Faris Chesley, chairman of Chicago-based investment management firm Chesley, Taft & Associates LLC, shared his insights with students on the causes and after-effects of the 2008 economic crash and what can be done to prevent a reoccurrence at the Broad College’s Warrington Lecture in Ethics and Leadership on Oct. 27, 2011 at the Broad College.
Chesley has been an active participant in Chicago’s investment community for more than 40 years. Prior to starting Chesley Taft, he served as vice chairman of ABN AMRO Incorporated, successor to The Chicago Corporation, which he joined in 1988. He was chairman of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee and a member of its Risk Committee, Management Committee, and Investment Advisory Committee. He previously was executive vice president and a director of Prescott, Ball & Turben, Inc. From 1970 to 1974 he was president of Chesley & Company, and from 1974 to 1984, Burton J. Vincent, Chesley & Co. He began his career with Hornblower & Weeks before leaving to start his own company.
In addition, Chesley has served on the Midwest Stock Exchange’s Specialist Evaluation Committee and as chairman of the Securities Industry Association’s Central States District. He is a member and past president of the Bond Club of Chicago and is an independent trustee of the Henderson Global Funds, a London-based mutual fund complex with over $100 billion in assets.
The Sylvan T. Warrington Visiting Lecture Series in Ethics and Leadership brings to MSU strong leaders who strive for excellence and maintain a high degree of moral and ethical standards. The lecture series is made possible by Warrington’s daughter, Jeannine Warrington James (BA ’57, Human Ecology), and her husband Edward R. James (BA ’56, Economics), who generously support an endowment to honor their father’s hard work and respect for land-grant higher education.