About GPS

Our Company

Guardian Performance Solutions is a specialty compliance consulting firm established to help investment management firms to comply with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). Many investment managers recognize the need to claim compliance with the GIPS® standards and to be verified. However, firms often skip the step of achieving compliance with the GIPS® standards and proceed directly to verification. At Guardian Performance Solutions, we work with our clients to develop a comprehensive GIPS® compliance program so that they can then be ready for a successful and efficient verification.

Because we don’t provide verification services, we are free from independence concerns and can take a hands-on approach to developing and managing the GIPS® compliance process. A common misperception is that a verifier can bring a firm into compliance with the GIPS® standards. In fact, verifiers are limited in what they can do for a firm because of the necessity that they remain independent from any business decisions and avoid situations where they are verifying their own work. If a verifier were to provide the level of service necessary to make a firm compliant, their independence would likely be compromised and they would be unable to issue an unbiased verification opinion. (See the GIPS® Guidance Statement on Verifier Independence for more details.)

Guardian Performance Solutions was established specifically to fill this gap. We do not provide verification or other services that would create potential conflicts. Because of this, we are not only able to develop a plan for our clients, but we also implement that plan. Our hands are not tied by independence concerns, which allows us to provide the most comprehensive GIPS® compliance services possible.

Our Team

Amy-Jones

Amy Jones, CIPM

BIOGRAPHY & QUALIFICATIONS
Amy Jones, CIPM is one of the industry’s leading experts on the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). Working with the GIPS standards for the past fifteen years, Amy has extensive experience interpreting and applying the Standards to almost any situation. She has consulted with advisers of varying sizes and complexities, from single owner advisory firm to firms with over $400 billion under management.

Amy works with advisory firms to achieve and maintain ongoing compliance with the GIPS standards and review performance advertisements. In addition, she understands the compliance burden that investment advisers are under as she has also worked extensively with advisers to create policy & procedure manuals compliant with SEC Rule 206(4)‐7, drafted Form ADV disclosures, and conducted compliance reviews and audits for firms located throughout the country. Prior to working as a compliance consultant, Amy was a manager at an accounting firm that specialized in GIPS verification services, where she conducted and oversaw hundreds of GIPS verification projects for advisory firms across the country of all sizes and levels of complexity.

Amy is currently Chair of the United States Investment Performance Committee (USIPC), the official local sponsoring organization for the GIPS standards in the United States. The purpose of the USIPC is to promote the adoption and implementation of the GIPS standards throughout the United States as the common method for calculating and presenting investment performance. Amy graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BS in Business Administration and an emphasis in Accounting. She holds a Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM), is a member of the CIPM Association and the National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP). She is also a frequent conference speaker and author on topics related to performance advertising compliance and performance measurement.

Amy Jones, CIPM
Founder/Principal
Office: (206) 456-2464

Arin-Stancil

Arin Stancil, CFA, CIPM

BIOGRAPHY & QUALIFICATIONS
Arin Stancil, CFA, CIPM is a Managing Director and Principal at Guardian Performance Solutions LLC (GPS), a specialty compliance consulting firm established to help investment managers to comply with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). Arin has been working with the GIPS standards for over eighteen years and has extensive experience interpreting and applying them to almost any situation.

Prior to joining GPS, Arin served as a Vice President and GIPS Compliance Manager for a global investment adviser with nearly $2 trillion in assets under management, where he was responsible for maintaining the firm’s ongoing compliance with the GIPS standards. Previously, he was a partner at an accounting firm that specialized in GIPS compliance consultation and verification services, where he conducted and oversaw hundreds of GIPS verification projects for firms around the world of all sizes and levels of complexity.

Arin is currently a member of the GIPS Technical Committee (TC), the body responsible for the technical oversight of the GIPS standards. The purpose of the TC is to review and issue Questions and Answers (Q&As), guidance, and interpretations of the GIPS standards. He is also a past member of the United States Investment Performance Committee (USIPC), the official local sponsoring organization for the GIPS standards in the United States. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation as well as the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM).

Arin Stancil, CFA, CIPM
Managing Director, Principal
Office: (206) 456-2464
Direct: (206) 900-9185