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Meet the Team

Floyd Tyler, Ph.D., CFA
President & Chief Investment Officer

Floyd Tyler is President and CIO of Preserver Partners, LLC, an SEC-registered alternative asset management firm based in Memphis, TN. The firm manages a high income, marketable alternative portfolios for foundations, corporations, public and private retirement plans, family offices and individuals. Previously, Dr. Tyler was a Partner and Director of Research at Gerber/Taylor Capital Advisors from 1999-2009. He served as Assistant Professor of Finance at The University of Memphis from 1996-1999 and Instructor of Economics at The University of Tennessee (1991-1992). Dr. Tyler holds a B.B.A. in Economics from The University of Tennessee and graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (M.S. in Public Management and Policy) and The Florida State University (Ph.D. in Finance). He has received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA Institute).

Dr. Tyler currently serves as a Board member for Tri-State Bank of Memphis. His diverse contributions have involved board service in health care (Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, LifeBlood Foundation, Methodist Healthcare Foundation, and Sickle Cell Advisory Council); in youth development and education (Bridges, Gestalt Community Charter Schools, University of Tennessee Alumni Board of Governors, University of Tennessee at Martin Business Advisory Council) and economic development/poverty alleviation (Memphis/Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency Board, and Memphis Shelby County Growth Alliance. He is a member of Leadership Memphis Executive Class of 2002.

Dr. Tyler has been featured in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, The Daily Memphian, Bloomberg News, Street.com, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s Magazine, Emerging Manager Monthly, Wall Street Transcript, Insurance Linked-Securities Newsletter, Money Magazine, City Wire Magazine, Institute for Innovation Development and Alt Credit Intelligence.

Dana Pointer
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer

Dana Pointer joined Preserver in February 2010 and serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining the firm, she served as Vice President and Compliance Officer for FTN Financial Capital Markets from 1994-2010, a national broker-dealer.  She also served as Chief Compliance Officer for Channing Capital Management LLC, a private investment management firm in Chicago, IL from 2003-2005.  Dana earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from The University of Tennessee.

Dana oversees firm-wide management, compliance, strategic planning, investor relations, and the distribution of Preserver’s investment products.  In addition to her general management responsibilities, she also serves as the firm’s Controller overseeing financial management.

Dana currently serves as a Board member of RISE Foundation of Memphis and also serves on the Financial Review Board and Grants Committee for The Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Leadership Memphis Executive Class of 2013 and St. Andrew AME Church.  She is married to Leviticus Pointer and has two children, Landon and Demi.

Lara Payne
Senior Operations & Compliance Associate

Lara Payne joined Preserver in July 2012 and serves as Senior Operations and Compliance Associate.  She earned a B.B.A in Finance from The University of Tennessee at Martin.  Lara manages the firm’s operational due diligence.  She also offers analytical support to the firm’s the investment team as well as assists in various compliance and back office functions.

Lara is currently an active member of the Junior League of Memphis and has previously served on the Asset Allocation Committee for the United Way of the Mid-South and as Treasurer for the JLM Memphis Women’s Summit.  She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with the family dog, Penny.

John “Mick” Clowers, CFA, CFP
Senior Investment Associate

John “Mick” Clowers joined Preserver in February 2018 and serves as Senior Investment Associate.  Mick works closely with the Chief Investment Officer and Operational Due Diligence team to conduct investment research on new and existing investments through fundamental and quantitative analysis. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.B.A. in Finance.

Mick currently attends Downtown Church with his wife and two children.

Rhonda Langston
Senior Marketing and Investor Relations Associate

Rhonda Langston joined Preserver in May 2019 and serves as Senior Marketing and Investor Relations Associate. Prior to joining the firm, Rhonda spent six years as a Senior Communications Specialist for Memphis, Light, Gas & Water and two years prior as a Communications Coordinator for Baptist Memorial Health Care.

Rhonda manages the firm’s marketing strategy and investor relations program. She is a native Memphian and earned a B.S. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.A. in Corporate Communications from Austin Peay State University.

Rhonda is a member of First Baptist Church-Broad, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Public Relations Society of America-Memphis chapter, NEXUS Leaders class of 2013 and is an alumna of the Memphis PREP program. She is married to Tito Langston and has two children, Tito II, and Kinsley.