Mr. Ower joined the firm in January, 2008, after retiring as Deputy Chief of the Zion Police Department. During his police career of 30 years he served more than 20 of them as President of the Zion Police Pension Fund. He gained valuable knowledge in investments as well as practical experience in day-to-day operations of a public pension fund. Dwight also served as president of his Local F.O.P. Lodge and worked on employee benefits and management relations. Mr. Ower understands the responsibilities and perspectives of pension trustees and works with them towards meeting investment goals.
Mr. Ower is our Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and works to maintain and test our policies and procedures so that we follow all SEC rules and statutes. He manages institutional cash flow needs and frequently attends pension board meetings. Dwight also gives presentations to current and prospective clients at educational forums.
Mr. Ower has an Associates' degree in Criminal Justice from College of Lake County and also attended Park College in Kansas City, Missouri. As the firm's CCO, he earned his IACCP Investment Advisor Certified Compliance Professional designation and is a registered investment advisor representative.
Mr. Ower enjoys visits with his children and granddaughters near Chicago and also in the sunny climes of Arizona and Hawaii. He spends leisure time on the waters of Door County, WI, and in the woods and bunkers of a few golf courses.
James Nowicki, CPA, Vice President
Mr. Nowicki joined the firm in December, 2010, after retiring as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the City of Elgin, Illinois as well as the Treasurer for the Village of South Barrington, Illinois. As a municipal finance official, he has a unique understanding of public pensions and has served as the city appointee on many Boards, including the Elgin Fire Pension Fund. Prior to working in Elgin, Mr. Nowicki was the Finance Director and Treasurer for the City of Moline and the Finance Director for the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District. He has over 35 years of experience in local government finance.
Mr. Nowicki’s experience has allowed MVT, Inc. to expand its consulting services for institutional clients to include accounting, human resources, auditing, risk management, budgeting, TIF’s, special projects, debt issuance, etc. He also assists our other portfolio managers with the needs of our institutional accounts by conducting research, preparing reports, speaking at seminars and attending pension fund meetings.
Mr. Nowicki earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Illinois State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a registered investment advisor representative. Mr. Nowicki enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with his family.
Dwight Ower, IACCP, Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer