Brian C. Hubbell, Managing Principal and Founder, has 40 years of experience exclusively in the field of employer sponsored retirement plans. He began his career in the Pension Investment Division of Mutual of New York in 1980. In 1985, he joined the consulting firm of Findley Davies where he spent over 20 years. As a senior Principal of the firm and member of the Board of Directors, he established the Charlotte office in 1987 and was the Practice Leader for the firm's retirement consulting practice. In 2006, Brian founded Hubbell Consulting, LLC to establish a firm dedicated to corporate retirement plan consulting, including Investment Consulting, Plan Compliance/Design, and Employee Retirement Outcomes.
Brian has been a guest speaker at national conferences sponsored by the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), Center for Due Diligence, Pension and Investment Age East Coast Conference, and Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America (PSCA). He is past president of the Charlotte Pension Forum and has been an instructor for the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) curriculum.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa with a major in Business Administration. He holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies affiliated with the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He also holds FINRA Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination.
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Tom W.P. Bowler, Of Counsel, has over 15 years of experience exclusively in the field of investment consulting to institutional retirement plans. Prior to joining Hubbell in August 2013, Tom worked with PrimeTRUST Advisors in Greenville as their Chief Investment Strategist. As CIS, he developed a proprietary system for quarterly reporting, customized an LDI pension asset-liability modeling study and authored several white papers. Previously, Tom was an Associate with Mercer Investment Consulting in Atlanta, serving as an Investment Consultant for large, complex clients. Prior to that he was an Investment Consultant with BB&T/ SHDR in Greenville, S.C.
Tom has been adjunct professor at Campbell University for seven years. He teaches the investment classes for the Masters of Trust and Wealth Management program.
Tom graduated from Campbell University with a BA in Business Administration and earned a Masters in Trust & Investments from Campbell. He has earned the following designations in his career: AIF, QPFC, Series 65 Investment Advisor Law Examination and has passed Level I and II CFA Examinations.
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Dana C. James, Principal, has 23 years of experience in the field of corporate retirement plans and investments. She began her career in 1997 in the retirement trust division of BB&T as a mutual fund accountant. She then transitioned into the conversion specialist role, handling all aspects of converting the recordkeeping of defined contribution plans from third party record keepers, including overseeing the entire conversion process and post testing to ensure accuracy. In 2002, Dana joined Findley Davies, Inc. as a Consultant in the Retirement Plan Practice and conducted a wide range of projects including sophisticated plan design analysis, compliance testing, analysis of alternative recordkeeping providers, and working with ERISA Counsel on complex operational review and correction projects. She returned to BB&T in 2005 as Vice President and Client Relationship Manager. In 2009, she joined the Charlotte office of Morgan Stanley as an investment advisor representative. Dana is past President of the Charlotte Benefits Forum and served on the Board of Directors.
Dana earned her B.S. with a major in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science from Meredith College. She also earned her MBA from Meredith College. Dana earned the designation of Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) from the College for Financial Planning. She also earned the designation of Certified Retirement Services Professional (CRSP) from the American Bankers Association. Dana has passed the following FINRA securities examinations: Series 7, 31, 66, and currently holds Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination.
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Tim B. Knepp, Of Counsel, has over 30 years of discretionary investment management and executive leadership experience. Tim has held a diverse range of roles across many market environments, with multi-asset class responsibility for equity, fixed income, commodities, real estate, alternative investments, and portfolio hedging. His career has spanned the entirety of the investment process, from security analysis and manager due diligence to macro research, portfolio construction, risk management, and trading.
Tim's career includes senior roles with GE Capital, Genworth Financial, AssetMark, Ford Equity Research, and LPL Financial. His consulting clients have included pension plans, investment managers and funds, corporations, and entrepreneurs. Tim has been a featured speaker at industry events including the Barclays Asset Allocator Symposium, the Greenwich Associates Competitive Challenges Conference, the Charles Schwab National Financial Advisors Conference, and the CFA Institute Annual Conference.
Tim earned a BSc in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park, and attended graduate business school at Johns Hopkins University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations, and was awarded the CFA Institute 30-Year Certificate of Achievement in 2017.
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