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John F. Meara, CFA

President & Chief Investment Officer

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As President and Chief Investment Officer, Meara oversees Argent’s day-to-day investment operations, manages client portfolios, and plays a key role in investment decisions. His focus is on the consumer staples, industrials, technology and telecommunications sectors. Notably, Meara co-founded Argent in 1998.

Meara, a Chartered Financial Analyst, has over 25 years industry experience. Immediately prior to co-founding Argent, he worked as a portfolio manager with Commerce Bank. His background also includes serving as a senior analyst at American Express Financial Advisors and as an equity analyst for Waddell & Reed. Meara earned his B.S. in Finance from the University of Missouri–Columbia.

Active in the community, Meara is a member of the SSM Health Foundation Board and serves on the Leadership Committee for The Mission Continues. He is also actively involved in the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, serving as a current board member.   Meara previously served as Chapter Chair for the Young Presidents Organization and is also a previous director of the Ronald McDonald House.  Professional affiliations include the CFA Institute and St. Louis Financial Analysts Society. Additionally, Meara is a three-time winner of the Wall Street Journal’s Dart Board Contest.

Meara’s investment insights have frequently been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal, as well as on Bloomberg and other national broadcast outlets.