S.C. House of Representatives recognizes Allen Gillespie for distinguished public service

Allen Gillespie

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The South Carolina House of Representatives recently recognized Allen Gillespie, Chief Investment Officer at FinTrust Capital Advisors, for his public service and commitment to the State of South Carolina as a commissioner of the Retirement System Investment Commission. Gillespie served on the Commission for more than 15 years and was thanked by the House for his dedication to improving the quality of life for the citizens of the Palmetto State.


Gillespie was appointed by the House Ways & Means Committee as one of the original commissioners for the Retirement System Investment Commission in 2005 and served until 2021. While a member of the Board, he established the Pension Fund’s first Risk and Audit Committee and served one two-year term as Chairman of the Board.

“We are proud to have a dedicated community member like Allen on our team,” said Pat Sheridan Jr., CEO and Managing Partner of FinTrust Capital. “This recognition is a testament to his commitment of service to individuals in South Carolina.”

In the Upstate community, Gillespie served on the Meals on Wheels of Greenville Endowment Board from 2021-2015 and the GAMAC Endowment Board from 2009-2015. Additionally, Gillespie has been recognized by Institutional Investor’s 25 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds and served as a CFA Institute Research Challenge Mentor to Wofford College and the University of Alabama.

“I’m extremely honored to be recognized by the South Carolina House of Representatives,” said Gillespie. “South Carolina is home for me and helping to shape retirement and investment policy for residents is an important task and I’m grateful to have contributed to the State in this way.”

Gillespie has been in the investment industry since 1995, specializing in asset allocation research, manager of due diligence, individual security analysis and custom portfolio management. In his current role as Chief Investment Officer, he works closely with FinTrust’s advisors to help analyze portfolios and develop investment recommendations and implementation strategies for clients.

An Anderson, S.C. native, Gillespie graduated cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington & Lee University where he was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an economics honor society. When not working, you can find him operating as the scoreboard manager and/or announcer for various Saint Joseph High School football and soccer teams.

FinTrust Capital Advisors is a full-service financial service firm with over 35 professionals throughout the southeast. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, FinTrust has additional offices in Anderson (S.C.), Athens (Ga.), and Macon (Ga.). The Company has approximately $2.1 billion total assets under advisement across our advisory, retirement plan, and brokerage business. In a combined basis with United Community Bank, Inc., FinTrust Private has $4.4 billion in assets under advisement.


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