Our Team

J. Dovich Team Members

Our team is our capital.  The advice and counsel the team provides to clients is the gain on the capital.  This gain is realized and owned by our clients.  This is the way we think, process, analyze and react.  It is our DNA.

The principals within John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC are all driven by one desire – how can we help our clients?  As business owners ourselves, we understand making payroll, paying for health insurance and the demands of day-to-day aspects of running a business.  As spouses, parents and supporters of the community, we also understand how financial decision-making affects our future legacy to those most important to us.  Skill set, expertise and knowledge are important.  So, too, is common sense.  To be a part of our team, you must have all of those attributes.  Because it is those attributes that create the gain our clients experience.

John Dovich, CLU, ChFC

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John founded John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC, a SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm, in 1987 with a vision of providing a broad range of comprehensive financial, investment, estate planning and wealth management services to affluent families, professionals, and business owners. John focuses on helping the firm’s clientele achieve their goals through individualized client solutions.

John is a graduate of Xavier University, Class of 1987. He holds the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). John is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and is a Registered Representative of Lion Street Financial, LLC.

Active in his community, and a big proponent of “giving back” to his city, John is currently a board member of the Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation, the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, and the Cincinnati Chapter of The Salvation Army. John is a very active member of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) and is a former board member. John is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council of Xavier University, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), and the Cincinnati Estate Planning Council (CEPC), also serving as a past board member for all of these organizations. John is a current member of the United Way’s Tocqueville Society and the Goering Center for Family & Private Business at the University of Cincinnati. John also belongs to the Society of Financial Services Professionals (SFSP) and previously served as a board member and president.

John’s past associations include the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a Business Committee member, the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless where he served on the Finance Committee and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors.

John is an avid tennis fan and can frequently be found on many tennis courts around the city. John resides in Hyde Park.

Tom Lalley, CFA, CFP®, MBA

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Tom, an Investment Advisor Representative, who joined John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC in 2000 is a partner in the firm. One of Tom’s many responsibilities include developing wealth strategies for the firm’s clients in addition to assisting them with their investment decisions. Tom monitors client portfolios, tracks performance, and renders investment recommendations. He helps individuals define and achieve their estate and financial objectives.

Tom graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 1992 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting with a Minor in Finance. He obtained his general securities license in 1993 and earned his Master’s in Business Administration with honors from Xavier University in 1999. Tom earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2002 and also completed the rigorous Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. Tom is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), the CFA Society of Cincinnati, the Estate Planning Council and the Entrepreneur’s Organization of Cincinnati.

A lifelong resident of the Bluegrass State, Tom is an avid family man and the father of two young children. He and his family live in Northern Kentucky.

Bill Bruns

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Bill, an Investment Advisor Representative, is also a partner and principal with John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC. Bill joined the firm in 2010 and is responsible for the development of wealth strategies and strategic financial plans for the firm’s clients. Bill assists clients with their investment decisions, monitors client portfolios, tracks performance, renders investment recommendations and helps individuals define and achieve their estate and financial objectives.

A graduate of the University of Dayton with a double major in Finance and Marketing and a double minor in French and German, Bill has been active in the investment industry since 1997.

Bill holds many licenses to include the Series 7 – General Securities Representative, Series 24 – General Securities Principal, Series 53 – Municipal Securities Principal, Series 66 – Uniform Combined State Law Examination and Series 63 – Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination licenses. Bill is also a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Cincinnati.

A familiar face at all the venues of his children’s sports activities, Bill resides in Warren County with his wife and children.

Chris Brennan, CFP®

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Chris joined our firm in 2016 as a principal and is an Investment Advisor Representative. Chris is responsible for creating wealth strategies for the firm’s clients. He works with clients and helps them to establish, implement and monitor financial plans. Chris is also responsible for the oversight and management of client assets.

Chris, a native of Chicago, is a graduate of the Miami University of Oxford with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He earned his CFP certification in 2010.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris had 9 years of service as a vice president with Wintrust Wealth Management in Chicago. He has experience working with individuals and families and specializes in investment management, asset allocation, and financial planning.

As a recent transplant from Chicago, Chris chose a neighborhood very close to the downtown Cincinnati area when he and his wife recently purchased their home and lives there with their two young children.

Neil Hantak, CFA

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Neil is Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee. He is responsible for coordinating the firm’s investment and portfolio management strategies with its principals. Collaborating with colleagues to understand their clients’ goals, needs and risk tolerances, Neil assists in structuring investment plans to meet those objectives.

Neil joined the firm in 2017 as a Portfolio Analyst working with clients to achieve their investment goals. In addition, he was responsible for the firm’s investment recommendations for the Energy, Financial and Utility sectors and a voting member of the firm’s Investment Committee. In 2018, he became head of the firm’s Private Investment Committee, overseeing the research, communication and operations of the firm’s Private Investment strategies.

A native of St. Louis, Neil is a graduate of Xavier University with a triple major in Honor Bachelor of Arts (HAB) program, Finance and Classics and a triple minor in Mathematics, Philosophy and Classical Humanities. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2009. Prior to joining John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC, Neil served as a portfolio manager at several wealth management firms working with high net-worth families and foundations in the Cincinnati area on their investments, estate planning and overall financial reporting.

Neil is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Cincinnati. He has been a mentor through Xavier University’s Mentor Program since 2017, a grader for the CFA Institute Research Challenge since 2016, and a youth coach for soccer and basketball since 2014.

Neil and his wife live with their three sons in Milford. He enjoys attending his sons’ extracurricular sports activities, playing games with the family and watching movies.

Christopher L. Payne

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Chris is a Chief Compliance Officer and senior compliance consultant at Graydon Compliance Solutions, LLC, which provides compliance services to Registered Investment Advisers. Prior to joining Graydon, Chris previously worked at Matson Money, Inc., a federally registered investment adviser, and Ameritas Investment Corp., a dually registered investment adviser & broker-dealer.

Chris earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Finance from Miami University of Ohio in 2004, and subsequently earned his J.D. in 2011 from the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Chris advises clients on developing effective compliance programs and navigating the firm through complex regulatory issues. Chris is an Ohio licensed attorney and holds the Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional designation co-sponsored by NRS and the Investment Adviser Association. Chris lives in Harrison, OH with his wife and family.

Board of Advisors

Standing, from left: Tom Lalley, Bill Bruns, John Dovich, Neil O’Connor; Seated, from left: John Bloomstrom, Larry Grypp


Lawrence L. Grypp

Lawrence L. Grypp is the former President and Executive Director of The Goering Center for Family and Private Business, a non-profit organization and leading educational and informational resource center for family and privately held businesses in the Greater Cincinnati region. A 10-year veteran of The Goering Center, he also served as the President & CEO of Lafayette Life Insurance Co., President & CEO of Columbus Life Insurance Co., and the Chairman of Capital Analysts, Inc., of which, all three companies are divisions within the Western & Southern Financial Group. Prior to working at Western & Southern Financial Group, Larry worked for several other insurance and financial services companies, such as MassMutual Financial Group, and Fidelity Union Life.

Larry has a long history of professional and community affiliations, serving on more than ten boards. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Health, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio National Fund, a member of the Advisory Board of Robbins, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of The Goering Center for Family and Private Business and a member of the Young Presidents Organization in Cincinnati.

His past professional affiliations include board service on the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXV, and a life member of the life insurance industry’s Million Dollar Round Table. Larry is a well-known speaker, to include keynote speaker status at an international Million Dollar Round Table conference in Vancouver.

A graduate of two executive programs, The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Larry also has the highly coveted credentials of the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.


John Bloomstrom

John Bloomstrom is 30-year veteran marketer and communicator, with diverse client and agency experience. Prior to forming his consultancy, he was Executive Vice President at Northlich, one of the largest independent branding and communication agencies in North America. During his two decades there, he launched its Word of Mouth Marketing practice and helped expand Brandstorm, its brand optimization and innovation consultancy, working with Fortune 500 clients like Procter & Gamble, Scotts Miracle Gro, Coca Cola, Pizza Hut, StarKist, Kimberly Clark and Speedo. Before joining Northlich, John held senior marketing roles at Huffy Bicycles and Mead Corporation.

He has been a featured speaker at The Goering Center at the University of Cincinnati, Brand Masters, AMA, WOMMA and regional Ad Club conferences, and guest lecturer to marketing and advertising classes at The Ohio State University, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton and Wright State University.

John is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BS in Business Administration and a MBA. He currently serves on the boards of: Hunter Consulting, John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC, TOMAK Precision, Sell Your Mac, Assisting Hands and Maple Knoll Communities.


Neil J. O’Connor, CFE, CPA

Neil J. O’Connor, CFE, CPA, retired Chairman and President of Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co. worked for Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co for over 41 years. He was Partner-in-Charge of the Cincinnati office from 1974-1998, playing a major role in shaping the largest office in the State of Ohio within the firm and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee for 32 years.

His specialty areas include being responsible for audit, accounting and tax service engagements for Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co. clients with primary activity in connection with fraud audits and litigation support. He has investigated, provided accounting support, and expert witness testimony for numerous cases. He headed up the accounting side of the Home State Saving and Loan collapse as an assistant special prosecutor to Larry Kane.

He also has a great number of Trustee/Board member affiliates, in addition to John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC,  including: The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Treasurer of Drug Poison & Information Center; Elder High School; Seton High School; St. Joseph Home; Franciscan Hospitals; Treasurer of Legatus; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation; Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio; Order of Malta and The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

A graduate of Xavier University, Neil earned his B.S. Business Administration (Accounting Major) in 1964 and his MBA (Management) in 1966. He has served as an instructor for three years in accounting at Xavier University and Northern Kentucky University, along with instructing in the Ohio Society of CPA’s Continuing Education Programs.

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