Private Client

Stewart M. Boswell, Senior Managing Director & Group Head

Stewart joined Sterling Capital Management in 2009.  He has investment experience since 1984.  Stewart leads the Private Client Group. Prior to joining Sterling, he previously was founder and managing partner of Boswell Associates, a private equity firm based in Charlotte, NC. Prior to the formation of Boswell Associates, he served as Managing Director and Global Head of Middle Market Mergers and Acquisitions at Banc of America Securities. Before the formation of Banc of America Securities, he was responsible for Mergers & Acquisitions at its predecessor NationsBanc Montgomery Securities where he integrated the Montgomery Private Client Services team with the M&A team to deliver advice to clients before, during, and after a liquidity event. He also served as head of the corporate finance group at NationsBanc Capital Markets Inc., a predecessor to Banc of America Securities. Stewart is a graduate of Davidson College where he received his BA in Economics.


Donald M. Harris, CFA, Managing Director

Don joined de Garmo & Kelleher in 1997 and Sterling Capital Management through merger in 2010.  He has investment experience since 1989.  Don leads the investment management team in the Washington D.C. office of Sterling's Private Client Group.  Prior to de Garmo, he worked for NationsBank Private Investments as Vice President and Portfolio Manager managing assets for both individuals and non-profit organizations. Don is a graduate of Bucknell University where he received his BA in Economics. He received his MBA in Finance and Investments from The George Washington University. Don is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Washington, D.C. He is a CFA charterholder.


Donald E. Strehle, Managing Director

Don joined Sterling Capital Management in 2013.  He has investment experience since 1996.  Don is responsible for new business development and client service.  He also has administrative responsibility for the Washington, D.C. office of Sterling's Private Client group.    Prior to joining Sterling, he was most recently BB&T Regional President in the Northern Virginia area where he was responsible for the management of over 575 employees, 80 offices, $6 billion in deposits and 140,000 client households.  Prior to BB&T, he was Executive Vice President for F&M Bank-Northern Virginia.  Don is a graduate of Radford University where he received his BA in Business Management.


C. Thomas Clapp, CFA, Executive Director & Private Client CIO

Tom joined Sterling Capital Management in 2006.  He has investment experience since 1984.  Tom is the Chief Investment Officer for Sterling's Private Client Group.  Prior to joining Sterling, he worked for Wachovia Bank where he served for six years as Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for the bank's Private Asset Management Group. Prior to Wachovia, he was responsible for the Private Portfolio Group at Merrill Lynch Asset Management in Princeton, NJ. He also held the position of Chief Investment Officer for Equity Management at Banc of America Capital Management. Tom is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he received his BA in Economics. He received his MBA from the University of South Carolina. He is a CFA charterholder.


Mary Weeks Fountain, CFA, Executive Director & Senior Portfolio Manager

Mary Weeks joined Sterling Capital Management in 1985.  She has investment experience since 1985.  Mary Weeks is a Senior Private Client Portfolio Manager. Mary Weeks is a graduate of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she received her BA in Chemistry.  She is a CFA charterholder.


Michael Kelleher, CFA, Executive Director & Senior Portfolio Manager

Mike joined Sterling Capital Management through merger in October 2010.  He has investment experience since 1970.  Mike, along with George de Garmo, founded de Garmo & Kelleher in 1990.  Prior to de Garmo, he worked for Davidge & Company in positions of Senior Manager and Research Director.  Mike is a graduate of Holy Cross College where he received his AB. He received his MBA from the University of Hartford. He is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Washington, D.C., of which he is a past president.  Mike has been a member of the adjunct faculty for the MBA program at American University. He is a CFA charterholder.


Ellen Fishwick Martin, Executive Director & Senior Portfolio Manager

Ellen joined de Garmo & Kelleher in 1991 and Sterling Capital Management through merger in 2010. She has investment experience since 1970. Prior to joining de Garmo, Ellen served as Vice President and Senior Investment Officer of the Chevy Chase Trust Group. Ellen is a graduate of Wellesley College where she received her BA in History. She holds a degree from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Washington, D.C., of which she is a past president.


Brian E. Leach, CFA, Director & Portfolio Manager

Brian joined Sterling Capital Management in 2013.  He has investment experience since 2001.  Brian is a Private Client Portfolio Manager.  Prior to joining Sterling, he worked for Neville, Rodie & Shaw, Inc. as Vice President and Portfolio Manager managing assets for both individuals and non-profit organizations.  Brian is a graduate of Duke University where he received his BA in Public Policy Studies.  He is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Washington, D.C.  He is a CFA charterholder.


Scott Eichelsdorfer, Associate Director

Scott joined de Garmo & Kelleher in 2001 and Sterling Capital Management through merger in October 2010. He has investment experience since 1999. Scott is an Investment Associate with deGarmo & Kelleher, a division of Sterling Capital Management.  Prior to joining de Garmo, he worked for Berg, Faircloth & Company. Scott is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received his BA in Economics.


Jean Keegan, Associate Director

Jean joined de Garmo & Kelleher in 1990 and Sterling Capital Management through merger in 2010. She has investment experience since 1979.  Prior to de Garmo, she worked for Davidge & Company, Washington, DC where she held positions in research, trading and portfolio management. Jean is a graduate of Merrimack College where she earned her BS in Business Administration. 


Cynthia Reilly, Associate Director

Cindy joined de Garmo & Kelleher in 1991 and Sterling Capital Management through merger in October 2010. She has investment experience since 1988. Prior to joining de Garmo, she worked for Riggs National Bank of Washington as a Senior International Portfolio Administrator. Cindy is a graduate of Providence College where she received her BA.


Kevin J. Runge, CFA, Associate Director

Kevin joined Sterling Capital Management in 2005.  He has investment experience since 1999.  Kevin is a Private Client Analyst.  Prior to joining Sterling, he worked for Columbia Management Group and for Capital Guardian Trust Company. Kevin is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he received his BSBA in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics. He is a CFA charterholder.