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John F. Meara, CFA

President & Chief Investment Officer

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John Meara, Argent co-founder, oversees the firm’s day-to-day investment operations, manages client portfolios and plays a key role in investment decisions. 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 serves as a member for several corporate and non-profit boards including the St. Louis Zoo, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and the St. Joseph’s Health Center Foundation. He serves as Chairman of the Leadership Committee for The Mission Continues and is also member of the Young Presidents Organization, serving as the Strategic Planning Officer.  Meara is on the Investment Committee for Ronald McDonald House where he is a previous board member.  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.