY, and Director of Special Equity Investments with ASB Capital Management in Washington, D.C. Her competitive spirit was formed as the starting point guard for four years at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated with degrees in both Economics and English.
She is also dedicated to being active throughout her personal and professional communities. Beth serves, or has served, as a board member, executive committee member, and investment committee chair of the Community Foundation of Louisville and is now a member of their Mission Impact Committee. Beth is a Trustee of Sacred Heart Schools and is a member of the board of directors for Anchal Project, also serving as Treasurer. Beth retired recently from the board and executive committee of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Favorite Quote: “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
Current Hobby: Gardening
Tracey G. Trosper
Managing Director & Chief Compliance Officer
Few people are more goal-oriented than Tracey. She began her career with SIA in 1995, was named Chief Compliance Officer in 2004, and is a shareholder of the firm. Tracey brings more than 44 years of experience to the firm as an operations specialist. Tracey and her team are driven to alleviate the administrative burden of wealth management for our clients.
Tracey is a former Assistant Vice President and Lead Administrator for the National City Trust, KY Charitable/Endowment Unit. Currently, Tracey is a member of the Investment Advisory Association and served recently as treasurer and board member for Dress for Success. Tracey is a registered investment representative with the SEC under the terms of the Investment Advisory Act of 1940.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Saint Martin, BWI
Best advice: “Have no regrets with anything you do.”
Ruth Wimsatt Trautwein, CFP®
Senior Investment Associate
Ruth always had a passion for helping others and an acumen for finance. She joined SIA’s team in 2004, after graduating with dual degrees in International Business and Finance from Saint Louis University, where she was a member of their club crew team. Ruth began her career as a Research Associate, supporting SIA’s Research Team by implementing our proprietary research process and maintaining relationships with our investment managers. Realizing he could have a greater impact by working directly with clients, in 2012 she transitioned into her current portfolio management role and consults with institutional, corporate, and individual clients. Ruth is also a member of SIA’s Investment Committee.
Ruth is a shareholder of SIA and achieved the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional designation in 2007. She a registered investment representative with the SEC under the terms of the Investment Advisory Act of 1940. She is a member of the Louisville Employee Benefits Council, the Financial Planning Association of Kentuckiana, and the Estate Planning Council of Metro Louisville. SIA is proud to announce that Ruth is a graduate of Charles Schwab & Co.’s year-long Executive Leadership Program, Class of 2020.
Ruth graduated from Ignite Louisville in the Fall of 2014. Earlier in her career, she served on the board of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) and served on the board of the Louisville Youth Choir from 2009 to 2019. Currently, she serves on the board for Women4Women and is a board member and vice-chair of the investment committee for The Kentucky Performing Arts Foundation.
Favorite Book: Jane Eyre
Favorite Pastimes: Reading, running, and hiking with her family
Missy Stegner Vella
Creativity and attention to detail come easily to Missy and is critical to her success as a Senior Associate with SIA. These traits help Missy serve clients in her role of expanding the Firm’s brand and image while keeping the office running smoothly.
Missy has more than 16 years of experience in client development and client communications, and 28 years of experience in the executive administrative field. She began her career with SIA in 1994, and then expanded and honed her skills while serving three years as executive assistant to the Senior VP of Senior Products at Humana Inc.’s corporate offices, before returning to SIA in 2010.
She is a graduate of Focus Louisville and chaired the planning committee for the Eek!-A-Boo Ball (for the benefit of Anchal Project). She has served on the Olmsted Parks Conservancy Boo La La planning committee and also has served on the Dreamers’ Ball planning committee for the benefit of Dreams With Wings. Missy worked recently with the board of directors to establish the image/branding of Citizens Attacking Addiction (CAA) established in late 2019.
Favorite Band of All Time: The Police
Favorite T.V. Rerun: The Brady Bunch
Douglas D. Peabody
President & Chief Operating Officer
Doug joined SIA in May 2019. During his diverse 32-year career, he specialized in both the investment management and real estate industries. In his most recent position, Doug served for over 10 years in the dual roles as President of Louisville, KY-based Horizon Commercial Realty (HCR), and Chief Operating Officer and commercial developer Hollenbach-Oakley.
Prior to joining HCR, Doug spent eight years as the Managing Director of Marketing/Sales and Distribution at Convergent Capital Management. This $24 billion money management holding company was comprised of ten individual operating companies which included investment management and financial service companies. Doug also served as a consultant for Louisville-based Eager & Associates for seven years. In this role, he provided advice and counsel to investment managers throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Doug received his Bachelor of Science from Babson College located in Wellesley, MA with a major in Investments, Quantitative Methods and Economics.
Favorite Music Genre: 80’s New Wave
Favorite Hobby: Cooking with his family
Hannah English, CFA®
Portfolio Management Associate
As evidenced by her recent designation of Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®), Hannah sets difficult goals and achieves them. At SIA, she is dedicated to listening to and understanding clients’ needs and goals and helping them achieve these goals.
Hannah, a Louisville native, joined SIA in August 2019 as a Portfolio Management Associate and hit the ground running. Before joining SIA, Hannah was the Business Development Associate at Ramsey Quantitative Systems, Inc. (RQSI) in Louisville, where she handled investor relations and new business development. Prior to returning to Louisville, Hannah held the role of Investment Associate for the Kelly Group at J.P. Morgan Securities in New York City where she provided wealth management and financial planning for high net worth individuals and families.
Hannah graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2012 from Davidson College in North Carolina, where she was a member of the Division I Women’s field hockey team and co-captain during her senior year.
Hobbies: Tennis and Golf
Favorite TV show: Survivor (not even ashamed)
Leslie S. Ballantine
Investment Fund Analyst
Taking on new challenges presented by the ever-changing financial market is what motivates Leslie each workday. Her role at SIA includes conducting investment research on our investment managers and she serves as a member of SIA’s Investment Committee.
Leslie graduated summa cum laude from Murray State University in 2017, receiving the Pugh Family Outstanding Senior in Finance Award. She was inducted as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma in 2016.
During her time at Murray State, Leslie held internships in Paducah, KY and Nashville, TN, completed a study abroad International Business Seminar in London, Paris, Geneva, Heidelberg, and Amsterdam.
Leslie is a registered investment representative with the SEC under the terms of the Investment Advisory Act of 1940. She passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst® Exam and is studying for Level II of the Exam.
Favorite Snack: chips & guacamole
Favorite Musical Artist: Brett Eldredge
John Evers, MS Statistics
Co-Director of Research
Rigorously and objectively answering the question “Why?” has been John’s mission from an early age. Since joining SIA in April 2017 as a research associate, he has focused on performing independent analysis to solve the problems for clients that are caused by financial market volatility. John is a leading member of SIA’s Research Committee. He defines job satisfaction as an engaging curiosity to the point of challenging convention, all within a collaborative environment that utilizes collective intelligence.
In 2016, John graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Science in Statistics. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Kentucky. John passed Level I of the Certified Financial Analyst® Exam and is studying to sit for Level II.
Most Coveted Car: Bugatti Chiron
Favorite Music Genre: Jazz & Blues
Writing that Brandon is ambitious is an understatement. He is fascinated by the financial world and wants to learn everything about it. This is evident by his eagerness to achieve his Series 7, Series 66 and Series 9, all while working for Hilliard Lyons as a Registered Client Service Center Associate.
While achieving his Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts at the University of Louisville in 2019, he completed an internship with Atria, which led to a full-time position of Corporate Staff Accountant for the company. He began his career in 2015 as an intern with Harding Shymanski & Company, P.S.C. while attending college.
Brandon is registered investment representative with the SEC under the Investment Advisory Act of 1940.
Favorite quote: “A dream without a goal is only a wish. But, a plan to fulfill a dream sets a goal.”
Little known fact: He has a collection of almost 500 DVD movies.
Having founded and operated a successful embroidery business from 2005-2019, Karen knows how critical it is to develop client relationships by earning their trust and keeping them happy.
Prior to starting her own business, she spent 13 years working with Eager & Associates, an investment management consultant, where she was a Senior Research Associate and Benchmarks Associate. In that role, she designed and tracked the completion of customer satisfaction/benchmarking surveys, tabulated and analyzed data, and produced client reports.
Karen has worked on several volunteer projects in the community, including The Healing Place.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Malted Milkballs
Favorite Leisure Activity: Working jigsaw puzzles