"Keep Ithaka always in your mind.

Arriving there is what you are destined for.

But do not hurry the journey at all.

Better if it lasts for years,

So you are old by the time you reach the island,

Wealthy with all you have gained on the way."

- Ithaka, C.P. Cavafy

Our Team - Ithaka Investment Professionals

William L. Johnson — CEO, co-CIO, Portfolio Manager

Bill is a founder of Ithaka. Prior to co-founding Ithaka in early 2008, Bill was Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Sands Capital Management, which he co-founded in 1992. He spent the majority of his time managing portfolios, researching companies and searching for new investment ideas, having a strong influence on many of the purchase and sale decisions. As a co-head of Sands’ Wealth Management Group, Bill applied his 30+ years of experience managing taxable client portfolios to approximately 1,100 separate accounts. Bill also played an integral role in marketing to, and maintaining relations with, financial intermediaries.

 

Prior to Sands Capital, Bill was Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager in the Capital Management Group of Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Inc., a brokerage firm in Washington, D.C. He began his career in 1974 as a staff accountant for Price Waterhouse.   

 

Bill earned a BA in political science from DePauw University in 1974.

 

Scott O’Gorman, Jr., CFA — President, co-CIO, COO, Portfolio Manager

Scott is a founder of Ithaka. Prior to co-founding Ithaka in early 2008, Scott was Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Sands Capital Management, which he joined in 1999. His duties included portfolio management, equity research, client service and marketing. Additionally, Scott was a co-head of Sands’ Wealth Management Group, focusing on taxable accounts.

 

Prior to Sands Capital, Scott held various finance and business development roles in the telecommunications and independent power industries. He began his career as a stockbroker at Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas, Inc.

 

Scott earned a BA in economics from Yale University in 1983 and an MBA from Columbia University in 1989. He attained the CFA designation in 1992.

 

Andrew J. Colyer, CFA — Director of Research, Portfolio Manager

Andy is a founder of Ithaka. He has been the Director of Research since Ithaka's inception. Previously he was a Research Analyst at Sands Capital Management, where he focused on coverage of Internet companies. Prior to Sands Capital, Andy was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, spending most of that time covering biotechnology companies. He began his career in 1989 as a staff accountant for Price Waterhouse.

 

Andy earned a BA in economics from the University of Maryland in 1989, attaining the CPA designation the same year. He earned an MBA in 1994 from the University of Virginia, where he was a Shermet Scholar. He attained the CFA designation in 2006.

 

Dan White, CFA, CAIA — Research Analyst

Prior to Ithaka Dan worked for one year at Provident Funding, the 2nd largest privately held mortgage company in the US, as a Pipeline Analyst. During the summer of 2012 Dan interned at Geneva Capital Management, a fundamental growth manager marketing both a small-cap and mid-cap growth strategy.

 

Dan graduated Cum Laude with a BA in business administration from Furman University in 2013. He attained the CFA designation in 2017 and the CAIA designation in 2018.