Lauren Fine

Partner at Gries Financial Partners

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Lauren Rich Fine, CFA joined Gries Financial Partners in 2016 to help drive business development and strategy and work directly with clients on their investment portfolios.  She is a partner at the firm and handles marketing and talent as well. 

Prior to that she was an Executive Search Consultant at Howard & O’Brien, focused on C-Suite and board searches. The bulk of her searches were in the areas of finance and marketing and her clients ranged from public to private and closely-held companies.


Lauren was previously a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch in Equity Research for nearly two decades, where she was named to the Institutional Investor All-American Research team, holding the number one position in her coverage universe for 11 years.  She analyzed public companies within the broad Internet & Media universe as well as Advertising & Marketing and Education companies. Lauren was a frequent source & contributor to CNBC and other news outlets as well as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. She was tapped to speak at numerous conferences throughout her career.


She has a B.A. from Tufts University where she majored in Economics & Psychology and did a year abroad in Greece and England. Her M.B.A. is from the Stern School of Management at New York University. 


Lauren sits on the board of the E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and Private Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial (NASDAQ: LPLA) and is on the Audit Committee of each organization. She previously served on the Dolan Media Board of Directors (NYSE: DM). 


She is also on the boards of the Chautauqua Foundation, Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland Museum of Art, College Now, Ideastream, and MOCA Cleveland, is the Chair of the University Hospital Connor Integrative Health Network Leadership Council, and sits on the Investment Committee at the Jewish Community Federation. She is actively involved in a number of local start-ups. Lauren was awarded the YWCA Women of Achievement Award and was a Crain’s Women of Note.



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