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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 still active.

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 Greater Buffalo.

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 Canisius College.

 

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 homicide.   

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 Marketing activities.

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, New York.