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Roland D. Kelly

Roland D. Kelly
Spectrum Asset Management, Inc.


Roland D. Kelly is the recipient of this yearís Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Business and Economics. A true native, Roland was born in downtown Los Angeles and grew up just two miles from Cal State L.A.  With the early deaths of his parents, 11-year old Kelly started working to pay room-and-board.

After Roland graduated from Garfield High School, he worked as an iceman and gas station attendant.  Roland decided to better his life through higher education and began attending classes at East Los Angeles Junior College.  He later transferred to Cal State L.A. and graduated in 1956.

In the seven years to graduating from Cal State L.A., Roland worked full-time, was active in the Naval Air Reserve, met his wife Xochie Alaniz, and had his first two children Eileen and Marc.

After college, Roland became a stockbroker in Whittier. Though a top producer, he felt the work was not a fit for him. He gave his long list of clients over to other brokers and joined the firmís Investment Advisory Department, which was based in downtown Los Angeles.

Over the course of twenty-five years, Roland served as president and vice-president for several national investment management firms. Around that time, he also earned his California Teaching Credential, and began teaching investments in local high schools, and at Saddleback College. 

Life was good as Rolandís family grew with the birth of his two youngest children Stace and Ryan.  A major headwind hit the family when Xochie became ill and passed away five years later.  As a single father in need of additional support, Roland began managing branch offices for investment firms.

In 1987, Kelly founded Spectrum Asset Management, which now controls $300 million in managed assets.  Spectrumís clients are individuals and trusts with liquid assets of $1 million to $20 million.  As a Chartered Investment Counselor with 55 years of investment experience, Roland continues to practice full-time in the profession.

In 1992, Roland married Kay Mortenson.  At the age of 79, he went back to college to fulfill a life-long dream of earning an MBA from Pepperdine University.  His Capstone covered Spectrum, which confirmed his conviction that Spectrum is an outstanding firm.  In his free time, Roland embraces his passion for handball, skiing and yoga.

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