Meet Our Team

Managing Director, Investment Committee Member

Junior Research Analyst

Institutional Associate, Research Associate

Eric Lynch

Eric Lynch

Managing Director, Investment Committee Member

Eric Lynch is a Managing Director and an investment committee member. He manages Scharf Investments’ institutional investment team and handles new business development. Mr. Lynch is a primary analyst on companies in the Core portfolio, and a contributing analyst on the Multi-Asset and Global portfolios. He holds responsibility for new idea generation, research, analysis and valuation. Mr. Lynch also presents recommendations to the investment committee.

Before joining Scharf Investments in 2007, Mr. Lynch contributed research to Scharf Investments while running his own registered investment advisory firm, Lynch Capital Management, LLC. Prior to founding Lynch Capital Management, he was co-chief operating officer, research analyst and portfolio manager at Polen Capital Management, a top-performing money manager. As co-chief operating officer, he led the firm’s institutional channel. Previously, Mr. Lynch spent several years as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies with Accenture and Price Waterhouse-Japan.

Mr. Lynch graduated magna cum laude from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a concentration in Japanese. Mr. Lynch earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

On a Personal Note

An outdoor enthusiast, Mr. Lynch enjoys trail running and mountain biking.

Something You Might Not Know

Mr. Lynch speaks Nihongo—known to us as the Japanese language.

John Almazan, CFA®

John Almazan, CFA®

Junior Research Analyst

John Almazan holds a dual role at Scharf Investments, providing both operational and administrative support to the firm. As an Institutional Associate, he assists with institutional business including servicing and marketing requests, attribution analysis, and portfolio reviews covering current performance and future outlook. As a Research Associate, he conducts initial due diligence on companies and provides supporting research on companies for senior analysts. He also assists with earnings reports, financial modeling, and formal investment recommendation presentations.

In 2014, Mr. Almazan joined Scharf Investments after completing his university degree.

Mr. Almazan earned a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a CFA charterholder.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Almazan shares his financial expertise by volunteering to teach financial literacy. For recreation, he spends time boxing and repairing old cars.

Something You Might Not Know

A mechanical whiz kid, Mr. Almazan began learning to fix cars at age five.

Sam Kanagawa

Sam Kanagawa, CFA®

Institutional Associate, Research Associate

Sam Kanagawa is an Institutional Associate at Scharf Investments. He holds administrative and operational responsibilities related to Scharf’s institutional business. His duties include servicing and marketing requests, attribution analysis, and portfolio reviews covering current performance and future outlook. Mr. Kanagawa also provides research support.

In 2015, Mr. Kanagawa joined Scharf Investments, after completing his university degree.

Mr. Kanagawa earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management economics with a minor in technology information management from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He holds a Charted Financial Analyst designation and a FINRA Series 65 license.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Kanagawa enjoys staying active, working out, and is an avid sports enthusiast. He likes watching football and basketball, and is a die-hard New York Jets fan.

Something You Might Not Know

An accomplished martial artist, Mr. Kanagawa has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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Client Associate & Office Manager

Carey van Putten

Carey van Putten

Client Associate & Office Manager

Carey van Putten provides administrative assistance to the Firm as a Client Associate and Office Manager. She takes care of all client service needs and assists in office organization and management tasks.

Ms. van Putten has 20 years of office experience including customer service, sales and administrative support. She is new to the Bay Area, and prior to her move she served in many administrative rolls in her hometown of Holland, MI.

Ms. van Putten earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College.

On a Personal Note:

Ms. van Putten is a woman of many talents and she loves to do various crafts and projects in spare time. Her talents are not limited as she is a great sewer, painter, gardener and carpenter. If you are around her house, she is guaranteed to be in the middle of a project.

Something you Might Not Know:

Ms. van Putten has 3 talented daughters, and one of her favorite activities is watching them perform as student-athletes at both West Virginia University and Old Dominion University for their Swimming and Diving teams.

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President, Investment Committee Chairman

Managing Director, Investment Committee Member

Senior Research Analyst, Investment Committee Member

Senior Research Analyst, Investment Committee Member

Junior Research Analyst

Junior Research Analyst

Institutional Associate, Research Associate

Brian Krawez, CFA®

Brian Krawez, CFA®

President, Investment Committee Chairman

Brian Krawez is Scharf Investments’ President and Investment Committee Chairman, as well as Portfolio Manager. He began his career more than 20 years ago with Smith Barney in San Francisco. He later moved to their investment banking division in New York City, where he was ranked as a top-rated analyst focused on health care.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2007, Mr. Krawez was a partner and head of research for Belden and Associates Investment Counsel, managing a successful Large Blend portfolio. He has also held research analyst positions at Dodge & Cox, Telegraph Hill Investment Counsel, and SC Fundamental, a successful value oriented hedge fund.

Mr. Krawez earned both a Bachelor of Science with honors in business administration and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley he worked for Professor Yellen, the former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Mr. Krawez is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Security Analysts of San Francisco.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Krawez is an active dad who enjoys playing baseball and basketball.

Something You Might Not Know

A true investment prodigy, Mr. Krawez started trading currencies in 3rd grade and attended his first shareholder meeting at age eight.

Eric Lynch

Eric Lynch

Managing Director, Investment Committee Member

Eric Lynch is a Managing Director and an investment committee member. He manages Scharf Investments’ institutional investment team and handles new business development. Mr. Lynch is a primary analyst on companies in the Core portfolio, and a contributing analyst on the Multi-Asset and Global portfolios. He holds responsibility for new idea generation, research, analysis and valuation. Mr. Lynch also presents recommendations to the investment committee.

Before joining Scharf Investments in 2007, Mr. Lynch contributed research to Scharf Investments while running his own registered investment advisory firm, Lynch Capital Management, LLC. Prior to founding Lynch Capital Management, he was co-chief operating officer, research analyst and portfolio manager at Polen Capital Management, a top-performing money manager. As co-chief operating officer, he led the firm’s institutional channel. Previously, Mr. Lynch spent several years as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies with Accenture and Price Waterhouse-Japan.

Mr. Lynch graduated magna cum laude from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a concentration in Japanese. Mr. Lynch earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

On a Personal Note

An outdoor enthusiast, Mr. Lynch enjoys trail running and mountain biking.

Something You Might Not Know

Mr. Lynch speaks Nihongo—known to us as the Japanese language.

Gabe Houston, CFA®

Gabe Houston, CFA®

Senior Research Analyst, Investment Committee Member

Gabe Houston serves as a Senior Research Analyst and Head Trader, as well as an investment committee member. He is a primary analyst for companies in the Core portfolio, co-PM of the Hedged portfolio, and a contributing analyst on the Multi-Asset and Global portfolios. He heads the trading team, and provides operations support. Mr. Houston is also responsible for new idea generation, research, analysis and valuation. He presents recommendations to the investment committee, and coordinates with the trading team and the Portfolio Manager on large portfolio moves.

Mr. Houston joined Scharf Investments in 2006, after completing his university degree.

Mr. Houston earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. He also holds a FINRA Series 65 license.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Houston enjoys playing outside with his daughter. He is also a basketball player and swimmer.

Something You Might Not Know

A bona fide native son, Mr. Houston has lived in Santa Cruz County his entire life.

Jerry Beyke, CFA®

Jerry Beyke, CFA®

Senior Research Analyst, Investment Committee Member

Jerry Beyke holds the position of Senior Research Analyst and is an investment committee member. He is a primary analyst on companies in the Core portfolio, and a contributing analyst on the Multi-Asset and Global portfolios. He is responsible for new idea generation, research, analysis and valuation. Mr. Beyke also presents recommendations to the investment committee.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2002, Mr. Beyke was a vice president and portfolio manager at Carson Feltz and First Commerce Investors, where he managed value oriented equity portfolios in discretionary accounts and a commingled fund. He also ran a successful Limited Partnership, Beyke Partners, as general partner and portfolio manager. Mr. Beyke has more than 20 years of financial services experience.

Mr. Beyke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and has been a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research since 1986.

On a Personal Note

A tennis and basketball player, Mr. Beyke is at home on the courts.

Something You Might Not Know

Originally from Omaha, Mr. Beyke admires Warren Buffet and owns a collection of hundreds of investment books.

Owen Warren

Owen Warren, CFA®

Junior Research Analyst

Mr. Warren has responsibility for conducting due diligence and provides supporting research for senior analysts. He assists with ongoing analysis, financial modeling, and formal investment recommendations.

Mr. Warren joined Scharf Investments in 2016, after graduating with first class honors from the University of Warwick. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with Study Abroad at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a CFA charterholder.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Warren enjoys working out and yoga. He also likes reading, travelling, and exploring the Bay Area.

Something You Might Not Know

From England, Mr. Warren is a life-long Manchester United fan and loves to watch the team when he’s back home.

John Almazan, CFA®

John Almazan, CFA®

Junior Research Analyst

John Almazan holds a dual role at Scharf Investments, providing both operational and administrative support to the firm. As an Institutional Associate, he assists with institutional business including servicing and marketing requests, attribution analysis, and portfolio reviews covering current performance and future outlook. As a Research Associate, he conducts initial due diligence on companies and provides supporting research on companies for senior analysts. He also assists with earnings reports, financial modeling, and formal investment recommendation presentations.

In 2014, Mr. Almazan joined Scharf Investments after completing his university degree.

Mr. Almazan earned a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a CFA charterholder.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Almazan shares his financial expertise by volunteering to teach financial literacy. For recreation, he spends time boxing and repairing old cars.

Something You Might Not Know

A mechanical whiz kid, Mr. Almazan began learning to fix cars at age five.

Sam Kanagawa

Sam Kanagawa, CFA®

Institutional Associate, Research Associate

Sam Kanagawa is an Institutional Associate at Scharf Investments. He holds administrative and operational responsibilities related to Scharf’s institutional business. His duties include servicing and marketing requests, attribution analysis, and portfolio reviews covering current performance and future outlook. Mr. Kanagawa also provides research support.

In 2015, Mr. Kanagawa joined Scharf Investments, after completing his university degree.

Mr. Kanagawa earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management economics with a minor in technology information management from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He holds a Charted Financial Analyst designation and a FINRA Series 65 license.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Kanagawa enjoys staying active, working out, and is an avid sports enthusiast. He likes watching football and basketball, and is a die-hard New York Jets fan.

Something You Might Not Know

An accomplished martial artist, Mr. Kanagawa has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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