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Tarun Mehta – 1 On 1 Interview


How do you spend your free time?

I love spending time with my family – my wife Leena, and my 4 year old daughter, Samreen. I enjoy watching and discussing sports (especially any NY Team – go Yankees, G-Men!), hanging with friends and going home to NY to see family.

What is your favorite part about living in the Washington, DC area?

I enjoy that I can live a suburban lifestyle with close proximity to the city and all it has to offer. It’s the best of both worlds – major city conveniences without the chaos of city living. Also, I am a bit of a history buff, and so the pervasive sense of this country’s history all around is both exciting and a constant source of knowledge.

What is the craziest/most adventurous thing you have ever done? Or would like to do?

I am not really the adventurous type. I’ve never understood why people would want to jump out of a plane, hurtling themselves to earth at a terminal velocity with a strap malfunction between them and doom. Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s just me – I don’t ever want to wrestle alligators, bungee jump, cliff dive, or any of that ‘Gillette commercial’, masculine, adventurous stuff. Within my world, the most adventurous thing I have ever done was getting on an Amtrak train to move to DC area after months of debating with Leena who would move where after we got married. I told my parents one day I was moving, and the next I was on a train with a suitcase filled with clothes. I haven’t looked back since.

If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring with you?

Assuming the island would have Wi-Fi and electricity (it wouldn’t be, but go on anyway) I would bring the following:

My 50” flat screen TV with every available sports package

My laptop

A gigantic light source, similar to The Bat Signal, so I can be rescued

What’s a special skill or talent you have that people wouldn’t know from meeting you a handful of times?

I am a human calculator. I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with numbers, and can add, subtract, multiply, calculate other functions with them at astoundingly fast rates. When I am driving, I routinely add, subtract, and multiply the numbers on other license plates. Yes, some might call me a nerd.

In your opinion, what are the best things that you bring to ESW clients, both personally and professionally?

To client, I am able to explain complicated investment concepts to the sophisticated investor so as to give them comfort levels in investing with us and the vehicles we are recommending. I would like to be able to improve my ability to do so to the lay investor without rambling. To ESW, the ability to wear multiple hats in an efficient and productive manner.

What do you think is ESW’s value to its clients?

Customer responsiveness and attention – we generally get back to all client requests/questions within 24 hours and are always available, even on weekends.

A disciplined, non-proprietary interested investment mechanism that, once explained to clients, seems to sink in. The minuscule attrition rate speaks to that as clients have stayed with us through a variety of investment environments.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Coming into work everyday and not doing the same thing I did yesterday. The diversity of my daily tasks differs so as to keep me on my toes and not falling into a rut caused by monotony. I also love the family environment we have in our office and working with such good, fun people.


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