Watson Wilkins & Brown, LLC, is a registered investment advisor and offers investment advisory & management services for institutions, high net worth individuals & eleemosynary clients.  We design & execute efficient, low cost, beta driven portfolios.

We started as a family office to address intergenerational needs for competent, ethical investment management. In that context we developed 

  • disciplined investment processes
  • metrics to define & manage portfolio risk, and 
  • performance measurement & reporting

We operate as fiduciaries and focus solely on the best interests of our clients. We have no economic interest in the execution of any trade, transaction, commission, or sale of any particular financial product or brand: we want no part of that model.

Things we do not do...

  • we do not take custody of client assets. We have arrangements with one of the largest global institutional custodians to provide independent, 3rd party custodial services to our clients and certain execution and analytic capabilities to us
  • we do not pay referral fees. We do not compromise the integrity of our relationships with our clients
  • we do not guarantee investment results of any kind over any time period. We do not sell relative performance. We construct portfolios that we believe will deliver expected returns over long periods of time by assuming a mutually agreed upon level of expected risk
  • we do not buy investment products with loads, 12b-1 fees, or termination fees. 
  • we do not offer or recommend 'wrap' accounts, hedge funds, or private equity
  • we do not provide legal or tax advice and nothing in the course of our activities shall be so construed. We encourage our clients to seek advice from competent professionals, and we are happy to work with them. We rely on guidance from your tax & legal advisors to address issues that may arise
  • we do not provide advice or transactional services for insurance policies or annuities. We do provide general guidance on broad matters of risk management; however, we do not review policy documents or compare specific provisions of different policies
  • we do not vote proxies nor do we provide claims management services
  • we do not provide risk-free solutions because there are none. All portfolios incur market risk
  • we do not purport to provide perfect solutions because there are none. We do try to provide sensible solutions that reflect our best judgment as to the right balance of risk and return as constrained by scarcity

WWB or its principals from time to time provide strategic services, advice, transactional assistance, and consulting services to institutional investors, boards of directors, significant shareholders, executive management, and high net worth individuals, including assignments to improve governance of portfolio companies; create & implement strategies to increase shareholder value or preserve enterprise value; explore new business opportunities; or arrange operational joint ventures.

J. Hunter Brown, Founder & Managing Member

Prior to forming Watson Wilkins & Brown, LLC, Mr. Brown had significant experience in global institutional capital markets & corporate finance. He served in various capacities with J.P. Morgan from 1993 to 2001 and prior to that with TD Securities (USA) Inc. and Irving Trust Company. Variously, he had responsibilities in the global securities markets including public & private debt, privately placed equity, and mezzanine securities and investment & corporate banking. 

Early in his career Mr. Brown served as a director of a NYSE listed specialty finance company where he formed, chaired and served as onsite representative of a Special Committee which briefly assumed the role of interim chief executive officer and all other executive authorities during a period of unexpected crisis. In 2009, he was elected by proxy contest to the board of a then distressed public company to preserve enterprise value & improve governance. He chaired the Audit Committee and served on the Nominating & Governance committee and on the Compensation & Related Party Transactions Committees. The company is now private. Mr. Brown resigned from the board on Dec. 6, 2013.  

Mr. Brown serves on the Executive Advisory Board, Department of Finance, Williams School of Business of Xavier University since 2004 and has served as an advisor the Xavier University Student Investment Fund, believed to be the first student managed fixed income fund in the country.

Mr. Brown was the founding President and is a continuing  Director of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, a scholarly, not for profit institute of national prominence devoted to the study of markets, democracy and freedom and chartered by the State Education Department of the University of the State of New York. 

Peter D. Brown, Chief Portfolio Strategist

Peter Brown was formerly an Institutional Portfolio Manager and Director for Victory Capital Management and a Portfolio Manager for Key Trust Company, both investment affiliates of KeyCorp, one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies. He is well known to the institutional investment community of the Pacific Northwest and brings several decades of experience in institutional portfolio management and client relations. He is based in Anchorage, Alaska, and handles, among other responsibilities, the firm’s west coast activities. 

Mr. Brown was graduated from Hamilton College and is a longtime resident and member of the Anchorage community. By avocation he is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, an FAA certificated glider instructor, a Trustee and Treasurer of the Soaring Society of America Foundation, and a board member of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation.