Reliable Professionals

Steven Check
President and Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Check founded Check Capital Management (CCM) in 1987.  As CCM's Chief Investment Officer, he is responsible for overall investment policy and portfolio management.  While formally educated as an engineer (plus coursework in accounting), Mr. Check found his passion in investing and helping others with financial issues.  He thoroughly studied great investors—Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, etc.—learning not only their techniques but the underlying mindset that ensured their success.  Mr. Check holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State and a Masters in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.  A member of CFA Institute, he is past President of the CFA Society of Orange County.


Christopher Ballard, CFP®
Managing Director

Mr. Ballard is responsible for business development and general client service.  A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, he provides individualized guidance, such as goal-setting and retirement planning.  Mr. Ballard's 12 years of experience before CCM included Vice President / Financial Consultant with a national stockbrokerage, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley and Chief Investment Officer of Green Thumb Financial, an investment advisory firm.  Mr. Ballard received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Jock Meeks, CRPC
Client Services Director

Mr. Meeks oversees service to Check Capital's clients.  His 32 years of experience in financial services includes seven years with an investment banker, followed by twelve years with a national brokerage firm.  He held an NYSE Branch Manager Principals license and acted as Branch Manager for more than two years.  Mr. Meeks earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wyoming.  He received the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning in 2008.


Susan Niedwick, CFP®
Vice President, Senior Investment Officer

Ms. Niedwick provides individualized service oriented toward helping clients to achieve personal objectives.  Her 19 years of financial-industry experience include institutional fixed-income sales with Zions Bank, investment counsel at a national brokerage house, and, at two firms, consultation addressing the retirement and cashflow needs of high-net-worth Orange County families.  Ms. Niedwick, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, earned dual Bachelor's degrees in Finance and French at the University of Utah.


S. Scott Lain
Vice President, Senior Investment Officer

Mr. Lain is Check Capital's representative for the Southeast region of the United States.  By introducing and reviewing CCM's investment philosophy, he establishes and maintains client relationships with the firm.  Mr. Lain has over twenty years of experience in securities, banking and insurance.  Before coming to CCM, Mr. Lain was a Vice President with a leading financial services firm, Senior Financial Consultant at MetLife and Senior Investment Advisor with Chase Investments, having begun his career at Prudential Securities.  He received his BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington.


Jeremy Saltzberg
Vice President, Senior Investment Officer

Mr. Saltzberg is responsible for various client-service initiatives at Check Capital in addition to providing financial counsel to clients regarding their accounts.  Prior to joining CCM, he was both a Portfolio Manager and Director of Investment Research with Avondale Asset Management as well as Vice President at Spectrum Asset Management.  Mr. Saltzberg began his career as an Investment Analyst with Beacon Pointe Advisors in Newport Beach, California.  He attained his Bachelorís degree in Business Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


John Thatcher, AAMS®
Vice President, Senior Investment Officer

Mr. Thatcher provides service to existing clients and educates prospective clients about Check Capitalís investment programs.  His 18 years of industry experience include three years as a Financial Advisor for IDS Financial Services (an American Express Company) followed by 15 years as a Vice President / Financial Consultant at a major financial services firm.  He was also the Operations Manager for a residential construction company for six years.  Mr. Thatcher earned his Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠ designation from the College for Financial Planning in 2008.


Jim Waite, CRPC
flexFOLIO Portfolio Manager

Mr. Waite manages the flexFOLIO program, concentrating on highly personalized portfolios to meet specific client objectives.  His 33 years of securities-industry experience include a decade as a Financial Consultant and Operations Manager with a national stockbrokerage, following five years as Investment Services Manager at Griffin Financial.  Mr. Waite holds a BA in Business Administration (emphasis in finance) from California State University, Fullerton.  He earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning in 2008.


Robert Hill
Chief Compliance Officer / Trading Manager

Mr. Hill oversees both regulatory compliance and trading for the firm.  He executes equity and fixed-income trades for individual client portfolios as well as the Blue Chip Investor Fund.  Mr. Hill also supervises the firm's account reconciliations and technical operations.  Prior to joining Check Capital, he was Business Analyst for a nationally recognized printed-circuit-board distributor, where he researched companies to identify suitable, prospectively profitable business partners.  Mr. Hill holds a BS in Business Administration (emphasis in finance) from California State University, Long Beach.


Ryan Kinney
Research Director

Mr. Kinney advances Check Capitalís portfolio management process by means of a value-oriented, bottom-up approach to equity research.  He and Steven Check identify prospectively profitable investments, then monitor the performance of those selected.  He also authors "Company Reports" and "Company Close–Ups" to keep clients informed about their holdings.  Mr. Kinney served as CCM Research Analyst for three years before assuming his current position.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (emphasis in finance) from San Diego State University.


Nancy Kernan
Senior Administrator

Ms. Kernan provides account support to clients, performs internal administrative services and acts as office manager.  She has 29 years of experience in the securities industry, serving as Sales Assistant with Shearson Lehman Brothers and Portfolio Administrator with both Loomis Sayles & Co. and Palley-Needelman Asset Management.  Ms. Kernan attended Interstate Business College.


Ginny Williams
Associate Administrator

Ms. Williams provides account support to clients, as well as performing internal administrative services.  Her 30 years of securities-industry experience include Sales Assistant, Acting Branch Operations Manager, New Accounts Administrator and Wire Operator at Shearson Lehman Hutton, Prudential Securities and Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards.  Ms. Williams was Portfolio Administrator at Palley-Needelman Asset Management and Neuberger Berman.  She attended Golden West College.


Stephanie Gleason
Associate Administrator

Ms. Gleason performs internal administrative services as well as ongoing assistance to clients.  Her more than one decade of securities-industry experience includes Cashier, Operations Support Coordinator and Client Service Associate at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, then Senior Client Associate at Wells Fargo Advisors.  Ms. Gleason attended Saddleback College.