Bill Mann has served as Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager for the Independence Fund, since June 2009, the Great American Fund since 2010 and the Epic Voyage Fund since 2011. He was the senior investing analyst for The Motley Fool from 2001 to 2008. Before coming to the Advisor, Mr. Mann served as co-advisor for the Motley Fool Hidden Gems and Hidden Gems Pay Dirt small-cap investment newsletters and was the founding advisor for the Motley Fool Global Gains international-stock newsletter. Mr. Mann became Chief Investment Officer for Motley Fool Asset Management in 2013.
In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Mann served on the Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting, a special committee empanelled by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to examine the financial reporting system and reduce complexity. Mr. Mann’s expertise in the issues of corporate governance led to the U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation to ask him to testify as an expert witness at a 2001 hearing on the collapse of Enron. Mr. Mann is a sought-after public speaker and has frequently appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, CBS, and numerous business radio programs. He was named a 2011 Rising Star in the Mutual Fund Industry by Institutional Investors.
Before joining The Motley Fool in 1999, Mr. Mann was a co-founder of a specialty international telecommunications carrier focusing on project development in Asia, particularly in China, India, Pakistan, and Indonesia. Mr. Mann holds a bachelor’s degree in international service from American University and is a graduate from Philips Academy.