Gerald W. Hakala is a co-founder of the firm. Jerry and his brother Jeff, also a co-founder, developed the “Quality and Value” investment philosophy utilized by the firm today. Jerry leads the firm’s research activities and the execution of Clarkston’s investment philosophy.
Prior to forming Clarkston, Jerry served in finance and accounting positions at Ford Motor Company and as a portfolio manager for Investment Counsel, Inc.
Jerry holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University.