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Our Firm

Leader Capital was founded by John Lekas in 1997 and began managing fixed income mutual funds in 2005. The firm is based in Portland, Oregon and is 100% employee owned. ​Founder John Lekas is an Oregon native. He grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon studying finance. He paid his way through college by fighting forest fires and working on fishing boats and in lumber mills. After landing a broker job at A.G. Edwards & Sons in 1986, Lekas studied the markets and worked his way up to portfolio manager at Smith Barney and eventually opened his own investment advisory. In 2005, his career took another twist when he opted to move away from individual accounts and launch a mutual fund. The company has not looked back as it is entering its 13th year of business in the fixed income mutual fund space.

Our Team

John E. Lekas

John E. Lekas
​​President, CEO, & Senior Portfolio Manager

Mr. Lekas began his career at A.G. Edwards & Sons in 1986. In 1993, he entered the Portfolio Management Program at Smith Barney. In 1997 he started Leader Capital Corp, a Registered Investment Advisory and Broker-Dealer. Mr. Lekas has over 20 years of investment experience and has managed fixed income securities on a discretionary basis for over 17 years.

Ethan Lai

Ethan Lai
Portfolio Manager

Ethan joined the Leader Capital team in May of 2016 and has immediately made an impact. He was previously working at Goldman Sachs Investment Management Division as an Analyst. He also worked as an Analyst in Fixed Income for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey prior to that. Ethan graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. In Mechanical Engineering. Ethan is an avid runner and cyclist while also being a dedicated father and husband.​

Candy Dillon
​Senior Operations Manager & General Principal

Candy joined Leader Capital in 2000. She has over 20 years experience in the financial industry. She graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI.

Slavik

Slavik Kolesnik
Operations & Tech Manager

Slavik joined Leader Capital in April of 2018. He graduated from Clark College in Vancouver, WA.

Shane Scott

Shane Scott
Sales Manager

Shane joined Leader Capital in November of 2008. He attended California State University of Sacramento, where he played football and earned his Bachelors of Science in 1999. Now residing in Orangevale, California, he enjoys staying active by playing basketball and spending time with his wife, Amy, and two children, Preston and Siena.
Contact Shane:
​Email: shane@leadercapital.com
Phone: (503) 445-0030

Mark Barausky
Regional Wholesaler – Southeast

Mark joined Leader Capital in August of 2019. Graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991. He Began career in the financial services industry in 1991 with PLANCO, then was a regional vice president with MFS and Invesco. Resides in Tampa, FL with his wife, Virginia and two children Peter and Olivia. Enjoys golf, fishing, and travelling and speaking Spanish

Contact Mark:
​Email: mark@leadercapital.com
Phone: (404) 394-1040

Brian Landwer
Regional Wholesaler – Midwest

Brian joined the Leader Capital team in July 2019 as the Regional Wholesaler. He was previously working at Invesco as an Internal Wholesaler. He also worked as an Territory Manager with Atlas Oil and Shell Oil companies prior to that. Brian graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Marketing with a focus on Finance. Now residing in Woodbury, MN, he is an avid sports fan, enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife, Mary, three children, Ethan, Maddie and Theo, and their dog Jack.

Contact Brian:
​Email: brian.landwer@leadercapital.com
Phone: (503) 953-8079

Board of Directors - Leader Funds Trust

Andrew Rogers
Chairman

Has over 20 years of business experience in the financial services industry. For 16 years, Mr. Rogers served as CEO of Gemini Fund Services and grew AUM from less than $1 billion to approximately $50 billion in 2017 when he left. He also served as a Trustee for Orion Advisor Services, a premier portfolio management solution provider for registered investment advisors. Over the course of his tenure at Orion, the firm grew from $3 billion of AUM to over $500 billion. He is currently the CEO of Fusion IQ, an innovative fintech company that provides intelligent investment solutions. His vast knowledge of the fund management industry makes him a unique individual and key addition to the Board.

John E. Lekas

John E. Lekas
Director

Mr. Lekas began his career at A.G. Edwards & Sons in 1986. In 1993, he entered the Portfolio Management Program at Smith Barney. In 1997 he started Leader Capital Corp, a Registered Investment Advisory and Broker-Dealer. Mr. Lekas has over 20 years of investment experience and has managed fixed income securities on a discretionary basis for over 17 years.

Martin Kehoe
Independent Director

Has approximately 30 years of experience in real estate development. Mr. Kehoe is the owner of Kehoe Northwest Properties, one of the largest residential and commercial real estate development companies in the state of Oregon. After founding his company in 1989, it has developed over a half a billion dollars of real estate. His experience offers an extensive understanding of the factors driving the market and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the Board.

Raymond A. Davis
Independent Director

Has nearly 26 years of professional experience as a United States Army soldier, private security employee and government contractor. Mr. Davis obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in security management with an emphasis on international security. He has an extensive military background and is a decorated Green Beret. His considerable knowledge of operational and management issues makes him an exceptional addition to the Board. Wikipedia Page

Careers

Working at Leader Capital

Leader Capital harbors a welcoming and unique office environment. We offer competitive pay structures and benefits.

Leader Capital is always interested in hearing from experienced professionals who can help our company grow. If you would like to submit a resume for consideration, please click here to submit your cover letter and resume.

We want to hear from you!

Open Positions

Wholesaler
Seeking wholesaler to market three mutual funds. Cultivate relationships with Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), financial planners, family offices, broker/dealers, consultants, and other institutional clients throughout a 5 state territory.

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Community Involvement

American Diabetes

Boys & Girls Club of Oregon

Bridlemile School

Cascade Aids Project

Central Catholic High School

Citizen’s Police Retirement Fund

Columbia Youth Basketball

Community Transition

The Dimon Institute

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Friendly House​​

Fulton Park

Great 48 – Boys Basketball

Holy Trinity

Jesuit High School

Junior Achievement

Juvenile Diabetes

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Loaves & Fishes

​Oregon Food Bank

Maui Music Conservatory

Muscular Dystrophy

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

National Multiple Sclerosis

Hike4Hope

The Funds are distributed by Ceros Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Leader Capital and Ceros are not affiliated.

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