Portfolio Management & Investment Research

_MG_3927Ramsey A. Luhr, President – Founding Partner

Ramsey co-founded Maple Capital Management with John Boland in 2004. Before this he served as Vice President & Portfolio Manager for NL Capital Management’s Private Client Group. Previously he was an Associate with Concord International Investments in New York, where he helped manage international institutional portfolios. He has also held positions at both Citibank and Smith Barney in New York. Ramsey has a BA in International Relations from Trinity College. He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and a member of the CFA Institute.

_MG_3927Steven L. Killoran, Vice President – Business Development – Partner

Steve joined Maple Capital Management in 2009 after working at Sentinel Investments where he most recently held the position of Vice President—National Accounts. Steve worked in a variety of roles while at Sentinel and his responsibilities included sales and sales management, product development and marketing. Prior to joining Sentinel, Steve designed and implemented pension and profit-sharing platforms for large retirement plans at CitiStreet. Steve has a BA in Political Science from Keene State College.

_MG_3927Richard J. Litchfield, CFA, Senior Vice President & Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

Rich joined Maple Capital Management in 2019 after working at Opus Investment Management where he most recently held the position of Head of Portfolio Management and Trading. Rich managed a number of insurance general account mandates while at Opus and also focused on macroeconomic analysis, municipal bonds, and risk management. Prior to Opus, Rich was an Analyst with Keystone Investments in Boston, MA. He has a BS in Finance from Boston College and received his MBA from Boston University. Rich is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Boston, CFA Society Vermont, and the CFA Institute.

_MG_3927David M. Brownlee, CFA, Senior Vice President & Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

David joined Maple Capital Management in June 2015.  Previously, David was a Senior Vice President & Fixed-Income Portfolio Manager at Sentinel Investments since 1993 before retiring in 2014.   While at Sentinel, he managed the Sentinel Government Securities Fund, which won the Lipper “Best-In-Category” award in the General U.S. Government Fund bracket for both the 5-year period ended 2006 and the 10-year period ended 2010.  He also managed the Sentinel Short Maturity Government Fund and co-managed the Sentinel Total Return Bond, Balanced, and Conservative Strategies Funds during his tenure at Sentinel.  Prior to joining Sentinel, David was a Managing Director at Aetna Bond Investors in Hartford, CT;  a Portfolio Manager at MetLife State Street in Boston, MA;  and a Fixed-Income Sector Manager at  Mass Mutual Life in Springfield, MA.   David has a BA in both Mathematics and Economics from American International College, where he graduated class valedictorian. David is a CFA charterholder and a member of CFA Institute.

Casual 3Timothy C. Escott, CFA, Regional Director & Senior Portfolio Manager – Partner

Tim joined Maple Capital Management in 2005 after working as a Portfolio Manager at Mellon Financial in Atlanta, Georgia. Tim has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and has held positions at Wachovia, Bank of America, and SunTrust. His background includes private business valuation, trust services, financial advisory services, security analysis, and portfolio management for both individual and institutional clients. Tim has a BA in Business from North Carolina State University and received his MBA from Wake Forest University. Tim is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Tim manages our Atlanta branch office.

Elizabeth S. H. LewisElizabeth S. H. Lewis, CFA, Portfolio Manager – Partner

Liz joined Maple Capital Management in 2012 after working in the Business Development Group at Equity Services, Inc. (ESI). Her responsibilities there included investment manager due diligence and business development. Prior to joining ESI, Liz worked as an Analyst at John Hancock and as an Associate at Oppenheimer & Co. in Boston. She has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. Liz is a CFA charterholder and a member and past director of the Vermont CFA Society and a member of the CFA Institute.

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Debbie L. Montgomery, CFP, Portfolio Manager

Debbie joined Maple Capital Management in 2016, and works out of our Atlanta, Georgia office.  Prior to joining MCM, Debbie was the owner of DM Financial Planning, Inc., where she was an independent CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERDebbie began her career at Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. as a registered representative and has over 27 years of experience in the financial industry.  Debbie has a degree in finance from Georgia State University. In 1998, she earned the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER from the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards, Inc.

Timothy J. Wooster, Portfolio Manager
Tim joined Maple Capital Management in 2017 after working as a Vice President & Portfolio Manager at First National Bank in Camden, Maine. Tim has over 10 years in the investment management industry and has served as a Portfolio Manager at People’s United Bank and as an Investment Officer at Bar Harbor bank & Trust. His responsibilities have included portfolio management for individual and institutional clients, financial planning and business development. Tim received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Johnson State College.

Gerald C. Milkowski, Senior Vice President & Portfolio Manager

Gerald C. Milkowski, Senior Vice President & Portfolio Manager
Jerry joined Maple Capital Management in 2004 after working as Senior Vice President & Portfolio Manager at NL Capital Management’s Private Client Group. Jerry has over 35 years of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to joining NL Capital, Jerry was the Senior Investment Officer for the trust division of the New London Trust Company in Hanover, NH. He has also held positions as Portfolio Manager/Trust Officer at the Dartmouth National Bank in Hanover, NH, a Principal at D.A. Davidson, in Montana, and a Vice President at Merrill Lynch in New York. Jerry has a BS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and received his MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Michael A. Keara, Equity Analyst – PartnerMichael

Mike joined Maple Capital Management in 2014 with over a decade of experience as an equity analyst. Previously, Mike was a senior equity research analyst for Prime Executions Research.  He also worked as a lead equity analyst at Morningstar covering domestic and international firms in various consumer sectors. Before that he held equity analyst positions at Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan.  Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and quantitative analysis from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Hilary T. Roper, CFA, Equity Analyst – PartnerH. Roper

Hilary joined Maple Capital Management in 2017. Before this, Hilary was Vice President, Equity Analyst and Portfolio Manager of the Sentinel Common Stock Fund at Sentinel Investments. Prior to joining Sentinel in 1998, Hilary was an Equity Analyst for Schroders in New York. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Hilary is a graduate of Cornell University.

IMG_2904James W. Fischer, Trader – Partner

Jim joined Maple Capital Management in 2014. Jim has more than 17 years of capital markets experience. Prior to joining MCM, Jim worked in Corporate Treasury for Keurig Dr. Pepper, Inc., where he was responsible for risk management and trade execution for various commodity, interest rate, and foreign exchange exposures. Jim has a BA in Government and Law from Lafayette College. While at Lafayette College, Jim also served as the captain of his Division 1 Track and Field team.

Operations

Evan I. PembertonEvan I. Pemberton, CFA, Vice President – Operations & Chief Compliance Officer – Partner

Evan joined Maple Capital Management in 2015 after working for ten years at Rock Point Advisors in Burlington, Vermont where he most recently served as Operations Manager and Chief Compliance Officer. In his time there he focused on SEC compliance, data management, client reporting, portfolio management and systems management. Evan is CFA charterholder and received his Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from the University of Vermont. He is a member of both the CFA Society of Vermont and the CFA Institute.

Cory T. BeardCory T. Beard, Operations Manager – Partner

Cory joined Maple Capital in 2015 after spending 8 years at Sentinel Investments where he held roles in investment reporting and operations for their mutual fund and insurance portfolios. Prior to working in investment reporting and operations at Sentinel he worked in their Investor Services Group. Cory has a BA in Government from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from Norwich University.


Joshua C. Mallery, Client Service ManagerIMG_2806

Josh joined Maple Capital in 2012 as an Operations Associate. He now heads the Client Service Team and is in charge of all client service operations. Josh attended Johnson State College where he studied Business Management with a Math and Accounting concentration. In 2016 Josh was awarded the Claritas Investment Certificate by the CFA Institute he also holds his series 65 license.

Richard Bowers, Sr. Client Service SpecialistIMG_2934

Rick joined Maple Capital in 2018 after working at BlackRock’s Investor Services Group in Boston, MA. Rick has been awarded the Investment Foundations certificate by the CFA Institute and he has over 4 years of experience working in the industry where he held his Series 7 and 63. Rick graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Kara E. Simanskas, Client Service SpecialistIMG_2839

Kara joined Maple Capital in 2017 as a part of the Client Service team. Kara attended Castleton University where she earned a BA in Business with a concentration in Marketing and Management. Kara has been awarded the Investment Foundations certificate by the CFA Institute.

Richard E. Powell, Client Service SpecialistIMG_2934

Richard “Ricky” Powell joined the Client Service team at Maple Capital in 2018. Since then, Ricky has been awarded the Investment Foundations certificate by the CFA Institute. Born and raised in Montpelier, Ricky attended Maryville College in Tennessee where he earned his BA in Sociology and played on the football team. Ricky worked at The New School of Montpelier for six years, supporting and teaching students with special needs. In his free time, he is the Head Coach of the JV Boys Basketball Team at Montpelier High School.