Mr. Pierson has been a director since November 2007. Mr. Pierson currently serves as President of Acorn Investors, LLC, an investor in Oaktree Capital Group Holdings, L.P., which consists of six longstanding Oaktree clients who became institutional investors in Oaktree in February, 2004. Mr. Pierson recently retired from Meyer Memorial Trust (a member of Acorn Investors, LLC) after 32 years as the Chief Financial & Investment Officer. Prior to joining Meyer Memorial Trust, Mr. Pierson served as treasurer of Gregory Affiliates from 1980 until 1982. From 1973 until 1980, he served as an audit supervisor with Ernst & Young. Mr. Pierson initiated and conducted a comprehensive investment survey for the Foundation Financial Officers Group, representing more than 160 foundations with assets totaling approximately $250 billion for over 20 years. He has served on a number of private equity fund advisory boards and is a trustee for several private trusts. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of M Fund, Inc. and is a principal with Clifford Capital Partners, LLC. Mr. Pierson received a B.S. in business administration cum laude from California State University, Northridge and is a Certified Public Accountant and CFA charterholder.
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