Meet Our Team

Wayne C. Stevens, CFA, Founder

Founding Managing Director and CIO

Mr. Stevens oversees all aspects of the investment process at Dearborn Partners and is the lead manager for the firm's institutional and private client large cap equity products. Prior to founding Dearborn Partners, he served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. where he directed investment policy and strategy for $40 billion in assets. Prior to being appointed CIO in 1993, he served as President of Duff & Phelps Investment Research Co. for ten years.

Mr. Stevens began his career at The First National Bank of Chicago. During his ten years there, he was Director of Investment Research and Chairman of the Equity Selection Committee.

University of Wisconsin, MBA Finance
University of Miami, BBA Finance

George P. Jameson, Founder

Founding Managing Director

Mr. Jameson is responsible for overseeing the firm's operations. Prior to founding Dearborn Partners, he was a Managing Director of the Fixed Income Division of Nesbitt Burns Securities, Inc., a subsidiary of the Bank of Montreal. He began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served 16 years in various capacities, including Fixed Income Product Manager, Midwest Regional Manager, and Vice President.

Mr. Jameson also served as Senior Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Sales and Marketing at First Chicago Capital Markets.

Emory University, MBA, Summa Cum Laude
Georgia Institute of Technology, BS Industrial Management

Michael B. Andelman

Managing Director

Mr. Andelman serves as the co-portfolio manager for the Rising Dividend strategies. He has been with the firm for 13 years, and in 2010, was named partner.

Boston University, B.S.B.A. Finance

John V. Celentani, CFP


Mr. Celentani is responsible for client service and business development with private clients of the firm. He provides wealth management solutions with a focus on investments and financial planning. John served as Vice President in the Wealth Strategies group of Northern Trust prior to joining Dearborn Partners. His responsibilities there included charitable planning, trust administration, and investment management.

Northwestern University, BS

Mark H. Dierkes, CFA

Managing Director

Mr. Dierkes provides portfolio management services to private clients. He joined Dearborn Partners from the Private Investor Department of William Blair & Company.

Mark had previously served as a First Vice President and Managing Director at Wayne Hummer Asset Management. There for 10 years, he managed portfolios for a diverse roster of clients. He earlier managed a portfolio of common stocks for Protection Mutual Insurance Company.

University of Notre Dame, BS Civil Engineering

Luke Knecht, CFA

Managing Director

Mr. Knecht has lead portfolio management responsibility for the firm's alternative fixed income product, Return Profile Management (RPM). Luke joined Dearborn Partners from Deerfield Capital where he held a number of senior management positions. His extensive previous experience includes positions at Colorado National Bank, Harris (Bank) Investment Management and Dresser RCM Global Investors

RPM is an absolute return fixed income strategy, with a lengthy track record of generating enhanced returns over U.S. Treasuries without using derivatives, leverage or credit risk. It offers clients total liquidity, no "lock-up" period and complete transparency as to the portfolio holdings and market value.

University of Colorado, B.S. Business Administration

Carol M. Lippman, CFA

Managing Director

Mrs. Lippman manages Dearborn Partners' Core Rising Dividend Portfolio and High and Rising Dividend Portfolio strategies. She joined the firm from Wells Fargo Advisors in 2011 and has 30+ years of investment experience.

Northwestern University, B.S.

Calvin J. Pedersen, CFA

Managing Director

Mr. Pedersen is responsible for developing, maintaining and serving the firm's institutional business.

A 30+ year investment management veteran, Mr. Pedersen was most recently Chairman and CEO of Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. and was on the Equity and Fixed Income Investment Strategy Committees. He previously served as Head of Sales and Marketing and was President and CEO of three closed-end mutual funds. Earlier, he was a Managing Director with First Chicago Investment Advisors.

DePaul University, MBA
Wheaton College, BA

Thomas J. Rowland, CFA

Managing Director

Mr. Rowland provides portfolio management services to private clients. He joined Dearborn Partners from the Private Investor Department of William Blair & Company.

Previously, Tom spent 19 years at Wayne Hummer Asset Management where, as a First Vice President and Managing Director, he supervised the management of their mutual funds and balanced equity accounts. Earlier, he was with CNA Financial Corporation as a portfolio manager, research analyst and securities trader. Tom began his investment career with the Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago.

Northwestern University, MBA Finance
University of Notre Dame, BBA Finance

Richard R. Seitz

Managing Director

Mr. Seitz is in charge of marketing and sales of the firm 's investment products to financial advisors and other intermediaries, focusing now on the Rising Dividend Strategy. Prior to joining Dearborn Partners, he was a Managing Director and National Sales Manager for Legg Mason Global Asset Management and its predecessor, Citigroup Asset Management, with $700 billion of assets under management.

Rick is a thirty year veteran of the financial services industry with significant experience in separately managed accounts, open and closed end mutual funds as well as many structured products. He has also held senior marketing positions with E.F. Hutton and American National Security.

University of Minnesota, BS Business

Donald G. McKinnon

Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. McKinnon is responsible for overseeing and developing the firm’s compliance department. Prior to joining Dearborn Partners, he was a Due Diligence Specialist at Balyasny Asset Management LP. Don began his career as a Compliance Officer at Deephaven Capital Management LLC, and later joined Stark Investments LP as a Senior Compliance Officer.

William Mitchell College of Law, JD
University of Minnesota, BA History

Teresa Coldiron


Mrs. Coldiron is responsible for supervising operations at Dearborn Partners. She has 25+ years experience.