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John Helmer, CFA | Founder

John graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA degree in History in 1961. Following two years of active duty as an Army infantry officer, he attended Hastings Law School in San Francisco from 1963 to 1965.

In 1965 John joined PaineWebber Jackson & Curtis (now UBS) as a registered representative. During his formative years there, he developed a buy-and-hold investment philosophy, attracted a loyal base of individual investor clients, and was recognized as one of the firm’s most successful users of an experimental, fee-based investment account package.  

In 1982, after 17 years with Paine Webber, John formed Caldwell Securities, one of the earlier dually-registered (broker-dealer and investment adviser) firms, and the predecessor of Caldwell Sutter Capital. The John & Jinx Helmer Revocable Trust remains an investor in the firm, and Jinx and John continue as directors.

John was awarded CFA charter #12638 in 1990.

He is a past board member of the San Francisco Bond Club and the National Smokejumper Association.