Investment Philosophy

Lemelson Capital Management has advocated a Christian Philosophy of investment based on a belief that investments selected on strict value criteria mitigate risk and often lead to better than average returns, a cornerstone of good stewardship. 

Although every situation and investment decision is unique, the pillars of wise investment policy (autonomous thought, discipline, knowledge, patience, focus, hard work, etc.) do not change with time. Nonetheless, successful execution is an art.  Staying within a circle of competence with a focus on proficiency in select sectors is a hallmark. Operational experience and acumen are critical to competent capital allocation and successful fund management.

Management seeks to protect principal by ensuring a substantial "margin of safety" exists in every commitment while consistently producing better than average results in order to leverage the power of compounding over time. 


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Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson, CIO

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson is a Greek Orthodox priest, activist and investment manager known for advocating a philosophy of investment based on Christian ethics.

He is the chief investment officer of Lemelson Capital Management, LLC the sole sponsor and general partner of The Amvona Fund, LP which several times has been named the world's top performing hedge fund according to financial media outlets The Wall Street Journal and Barron's.

Lemelson’s position on ecumenism and the role of the Orthodox Church have been cited in The Washington Post, CBS News, Fox News, The National Interest, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald among others. His investment research and analysis has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, Fox Business Network, and and credited with influencing share prices in publicly traded companies.

Prior to his ordination in 2011, Fr. Emmanuel had 17 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, including authoring multiple patents in design, business process and software architecture. As a graduate student he founded, amongst other businesses, the internet site Amvona which achieved ~120% CAGR between 1999 and 2006. In 2005 Amvona ranked among the ten most visited photography related internet sites.

He is the founder and president of The Lantern Foundation, a 501 (c)3 private foundation that provides financial support to Christian organizations as well as the founder of the Stowe conference for charity.

Fr. Emmanuel graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with an M.Div, and has served parishes in New England and Switzerland.

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Chief Financial Officer

John Zoraian, CFO

John Zoraian - CFO is a seasoned hedge fund professional with thirty-five years of experience in the alternative investment industry. John has held leadership positions in two hedge funds, with the first growing to $650 million in assets before the retirement of the General Partner, and the second growing to several billion in assets. In 2005, John launched the hedge fund administration business for Sasserath & Zoraian, LLP.

John started his professional career with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., the predecessor of KPMG LLP. John graduated with a BBA in accounting from Hofstra University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the American and New York Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.

*An individual retirement account beneficially owned by Mr. Zoraian is currently a shareholder in The Amvona Fund, Ltd.


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Brett Logan, CCO

Brett M. Logan is a triathlon enthusiast and is a dedicated student of the financial markets. He has devoted his career to the investment industry and implementing state-of-the-art legal and management strategies. 

Brett has a dual background in transactional work and the risk awareness of a securities litigator. He served in house for 8 years as general counsel to an alternative investment fund administrator with multi-billions in assets under administration. He also headed the legal and compliance department for a New York-based NYSE floor trading firm & FINRA member boutique broker/dealer serving large hedge funds, with an emphasis on risk arbitrage trading execution and has specific expertise in SEC and state level requirements and obligations, ensuring compliance with ERISA, FINRA rules and Anti-Money Laundering requirements..

Brett received his JD from Tulane University Law School (2001) and his B.A. from Florida State University (1997).