John P. Calamos,
Chairman/CEO/Chief Investment Officer - Calamos Investments
Since the 1970s John P. Calamos, Sr. has pioneered investment strategies and
techniques to help manage risk for institutional and individual investors. As founder
of Calamos Asset Management, Inc., John developed groundbreaking research and investment
processes and built a team-based approach focused on controlling risk, preserving
capital and building wealth for clients over the long term. He has established a
record of outperformance across an array of investment strategies.
John received his undergraduate degree in economics and an M.B.A. in finance
from the Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduation, he served in the U.S.
Air Force as a combat pilot during the Vietnam War, ultimately earning the rank
of major. During his time in the Air Force, John became intrigued by the risk management
benefits of convertible bonds. Today, these securities remain a central component
in many of the Calamos strategies.
John is a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago and has taught
graduate level courses on finance and investments. John has written two books, Investing
in Convertible Securities: Your Complete Guide to the Risks and Rewards and Convertible
Securities: the Latest Instruments, Portfolio Strategies, and Valuation Analysis,
along with numerous articles in financial journals. He is often quoted in the press,
including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s, Fortune,
BusinessWeek, and Pensions & Investments. He has appeared on CNBC, CNNfn, Louis
Rukeyser's Wall Street, and Nightly Business Report.