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Thomas H. Fontana
CEO, Eagle Ledge Foundation
Mr. Fontana’s background, spanning more than 40 years in banking, finance and investing, has been in management and finance related roles with firms such as Great Western S&L and Investors Diversified Services/American Express. His background also has an entrepreneurial twist; including launching four firms in Real Estate development and construction, commercial property management, commercial property leasing and building maintenance. Mr. Fontana holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license, over 30 certifications, and holds the Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 securities licenses with FINRA. Mr. Fontana has completed course work at Bakersfield College, the University of San Francisco and completed a Biblical Counseling program at Masters Seminary. Mr. Fontana has also completed the Phase I, Phase II and Phase III Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional Program at the FINRA Institute of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chester L. Reid
President, Eagle Ledge Foundation
Dr. Chester L. Reid has served as the Foundation’s President and as a director since inception in 2009. Dr. Reid served as Vice President of the California Baptist Foundation from January 1, 1992, until April 1, 2009. He also served as President of Strongtower Financial, Inc. (“Strongtower”), a wholly‑owned subsidiary of the California Baptist Foundation, from October, 1993, until April 1, 2009. Strongtower, f/k/a the California Plan of Church Finance, Inc., acted as a registered broker-dealer firm and investment advisory firm and was located in Fresno, California.
Prior to joining the California Baptist Foundation, Dr. Reid served as the Senior Pastor at Berkeley Avenue Baptist Church, in Turlock, California from 1985 to 1991, and as Minister of Evangelism at the First Southern Baptist Church El Monte, California from 1981 to 1985. Dr. Reid received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Fresno State University in 1981, a Master’s Degree in Church Administration from the California Graduate School of Theology in 1983, and a Doctorate of Business Management from California Baptist University in 2007.