Mr. Birzer co-founded Tortoise in 2002 and one of its predecessor firms, Fountain Capital Management, a high-yield bond management firm, more than 30 years ago. Mr. Birzer serves as chairman of Tortoise’s closed-end funds and management company boards. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and remains involved in various investment and development committees. He started his career in 1981 and has more than 39 years of industry experience. His experience includes three years as vice president for F. Martin Koenig & Co., where he focused on equity and options investments, and three years at Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he served as vice president in the corporate finance department and two years at KPMG Peat Marwick as a senior accountant. He is chairman and co-founder of The Giving Grove, a non-profit organization that assists low-income communities across the United States in improving food security by developing ecological and sustainable tree gardens that transform neighborhoods and provide residents with healthy food choices. Mr. Birzer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University. He is a CFA® charterholder.

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