Overview

At Sentinel Trust, Todd is responsible for investment strategy, overseeing teams responsible for all asset classes, and making strategic and tactical allocation decisions across all portfolios.

Todd joined Sentinel Trust after gaining nearly twenty years of experience in wealth and portfolio management. Prior to joining Sentinel Trust in 2019, Todd served as a Managing Director of the Portfolio Management Team for a $6B multi-family office largely servicing professional investors. He also served as the Chair of the Investment Steering Committee and as a voting Investment Committee Member. Prior to that role, Todd ran an institutional-sized single-family office on the West Coast and several mutual funds for a boutique investment firm in Colorado.

Before entering the field of finance, Todd served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and taught with the Mississippi Teacher Corps. Todd also enjoys golf, biking, spending time with his family, and giving back to the community.

Professional Background:

  • Managing Director, Athena Capital Advisors, LLC, Lincoln, MA (2013-2019)
    Responsibilities included co-leading a team of 13 investment and client service professionals in a multi-family office with $6 billion in assets under advisement; overseeing 13 distinct relationships totaling $2 billion including all aspects of investments, risk management, performance reporting, tax, estate, and insurance planning; and serving as Chair of the Investment Steering Committee which allocated resources for the 23-person Research team and on the Investment Committee which set strategic, tactical, and manager allocations across all client portfolios.
  • Portfolio Manager, Teknekron, LLC, Incline Village, NV (2011-2013)
    Responsibilities included managing direct and indirect investments across all asset classes for an institutional-sized single family office; executing due diligence for all investments and external managers; and creating and maintaining various portfolios including a non-guaranteed mortgage backed securities portfolio, a pure US equity portfolio, a MLP-focused portfolio, an in-house hedge fund of funds portfolio and a gold portfolio built with advanced statistical techniques.
  • Associate and Investment Committee Member, Round Table Wealth Management, Westfield, NJ (2011)
    Responsibilities included pioneering all facets of private Multi-Strategy Tactical Asset Fund; overseeing $250 million in fixed income assets; and analyzing and providing client-specific recommendations on a variety of public and private assets for high-net-worth individuals and multi-generational families. Hired away by client to run their single-family office.
  • Portfolio Manager and Investment Committee Member, ICON Advisers, Greenwood Village, CO (2005-2010)
    Responsibilities included managing three quantitative value-oriented debt and equity funds, serving on the Investment Committee which oversaw the firm’s $6 billion in assets, and leading major improvements to the firm’s quantitative models and systems.

Professional Organizations:

  • CFA Society of Houston, Member
  • Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), Member
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association, Member

Education

The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business: MBA in Finance (2005)

The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business: MS in Development Economics and Finance (2005)

University of Mississippi: MA in Curriculum and Instruction (2001)

Stanford University: BA in Economics (1997)

Certifications

Chartered Financial Analyst – 2009

Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst – 2009

Financial Risk Manager – 2007

IN THE COMMUNITY

Community Involvement:

  • Save The Children, Former Volunteer
  • AmeriCorps VISTA, Former Volunteer
  • Tahoe Women’s Service, Former Volunteer
  • Mississippi Teacher Corps, Former Member
  • Heifer International, Former Member of the Ambassador’s Council
  • Parent Teacher Organization, Former Volunteer
INSIGHTS

On Watch – September 2019

The latest edition of On Watch is now available for download. This issue features articles about holding and managing family business interests in trust, making air travel and airport security easier, and a special interview with our new Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Todd A. Burchett. Contributors to this issue are Ross W. Nager,…

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Sentinel Trust Announces New Chief Investment Officer Todd A. Burchett

Today, Sentinel Trust Company, LBA, a $4.3 billion multi-family office in Houston, Texas, announces the hiring of Todd A. Burchett, CFA, FRM, CAIA as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, effective September 15, 2019. Mr. Burchett succeeds Bruce L. Swanson, PhD, who will transition to an Of Counsel role with the firm.

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