Queens Oak is a principally employee owned firm representing all functional areas. The team includes multi–talented professionals with diverse investment experience across asset classes.
Eric M. Teal, MBA
Chief Investment Officer / Chief Compliance Officer
Eric is the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner of Queens Oak Advisors, a position he has held since August 2015. He has overall responsibility for the firm’s investment strategy and results. This includes overall responsibility for asset allocation and directing portfolio management, research, trading, planning, and risk management functions. As Chief Compliance Officer, Eric is responsible for the firm’s adherence to all compliance standards. Additionally, he helps oversee the strategic direction and growth of the firm.
Previously, Eric was the Chief Investment Officer of a regional bank and led the organization’s Capital Management Group for over ten years. His responsibilities included the investment management and oversight of over $5.0 billion in assets under management. Eric was in charge of asset allocation, overall investment strategy and directly responsible for equity portfolio management. Formerly, Eric was Director of Equities for a Boston-based mutual fund company for nearly ten years and managed over $3.0 billion in institutional assets.
Eric received his B.A. degree in Economics and International Studies from Rhodes College and MBA from the University of Memphis, where he was awarded a scholarship in Investments and Finance. He also studied at the London School of Economics. Eric holds the Series 65 license. He is frequently featured as an expert commentator on television and quoted in the local and national media on investing, the economy, and markets. Eric is President of the Alumni Executive Board for Rhodes College. He was also appointed by the UNC Board of Governors to serve on the UNC-TV Board of Trustees and was subsequently elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Leila T. Evans, CFP ®
Director of Client Service, Senior Client Advisor
Leila was one of the founding partners of Queens Oak Advisors and currently serves as the Director of Client Service and as Managing Partner. With over 25 years of experience in the high net worth arena of financial services, Leila has responsibility for business development and client service activities and serves as the relationship manager for many of the firm’s key client relationships. Additionally, Leila helps oversee the strategic direction and growth of the firm.
Prior to Queens Oak, Leila spent the bulk of her career as a Senior Vice President and Partner with the wealth management group of a large national bank. While there, she was a professional leader and consistent top performer, recognized across the bank’s national footprint as an expert in relationship management, financial planning, lending and investment services. She was sought after to service the highest profile clients and handle the most intricate client situations.
Leila earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Certified Financial Planner™ and serves as a Board member of Safe Alliance.
Judy H. August, MBA, CFP®
Client Advisor / Investment Communications Specialist
Judy works with individual and institutional clients on investment communications and servicing, providing them with custom service, reporting and analysis. She is also a member of Queens Oak’s Investment Group, performing research and analysis, and producing written pieces. Judy has over 15 years of investment and financial planning experience. She has a strong background of management and leadership positions, both professionally and as a member of various not-for-profit boards in Charlotte, including the Levine Jewish Community Center (prior President), and Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community (Past Board Chair).
Judy earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation and a Series 65 license.
B. Deems May, Jr.
Director of Business Development
Deems serves as a Partner and brings more than 15 years of advisory experience to Queens Oak Advisors. He is focused on business development for individual investors. His prior position was Senior Vice President for a national investment firm. As a senior partner of a team, his responsibilities included the oversight for client development and relationship management for the group. He is a former player in the NFL for eight years, having also served as a team representative to the NFL Player’s Union.
Deems earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds his Series 66 license and Life & Health Insurance licenses. Deems is President of The Deems May Foundation, which benefits charities near his hometown of Lexington, N.C. He also is on the Board of Directors at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, and the Myers Park United Methodist Local Outreach Committee.
Michele V. Stutts, CFP®, CDFA®
Client Advisor / Business Development Officer
Michele brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services arena. Her background includes financial planning, tax management and lending expertise. She spent 18 years at a large national bank, managing the company’s expansion of Private Banking services in the southeast. Michele has been involved with several volunteer organizations, most recently serving two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors at Charlotte Country Day School (CCDS) and also participating on both their Investment and Finance committees. She has been a long-standing member of the local Financial Planning Association (FPA).
Michele obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville where she was a four-year collegiate athlete on the women’s varsity basketball team. She also earned a Master’s of International Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. She is a Certified Financial Planner™, holds a Series 65 license, and maintains her CDFA® (Certified Divorce Financial Analyst) designation.
Brandon R. Phillips
Director of Investment Operations
Brandon brings over 15 years of service and business operations experience with asset management. Brandon has served as an Associate Vice President for a regional investment firm where he oversaw operations and administered custom investment models for discretionary client accounts. His professionalism and detailed expertise have consistently proven to be a valuable reference for complex operational issues.
Brandon received his B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kevin Runge, CFA®
Kevin brings over 20 years of investment experience to Queens Oak Advisors, where he will be concentrating on trading, asset allocation, manager search and selection, and overall investment strategy decisions. Prior to joining Queens Oak Advisors, he spent the previous 14 years with a Charlotte based asset manager, where he focused on trading, asset allocation, and investment operations for high net worth individuals. He also spent several years with a large institutional wealth manager working in the investment operations department.
Kevin earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Economics from Cal. Poly. State University – San Luis Obispo. He is a CFA® charterholder.
Dolly assists our Queens Oak team with client service, business development and administration. She also works on strategies to enhance and better serve our client relationships. Dolly manages the firm’s website, assists with data management, and helps coordinate marketing and our very popular Queens Oak for Women events.
Dolly received her B.A. in Communications from Queens University and has worked in client service for a number of firms in the financial and technology fields. She has also served as a volunteer fund raiser and event manager for several non-profit organizations in Charlotte.
Marcia H. Joines
Client Service Specialist
Marcia welcomes clients to our Queens Oak offices, and handles many client administrative tasks, with a strong priority on client service and attention to detail. She helps organize many of our client events, mailings, and conference calls, and serves as office manager for the firm.
Marcia studied business administration at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte before becoming administrative assistant to upper management at CoBank in Louisville, Kentucky, and later Executive Secretary to the Chief of Cardiology at the University of Louisville.