Our Team

Steve Check

Steven Check

President and Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Check founded Check Capital Management (CCM) in 1987. As CCM’s Chief Investment Officer, he is responsible for overall investment policy and portfolio management. While formally educated as an engineer (plus coursework in accounting), Mr. Check found his passion in investing and helping others with financial issues. He thoroughly studied great investors—Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, etc.—learning not only their techniques but the underlying mindset that ensured their success. Mr. Check holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State and a Masters in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. A member of CFA Institute, he is past President of the CFA Society of Orange County.

Chris Ballard

Christopher Ballard, CFP®

Managing Director

Mr. Ballard is responsible for business development and general client service. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, he provides individualized guidance, such as goal-setting and retirement planning. Mr. Ballard’s 12 years of experience before CCM included Vice President / Financial Consultant with a national stockbrokerage, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley and Chief Investment Officer of Green Thumb Financial, an investment advisory firm. Mr. Ballard received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jeffrey Halbert

Jeffrey Halbert, MBA


Mr. Halbert introduces prospective clients to the principles underlying Check Capital’s investment approach. He also conducts portfolio reviews and provides planning assistance. Mr. Halbert started his wealth-management career with Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley), later focusing upon service to highly affluent individuals at Raymond James Financial Services. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rollins College and his Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Management from Crummer Graduate School of Business.

Jock Meeks

Jock Meeks, CRPC

Client Services Director

Mr. Meeks oversees service to Check Capital’s clients. His 33 years of experience in financial services includes seven years with an investment banker, followed by twelve years with a national brokerage firm. He held an NYSE Branch Manager Principals license and acted as Branch Manager for more than two years. Mr. Meeks earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wyoming. He received the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning in 2008.

Susan Niedwick

Susan Niedwick, CFP®

Vice President, Senior Investment Officer

Ms. Niedwick provides individualized service oriented toward helping clients to achieve personal objectives. Her 20 years of financial-industry experience include institutional fixed-income sales with Zions Bank, investment counsel at a national brokerage house, and, at two firms, consultation addressing the retirement and cashflow needs of high-net-worth Orange County families. Ms. Niedwick, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and French at the University of Utah.

Jeremy Saltzberg

Jeremy Saltzberg

Vice President, Senior Investment Officer

Mr. Saltzberg is responsible for various client-service initiatives at Check Capital in addition to providing financial counsel to clients regarding their accounts. Prior to joining CCM, he was both a Portfolio Manager and Director of Investment Research with Avondale Asset Management as well as Vice President at Spectrum Asset Management. Mr. Saltzberg began his career as an Investment Analyst with Beacon Pointe Advisors in Newport Beach, California. He attained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

John Thatcher

John Thatcher, AAMS®

Vice President, Senior Investment Officer

Mr. Thatcher advises existing clients and educates prospective clients about Check Capital’s investment programs. His 19 years of industry experience include three years as a Financial Advisor for IDS Financial Services (an American Express Company) followed by 15 years as a Vice President / Financial Consultant at a major financial services firm. He was also the Operations Manager for a residential construction company for six years. Mr. Thatcher earned his Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠ designation from the College for Financial Planning in 2008.

Jim Waite

Jim Waite, CRPC

flexFOLIO Portfolio Manager

Mr. Waite manages the flexFOLIO program, concentrating on highly personalized portfolios to meet specific client objectives. His 34 years of securities-industry experience include a decade as a Financial Consultant and Operations Manager with a national stockbrokerage, following five years as Investment Services Manager at Griffin Financial. Mr. Waite holds a BA in Business Administration (emphasis in finance) from California State University, Fullerton. He earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning in 2008.

Rob Hill

Robert Hill

Chief Compliance Officer / Trading Manager

Mr. Hill oversees both regulatory compliance and trading for the firm. He executes equity and fixed-income trades for individual client portfolios as well as the Blue Chip Investor Fund. Mr. Hill also supervises the firm’s account reconciliations and technical operations. Prior to joining Check Capital, he was Business Analyst for a nationally recognized printed-circuit-board distributor, where he researched companies to identify suitable, prospectively profitable business partners. Mr. Hill holds a BS in Business Administration (emphasis in finance) from California State University, Long Beach.

Ryan Kinney

Ryan Kinney

Research Director

Mr. Kinney advances Check Capital’s portfolio management process by means of a value-oriented, bottom-up approach to equity research. He and Steven Check identify prospectively profitable investments, then monitor the performance of those selected. He also authors “Company Reports” and “Company Close–Ups” to keep clients informed about their holdings. Mr. Kinney served as CCM Research Analyst for three years before assuming his current position. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (emphasis in finance) from San Diego State University.

Nancy Kernan

Nancy Kernan

Senior Administrator

Ms. Kernan provides account support to clients, performs internal administrative services and acts as office manager. She has 30 years of experience in the securities industry, serving as Sales Assistant with Shearson Lehman Brothers and Portfolio Administrator with both Loomis Sayles & Co. and Palley-Needelman Asset Management. Ms. Kernan attended Interstate Business College.

Ginny Williams

Ginny Williams

Associate Administrator

Ms. Williams provides account support to clients, as well as performing internal administrative services. Her 31 years of securities-industry experience include Sales Assistant, Acting Branch Operations Manager, New Accounts Administrator and Wire Operator at Shearson Lehman Hutton, Prudential Securities and Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards. Ms. Williams was Portfolio Administrator at Palley-Needelman Asset Management and Neuberger Berman. She attended Golden West College.

Stephanie Gleason

Stephanie Gleason

Associate Administrator

Ms. Gleason performs internal administrative services as well as ongoing assistance to clients. Her 13 years of securities-industry experience includes Cashier, Operations Support Coordinator and Client Service Associate at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, then Senior Client Associate at Wells Fargo Advisors. Ms. Gleason attended Saddleback College.