About Us

Leadership

GEORGE WALPER, JR.
President

Walper brings to clients more than 30 years of experience serving the high net worth and retirement services markets. His specific emphasis is product development, marketing, sales and client service. Prior to joining Spectrem, Walper was Senior Vice President at Harris Trust and Savings Bank, where he oversaw the bank's Institutional Trust business, and earlier was a Trust Officer at The Northern Trust.

Walper has a bachelor's degree in business from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Within the financial services industry, Walper is a well-known figure and frequent speaker at industry events. He has presented at the American Bankers' Association Wealth Management and Trust Conference, the American Bankers' Association Retirement Services Conference, the SourceMedia Annual Wealth Management Forum, seminars by the Wealth Advisors' Institute and a host of client events. He has been quoted widely by the financial media, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, CNNMoney, InvestmentNews, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswires, Bloomberg News and Worth, and has appeared as a guest on CNBC On the Money, CNBC Morning Call, CBS Radio, ABC Radio and FOX Business News.

CATHERINE MCBREEN 
Managing Director

During her tenure at Spectrem, McBreen has helped clients enter new markets, assisted them in forming strategic alliances and partnerships, implemented Internet strategies and designed various distribution strategies. An attorney by training, McBreen has used her industry and legal knowledge to analyze mutual fund complexes, design distribution practices and develop products and strategies for the high net worth and personal trust markets. Prior to joining Spectrem, McBreen was a senior attorney and Vice President and Product Manager for Harris Trust and Savings Bank.

McBreen has a B.S. in speech communications from Northwestern University and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Well-known for her expertise in the affluent and retirement arenas, McBreen is a frequent speaker at client events as well as industry conferences including the Private Asset Management (Institutional Investor Wealth Management Forum), Financial Advisor Magazine's Annual Financial Advisor Symposium and the International Business Forum (Pension & Investments 401(k) Conference). She has been quoted widely by the financial media, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Research, Private Asset Management, On Wall Street, Reuters, Bloomberg News, the Dow Jones Newswires and Worth, and has appeared as a guest on CNBC Closing Bell, First Business Morning News, KGO Radio San Francisco, ABC and CBS Radio.

TOM WYNN
Director

Tom Wynn works as a Director with Spectrem Group and manages their syndicated program dealing with the Ultra High Net Worth and Affluent studies.

Prior to joining Spectrem, Tom served as a sales specialist for a major bank service company.  Here he worked with financial institutions to facilitate cost-effective management through the use of market research and database marketing techniques and products. Previously, he was Market Research Manager for a large multi-state bank holding company. In this role he conducted over 100 research studies utilizing mail surveys, phone surveys, focus groups and panel research. He was responsible for the development and analysis of programs targeted towards the bank’s most profitable customers.

Tom’s area of expertise includes market research and customer analysis, data mining, sales forecasting, demographic analysis and database administration.   He is equally adept at product planning, development, customer support and promotion.

He has BS degrees from Utah State University in Business Administration and Geography. 

RANDY WOSTRATZKY
Director
 
Randy Wostratzky is the Director of Business Development.  He has been working with Spectrem clients for over 8 years, helping financial services companies leverage Spectrem's primary and custom research capabilities to ensure they are meeting the needs and expectations of investors across the country. 

Before joining Spectrem, Randy worked for First American Bank, based in Elk Grove, Illinois.  Prior to his work at First American, Randy was a Managing Equities Trader at Spike Trading, a proprietary futures and equities trading firm based in Chicago. 

Randy received a bachelor of the arts in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, and received his MBA from the Liautaud Graduate School of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010 with a specialization in finance. 

CAREY RUNYARD 
Consultant
  

Carey Runyard works as a Consultant with the Spectrem Group. Carey is responsible for both the creation and the analysis of Spectrem's syndicated research and custom research projects. She is instrumental in analyzing data, creating in-depth strategies, and providing comprehensive recommendations for clients to implement.

Prior to joining Spectrem, Carey worked as a corporate training consultant for a regional bank. Here she provided training on systems and customer service to employees in the bank branch roles. Previously, she held a variety of positions within the bank, including licensed personal banker and supervisor of a drive-thru branch.

Carey's area of expertise includes data analysis, report writing, project report production, research methodology, and the understanding of implications of Spectrem's research as it relates to the financial services world. She is adept at client service and support.

She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

ERIC MCDONALD 
Consultant
  

Eric McDonald works as a Consultant with the Spectrem Group. Eric is responsible for both the creation and the analysis of Spectrem's perspectives and custom research projects. He is instrumental in analyzing data, creating in-depth strategies, and providing comprehensive recommendations for clients to implement.

Prior to joining Spectrem, Eric worked as an account manager for George T. Schmidt. Here he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the company accounts. Previously, he was a high school history teacher and coach.

Eric's area of expertise includes data analysis, report writing, project report production, research methodology, and the understanding of implications of Spectrem's research as it relates to the financial services world. He is adept at website service.

He holds a B.A. in History and Communications from Lake Forest College.