Melvin Hecht

Melvin is a Portfolio Manager at 1919 Investment Counsel, LLC where his primary responsibility is overseeing portfolio construction and ongoing monitoring for individuals and institutional clients. In addition, he is a member of the Asset Allocation Committee, and Global Equity Committee. He is the lead Portfolio Manager for the Global Total Return strategy, an offering of the Global Total Return Department of 1919 Investment Counsel. Melvin joined at Legg Mason Investment Counsel (a predecessory firm) in 2004.

Melvin entered the Financial Services Industry in 1985 as a registered representative for Dean Witter Reynolds, then a subsidiary of Sears Roebuck. In 1987 he became a Portfolio Manager at Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Company in the Asset Management office, which worked with especially important firm clients. During his career at Mercantile, Melvin developed a specialty in global investing.

Melvin is a member and regular participant in the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at Johns Hopkins University, where Professor Lou Galambos meets to discuss papers and other studies prior to publication.

Melvin’s prior work experiences were in the industrial sector. Fresh out of college, he joined the Engine Service of the Penn Central Railroad, and was promoted to Locomotive Engineman in 1975. After several years running trains, he was recruited by former college friends who had founded a consumer products company to work as an industrial engineer, with emphasis on materials engineering. He then took on the responsibility for national sales for the company.

Melvin received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and completed his secondary education at Gresham’s School, Holt, Norfolk, England. He is a U.S. and U.K. dual national.