Lee Danner Bass

People

Lawson C. Allen

Principal, President and Director

Lawson C. Allen is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds a degree in public policy studies with an economics emphasis. Prior to joining the firm, he was associated with the Bankers Trust NY Companies in various trust and custody administrative capacities. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Society of Financial Analysts and is a past president of the organization. He has also served on the Presidents Council of the Association for Investment Management and Research, as well as the Nominating Committee for the Southeastern Presidents Council Representative.

Frank M. Bass II

Principal and Chairman

Frank M. Bass II is a 1968 graduate of Davidson College. After serving three and one-half years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, in 1972 he became associated with J.C. Bradford & Company as an investment analyst. In 1976 he joined Lee, Robinson & Steine, Inc. as an analyst and portfolio manager. In 1986 he was appointed to head that firm’s equity strategy group and later named chief investment strategist. He left in 1988 to help found Lee, Danner & Bass, Inc. with John Lee and Ray Danner. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a past president of the Nashville Society of Financial Analysts. He has also served on the Ethics Review Committee of the Financial Analysts Federation.

Frank M. Bass III

Principal, Vice President and Director

Frank M. Bass III is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with dual majors in economics and English. Prior to joining the firm, Frank was a commercial officer in the Private Banking Division of SunTrust Bank. He is a current member of the CFA Institute and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003.

Fred T. Lowrance

Portfolio Manager

Fred T. Lowrance, Jr. is a graduate of Davidson College.  He began his investment career with Banc of America Capital Management, and then later served as a Portfolio Manager for Sterling Capital Management, LLC in Charlotte, NC.  In 2008, he joined Avondale Partners, LLC and served as a Director and research analyst covering a variety of industries.  The WallStreet Journal recognized him as a “Best on the Street” analyst in 2013.  He served as a Senior Research Analyst at Avondale Partners until joining Lee, Danner & Bass, Inc. in 2015.  He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Mark B. Smith

Principal, Secretary/Treasurer and Director

Mark B. Smith is a graduate of James Madison University with dual majors in accounting and management information systems. He is a Certified Public Accountant and was formerly associated with KPMG Peat Marwick.  He is the Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Compliance Officer of Lee, Danner & Bass, Inc. and is a member of the CFA Institute.  

 

Ernest Williams III

Principal, Vice President and Director

Ernest Williams III is a 1967 graduate of Washington & Lee University and received an MBA from Cornell University in 1969. He began his investment career with Chemical Bank in New York as a securities analyst and portfolio manager. In 1975 he earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation as an officer of C&S Invesco. He was the Assistant Treasurer & Acting Treasurer of Vanderbilt University from 1976 to 1981. In 1981 he founded The Southern Fiduciary Group, Inc., an S.E.C. registered investment counseling firm, serving as president until 2007 when he joined Lee, Danner & Bass, Inc. He is a member of the CFA Institute.