About Us

North Pier Search Consulting is dedicated to offering specialty consulting services to fiduciaries of all types. Based in Los Angeles, our clients are some of the nation's leading businesses, non-profits, foundations, and endowments coast-to-coast. We believe in independent, fee-only, vendor neutral advice - devoid of the status quo conflicts of interest that still permeate the advisory industry.

North Pier has always assumed the role of our clients' advocates and pioneers of progress in the industry.

Our Team

James Scheinberg CIMA®, PRP
Managing Partner, Founder & Chief Investment Officer

Jim Scheinberg Born and raised in the North Suburbs of Chicago, Jim Scheinberg came to Southern California in 1987 to pursue his B.A. in Political Science at University of California, Los Angeles. He achieved the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation in 2001 from The Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA®) in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a published author, a frequently quoted resource to journalists, a regular speaker at industry conferences, and guest on finance podcasts. Jim also regularly serves as a consulting expert for U.S. government regulatory agencies and as an expert witness for ERISA litigation. He is also a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet of UCLA, sitting on the Board of Visitors of the Political Science Department. Jim passionately serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster care youth in the Los Angeles County Children's Court system.

Jim began his career in venture capital in 1990 moving to general securities with Smith Barney Harris Upham in 1992. He joined Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. in 1994 as an Associate in the Oppenheimer Consulting Group, the firm's institutional investment management consulting department, where he worked with institutional fiduciary clients. In 2001, Jim founded what would become the Corporate Services Group of Oppenheimer Co., Inc. (CSG), where he eventually held the position of Director and Senior Vice President. CSG was an industry pioneer in providing conflict-free, fee-only investment consulting and fiduciary advocacy for institutional, participant-directed plan sponsors. In 2008, Jim and key members of CSG founded North Pier.

Professional Activities

Member of the Board of Visitors of the UCLA Political Science Department
Member of the Sharpe Fellows Selection Committee of the UCLA Economics Department
Member of Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA)
Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Los Angeles County Children's Court

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Brant J. Griffin QKA, AIFA®, PRP
Partner, Founder and Chief Compliance Officer

Brant GriffinOriginally from Virginia, Brant earned his B.A. in Economics from Elon University in North Carolina. In 1995, Brant commenced his career with T. Rowe Price & Associates as a Senior Retirement Plan Consultant where he advised emerging companies in the evaluation of their qualified plan options. In 1999, shortly after moving to California, Brant joined the Retirement Services Department of Oppenheimer and Co., Inc. where he rose to the position of Western Regional Director, managing the consulting efforts of over $1.2 billion of qualified plans. In 2001, Brant and Jim's groups began working together on several joint cases, building the framework for the 2003 formation of the Corporate Services Group (CSG) of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. CSG was an industry pioneer in providing conflict free, fee-only investment consulting and fiduciary advocacy for institutional, participant-directed plan sponsors. In 2008, Brant and Jim completed a lift-out the central members of CSG to found North Pier Fiduciary Management, LLC.

Professional Activities

Member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA)
Member of The Professional in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitrator
American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) Government Affairs 401(k) Subcommittee

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Gregory D. Metzger CPFA
Senior Consultant

Greg MetzgerBorn and raised in Los Angeles, Greg moved to the Midwest in 1981 to pursue his B.A. in Economics and History at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In 1996, he studied leadership at the Harvard Business School, was a guest lecturer at Wharton School of Business' annual symposium on household finance from 1999 to 2001, and has been a respondent for scholarly papers from top business schools. He was selected by his peers on the National Defined Contribution Council to educate the U.S. Congress on retirement issues and advocate legislation.

Gregory D. Metzger began his career in retirement consulting in 1985 at Kwasha Lipton. In 1990, he moved back to Los Angeles, joining Towers Perrin as a Defined Contribution Consultant. At Ernst & Young, he became the National Practice Leader for Defined Contribution in 1992. In 1993, he joined The Wyatt Company (later Watson Wyatt, then Towers Watson) where he headed up the defined contribution recordkeeping practice for the Western United States. In 1996, he became The Director of Defined Contribution Consulting, North America. At Watson Wyatt, he created and led a vendor selection service which served over 200 clients and placed more than $90 billion in assets.

Greg is considered a thought leader in the defined contribution consulting and vendor search field. He conceived and developed a conference branded as “the 360o Vendor Conference” to elevate industry standard for defined contribution administration which was regularly attended by the largest plan recordkeepers and was rated as best ever attended by the top 15. He conceived and co-developed PathfinderTM, the first e-Commerce application for institutional investing, creating a new market with multi-billion dollar annual transaction volume. He also co-developed the 401(k) value index used by over 400 plan sponsors to measure the effectiveness of their plan design, communication, administration and investments. He has also been quoted in trade and mass market periodicals including Pension & Investments, Institutional Investor, CFO, Plan Sponsor, Fortune, Money, Business Insurance, Employee Benefits News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Journal of Risk Management. Greg has authored and published papers and articles, as well as spoken and led national conferences.

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Freeman Wood CPFA
Senior Consultant

Freeman Wood Freeman Wood recently joined North Pier as a senior consultant with a broad background and significant expertise in investment management, alternative investments, and financial risk management.

Most recently Freeman led Mercer Investment Consulting's alternative investment business development efforts in the U.S. which included development and sales of customized and commingled fund private market and hedge fund investment solutions for institutional investors across wealth, retirement, and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to that Freeman led Mercer Sentinel's Americas team that specializes in investment manager operational risk assessment and due diligence, manager transitions, and custodian bank evaluation consulting.

Prior to joining Mercer, Freeman led quantitative market and credit risk management teams within large banks, corporate treasury functions, and regulators, and has experience in derivatives trading and alternative investment portfolios. Immediately prior to joining Mercer, he was head of investments and risk management for a hedge fund of funds. Prior to that, Freeman was with Ford Motor Company for eight years in a variety of roles including Chief Risk Officer and Head of International Treasury. Freeman's other experiences include four years with BNP Paribas as Head of Market Risk Management for North American proprietary trading activities in New York, six years with the Federal Reserve in banking supervision, and three years equity options trading on the floor of the CBOE.

Freeman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Allegheny College and an MBA from Northwestern's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Charles Everett CCP
Senior Consultant

Charles Everett Born and mostly raised in New York (the son of a career US Air Force Meteorologist), earned his B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Elmira College, Elmira NY. Charlie's career in pension and retirement plan administration started as a Group Pension Accounting Analyst for Connecticut Mutual Life Ins. Co., progressing to Vice President, Benefits and Compensation for Odyssey Re. He achieved the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation in 2006 from WorldatWork. The pension, saving and compensation plans under his management included, DB, Cash Balance, DC, 401k, profit sharing, money purchase, ESOPs, Stock Option, Restricted Stock, and RSUs. In his career, Charlie has evaluated, opined, and transitioned recordkeepers for DB, DC, ESOP and stock plans. Charlie joined North Pier Search Consulting where he is consulting in recordkeeping and investment advisor searches.

Member of WorldatWork; Member of International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Rob Whited CFA, CEBS
Senior Consultant

Rob Whited Born and raised in Ohio, Rob earned his B.S. in Finance with a minor in Statistics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1986. He achieved the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation in early 1987 and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter in the summer of 1991. Over the course of his career, he has helped both corporate and not-for-profits clients. He worked with many Fortune 500 companies as well as a broad range of industry leaders in technology, manufacturing, and mining.

Rob began his career as an Employee Benefits Representative for Aetna. From there, he transitioned to Fidelity Investments in 1990 working with corporate retirement plans in the sale of bundled 401k/DC services as well as total benefit outsourcing on the West Coast for over 12 years. In that role Rob led a team that converted over 300+ new customers and relationships. This involved plan design consulting, investment menu selection and participant communication strategies. One area that was particularly valuable for his clients was Rob’s deep understanding of stable value alternatives and the utilization of an open fund architecture. With over 20 years of experience, Rob witnessed the value of objective conflict-free unbiased investment advice for the asset owner and plan sponsor from the investment consultant community.

Rob has extensive knowledge and experience across many areas of institutional investments, product development, & discretionary asset management. He brings an accomplished, client-focused perspective to the business relationships he serves.

Member CFA Institute and CFA Society of Los Angeles

Mae Diapera AIF®
Analyst & Operations Manager

Mae Diapera

Mae graduated with a dual degree in Public Health and Environmental Biology from Tulane University, where she was an inaugural Posse Foundation Scholar. As an undergraduate research fellow, she worked under psychologist Dr. Peter Scharf, in data and meta-analysis of current policies and pedagogical practices in educating previously adjudicated youth in Louisiana. Upon graduation Mae worked as a project manager for Harambee Sustainability Project’s micro-business initiatives in the Langa Township of Cape Town, South Africa, from 2012-2015. Upon moving back to Los Angeles, Mae joined North Pier where she leads communications and project management.

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Joshua MacKenzie CFA
Investment Committee Member

Originally from the Seattle metropolitan area, Josh moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to attend the University of California, Los Angeles. As a part of his undergraduate studies at UCLA Josh worked on multiple research projects with focus on the effects of monetary policy and demographic change on economic growth, particularly in developing countries. Josh graduated early with his B. A. in Economics in the fall of 2016 while working with the North Pier. Josh was a valued full-time member of the North Pier team for two and a half years in operations and eventually leading quantitative research. While at North Pier, Josh passed his Levels 1-3 exams for the CFA. Looking to expand his career horizons, Josh joined the capital markets team at CIT Group in the Fall of 2019. He currently works in the derivatives and foreign exchange group structuring interest rate and FX hedging strategies for the banks' commercial clients. We commend Josh's career aspirations; upon his departure, he was invited to sit on North Pier's Internal Investment Committee where he continues to provide insight on capital markets and investment manager performance.

Corey Thompson
Investment Committee Member

Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Corey began his career at North Pier as an intern in his final year at Cal State Northridge, during which time he cultivated a deep interest in financial analytics. After graduating, Corey joined the team as an analyst and over the subsequent four years, helped to develop many of the plan level monitoring and manager search practices still employed today. In 2016 Corey switched career tracks, joining Farmers Insurance where he now is the IT Strategy Program Manager, consulting internally to IT leadership and helping to define and achieve long term strategic objectives. As a valued member of the team, Corey was invited to sit on North Pier's Internal Investment Committee where he continues to provide insight on capital markets and investment manager performance.

Doug Wood
Investment Committee Member

Doug first joined our team when we were still apart of Oppenheimer & Co Inc in Los Angeles and was the first employee of North Pier at the company's founding. Prior to that Doug served in the US Navy and was deployed after 9-11 on board the carrier USS John C Stennis. After serving he graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics. Doug is now the CEO of Hillside Lab Inc and remains a member of our Investment Committee.