Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. — CHAIRMAN
Prior to founding Barrantys LLC, Tom was a partner in the Buffalo Law firm
Phillips Lytle, where he concentrated his practice on estates and trusts,
corporate governance, closely held companies, foundations and
not-for-profit entities. He is currently counsel to Phillips Lytle.
Tom is chair emeritus of the
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), a nonprofit corporation founded to
cultivate a world-class medical campus in downtown Buffalo, where he is
He co-founded The BISON Fund,
the Buffalo Inner-City Scholarship Opportunity Network, which funds
scholarships for low-income students seeking private elementary
education. He served on the Board of Regents of Canisius College;
was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society and chaired
the Boards of the Buffalo General Hospital
and Kaleida Health System. He has served on the boards of over a
dozen companies, both private and public; four foundations and more than
30 community organizations, including his
role as Chair of the Investment Committee of the Community Foundation of
Tom has spent much of his
career counseling families in connection with corporate governance,
liquidity planning and estate preservation.
Tom has a B.A. from the
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts and a J. D. from
State University of New York at Buffalo (U. B.). He was awarded U.
B.'s Chancellor's Medal in 2010, as well as an honorary degree from
Luke T. Jacobs — CEO
Prior to becoming a partner of Barrantys LLC, Luke was an Erie County
Assistant District Attorney based in Buffalo, NY where he successfully
prosecuted jury and non-jury trials ranging from assault to
Luke has extensive investment
experience and presently sits on several community related investment
committees. His investment management expertise is also actively
applied to numerous client family foundations and investment
committees. Luke serves on the Investment Committee for
the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo and chaired the committee for seven years (2008-2014). He is a Board member of The John R. Oishei Foundation and Chair of the Foundation's Investment Committee. He also serves on the Investment Committee for The Cullen Foundation.
Luke has a B.A. from The
Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and a J.D. from
University of Notre Dame Law School. He is a member of the New
York State Bar Association and was awarded the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CFTA) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers.
Lee C. Wortham — COO
Prior to joining Barrantys LLC, Lee was an Executive Vice President and
Management Committee member for the First Niagara Financial Group, where
he led the firm's Wealth Management, Risk Management and Corporate
He was the Executive Vice
President of Global Private Client Services, Product Development &
Central Operations for The Bank of New York, where, from 1999 to 2005, he
ran the firm’s high-net-worth activities—with over $60 billion in assets
under management and administration worldwide.
From 1985-1999, he was with
the legacy firms of Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan
Chase & Co.) in various Managing Director capacities, where he led,
for example, the Global Private Bank Entrepreneurs & Business Owners
Segment with $9.3 billion in assets under management and administration.
He also oversaw product and services groups supporting over $850
million per year in revenues and 2,000-plus employees. From 1993-1997,
Lee was based in London, where he was in charge of $18 billion in client
assets extending from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Lee is Chairman of the
Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Vice Chairman of Evans Bancorp, Inc.
(NYSE Amex) and serves on the Board of The Patrick P. Lee Foundation. He
is a member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees and is Chair of the College's Investment Committee. He also served on
the Atlantic Health System Board and was Chairman of Mountainside Hospital.
Lee has a B.S. from Canisius
College and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology, Westbury,