Anthony Graffia is a founding member of Chicago Equity Advisors, LLC and Chicago Equity Advisors Fund and has primary investment responsibility for the fund. Anthony has extensive experience in founding and managing private businesses, as well as investing in publicly traded securities, private equity investments and venture capital investments. Anthony has managed companies in the financial services industry, electronics industry and electronics services industry. Anthony serves on the boards of directors of various private companies.
From 1968 through 1974 Anthony was a certified public accountant with the national accounting firm of Grant Thornton. While there, he managed various audits of medium to large corporate clients. In 1974 Anthony joined a middle market leasing company as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer having responsibility for all financing, accounting and tax matters and overall supervision of the credit approval process of the firm’s leasing clients. In 1977 Anthony formed a new leasing and finance business as Chief Executive Officer which he ran until 2005.
Since 2005 Anthony has invested his personal funds in venture capital, private equity, debt financings, publicly traded securities, and option contracts. In 2010 Anthony formed the Chicago Equity Advisors, LLC and has had primary investment responsibility for investing the firm’s assets using the same strategy to be used by the Chicago Equity Advisors Fund. Anthony received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Walton School of Commerce and a CPA certificate from the University of Illinois in 1968.