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Louis F. Crane, C.F.A.

President and Chief Investment Officer
Principal and Owner of firm

Louis heads the investment policy committee and is directly involved with the management of all institutional accounts at the firm. He has nearly 30 years experience in investment management as well as broad experience in the international business arena.

Prior to forming Orleans Capital in 1991, Louis was the senior fixed income manager at a major regional bank and responsible for the development of investment strategy and process. He previously served as Chief Investment Officer for two insurance companies. He began his investment career with Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York.

Louis has served on the Board of Directors of nine public and private corporations. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of two publicly held corporations traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He also serves on a special advisory committee for Loyola University School of Business.

A Chartered Financial Analyst, Louis attended the University of Houston and received a Master's of Business Administration from Mississippi College.


Rodney J. Abele, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager and Member of Investment Committee
Principal and Owner of firm

Rod is a senior portfolio manager with primary responsibility for high net worth individuals as well as foundations and endowments.

Formerly, Rod was an executive vice president of a major regional bank and manager of the Trust and Capital Markets Division.

A Chartered Financial Analyst, Rod received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's of Business Administration from Tulane University. He is a past president of a religious foundation and currently serves on its Board of Directors. Rod has 40 years experience in investment management.


L. Farrell Crane, Jr.

Director of Research, Portfolio Manager, and Member of Investment Committee

Farrell is Director of Research, overseeing all risk analysis and regulatory reporting at Orleans Capital. He has 16 years of investment management experience managing both fixed income and equity allocations. Before joining Orleans Capital he developed 13 years experience as a corporate lawyer, managing financial restructurings of both publicly and privately held institutions as well as an extensive background in the review and analysis of securities. He was formerly a partner with Kirkendall & Isgur, L.L.P. and of Counsel with Butler & Binion, L.L.P. and Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. in Houston, Texas.

Farrell holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Austin College and a J.D. from the University of Texas.


Emily C. Becker

Portfolio Manager and Member of Investment Committee

Emily is a senior fixed income portfolio manager with responsibility for the majority of the firm's institutional accounts including pension funds, religious foundations and endowments.

Prior to joining Orleans Capital, Emily was an institutional investment officer at a Louisiana bank where she provided investment portfolio strategy and execution services. Emily began her career with the Trust Department at a major regional bank in Houston with principal responsibility in investment administration.

Emily holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Baylor University and has 20 years experience in the investment management field.


Gary L. Welchel

Executive Vice President - Marketing

Gary is responsible for business development and client retention in all the firm's markets with primary focus on Louisiana. Gary brings to Orleans Capital over 40 years of experience in fixed income sales and trading.

Formerly, he was the national sales manager at Spear Leeds and Kellogg (a Goldman Sachs company) and a regional sales manager for a primary dealer in fixed income securities. Gary began his career working for a regional bank in South Carolina.

Gary obtained his Bachelor's degree from Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina and is involved in numerous wildlife organizations.


Phyllis M. Kyle

Trader, Portfolio Manager and Member of Investment Committee

Phyllis is the primary securities trader and assists in managing the fixed income portfolios. Prior to joining Orleans Capital, Phyllis was a vice president with a regional bank, responsible for fixed income securities trading and portfolio strategy implementation. Prior to that, she was a vice president and securities trader with another bank. She has been providing trading for institutional and individual accounts for the past 20 years.

Phyllis holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Louisiana State University and has successfully completed the CFA Level I examination.


Cappy M. Johnson

Portfolio Manager and Member of Investment Committee

Cappy has more than 15 years of experience in investment management for foundation, endowment, and personal portfolios. Cappy started her career as a financial advisor in New York with a major Wall Street brokerage firm. She received a Bachelor's degree and an M.B.A. in Finance from Tulane University.

Cappy is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Louisiana where she is also a Past President. In addition, Cappy is a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl committee and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for St. George's Episcopal School.


Joseph T. Casper, IV

Trading and Accounting

J.T. assists portfolio managers with trading and portfolio accounting. He has a degree in business management from Louisiana Tech University and previously worked in employee benefit administration at a life insurance company. He has 18 years experience in the investment management business.


Sandra L. Lai

Chief Compliance Officer

Sandra serves as the firm’s chief compliance officer, overseeing all risk analysis and regulatory reporting at Orleans Capital.  Sandra has over 5 years investment experience beginning with our affiliate Energy Opportunities Capital Management. At EOCM she was responsible for all office operations and served as the firm’s compliance manager under the CCO. Before joining the affiliated firms, Sandra worked for a local home building and land development company where she was responsible for overseeing the administrative department and office operations including industry compliance. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.


Amy A. LeBoeuf

Office Manager

Formerly, Amy was an associate administrator in trust investments a major regional bank. She assisted in all areas of investment management and marketing support. Prior to this, she was with the trust department of another bank. Amy attended Nicholls State University and has 30 years experience in the trust and investment management field.



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