Charles A. Donabedian


Mr. Donabedian is President of Carlisle Consulting, LLC, which provides services to the investment management industry, and expert witness services to the legal profession.

He is also Chairman of Globili, Inc., an early stage technology company based in Cincinnati.

Mr. Donabedian is the retired Managing Principal of Winston Investment Management, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio. The firm is now known as Ardent Capital Management.

Prior to establishing his own company, Mr. Donabedian was President and CEO of USF&G Marketing Services Company, Inc. where he was responsible for new product development, and had five affiliated companies reporting to him. USF&G was a $35 Billion company which was subsequently acquired by the Saint Paul Companies.

  • Evergreen Advisors, Inc., a registered investment advisor (Chairman &CEO)
  • The Octagon Funds, a family of mutual funds (Chairman & CEO)
  •  Premium Securities, a Broker-Dealer (CEO)
  •  Financial Services Institute: a financial services training company (Chairman & CEO)
  •   USF&G Healthcare Services Company (Chairman & CEO)

Mr. Donabedian is a past Trustee of the United States Army War College Foundation, where he served as a member of the Executive Committee, and as Chairman of the Investment Committee.  After completing the two terms permitted in the by-laws, he remained as a Special Advisor to the board.

In conjunction with Mrs. Fran Wesseling, Mr. Donabedian helped found the Green Beret Foundation’s first independent chapter in Cincinnati. In September of 2017 he stepped down from the role as Chairman, while continuing to serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.  The program raised over $800,000 for the Green Beret Foundation in its first four years of operation.

He is the Founder and Chairman of The Det 3 Foundation, which provided direct support to combat troops of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.  The Det 3 Foundation has been repurposed to support the inaugural chapter of the Green Beret Foundation.

He has served on numerous charitable boards, including The American Cancer Society, The Cincinnati Council on World Affairs, the Kelly Clark Foundation, and continues to serve on the Board of Cincinnati Right to Life, a position he has held for more than twenty years.

Until a medical incident required him to stop flying, Mr. Donabedian was a pilot, and volunteered his time and his aircraft to Lifeline Pilots to transport patients to and from medical care in the Midwestern US.  He was featured in a video about the organization, which can be seen at:

Mr. Donabedian is a past member of the Board of Directors of Transocean, Inc., (NYSE – RIG) a Fortune 500 company, and the largest offshore drilling company in the world. Mr. Donabedian also served on the board of R&B Falcon Corporation, of Houston, Texas (NYSE-FLC) He was a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Pension Committee, and Chairman of the Employee Benefits Committee, until the company was merged with Transocean.

Other past corporate boards include:

  • Reading & Bates, Houston, TX, (NYSE-RB), chairman, Pension Committee, member, audit committee
  • The Flex-Funds, a privately held mutual fund management company located in Columbus, Ohio where he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.
  • He is also a past trustee of another mutual fund organization, The Premier Portfolios, where he served as Chairman of that group’s Audit Committee as well.

Mr. Donabedian stepped down from corporate boards, to spend more time on his personal interests and charities.

Mr. Donabedian earned his Economics degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was accepted to a Ph.D program in Semantics and Communications. His career took him away from Pittsburgh before he could complete that program.

He is a decorated United States Army veteran, who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.

Mr. Donabedian was recently recognized by the Secretary of the Army for his lifetime of service in support of Soldiers and the Army.