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.
Gary C. Grom
Gary Grom is a founding member, manager and investor in the Chicago Equity Advisors, LLC. Gary has extensive executive management experience working in large corporations. His most recent responsibilities were 10 years as Senior Vice President for a $20 billion consumer products company. He was also a member of the Senior Management Committee of the company.
He has been on the board of directors for a number of companies, both publicly-traded companies and not-for-profit organizations. Gary was a shareholder and board member of a large, privately-held international executive search firm. In the management of his personal portfolio, his investment experience includes market-traded securities, private equity and venture capital investments.
Since retiring from his career in corporate management, Gary dedicates significant time and money to a number of charitable organizations. Gary received a degree of Bachelor of Science Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.
Brent Burns is a manager and investor in the Chicago Equity Advisors, LLC. Brent has diverse experience founding and managing companies. His investment experience includes investments in privately-held companies, venture capital investments, and publicly-traded stocks and bonds. During the first 10 years of his career, he held a number of positions in application engineering, development, and management with a leading CAD/CAM system development company.
In 1994, he founded and managed a consulting firm which specialized in the development and deployment of specialized vertical market applications for mid-to-large companies. In addition to the application development, the company was responsible for turn-key IT operations for several dozen small and mid-sized companies.
Since 2001, Brent has been the principal owner and manager of a private manufacturer of specialized x-ray equipment which enjoys industry leadership positions in several niche markets. He is on the board of directors and an officer of a privately-funded charitable foundation. He manages a portfolio of different types of investments for a family partnership. He is also the managing partner in several private equity investments. Brent received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1983 and an MBA degree from the Executive Program at Vanderbilt University in 1991.
John G. Pappas
John Pappas is a founding member, manager and investor in the Chicago Equity Advisors, LLC. After serving four years in the U.S. Marines, John held several supervisory positions with Northern Trust Bank in retail banking and loan operations from 1968 to 1973.
Beginning in 1973, and continuing for over a decade, he founded and managed several successful businesses as well as developing and investing in restaurant properties in Chicago neighborhoods. Since 1985, John has held several leadership positions in the residential and commercial real estate industry. He owned and operated a real estate, investment management and brokerage firm. John continues active investments and participation in the real estate industry.
In addition to his career in real estate investments, for over 20 years, John has managed and invested his personal portfolio, as well as funds in several family trusts, evaluating investments in private equities, publicly-traded stocks and bonds.