John Melville’s deep roots in Cincinnati’s financial community speak not only to his past work, but to the respect he’s earned and integrity that has been central to his career. That career has spanned many of Cincinnati’s investment institutions, including one that he helped to start and operate for many years, Thompson & Melville, Inc., an investment advisory firm that merged into Bartlett & Co. in 1989.
A native of Cincinnati, John graduated from Duke University and spent three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. When he returned to Cincinnati in 1973, he worked for the First National Bank of Cincinnati as a portfolio manager and research analyst in their trust department. While at the bank, he earned his MBA degree in Advanced Business Economics from Xavier University and his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation. In 1976, he joined the Cincinnati Financial Corporation as the number two officer in the investment department.
In 2001, he was reunited with many former colleagues when he joined Foster & Motley and became a shareholder in 2003. He sincerely values the relationships that he has with clients and has been known to go above and beyond for those he works with. When it comes to informal interactions in the office, he can often be counted on to bring a bit of irreverence into the mix. This combination of integrity and exuberance that John has cultivated is one that he proudly maintains now more than 40 years into his career.
John’s family life is the same kind of mix, with each of his family members pursuing their own professional and personal goals. His wife Lee Ann teaches third grade at an inner-city school, his daughter Ellen is an attorney, and his daughter Audrey works in marketing in San Francisco. John has been recognized for his 25 years of service on the board of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern KY Hemophilia Foundation, including several terms as chairman of the board.
Mixing purpose with integrity has always been a hallmark of John’s life and continues to carry him forward.
- Graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, 1969
- Served for three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy
- Earned his MBA degree in Advanced Business Economics from Xavier University, 1976
- Gained Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation
- Member, CFA Institution
- Member and past president, Cincinnati Society of Financial Analysts