Mr. Schmitz is Vice President and Principal. He is responsible for portfolio management, investment research of the energy sector and client service.
Prior to joining Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel, Mr. Schmitz was responsible for various functions for Fifth Third Bank and Fifth Third Asset Management from 1986-2005. He most recently held the position of Managing Director of Core Equity Strategies and was responsible for management of $1.5 billion of private client and institutional assets.
He was also co-manager of the Fifth Third Strategic Income Fund and Fifth Third Dividend Growth fund. From 1984 to 1986 he was an investment analyst at The Central Trust Company in Cincinnati. From 1982 to 1984 he was a commercial loan officer for The Citizens and Southern National Bank in Atlanta, Georgia.