Daniel R Kozlowski, CFA
Founder & Managing Member
Dan Kozlowski is the Founder, Managing Member and CIO of Plaisance Capital, LLC. Prior re-establishing Plaisance Capital LLC in September 2017, Dan worked for Janus Capital, serving as the Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the $4B Janus Contrarian Fund and the Nikko Global Opportunistic Equity Account from 2012 through August 2017. Dan managed the Plaisance Fund LP in conjunction with the Contrarian Fund throughout his tenure at Janus according to the same value-based investment philosophy. Dan chose to leave Janus Capital following its merger with Henderson PLC.
Dan founded Plaisance Capital LLC in late 2008, with the Plaisance Fund launching in early 2009 under his leadership. Dan managed the Plaisance Fund independently from early 2009 until he (for the second time) and the Fund joined Janus Capital in July 2011.
In his first tenure with Janus Capital, Dan served as a Portfolio Manager and Executive Vice President of the Janus Long Short Fund, a $1.3B hedged equity fund from 2006 through early 2008. Prior to his portfolio management roles, Dan served as an equity analyst for the Janus Contrarian Fund from 2000-2006 covering insurance, banking, specialty finance, retail and media industries. Dan also served as research analyst focused on Asian markets for the Janus Worldwide Fund and Janus Overseas Fund concurrent with his role on the Contrarian Value team. Prior to joining Janus Capital, Dan served as a research analyst/intern for Ariel Capital focused on small and mid-cap value portfolios. Before his public equity investment career, Dan worked for Arthur Andersen LLP and founded, managed and sold an apparel business start-up.
Mr. Kozlowski holds a BBA and graduated cum laude from the University of Miami. He also studied at Sophia University’s School of Comparative Culture in Tokyo, Japan. Dan earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2000 with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has 19 years of financial industry experience. Dan is originally from Valparaiso, Indiana.
Outside of Plaisance, Mr. Kozlowski serves on the Board of Directors of Meade Holdings, the parent of Meade Tractor/Equipment, one of the country’s largest combined John Deere Construction & Agricultural Dealers with locations across Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In addition, Dan also serves on the Board of Directors of the International School of Denver (ISD).
Christopher H Owen
Chris Owen re-joined Plaisance Capital LLC in September 2017 from Janus Capital where he worked directly on the Plaisance Fund LP following its 2011 acquisition by Janus. Chris has had investment responsibilities for the Plaisance Fund continuously from 2010 and has worked in partnership with Dan Kozlowski for over seven years.
Chris is focused on all aspects of the value investment process for Plaisance including idea generation, fundamental research, investment decision making and portfolio risk management.
In addition to the Plaisance Fund, Chris also supported the Janus Contrarian Fund and contributed successful investments to the Janus small and mid-capitalization strategies. Prior to working for Plaisance Capital, Chris served as a buy side equity analyst following several industries for Northern Trust and Neuberger Berman and as a sell side analyst covering a business services universe at ThinkEquity Partners and ABN AMRO.
Mr. Owen holds a BA degree in quantitative economics and history from Stanford University and an MBA, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2001). He also holds a master of science degree in economics from the London School of Economics and has 19 years of financial industry experience. Chris is originally from Washington, DC.
Kurt M Leeney
Operations & Investor Relations
Kurt Leeney assists Plaisance Capital in all operational processes, as well as communications with current and prospective clients. Prior to joining Plaisance, Kurt completed a three-year analyst program with the JP Morgan Private Bank in Chicago. In this role, he provided investment support across asset classes for high-net-worth individuals. He also completed the JP Morgan Asset Management training program in New York.
Mr. Leeney holds a BS degree in finance with a minor in mathematics from Butler University. He began his finance career in 2012 with Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey and has 4 years of financial industry experience. Additionally, Kurt served as an intern in the Indiana Office of the Governor as an undergraduate. Kurt is originally from Munster, Indiana.