Lauren Rich Fine joined Gries Financial Partners in 2016 to help drive business development and strategy and work directly with clients on their investment portfolios. Lauren was previously a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch in equity research for nearly two decades, where she was named to the Institutional Investor All-American Research team, holding the number one position in her coverage universe for 11 years. More recently, Lauren was an Executive Search consultant at Howard & O’Brien, focused on C-Suite and board searches. She has a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Management at New York University. Lauren sits on the board of the Ahuja Medical Center at University Hospitals (UH), Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland Museum of Art, College Now, E.W. Scripps (SSP), ideastream, Private Trust Co. and is the Leadership Chair of the Connor Integrative Health Network at UH. She is actively involved in the Cleveland start-up community.