Who we are


How we got here

Following long careers in investment management consulting, enterprise technology, international treasury,  and nonprofit management,  the co-founders came to the conclusion that there was no single resource available to board members and trustees to help them assess, correct and monitor their fiduciary governance process. Accountants provide primarily technical financial skills, lawyers are experts in the law, and financial service companies are good at holding and managing assets.

With our background in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, we realized that all organizations share similar issues of stewardship. Employers are stewards of their employees’ retirement funds and trustees/board members of foundations/endowments are stewards of gifts held in trust for the benefit of others.

Robert Patterson, AIFA®, President and Co-founder of Diogenes. His focus is on making sure that Board members and senior executive understand the threat of a cyber breach and implement appropriate policies and procedures as part of an overall Enterprise Risk Management strategy. Bob was recently awarded a certificate in “Cyber Security: Technology, Application and Policy” from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT.

US subsidiaries of multinationals headquartered outside of the US face special problems. With increased scrutiny on companies by the Department of Labor and other government agencies, understanding the pitfalls associated with a lack of fiduciary prudence makes it even more difficult for someone not familiar with the US employment rules and regulations. To supplement the experience and skills of our co-founders, and to service the needs of the parent companies, we put together a team of enterprise level experts in the area of fiduciary knowledge, corporate management, education, and technology, all with international experience and Diogenes- FG was born.

Diogenes-FG Code of Ethics

We recognize that this Code of Ethics, and its principles and obligations, are in addition to those set forth by any other Code that governs our professional and ethical conduct. This Code of Ethics was developed by fi360 and is required to be followed by all AIF® and AIFA® designees as well as, by extension, CEFEX Analysts.

 

To our clients, we will:

  • Employ and provide the client information on the Prudent Practices when serving as an investment fiduciary and/or advising other investment fiduciaries.
  • Act with honesty and integrity and avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
  • Ensure the timely and understandable disclosure of relevant information that is accurate, complete, and objective.
  • Be responsible when determining the value of our services and our form of compensation; taking into consideration the time, skill, experience, and special circumstances involved in providing our services.
  • Know the limits of our expertise, and refer our clients to colleagues and/or other professionals in connection with issues beyond our knowledge and skills.
  • Respect the confidentiality of information acquired in the course of our work, and not disclose such information to others, except when authorized or otherwise legally obligated to do so. We will not use confidential information acquired in the course of our work for our personal advantage.
  • Not exploit any relationship or responsibility that has been entrusted to us.

To our community (whether defined by work, family, and/or friends), we will:

  • Proactively promote and be a steward of ethical behavior as a responsible partner among our peers in the work environment and in our community.
  • Ensure that the overall promotion of our practice is implemented in the best interests of our profession.
  • Seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work; acknowledge and correct errors; and properly credit the contributions of others.
  • Use corporate assets and resources employed or entrusted to us in a responsible manner.
  • Continue to improve our knowledge and skills, share ideas and information with colleagues, and assist them in their professional development.

Partnering

Our offer to prospective beta clients

We are looking for Beta clients to help us refine our Diogenes Fiduciary Compliance System™. In return, we will offer substantial discounts for both version 1.+ and 2.0.

Our offer to equity investors

If you are interested in joining others as an equity partner, contact Bob Patterson, CEO, directly on 1.804.467.0979 (GMT-5) or bobp@diogenes-fg.com to request more information and a copy of our business plan.

Potential strategic partners…

Talk to us! We are looking for major accounting, legal, and consulting firms who would be interested in using our services on a private label basis.

Management Team

Diogenes is unusual in that we already have an extensive network of advisors and partners in Europe, Australia, South America, and the US. As we grow and develop, we will tap into this network.

We have intentionally maintained a lean startup team which is backed up by the experienced Advisory Board and strategic partners. Much of the work is being done on a virtual basis.

Please click on an image for a summary résumé  ▼

Robert R. Patterson, MBA, AFIA® (American)

Co-Founder & CEO
Bob Patterson has 30+ years of experience assisting institutions and individuals from the US and Europe in the design, implementation and monitoring of their investment and fiduciary management strategies. He is one of only 400 AIFA® holders globally, significant international experience and is the only AIFA® with education and experience in cyber security. He has served on a number of Boards/Committees of non-profits in the US and Europe. BA, Virginia Military Institute, MBA IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland). Certificate of Completion, “Cybersecurity: Technology, Application, and Policy”, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), 2016 LinkedIn profile here:Bob will be the point person for Diogenes and will coordinate the team as needed.

bobp@diogenes-fg.com

John W. Whitworth, MBA, CGMA, ACMA, FCT, (British)

Co-Founder and CFO
John Whitworth is the co-founder of Diogenes-FG. John has 25+ years of general management experience in the UK and the US including treasury, financial risk mitigation and global cash management responsibilities for world-wide manufacturing and marketing operations, most recently with Invensys plc a global $12b company with operations in 36 countries.  As part of his responsibilities, John worked on complex UK pension issues whilst the Group Treasurer of Unitech plc, a global manufacturing company with operations in all four continents. He received his MBA from the London Business School. His professional designations include CGMA, ACMA, FCT. LinedIn profile here.Based in the UK, John will focus on our relations with boards and trustees of multinational corporations outside of the US. 

johnw@diogenes-fg.com

Edith S. Patterson, B.A. (American)

Vice President, Client Communications, Secretary of the Board

Edie brings over 20 years of experience in working with boards and board committees of nonprofits in Washington DC, Charlottesville and Richmond VA.  Edie was a member of the Junior League of Washington, DC where she served on the board. She was the Executive Director of the Virginia Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. In 2014 she founded Nonprofit Diagnostic, Inc. which assists nonprofits with their administrative and governance needs.

Edie is a member of the 2010 Class of Lead Virginia.  She has a background in the area of fiduciary governance and technology.

Edie received her B.A. from the University of Virginia.

edithp@diogenes-fg.com

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Diogenes has a multinational Board of Directors and Advisory Board whose members have demonstrated experience in international law, operations, strategic planning, economics and leadership.

Our service providers include experts in the fields of law, marketing, technology and brand/portal development.

Board of Directors

Charles F. Bryan, Ph.D., Chairman (American)

Charlie is a founding partner with Daniel P. Jordan of Bryan & Jordan Consulting, LLC, which specializes in strategic planning, fundraising, board and staff relations, and executive searches for nonprofit institutions and higher education.

Charlie retired in 2008 after a twenty-year career as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Historical Society; Charlie remains as its CEO Emeritus.

He served as president of the American Association for State and Local History and was president of the Independent Research Libraries

Charlie is a member of the board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He is a board member of the VMI Foundation and serves as the Vice Chair of the Medical College of Virginia Foundation.

Charlie is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He earned a Master’s Degree in history from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee with a specialty in the American Civil War.

Robert R. Patterson, AIFA®, (American)

CEO

Please see management team section.

John W. Whitworth, ACMA, CGMA, MCT (British)

Treasurer

Please see management team section.

Edith S. Patterson, (American)

Vice President and Secretary of the Board

Please see management team section.

Advisory Board

Bill Carden (American)

Bill is the co-founder of Carden Jenning Publishing Company, Ltd. Since 1985, Bill and his co-founder have provided publishing and design services in the medical, custom, and lifestyle markets. One of the other companies of which he was a co-founder and CEO is ScholarOne, a specialty medical publishing company, which he sold to Thompson Reuters a number of years ago. Bill is a special adviser for Diogenes-fg and has been working closely with Diogenes-fg on the design and development of our Diogenes Fiduciary Compliance System™. His belief in Diogenes-fg, experience in developing a similar software for ScholarOne, and his experience in growing and selling a business, adds further credence to the timeliness of what Diogenes-fg is offering.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bettina Eckerle, Esq. (German)

Bettina is the founder and principal of Eckerle Law, a New York corporate law firm focusing on privately held businesses for a variety of legal needs, including compliance. Her particular focus is the Investment Advisers Act and the fiduciary standard associated with it.

Before launching her own firm, Bettina was the General Counsel of DigitalGlobe, Inc., the largest satellite imagery company in the world and the General Counsel and head of compliance of Focus Financial Partners, LLC, the largest partnership of fiduciary investment advisers in the world, with more than $60 billion assets under management today.

Bettina was admitted to the Bar in Munich in 1990 and New York in 1995 and is a member of the American Bar Association, and the New York State and New York City Bar Associations. She obtained her law degrees at New York University Law School in New York and Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

Clare Gora (Canadian)

Clare Gora is the founder of Bayesian Consulting Services, Inc. based in Toronto, Canada. Clare specializes in providing analytical and information modeling services for a variety of clients by developing Bayesian networks to make better and more informed decisions. Bayesian networks are probabilistic models that serve as graphical structures to represent knowledge about a certain domain and allow for dynamic analysis as information or evidence is updated. Her work focuses on helping organizations in healthcare, technology, academia, finance and other areas embrace information theory and principles of causality to support sophisticated decision-making.

Clare received her undergraduate degree (with Honors) from the University of Toronto and her MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Roger Levy, LLM, AIFA® (British)

Roger L. Levy, LLM, AIFA® is CEO of Cambridge Fiduciary Services, LLC which provides services aimed at reducing the fiduciary risk for institutional investment committees, investment advisors, and asset managers, through consulting advice and assessments of their conformity with a fiduciary standard of care.

Roger earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst™ designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies and is a Lead Analyst for the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX). Through this affiliation, Cambridge Fiduciary Services, LLC has performed fiduciary assessments for investment advisors, pension plans, and fund administrators and has advised investment committees on fiduciary responsibility. Mr. Levy speaks at investment conferences on fiduciary issues and publishes articles on fiduciary topics. Roger was a coauthor of an Amicus Brief filed with the US Supreme Court in support of the plaintiffs in the 2015 Tibble v. Edison International case. The US Supreme Court, in their response,  provided a landmark argument in holding fiduciaries accountable for their failure to continuously monitor their plans’ investments. The case was remanded to a lower court which confirmed the SCOTUS argument in 2017; the Defendants were fined an additional $5.2 million in penalties.  He is the coauthor with Dr. Peter Roland of Your 401K – The Danger Within, published by Amazon. In addition, he provides best practices consulting services to law firms engaged in ERISA litigation.

Kathleen M. McBride, AIFA® (American)

Kate is the founder of FiduciaryPath, LLC. She is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst with The Center for Fiduciary Studies, which is associated with the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.  She holds BA degree from New York University and has completed the Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management program at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

She is a founder of The Committee for the Fiduciary Standard and The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to providing research, education and advocacy on the fiduciary standard’s impact on investors, the capital markets and society.  As a participant in dozens of meetings at the most senior levels of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Labor, Treasury, Congress, Consumer Finance Protection Board, FINRA and more, Kate has a unique perspective on investment fiduciary issues.

After beginning her career on Wall Street as a broker, bond trader and later an investment advisor, Kate ran financial new-media startups with major financial and media companies. Prior to founding FiduciaryPath, she was a Director at the Institute for Private Investors, Wealth Editor in Chief at AdvisorOne.com, Editor in Chief at Wealth Manager and Senior Editor at Investment Advisor.,

Greg Osadetz, P. Eng. (Canadian)

Greg began his career as a registered petroleum engineer in 1978 with Imperial Oil / Exxon in Canada and then other multinational oil companies. Greg is the former CEO of a number of companies in the international power and infrastructure sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. On moving to Brazil in 2005 he established Mount Rundle Financial to provide strategic and financial consulting services to sophisticated investors with a focus on Latin America, particularly Brazil. He has lived in Brasilia, Brazil for the past eight years, where he is a permanent resident.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto School of Engineering and his MBA (with distinction) from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Service Providers

Boldset – Brand management and Web Portal Designer (France)

Boldset is based in Paris, France and is focused on providing  innovative communication design including website development. Boldset was selected after a review of several local agencies because of their success in the international market in bringing a fresh look into traditional industries. Boldset clients include Zurich based IFIT, the Institute for Innovative Trading AG with roots in the design and application of complex financial trading software, and EDUCO, an educational consortium of American universities Cornell, Duke, Emory and Tulane.

Its co-founder, David Millner, is a business school colleague of Diogenes co-founder, Bob Patterson. David is an engineer by training and has significant international marketing experience. David earned his MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

PLANet Systems Group – Specialized Software Systems Developer (US, Czech Republic and Serbia)

PLANet System Group®  focuses on two core markets: custom development and Implementation of  web based applications and support for scholarly societies and journals in their peer review and production processes. They have proven expertise in multiple industries including entertainment, merchandise, financial, testing, health sciences, and more. Their work includes systems for workflow management, content management systems, reporting, data warehousing, and mobile applications.They are a growing (200+ employee) international and multicultural family of experienced programmers and customer support professionals operating from Novi Sad, Serbia and Prague, Czech Republic.

Dean Bedford, Founder and President of PLANet Systems is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Liberal Arts. Dean and his team have developed the initial demonstration model of our Diogenes Fiduciary Compliance System™.