Lauren C. Templeton is the founder and president of Lauren Templeton Capital Management, LLC; a value investing boutique located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The company is the general partner to the Global Maximum Pessimism Fund.
Ms. Templeton received a B.A. in Economics from the University of the South. She is the president and founder of the Southeastern Hedge Fund Association, Inc. (www.sehfa.com) based in Atlanta, Georgia. Given the broad interest in this organization Ms. Templeton has also consulted on the establishment of sister organizations in various other cities: Nashville, Portland, Denver, Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York, Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, etc. In addition to these responsibilities Ms. Templeton also currently serves the following organizations: the Board of Trustees at the Baylor School, the Pre-business Advisory Council at the University of the South, Sewanee (Board Member), the Finance Advisory Board of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and the Director of the Finance for the Future Initiative at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. In the past, Ms. Templeton has served as President of the Atlanta Hedge Fund Roundtable and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Ms. Templeton is also an active member of Rotary International. She serves on the investment committee of Chattanooga Rotary Club 103 and the investment committee of Rotary International.
Lauren is the great niece of Sir John M. Templeton and is a current member of the John M. Templeton Foundation. The John Templeton Foundation was established in 1987 by renowned international investor, Sir John Templeton.
Lauren Templeton began investing as a child under the heavy influence of her father as well as her late great-uncle, Sir John Templeton. Professionally speaking, Lauren began her career working with managed portfolios and investments in 1998, beginning as a junior associate at the financial advisor Homrich and Berg and later the hedge fund management company New Providence Advisors both of Atlanta. In 2001, Lauren launched her own hedge fund management company which dedicates its efforts to the practice of value investing across the global markets using the same methods learned from her great-uncle, Sir John Templeton. Ms. Templeton is also the co-author of, Investing the Templeton Way: The Market Beating Strategies of Value Investing Legendary Bargain Hunter, 2007, McGraw Hill, which has been translated into nine languages. Lauren lives in Chattanooga, with her husband, Scott Phillips, who is a portfolio manager of the Global Maximum Pessimism Fund and recent author of the investing book, Buying at the Point Maximum Pessimism: Six Value Investing Trends from China to Oil to Agriculture, 2010, FT Press. Lauren and Scott produce a quarterly investment report titled the Maximum Pessimism Report which is distributed worldwide (www.maximumpessimism.com). Lauren and Scott enjoy spending their free time with their nineteen month old daughter Mary Handly.