Built on the simple idea that doing the right thing earns trust 

 

OUR FIRM TODAY

In the world today, we see a rapidly changing environment – in markets and in many aspects of our day-to-day lives.  Gone are the days of superior informational advantages of the largest financial institutions – technology is democratizing the world and practical, cost efficient, time saving solutions are the future across all industries.  An investment advisor today must understand trends affecting both our industry and the global economy, such as the rapid expansion of technology and automation. 

Our firm bridges this gap between wealth management of the past and of tomorrow – for while our roots may date back to 1976, we are an intergenerational advisory firm that has modernized for the future.  We have learned from the past and are applying this knowledge to our investment approach by building modern, cost effective portfolios rooted in both academic theory and practical real-world experience.  Our team’s backgrounds and expertise range from academia to the institutional arena in the areas of mutual funds, ETFs, private equity, real estate, and fixed income trading. 

We believe there is a better approach to investing which, when thoughtfully combined with prudent financial planning, produces better outcomes for our clients. We invite you to discover how we can partner with you to achieve your goals. 

 
 
  Jonathan Rugg, CFA  |   President & Chief Compliance Officer

Jonathan Rugg, CFA | President & Chief Compliance Officer

Jon oversees the investment selection, research, and asset allocation decisions. He is a voting member of the Investment Committee. Jon received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance, Real Estate and Marketing. He is a CFA Charterholder.  He currently sits on a Board for the CFA LA chapter, and is a board member of a mutual fund. Prior to joining the firm Jon worked in real estate private equity for Urdang Capital (now CenterSquare Capital).

Jon has written articles for Institutional Investor and InvestmentNews and has been a long time participant in Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Philadelphia. In his free time he enjoys traveling, snowboarding, cooking, and beach volleyball.                                                                                       

  Cyrus Amini, Esq., CFA  |   Vice President & Director of Research

Cyrus Amini, Esq., CFA | Vice President & Director of Research

Cyrus co-manages the investment selection, research, and asset allocation decisions. He is a voting member of the Investment Committee. Cyrus received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, is a Member of NY State Bar Association, and is a CFA Charterholder. Cyrus serves as Chairman of the Board of a mutual fund. Prior to joining the firm Cyrus worked as an analyst on the High Yield Credit trading desk at Bank of America.

He has written articles and been mentioned in US News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor, Yahoo Finance and Money Magazine. Cyrus completed his first Ironman 70.3 race and enjoys soccer, traveling, reading and skiing in his free time. 

  Shawn Hsieh, MBA, CFA, CFP ®   | Principal

Shawn Hsieh, MBA, CFA, CFP® | Principal

Shawn leads the firm’s advanced financial planning and family office team. He is also a voting member of the Investment Committee where he participates in investment selection, research, and asset allocation decisions. Prior to joining C&R, Inc., Shawn was at City National Bank’s Private Banking division working with ultra-high-net-worth clients.  In addition to his private banking experience, Shawn worked at Prudential’s Non-Qualified Pension division developing plans and strategies for Fortune 500 Companies. Shawn received his M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is both a CFA Charterholder and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

Outside of work Shawn enjoys tennis, traveling, snowboarding, motorcycle riding and volunteering in his local community.                                                                               

 
  Don Rugg, Ph.D.  |   Founder & Consultant

Don Rugg, Ph.D. | Founder & Consultant

Dr. Rugg founded Charlesworth & Rugg, Inc. in 1976. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA and has served on the faculty of UCLA, Santa Clara, and Pepperdine Universities. Before founding Charlesworth & Rugg, Inc., he was an economist for Rand Corporation. Dr. Rugg is a non-voting member of the Investment Committee and primarily focuses upon the firm’s research and portfolio management activities. 

He has authored "The Dow Jones Irwin Guide to Mutual Funds" and "New Strategies for Mutual Fund Investing." He is a member of the CFA Institute, and the CFA Society of Los Angeles. In his free time, Dr. Rugg enjoys playing tennis, hiking, golfing and spending time in the Sierras. 

  Lisa Sternberg, MBA  | Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Sternberg, MBA | Chief Operating Officer

Lisa joined Charlesworth & Rugg, Inc. in 1983. With over thirty years experience in the investment management field, she is responsible for portfolio trading, operations management, client reporting and implementing compliance procedures. She received a B.A. degree from UCLA and an M.B.A. from CSUN.

In her free time Lisa enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and spending time at the beach.

  Jamie Rugg  | Wealth Manager & Financial Planner

Jamie Rugg | Wealth Manager & Financial Planner

Jamie oversees firm financial planning, and participates in investment analysis and research. Prior to joining the firm, Jamie led operations and strategy at a startup and held numerous management positions in training and development. She received her B.S. from the Marshall School of Business at USC. Jamie is a candidate for CFP® certification, has successfully passed the CFP exam, and completed UCLA's certificate program in Personal Financial Planning.

Outside of work Jamie enjoys hiking, traveling, yoga, reading and volunteering at a local Los Angeles hospital. 

 
  David Fitzgerald  | National Account Manager

David Fitzgerald | National Account Manager

David is responsible for firm marketing, recruiting and communication. Before joining Charlesworth and Rugg, David was with JPMorgan's Asset Management division where he focused on building the client base for their ETF business. Prior to JPMorgan he was a Senior Associate with New York Life's MainStay Investments, before which he worked as a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch in Pennington, New Jersey. He received his B.S. in Economics from Ohio University.

Dave resides in NYC with his fiance and enjoys playing hockey, traveling, and all Pittsburgh sports teams. 

  Thomas Murphy  | Vice President,   Corporate Services, East Coast

Thomas Murphy | Vice President,   Corporate Services, East Coast

Tom oversees C&R’s east coast Corporate Services division. Before joining the firm, Tom worked as a private banking advisor for Merrill Lynch. Tom held multiple financial advisory roles at Merrill before joining the firm’s Private Banking division in 2012. Working on one of the largest and most tenured teams, he focused on the continued expansion of their team’s corporate services and wealth management businesses. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Tom served as an Advisor at John Thomas Financial. He received his B.S. in Finance and Economics from Caldwell University.

In his free time, Tom enjoys baseball, golf, snowboarding and traveling.

  A  aron Morris  | Vice President, Corporate Services, West Coast

Aaron Morris | Vice President, Corporate Services, West Coast

Aaron oversees C&R’s west coast Corporate Services division and is responsible for assisting business owners in expanding their operations by focusing on employee retention and attrition, mitigating risk and utilizing tax saving strategies. Prior to joining the firm, Aaron managed the Corporate Services Department at American Financial Network and was a Senior Client Relationship Manager in Prudential Retirement Services serving high net worth clients. Aaron received a B.A. in Economics from California State University, Northridge and he is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF).  He currently serves as the Board Vice-Chair for both the San Fernando Community Health Center and the Community OUTreach Alliance.

In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and tennis, traveling, scuba diving, gardening and cooking.

 
  Carol Miller  | Client Services

Carol Miller | Client Services

Carol joined Charlesworth & Rugg, Inc. in 1988 and is responsible for securities trading and client reporting. Carol helps design and maintain the many proprietary databases used to produce economic and financial spreadsheets and detailed analytical reports.

Outside of the office, Carol enjoys reading, trivia, spending time at the beach and volleyball. 

  David Yoshioka  | Financial Advisor

David Yoshioka | Financial Advisor

David has been a part of the team since 2001, and his primary responsibilities are in client liaison services and business development. David has broad experience as an executive in the insurance, accounting and finance industries and was previously President of Heritage Insurance Group. He received his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business.