When we started Smead Capital Management in Seattle in 2007, we knew we had a solid investment team. The five of us had nearly 80 years of experience at Wachovia Securities and other large broker-dealers and investment firms.

Bill Smead, our CEO/CIO, is a highly respected portfolio manager who's a regular on CNBC, Bloomberg and other media outlets. His value-oriented investment philosophy has been successful, and it's relatively easy to explain to clients. In a nutshell, we seek investments in undervalued companies that we want to hold for the next 10 years.

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