The Valara Capital Investment Team

 

William D. Cohen.  Founding Principal and Portfolio Manager.  From 1999 through 2006, Mr. Cohen worked at Equinox Capital Management, a $7 billion NYC based money management firm, where he most recently served as Director of Research and a member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee.  Mr. Cohen was also the head of Equinox’s research group and performed research coverage in the financial service and capital goods industries.  Before joining Equinox, from 1989 through 1999, Mr. Cohen was an Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Lord, Abbett & Co.  Mr. Cohen earned his BA from Rutgers University and his MBA from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Cohen is both a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant.

Robert W. Simmons.  Founding Principal and Portfolio Manager.  From 2003 through 2006, Mr. Simmons worked for AIG Global Investment Group (“AIGGIG”) where he was a Managing Director, as well as the Head of U.S. Equity Research and the lead portfolio manager for AIGGIG's US Large Cap Equity Portfolio.  Prior to joining AIGGIG, from 1993 through 2002, Mr. Simmons was employed by ARK Asset Management (formerly Lehman Management Company) where he was a Managing Director and a member of the Board of Directors.  While at ARK Asset Management, Mr. Simmons held various positions including Senior Analyst, Director of Equity Research and Portfolio Manager.  Prior to joining ARK Asset Management, Mr. Simmons spent six years in the Trust Department of the National Bank of Detroit as an equity analyst where he specialized in Financial Services.  Mr. Simmons earned his BS from the University of Kansas and his MBA from Indiana University.  Mr. Simmons is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Our Vision

Our vision is to present a solution to any potential customer, no matter what the circumstances. We are backed by an ambitious staff with the same drive to bring you the best possible service. The quality of what we offer combined with the care we provide is what makes us the best in town. But don’t take our word for it. Since 1980 we’ve annually been elected #1 in our business category by the Daily Post, and we plan to continue the tradition for years to come.

Our Business

We combine emerging technology with reliable standards to bring the best possible service to our customers. Our business is built on a foundation of strength through satisfied customers and equally satisfied staff. We are honored that nearly 90% of our business is through repeat customers or referrals, and we have been profiled in numerous local publications for our employee rewards programs.

Who We Are

Our company was founded in 1970 and has been growing ever since. It began with a meager staff of two friends—Randy Conroy and Lincoln Goodwin. Randy and Lincoln established a new standard in the area for distinctive service with a guarantee that was previously unheard of. The business spread mainly through word of mouth, and as more satisfied customers shared their stories with others, additional branches were added throughout the area. Now, we have five locations and a staff of 65 to serve you.

108 Corporate Park Drive, Suite 218, White Plains, NY 10604 (877) 9VALARA

108 Corporate Park Drive, Suite 218, White Plains, NY 10604 (877) 9VALARA