Advisory Board

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Harpswell will also utilize the expertise of its Advisory Board to best serve our clients.  Harpswell‘s Advisory Board gives high level guidance and serves as an invaluable resource for best practices, fund managers and macroeconomic insights.  Members of the Advisory Board include Mauricia A. Geissler, Chief Investment Officer for Amherst College, and Gus Sauter, retired Chief Investment Officer for Vanguard. 

Mauricia A. Geissler,  Chief Investment Officer, Amherst College

Geissler joined Amherst College in 2003 after holding senior investment positions for Lucent  Technologies, Putnam Investments, and SEI Corporation.  In her present position, she oversees all aspects of the $2 billion Amherst College endowment. She holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, and is involved in a number of community programs.


 Gus Sauter, Retired CIO for Vanguard

Mr. Sauter retired in 2012 from his role as Vanguard’s first Global Chief Investment Officer after 25 years with the company. As Vanguard’s CIO, he was a member of the CEO’s senior staff, directed the management of $1.7 Trillion in assets and oversaw Vanguard’s external manager program.                    

Mr. Sauter worked on industry issues with governmental entities including the SEC, and the Federal Reserve, as well as providing Congressional testimony. He served as a member of various industry committees, including the Investment Company Institute Trading Committee, the NYSE Institutional Advisors’ Trading Committee, the NASDAQ Quality of Markets, and the Securities Industry Association Trading Committee.   He participated on the AIMR (now CFA Institute) Best Execution Task Force). He is currently a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investors Advisory Group, and serves on three investment committees (for a foundation, an endowment and an Australian retirement fund).

Mr. Sauter is a member of the University of Chicago Booth School Council for the dean, and he is the Chairman of the Booth School’s alumni fundraising committee.  He also writes articles for The Wall Street Journal on-line edition. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the University of Chicago.