Advisory Research Investment Management

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With 40 years of investing experience, we understand
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and dependable, long-term performance from their investment managers.



The individuals profiled below are senior-level representatives of the firm’s core business units.



Chris Crawshaw, CFA

President & Chief Executive Officer

Chris Crawshaw is President and Chief Executive Officer of Advisory Research. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a senior client service officer for Pacific Income Advisers. Chris’ career in finance began as an institutional investment consultant, a position he held for over eight years. Chris holds a B.A. in finance from the University of Tulsa and an M.B.A. in finance from DePaul University. He is an Auxiliary Board Member of the Art Institute of Chicago.


John Gallop

Managing Director

John Gallop serves as Managing Director of Advisory Research and oversees corporate development. Prior to joining the firm, John served as managing director of Stifel Nicolaus. John is a former managing director of Bear Stearns and executive vice president of Everen Securities, where he served on the board of directors and headed investment banking. John began his career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. John holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago


Susan Steiner

Chief Compliance Officer

Susan Steiner serves as Chief Compliance Officer of Advisory Research. Susan joined Advisory Research through its combination with the St. Louis-based MLP & Energy Infrastructure team where she most recently served as its Chief Compliance Officer. Previously, she served in various compliance and accounting functions at FAMCO. Susan has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has passed the Uniform CPA Examination.

Institutional Sales


Kevyn Kling, CFA

Managing Director

Kevyn Kling serves as Managing Director of Advisory Research. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a relationship and product manager at Polen Capital Management. Kevyn is a former director of consultant relations of AmSouth Asset Management. Kevyn began his career as a consultant of Andersen Consulting and is a former principal consultant of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Kevyn holds a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.


Thomas Barron

Managing Director

Tom Barron serves as Managing Director of Advisory Research. Prior to joining the firm, he was Director of Client Relations at Select Equity Group, L.P., a domestic and international equity manager specializing in long-only and long/short strategies. Previous to Select Equity Group, he held various management and client relations roles at Rail-Splitter Capital Management, Russell Investments and Harris Associates L.P. Tom holds a B.S in Business Administration from Regis College.

Intermediary Sales


Paul Graffy

Managing Director

Paul Graffy serves as Managing Director of Advisory Research. Prior to joining the firm, he served as President, Sales and Distribution for Compass EMP funds. Paul is a former Senior VP – National Sales Manager of John Hancock Investments and Senior Divisional Vice President of MFS Investment Management. Paul holds a B.A. in Economics and a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at Wharton – University of Pennsylvania.

Investment Teams

U.S. Value Equity
U.S. Growth Equity
International Value Equity
MLP & Energy Infrastructure

Thought Capital


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