AltraVue’s Managing Partners have worked together both formally and informally since starting their careers together in 2001.
Touk is a founding member of AltraVue and is responsible for portfolio management and the overall investment strategy of the firm. She brings 20 years of experience in a variety of investment areas, including equity analysis, portfolio management, and fixed income research. Prior to founding AltraVue, Touk spent 8 years as a Portfolio Manager and Principal for GW Capital, Inc. where she was a Partner and served as a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to GW Capital, Touk was a Senior Research Analyst at Members Capital Advisors in Wisconsin where she was in charge of the consumer sector. Touk started her investment career as a buy-side analyst at Ariel Investments in Chicago. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago and BA with Honors from Western Washington University. Touk is a CFA charterholder.
As a founding member of AltraVue, DeShay brings 20 years of deep analytical and research experience to AltraVue. Her experience includes both public and private investments and fixed income research. DeShay is responsible for portfolio management and the overall investment strategy of AltraVue. Prior to founding AltraVue, DeShay was a Portfolio Manager and Principal for GW Capital, Inc. As a Partner of the firm and a member of the investment committee, DeShay spent almost four years managing both equity and fixed income portfolios. Prior to GW Capital, DeShay spent three years as Vice President, Director of Research at BDT Capital Partners where she helped launch and manage the firm’s public investment portfolio. DeShay also co-founded Jacobi Capital Management, where she was a Senior Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager. DeShay’s early investment career include experience as an Equity Research Analyst at Legg Mason Capital Management and Ariel Investments. She earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics with Honors, from the University of Chicago. DeShay is a CFA charterholder.
As Chief Operating Officer, Tom oversees the operations efforts at AltraVue, including compliance, IT and human resources. He brings over 28 years of experience and a deep and multi-faceted knowledge of the investment management industry. Tom was one of the first employees of GW Capital, Inc. beginning his career as Vice President/Portfolio Manager. Tom worked closely with the firm’s founder with responsibility for portfolio management, equity and fixed income security analysis, as well as trading. In addition to his investment responsibilities, Tom was also involved in client service, marketing, compliance, operations and administration. Tom’s senior roles included serving as Chief Compliance Officer, a member of the Executive Management team and a member of the Investment Management Committee. Prior to GW Capital, Inc., Tom was a portfolio manager and served as head securities trader at Puget Sound Bank Trust department. He graduated from University of Puget Sound.