Meet the Director

CONTACT INFORMATION

Work: (802) 860-2744

E-mail: jpelletier@champlain.edu

John is an entrepreneurial-minded business executive and attorney. John has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel for some of the country's leading asset management firms. John has extensive experience starting, growing, restructuring and managing businesses.

EXPERIENCE

Sterling Valley Consulting LLC, Stowe, VT (2009 - Present)
Independent consulting firm specializing in advice to financial service companies.

Founder/Principal. Strategic consulting to optimize product, distribution and corporate development strategies; identify cost reduction opportunities; and conduct compliance reviews.

Sentinel Funds, Montpelier, VT (2013 - present)

Mutual fund family of National Life Group (approximately $8 Billion in assets under management)

Independent Director.

Eaton Vance Corp., Boston, MA (2007 - 2008)
$160 billion asset management firm (NYSE publicly traded firm with a $4 billion market capitalization).

Chief Legal Officer. Managed a group of 45 professionals and provided legal and compliance oversight to the firm and its product offerings (mutual funds and retail and institutional accounts).

Natixis Global Associates, Boston, MA (1997 - 2007 )
Provider of financial intermediary distribution and a mutual fund and retail separately managed account platform (SMA) for its fourteen affiliates (e.g. AEW, Oakmark Funds, Loomis Sayles, Gateway, etc.).

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President(2004 - 2007). Oversight of a 350 employee, $80 billion assets under management (AUM) division of Natixis Global Asset Management ($835 billion in AUM). Over a 4 year period created a new SMA business that grew to $14 billion AUM and grew the Loomis Sayles/Natixis mutual fund family from $8 - $40 billion. Managed the firm's mutual fund transfer agent (1 million shareholder accounts); $4 billion investment counseling business; and the corporate development group. Prior to 2004, served as the firm's General Counsel.

Funds Distributor, Inc. (FDI), Boston, MA (1994 - 1997)
A leading provider of third party mutual fund distribution and administration services.

General Counsel. Managed legal and compliance professionals in offices in Boston and New York. Developed a third party distribution business (more than 20 clients, 250 funds and $120 billion AUM) and a fund administration business (25 funds with $7 billion AUM). Helped launch ETFs now known as iShares. FDI is now part of Citibank.

OTHER EXPERIENCE: Counsel, The Boston Company Advisors, Inc. (Boston, MA); Associate, Ropes & Gray (Washington, D.C.); and Associate, Sidley & Austin (Washington, D.C.).

EDUCATION: B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Assumption College in 1986; J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 1989.

PERSONAL: Married with children. Hobbies include downhill skiing, cross country skiing, mountain biking and golf. Member of the Assumption College Investment Committee.