Experience Makes all the difference

Grant P. Brown, CIMA®

First Vice President - Wealth Management
Wealth Advisor
Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®)
312-525-4187
grant.brown@ubs.com
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I was raised by two school teachers in a small upper Midwest town. My father, the science teacher, taught me to hunt and fish. My mother, the English teacher, taught me Emerson and Frost. Imagine their surprise when I won a stock picking contest in junior high, became fascinated with the capital markets and told them I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I went on to earn a finance degree from Northern Michigan University then moved to Chicago full of hope and energy seeking a career "on Wall Street." Over 20 years later, I'm still fascinated, still hopeful and constantly energized by the wonderful relationships I have with my clients. I consider my clients to be friends and most have told me they feel the same way.

I was taught early on in order to help people I needed to understand them. I was not aware what a gift this was going to be. I have had the privilege of listening to successful people share their motivations, fears, aspirations and passions. I have noticed what works, what doesn't, where I can make a difference and where I can't.  Most importantly, I learned that investor behavior has more to do with success than any charts, graphs or ratios and a sound plan improves the chances of wise behavior. A few years ago I returned to school for some executive education programs at The Wharton School. They teach proper due diligence, performance measurement and portfolio construction, then mix in a little psychology and philosophy. Go figure, wealth management is an art and a science.


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, IL, IN, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, PR, SC, TX, VT, WI


John W. Lisy, CFA

First Vice President - Wealth Management
Senior Portfolio Manager
Chartered Financial Analyst®
312-525-4635
john.lisy@ubs.com

For over thirty years I have navigated through some of the most challenging markets in history: A market crash, a flash crash, two wars, three recessions, a Presidential impeachment, two bubbles, and a horrific terrorist attack. During that time, most of my clients were professional institutional investors. In 2009, I retired from Merrill Lynch and after a brief period of relaxation and travel I joined UBS to work with individual investors.

My personal circumstances are similar to those of most of my clients. My children are mostly finished with college, and I'm starting to think about life after retirement. Preservation of capital and post retirement income are very important. I invest my own funds the same way that I invest for clients. 

I do my own securities research and primarily use individual stocks and bonds for client portfolios. I make only very limited use of packaged financial products like mutual funds, limited partnerships, and structured products.

I earned the designation Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1991. In addition, I have an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business, a Master's from Fairfield University, and a Bachelor's from De Paul University.

 


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, IL, IN, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, PR, SC, TX, VT, WI


Julie Anne Ford

Client Service Associate
312-525-4394
julie.ford@ubs.com

Julie began her career in financial services in July of 1987.  She has both retail and institutional experience and has worked in the areas of municipal bonds, futures, options, commodities and other derivatives.  Julie is in charge of the team operations and administration. 

She is a graduate of Mother McAuley High School and received her BS from Elmhurst College.  She was born and raised on the South side of Chicago and a proud lifelong resident of the Beverly neighborhood.  Her hobbies include physical fitness, running, Pilates and fancies herself as a decent cook and better than average baker.  She love spending time with her husband and entertaining family and friends.


Registered States:
AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY