Chief Investment Strategist
Litman has been on CNBC, quoted in Barron’s and Institutional Investor, and interviewed in Forbes. He has published in Harvard Business Review, is a top contributor to SeekingAlpha, and co-authored the highly-acclaimed book, DRIVEN: Business Strategy, Human Actions, and the Creation of Wealth.
Litman has taught or guest-lectured at Harvard Business School, University of Chicago Booth, Wharton, LBS, SAIF Jiao Tong, and others. He is a Professor at Hult International Business School, a Financial Times and Economist top-ranked international MBA program. He conducts seminars regularly for financial and industry conferences around the world such as CFA and CPA chapters.
Litman is chair of the UAFRS Advisory Council, which spearheads usage of Uniform Adjusted Financial Reporting Standards (UAFRS) – also known as Uniform Accounting. He helped build Credit Suisse’s HOLT University and the Center for S.E.V. and MBA Concentration at the Driehaus College of Commerce at DePaul University.
Past employment includes Credit Suisse, Diamond Tech Partners (now PwC), Deloitte, and American Express. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), received a BS in Accounting from DePaul University, and an MBA/MM from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Litman’s philanthropy is focused on community development through scholarships, job training programs, and extensive microfinance lending – particularly in the Philippines.
Director of Research
He is heavily involved in the development and management of the Valens Research application (app.valens-research.com), a tool Valens has developed to allow investors to integrate the UAFRS framework for investment analysis into their process on a daily basis to improve investment insights and decision making.
Spivey has held Assistant Portfolio Manager and Analyst positions and has experience at The Abernathy Group, Legacy Capital Management, Credit Suisse, and Gillette.
Spivey has leveraged his experience on both the buy-side and sell-side of finance and opportunities to work in both the credit and equity markets to gain a unique perspective of how markets work together and can offer contrary signals. His experience in communicating analysis to some of the largest investment managers in the world, working as a generalist analyst at a hedge fund, and to helping manage portfolios on the buy-side has helped give him a wide-ranging perspective on investing and identifying market mispricings.
Spivey is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute. He received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Philosophy from Northeastern University in Boston.
Chief Information Officer
Gutierrez is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer with almost two decades of experience in designing, developing, implementing, and optimizing software solutions with both proprietary and open source technologies. Having worked as a consultant for various international clients prior to joining Valens, he has also cultivated internet marketing and online business development expertise that has supplemented his projects.
Gutierrez holds a Bachelor in Science degree in Business Administration from De La Salle University. He is also an alumni of the Basic Management Program of the Asian Institute of Management.
Apart from her primary responsibility in research, Lim is also regional co-head of the Asia division. She is heavily involved in the firm’s day-to-day operations, including accounting, recruitment, employee relations, and other administrative affairs.
Lim holds a degree in BS Management, with a minor in Financial Management and Chinese Studies, from Ateneo de Manila University.