George M. Tharakan, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Tharakan was a Principal with Santa Barbara Asset Management (2003-2009), where he was Director of Research, Portfolio Manager, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Tharakan was instrumental in institutionalizing SBAM’s investment process, which enabled additional growth through institutional channels for the firm. As director of research, he oversaw the investment process for SBAM and was a member of the Investment Committee managing over $4 Billion in assets. He was previously a Senior Vice President at Vantis Capital, and prior to that he was a Senior Vice President at Roxbury Capital Management, and a Senior Design Engineer for Intel Corporation. George is an Honors graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, and received an MBA in Finance, with Honors, from the Anderson School of Business (UCLA) and is a member of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts.
L. John Murphy, CFA
Prior to co-founding Alamar Capital Management, LLC, Mr. Murphy was the founder of Sycamore Advisors, a consulting firm to boutique investment management firms (2008-2010). John was previously a Principal and Managing Director with Santa Barbara Asset Management (2001-2008), where he was a Client Portfolio Manager, a member of the Executive Committee, and developed and managed the firm’s Institutional Marketing and Client Service effort. Prior to that, John was with Canterbury Consulting, an institutional pension consulting firm. John has a B.S. in International Relations from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo and an MBA in Finance from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is a CFA charter holder and a member of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts.