We’ve built an exceptional team to benefit our valued clients.
FBB Capital Partners is comprised of experienced professionals whose primary goal is to meet the long-term planning objectives of our clients. Together we share a mutual passion for helping our clients grow and sustain their hard-earned wealth.
Each FBB client is served by a dedicated Portfolio Manager who becomes a core member of the client’s financial team.
Through dedicated teamwork — as true financial partners — we aim to exceed the expectations of our valued clients.
Susan Emma Owens Breakefield Fulton
Susan co-founded FBB in 1989 as a fee-only investment management firm. Under Susan’s leadership, FBB was recognized for excellence as one of the top 25 “Up and Coming” investment management firms nationwide by Forbes Magazine in October 2008 and more recently named by the Financial Times to the FT Top 300 for six of the past seven years.
A regular commentator on CNBC and Fox Business Network, Susan has frequently addressed Washington area organizations about investing, philanthropy, and business leadership. Susan has been quoted in Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post on numerous occasions.
In 1999, Susan endowed a memorial to her husband, the Richard Alsina Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, a 50-acre farm for hands-on education regarding environmental issues and solutions.
Active and passionate about her interests, Susan has served on the boards of Wilson College, her alma mater, and Heifer International.
An Army brat, Susan calls DC home having lived there as a toddler and returned to graduate from Western High School (now Duke Ellington) in 1957. She has been a member of the Washington business community since 1964.
As President of FBB Capital Partners, Michael is responsible for strategic planning and talent management for the firm, as well as managing client relationships.
With nearly 20 years of investment and planning experience, Michael enjoys addressing each client’s unique circumstances by bringing together the full resources and expertise that FBB and our partners have to offer.
A member of FBB’s investment committee, Michael is a CFA® charterholder and a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Washington, DC, and is a NAPFA associate with the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). His insight regarding investment management and financial planning has led to appearances on Fox Business Network, CNBC, PBS’ Nightly Business Report, and NPR. In addition, he has been quoted in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, and The Washington Post.
Prior to pursuing his graduate degree, Michael was a Vice President and Financial Consultant for Charles Schwab & Company Inc. where he advised clients on formulating and executing their investment strategies and financial plans.
Michael received his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and marketing from Ohio University.
Michael and his wife Angela have three children and reside in Potomac, Maryland.
Executive Vice President,
Chief Compliance Officer
As Executive Vice President of FBB Capital Partners, Stein is responsible for strategic planning for the firm, as well as managing client relationships and client investment portfolios. Stein works closely with FBB’s president to ensure the strategic vision for the firm is met.
Stein serves as a member of FBB’s investment committee. He was responsible for establishing FBB’s eastern shore office in Easton, Maryland, over fifteen years ago and continues to oversee the operations of that office and its growing practice. Stein’s areas of expertise lie in portfolio design and implementation, retirement, tax, and estate planning.
With over 20 years of investment and financial planning experience, Stein is passionate about coordinating planning efforts with client’s accountants, estate planners, and other key professionals in order to provide holistic and sophisticated financial strategies. Stein’s insights and analysis have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The Washington Post, Forbes, Market Watch, The Street.com, and CBS News.
Prior to joining FBB, Stein was an Investment Consultant for Charles Schwab and Co. assisting clients in formulating and executing their investment strategies.
Stein is a graduate of Salisbury University’s Perdue School of Business where he earned a Bachelor of Science in finance. Stein is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and has earned a Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University. Stein is also a NAPFA associate with the National Association of Professional Financial Advisors (NAPFA).
Stein currently serves on the board of Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS). TIS is dedicated to ending homelessness on Maryland’s Mid-Shore by providing Shelter, Stability, Support, and a path to Success for families and individuals in need.
Stein spends his free time with his family enjoying outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, and snow skiing. He and his wife Beth have two children.
Director of Research
As Director of Research and chair of the Investment Committee, Mike is responsible for monitoring and analyzing macro and microeconomic data, secular industry trends, and identifying appropriate investments for client portfolios. Mike is passionate about global capital markets, having lived and worked in London, New York, and Tokyo.
Prior to FBB Capital Partners, Mike spent nearly nine years as a buy-side research analyst with Legg Mason Investment Counsel primarily focusing on recommending stocks in the healthcare industry and managing a model healthcare portfolio. Prior to Legg Mason, Mike was a Vice President and equity research analyst with Bear Stearns, where he followed the medical device industry.
Over the years, Mike’s financial insights and analysis have been featured in appearances on CNBC, Fox Business Network, NPR, and Bloomberg Radio, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Forbes, Kiplinger, Barron’s, and The Washington Post. Mike is also the author of Stop. Think. Invest. (McGraw Hill, 2022), which applies behavioral finance themes to the investment process.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Emory University and a Master of Arts in International Economics and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Mike is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Washington, D.C.
Mike and his wife Maria have five children and reside in Potomac, Maryland
Director of Operations
Bridget joined FBB Capital Partners when the firm was in its infancy. Bridget’s role as Director of Operations does not begin to describe the breadth of her knowledge and duties at FBB Capital Partners. From spearheading internal workflow management to acting as the firm’s liaison with custodians and technology platforms, Bridget covers the operational bases for FBB Capital Partners and our clients.
Prior to joining FBB, Bridget worked for Chevy Chase Bank.
A native of Maryland, Bridget and her husband live in Gaithersburg and try to keep up with their three adult children.
Senior Portfolio Manager & Shareholder
Maggi brings over 24 years of financial industry experience to her practice. Maggi values her client relationships and delights in her role as an educator to her clients, helping them create tangible goals for their financial life.
Prior to joining FBB Capital Partners, Maggi spent 12 years at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., specializing in assisting families and high net worth individuals and foundations.
Maggi holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University and is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and a NAPFA associate with the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).
Maggi and her husband Pete, a retired Marine Corps Colonel, live in her native Virginia. As the parent of two children, Maggi is very active in their sports activities.
Senior Portfolio Manager
Jaime is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and serves as a Portfolio Manager to FBB Capital Partners’ clients. He is also a NAPFA-registered financial advisor (National Association of Personal Financial Advisors). Jaime enjoys working with clients through their unique planning issues and investment needs.
Jaime’s financial planning experience has led to becoming a board member of Life Assets and the Washington Health Initiative. His thoughts on financial planning best practices have been featured in USA Today, Forbes, and CNN Money.
Jaime’s previous experience includes time working on Wall Street as an equity trader and in multiple other market capacities including market making, portfolio management, and private client lending.
Jaime graduated from Boston College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He was an academic scholarship recipient and a walk-on pitcher for The Eagles baseball team.
A former pro-baseball player, Jaime is originally from Panama and speaks Spanish. He presently resides in Rockville, Maryland, with his wife Cynthia and his growing family.
Senior Portfolio Manager
Jane brings more than a decade of experience working in financial services to her practice. Her financial planning advice has been featured in various radio and news outlets including Marketplace, CNBC, The Street, Market Watch, USA Today, and U.S. News & World Report. Jane is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.
Jane believes that client education and compassion are vital to the financial planning process. Whether she’s working with a client to plan for retirement or navigate a major milestone such as marriage, divorce, or loss of a loved one, she enjoys educating and empowering her clients. Jane also enjoys working with families with unique or complex estate planning needs.
Prior to joining FBB Capital Partners, Jane held various roles in commercial real estate finance, banking, and brokerage industries. Jane is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and holds a master’s degree from New York University where she studied community development and real estate finance. As an undergraduate, Jane was an All-American sailor, helping her team to several national titles. Jane and her husband GK live in Oxford, Maryland with their two children.
Senior Portfolio Manager
John is responsible for guiding his clients through the process of determining their investment goals and portfolio construction. John is also an active member of FBB’s investment committee, providing insights on macro trends and asset allocation as well as assisting with security selection broadly and with a particular focus on clean-tech, renewable energy, and the electric utility sector.
John is a CFA® charterholder and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Prior to graduate school, John worked as a Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates assisting clients with asset allocation, investment policy statements, manager monitoring and selection, and portfolio management. John was also an Equity Portfolio Manager for a Large Cap Value strategy.
John received his undergraduate education from Stanford University and his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. While at Darden, John served as the Senior Portfolio Manager for the Monticello Fund of Darden Capital Management, a student-run investment club that actively manages a portion of the University’s endowment.
John and his wife Laura live in Washington, DC. In his spare time, John enjoys hiking, running, and has an active interest in conservation, particularly in his native New Hampshire.
Senior Portfolio Manager
Mel brings nearly two decades of financial services and investing experience to the FBB team. As a Senior Portfolio Manager, Mel is responsible for managing client relationships and client investment portfolios.
Prior to FBB Capital Partners, Mel spent several years at 1919 Investment Counsel where he managed individual and institutional client portfolios, a Financial Services Mutual Fund and a Real Estate Equity Strategy. Prior to his time with 1919, Mel held various roles with investment banks Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and Compass Point Research in New York and Washington, DC respectively.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Mel received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin. He is a CFA®, and CAIA charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute, and a member of the CFA Society of Washington, DC.
Mel lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Jenny and their two children.
Over the past 20 years, Jackie has enjoyed a diverse global career in financial services and business development. At FBB, her primary focus is providing holistic financial planning by working with her clients on retirement planning, education funding, risk management, and tax optimization advice.
Jackie began her career in private wealth management, working with Sanford Bernstein and Deutsche Bank in the Los Angeles area. This was followed by a successful stint in Melbourne, Australia working in executive recruitment for Robert Half International. Most recently, Jackie worked with the Institute of International Finance, managing key relationships with prominent senior banking executives across Europe and Asia.
Jackie is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California Davis, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University. Jackie speaks fluent Korean and resides in Darnestown, Maryland with her husband Eric and their three boys. Outside of work, Jackie is an outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about travel and cheering for her boys at swim meets.
Alex Vela CFP® is responsible for the long-term management of client portfolios and their unique financial planning goals. He believes in cultivating meaningful relationships with clients and values the positive impact that comes from developing solid financial strategies for the future.
As a member of FBB’s investment committee, he shares responsibility for the development and oversight of fixed income investment strategies and processes. Alex also oversees trading operations for the firm.
Alex received his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation in 2018 from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He is currently a candidate in the CFA curriculum.
Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland. Upon graduation, Alex moved to New York where he worked as an equity trader.
Alex is a Maryland native and grew up in the Bethesda area. When it comes to staying active, Alex frequents the golf course and enjoys taking ski trips across the country. He also enjoys watching Maryland football and basketball.
As a Portfolio Manager, Danish provides wealth management and comprehensive financial planning advice to his clients.
Prior to joining FBB Capital Partners, Danish was with Altius Financial Advisors primarily working with clients on their financial plans and performing investment research.
Danish received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and reading.
Associate Portfolio Manager
Martha is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and brings over 17 years of professional experience to FBB through various roles in finance, business development, and accounting. A Certified Public Accountant since 2012, she enjoys working closely with clients to provide comprehensive and customized planning advice to help them achieve their financial and personal goals.
Martha previously worked for a registered investment advisor as the Vice President of Operations, where she focused on operations, trading, and compliance. Her multifaceted career also includes work in commercial real estate and retail development in Easton, Maryland where she had the opportunity to work with local small business owners.
Martha earned her MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Martha works in FBB’s eastern shore office located in Easton. She and her husband Patrick have two boys and reside nearby in Oxford, Maryland where they enjoy spending time on the water.
Michael Brenner is a research analyst at FBB Capital Partners. Michael works with FBB’s research team on all aspects of the investment process including macroeconomic research, reviewing existing stock and bond holdings, and generating new investment ideas.
Prior to FBB, Michael worked for a private family office in Michigan. Michael worked on manager research, asset allocation, and stock selection, with a focus on technology, media, and telecommunications stocks. Before working in financial services, Michael worked on the strategic finance team at Qualcomm.
Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University where he majored in Economics and minored in Math and Philosophy. Michael also served on the board of the Georgetown University Student Investment Fund.
Michael is a DC-area native having grown up in Chevy Chase, MD. Michael’s hobbies include numismatics and hiking. He currently resides in Bethesda, MD.
Associate Portfolio Manager
Jennifer comes to FBB with over 15 years of experience in financial services and business development. Jennifer has a passion for guiding clients as their goals and needs evolve with life’s changes. She is committed to helping her clients achieve their objectives so they can enjoy the lives they envision.
Jennifer began her career in institutional sales and project management at Morgan Stanley in New York. This was followed by a post working on the international portfolio trading desk with Goldman Sachs. Her most recent Wall Street role was in transition management with JPMorgan.
Jennifer is a native of Washington, DC, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of International Business from the University of South Carolina MIBS program. When not at work Jennifer enjoys spending time with her daughter, camping, traveling, and enjoying life.
Easton Office Manager and Client Service Associate
Sheleen brings over 10 years of operations and customer service experience to her role as FBB’s Easton Office Manager. Sheleen is responsible for the operations in FBB’s Easton office and provides support to Portfolio Managers to ensure all client’s needs are addressed with efficiency. Sheleen strives to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction throughout all phases of client interactions.
Prior to joining FBB, Sheleen spent nine years working in 0perations within the retail industry.
Sheleen lives in Easton where she pursues her passions including weightlifting, cooking, reading on many topics, golf, and socializing with friends and family.
Client Service Manager
Toni brings over 15 years of operations and customer service experience to her role as FBB’s Client Service Manager. Toni is responsible for on boarding new clients and the administrative management of existing client accounts in support of the entire FBB Capital Partners team. Toni strives to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction throughout all phases of client-to-firm and client-to-broker dealer interactions.
Previously, Toni worked in the operations departments of several financial services firms including Ceros Financial Services and Rydex Funds.
Toni is a graduate of the University of Maryland and lives in Derwood, Maryland, with her husband and three sons.
Client Service and Marketing Associate
Katy is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and serves as a Client Service and Marketing Associate in support of the FBB Capital Partners Team. Katy works with FBB’s clients, operations department, and portfolio managers to ensure all client needs are met with efficiency and care.
Katy received her Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of Maryland University College. Before transitioning into finance, Katy received her culinary arts degree from the HCAT Institute and spent eight years in the hotel/restaurant management industry.
Katy lives in Severn, Maryland, and enjoys playing music, traveling, hiking, running, and spending time with her four siblings and their families.
Client Service Associate
Before joining FBB’s team, Samantha worked in Arts Administration at regional theatre companies along the east coast, most recently at Olney Theatre Center as their Company Manager. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with additional focus in Management and Psychology from Stetson University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of multiple honor and social societies.
At FBB, Samantha works with the operations team and portfolio managers to ensure all client needs are met with efficiency and complete satisfaction.
Originally from central Missouri, Samantha now resides in Bethesda and enjoys attending her adopted DC sports teams’ home games, exploring new eateries, as well as cross-stitching and embroidery.
Before joining FBB’s team as Front Desk Receptionist, Katrina worked as an administrative and personal assistant, and volunteered at a hospital as an office administrator in the field of Patient Care. Katrina is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
Katrina enjoys working with clients and assisting the FBB operations team with client requests and office administration needs.
Katrina was born and raised in Brazil and currently resides in Gaithersburg, MD. She enjoys photography and traveling to visit her many family members throughout the United States and Brazil.
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The CFA® Charter is a globally recognized, graduate-level investment credential. Earning it demonstrates a commitment to professional ethics and expertise with the broad range of skills needed in the investment profession. Each CFA® must have a minimum of four years of experience in the industry prior to a rigorous course of study followed by a six-hour exam.
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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the statutory title of qualified accountants in the United States who have passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and have met additional state education and experience requirements for certification as a CPA
The CAIA® is the globally-recognized credential for professionals managing, analyzing, distributing, or regulating alternative investments and requires over 200 hours of study and two exams.
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