Monthly Archives: May 2019

Brown Delivers Keynote Address at UMass Lowell’s Manning School Hooding Ceremony

Cox Capital Portfolio Manager Ethan Brown addressing the Manning School’s 2019 graduating class.

Just five years ago, Ethan Brown attended the Manning School of Business Hooding Ceremony as a student while finishing up his MBA program. Last Thursday, the Dean of the Manning School Sandra Richtermeyer him invited back to the event – this time as the keynote speaker. During his talk, Brown shared his story of transitioning from a professional triathlete to MBA student to Cox Capital’s portfolio manager. He spoke about the amazing transformation that’s taking place at UMass Lowell, where the quality of education is improving along with the school’s profile. Brown also gave credit to those that influenced him along his journey, including his former finance professor Tunde Kovacs (who is now on CCM’s Investment Committee), and his mentor at Cox Capital – Bill Cox, to whom he attributes much of his success. Cox is also a fellow UMass Lowell alumnus.

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Bill Cox & Ethan Brown Attend Federal Realty’s Investor Day

Chief Investment Officer Bill Cox and Portfolio Manager Ethan Brown pictured with Federal Realty’s General Counsel Dawn Becker.

For those of you that know us well, you know that meeting with companies and doing comprehensive research is embedded in the DNA of our firm. It’s how the business was built over 20 years ago. As part of our ongoing due diligence, we frequently meet with and check-in with the management teams of the companies in our portfolios. We have been investors in Federal Realty (FRT) for many years now, and we recently had the opportunity to attend their Investor Day. We were greeted by Dawn Becker (shown above) who gave us the lay of the land and told us about some upcoming projects that Federal Realty is working on. You may or may not be familiar with Federal Realty, but you are probably more familiar with Assembly Row – Somerville’s premier retail center which includes retail outlets, restaurants, a movie theater and apartments (and will also be PUMA’s new North American headquarters) – only a stone’s throw away from downtown Boston. Federal Realty is the mastermind behind this giant project, and they have several more high-profile office and retail centers located in urban areas around the U.S.

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Choosing Your Financial Advisor – A Different Perspective About What’s Important! (Part 2 of 2)

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