With over 50 years of combined experience, Chesapeake Group's management team has perfected a targeted, multi-faceted approach to financial public relations that will magnify your company's exposure. Meet the team.
Tim Rieu, President and CEO
Mr. Rieu provides the leadership necessary to ensure the mission and objectives of Chesapeake Group are achieved. He has an academic background in business and economics, 10 years of experience in investment banking and brokerage management and 19 years of experience in the investor relations industry.
Mr. Rieu began his career in investment banking, where he worked for 10 years finishing at AG Edwards. He founded Columbia Financial in 1996, which became Chesapeake Group, Inc. in 2002. From March 2009 to November 2012, Mr. Rieu served as the CEO of Rsignia, Inc., a cybersecurity and defense contracting firm, which was eventually acquired by KEYW Holdings of Hanover. After Rsignia's acquisition, Mr. Rieu returned as CEO and President of Chesapeake Group.
Mr. Rieu’s management has contributed to Chesapeake Group’s ability to surpass sales and business goals, achieve growth objectives and create and maintain strong relationships with all Chesapeake Group’s client companies.
Kevin Holmes, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Holmes has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He possesses a BS in electrical engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. He has been awarded numerous academic honors including being named to the Dean’s List (graduate and undergraduate) and accepted into the National Honor Society. Mr. Holmes has also received the Maryland State Scholarship and Presidential Academic Fitness Award.
Mr. Holmes began his career as an electrical engineer for the US Department of Defense, working at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Upon achieving his MBA, he began working in the financial industry. He spent several years as a broker and analyst at various firms including Sunset Financial and Global Financial. In late 1996, Mr. Holmes co-founded Chesapeake Group. His ability to take complex concepts and simplify them for the brokerage community has made him a solid asset for the firm.
Betty Schaeffer, VP and Controller
Ms. Schaeffer recently celebrated her 15th anniversary with Chesapeake Group in February. Her responsibilities include payroll, corporate taxes and cost control for Chesapeake Group as well as numerous affiliated companies. In addition, she is the Benefits and Human Resources Administrator.
Ms. Schaeffer attended Towson University and the American Institute of Banking, beginning her career with Maryland National Bank (now Bank of America) and held numerous officer-level management positions, including Trust Accounting and Trust Collections Manager and Retail Operations Financial Officer. She has also owned two small businesses and was an instructor at Harford Community College. Associations have included the Havre de Grace and Harford County Chambers of Commerce, where she authored “The Business Spotlight” for The Spokesman news publication; Antique Association of Havre de Grace; Associates Network and Tri-County Network Association.
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