Ralph Cole, CFA
Executive Vice President of Research
Ralph Cole, CFA, is a member of the firm’s equity team and Investment Policy Committee. Cole is a portfolio manager with clients concentrated in Portland, Vancouver, Eugene, Bend and throughout California. He is our global financials analyst and is the lead portfolio manager on our International investment strategies. He also assists in the management of our industrials sector.
Before joining Ferguson Wellman in 1998, Cole worked as an investment officer for U.S. Bancorp of Oregon and Washington, and as a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch. While pursuing his master’s degree, he worked at Payden & Rygel Investment Council in Los Angeles, where he assisted in the development of two mutual funds.
Cole earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and received his B.S. in finance and marketing from the University of Oregon.
Cole is chair of the Portland Southwest Washington Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and member of the investment committee for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is a member and past president of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Portland and the past president of the Oregon Club of Portland. He is also past chair of United Way New Leaders Steering Committee. Cole and his wife, Patty, and their three children live in Southeast Portland and enjoy sports, traveling and Duck athletics.