Lauren C. Templeton, Founder and Principal
Lauren C. Templeton is the founder and president of Templeton & Phillips 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 founder and former president of the Southeastern Hedge Fund Association, Inc. based in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Templeton currently serves the on the Board of Trustees at the Baylor School, Board of Advisors for The Beacon Center of Tennessee and the Atlas Board of Overseers. 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 The Rotary Foundation. In the past, Ms. Templeton has served as President of the Atlanta Hedge Fund Roundtable and as the Director of the Galtere Institute: Finance for the Future Initiative at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Additionally, Ms. Templeton has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Memorial Hospital Foundation, a member of the Finance Advisory Board of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and also served on the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 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 author of the investing book, Buying at the Point Maximum Pessimism: Six Value Investing Trends from China to Oil to Agriculture, 2010, FT Press, and co-author to the revised edition of The Templeton Touch, 2012, Templeton Press. Lauren and Scott produce a monthly investment report titled the Maximum Pessimism Report. Lauren and Scott enjoy spending their free time with their two daughters.
D. Scott Phillips Jr., Principal
Scott Phillips is portfolio manager and head of research at Templeton and Phillips Capital Management, LLC. Prior to working with Templeton and Phillips Capital Management, LLC, Scott Phillips founded Cumberland Capital Corp, located in Chattanooga, TN. Founded in June 2004, Cumberland Capital provided equity research services to Green Cay Asset Management, a hedge fund management company located in Nassau, Bahamas. In this capacity with Cumberland Capital, Scott was the lead research analyst on the Siebels Hard Asset Fund a long/short equity fund managed by Green Cay Asset Management. In addition to consulting on this fund Scott also provided equity recommendations for the Green Cay Emerging Markets Fund. Prior to consulting Green Cay’s funds Scott was employed as a research analyst with Green Cay beginning in January of 2004. Before joining Green Cay, Scott was an equity research associate analyst with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (including its predecessor companies) in Atlanta GA from January of 1999 to December of 2003. Scott co-authored with Lauren Templeton of the book “Investing the Templeton Way” released in 2008 by McGraw Hill. Scott is also the author of “Buying at the Point of Maximum Pessimism” a book on forward looking investment themes published by the FT Press in 2010. In addition to these books, Scott co-authored a revision of William Proctor’s 1983 biography of Sir John Templeton titled “The Templeton Touch” released in December 2012. Scott is a member of the John Templeton Foundation and a trustee with the Templeton Foundation Inc. Scott received his B.A. from the University of the South.
Templeton & Phillips Capital Management, LLC is not affiliated with Franklin Templeton Investments or any of its affiliated companies, including the Templeton Funds.