Our Family of Companies
western & southern financial group
western & southern life
columbus life insurance company
eagle realty group
fort washington investment advisors
gerber life insurance
integrity life insurance company
lafayette life insurance company
national integrity life insurance company
touchstone investments
western & southern financial group distributors
Consistency of Approach. Tenured and Cohesive Teams. Transparency and Partnership. 

Institutions & Consultants

Working with a broad range of taxable and nontaxable institutional investors and their consultants, we partner with some of the finest institutions both domestically and internationally. Our parent company, Western & Southern Financial Group, is an anchor investor in all of our strategies, affording us a stable base of investment capital that fosters our long-term perspective and an alignment of interests with our clients. 

Institutional Clients

We work with defined benefit plans in many segments of the industry, advise endowments and foundations, sub-advise mutual funds, manage funds in defined contribution plans, and have extensive expertise in insurance asset management. A key pillar is a fully resourced and dedicated Relationship Management and Operations team, members of whom have substantial experience with the types of clients we serve.

Defined Contribution Plans

Through strategies that complement individual investors' portfolios and a client service team that understands the information needs of plan sponsors, we provide solutions to the defined contribution investment only (“DCIO”) market. 

Pension Plans

Meeting investment objectives within client guidelines, understanding the needs of both public and corporate plans, and maintaining outstanding client service is our focus. 


In a very competitive marketplace, we offer specialized knowledge and exposure to our best investment ideas, combined with the targeted client support necessary to succeed.


We understand the unique governance challenges of Taft-Hartley plans and have many years of experience providing retirement solutions for union members and their families across the United States in a variety of industries.

Meet Our Institutional Client Service Team

Fort Washington is committed to outstanding client service. We believe to earn your trust we must be transparent and aligned with your goals. For this reason, our parent company is an anchor investor in every investment strategy that we manage. Therefore, your risks are our risks.
Ken Ryan

Kenneth J. Ryan

Vice President, Director of Institutional Relationship Management

Career Summary
Eagle Realty Group
Western & Southern Financial Group
State of Ohio Department of Taxation

BSBA - University of Dayton
MBA - Xavier University

Meet Kenneth Ryan
Mike Rudnicki

Michael E. Rudnicki

Assistant Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager

Career Summary
JP Morgan Asset Management
Fidelity Investments
Sara Lee Corporation
Hewitt Associates
State of Florida Department of Insurance and Treasury

BA - Florida State University
MBA - DePaul University

Meet Michael Rudnicki

Meet Our Consultant Relations Team

Dedicated to serving the consultant community, our Consultant Relations Team is comprised of experienced professionals responsible for supporting and solving for the complex needs of their institutional clients. 

We believe that establishing strong connections among consultants, our Consultant Relations Team, our Investment teams, and our mutual clients is key to helping inform solutions and achieve desirable outcomes. Fort Washington’s broad range of investment capabilities allows us to deliver timely and consistent insight to consultants on a wide range of market environments throughout the cycle. 

Marty Flesher

Martin W. Flesher

Managing Director, Business Development & Relationship Management

Career Summary
Dean Investment Associates
Merrill Lynch
Banc One Investment Advisors

BA - Miami University
MBA - Xavier University

Meet Martin Flesher
Joe Don Cole

Joe Don Cole

Vice President, Business Development

Career Summary
Fidelity Investments
U.S. Senate

BA - Harvard University
MBA - Xavier University

Meet Joe Don Cole
Ron Shortenhaus

Ronald J. Shortenhaus

Vice President, Business Development

Career Summary
Aegon Asset Management
Athene Asset Management

BS - Morningside College
MBA - Drake University

Meet Ronald Shortenhaus

Investment Approach

We apply a long-term, collaborative approach to managing capital across a wide array of asset classes in single and multi-sector portfolio strategies. We apply fundamentally diligent processes that are repeatable and value driven.
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