Hoboken, NJ – John "Sean" J. Hanlon IV, CFP® has been named to the Board of Trustees at Stevens Institute of Technology. Elected during the December meeting of the Board, Hanlon will officially join the group at the February 2011 Board of Trustees meeting.
"My grandfather was outside legal counsel for Stevens back in the 1970s. He placed the Stevens application in front of me and said ‘you should attend college there, it has an outstanding reputation’. I listened," Hanlon stated. "To this day there has been nothing more important to my professional success than the education that I received at Stevens."
After graduating from Stevens in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Hanlon began his career as a Project Engineer with Rohm and Haas. In 1982, he shifted professions, moving to Wall Street where he trained and worked with Merrill Lynch and then helped establish a branch office for Paine Webber, in which he also worked. Hanlon started his own financial advisory practice in 1994 and founded Hanlon Investment Management, Inc. in 1999. Today Hanlon acts as Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer and employs more than 60 professional and administrative staff, serving thousands of clients portfolio management needs.
"It is amazing how applicable a sound engineering education can be for success in the financial services industry today," Hanlon said. "Whether it is in research, portfolio management, operations or management, the knowledge gained from my engineering education is put to good practical use every day in the financial services industry."
In the late 1990s, Hanlon developed portfolio management techniques that are used to manage more than $2.6 billion of assets under management today. These techniques are best described as a combination of Modern Portfolio Theory and Intermediate-Term Trend Following.
Hanlon has been Chairman of his town’s Education Foundation Board as well as Chairman of the Seabrook House Foundation. He is a founding member of the Pershing Advisor Solutions Advisory Board and was a founding member of the SunAmerica Sentra Advisory Board.
Hanlon and his wife Cathy reside in southern New Jersey with their two children, John and Erin.
"I look forward to my Board of Trustees service and participation in associated committees," concluded Hanlon. "This is a very exciting time for Stevens and I am enthusiastic and proud to join the Board of this incredibly fine University. The future looks very bright at Stevens."
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.eduand www.stevens.edu/news.