Composed of clients and industry professionals, our Board guides our work and ensures our clients’ best interests are served.
Spencer B. Burke is responsible for marketing and the evaluation of private investment opportunities. Prior to joining The St. Louis Trust & Family Office, Spencer served in senior management positions and was responsible for the investment banking operations at both A.G. Edwards and Edward Jones, LLP. He was also a partner in the corporate and securities law department of Bryan Cave LLP. Spencer began his career in corporate law and finance with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and his JD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Spencer is very active in numerous non-profit organizations in St. Louis, including Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Mercantile Library, the Radio Arts Foundation and the Nine Network. He is an Adjunct Lecturer of Family Business at the Olin School of Business at Washington University and serves on the Board of the Mallinckrodt Foundation (a provider of grants for medical research). Spencer’s other outside interests include opera, sports (golf and tennis) and bridge.
John M. Jennings is President and Chief Strategist of the firm. In these roles, he leads the client service practice and is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives. John is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, on its Board of Directors, and also serves on the Investment, Risk Management and Trust Committees. John works closely with client families, advising them in all areas of wealth management.
Prior to joining St. Louis Trust & Family Office as a founding principal, John gained varied professional experience in investments, tax, estate planning and trusts in the Private Client Service group at Arthur Andersen LLP and in the Estate Planning and Tax practices at the St. Louis-based law firm, Armstrong Teasdale LLP. John earned both his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Banking (cum laude) and JD degrees from the University of Missouri. A past St. Louis Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree, John is a frequent speaker on investment, trust and various other family office topics.
Personally, John is married, the father of two teenage daughters and an avid reader, skier, music lover and is vegan. He serves on the Boards of Logos School and the St. Louis Community Foundation, where he chairs its investment committee. He is also a trustee of The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Endowment Trust. He is an instructor at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Daily he produces an “interesting fact of the day” which can be found at http://www.theifod.com. Additionally, John is a Forbes contributor writing about wealth management topics.
He is also the author of Insight: How to Think Better About Investing which will be published Winter of 2022.
As CEO, Julia J. Lilly (Julie) is responsible for client service and satisfaction, finance, business development and strategic planning. Julie is a member of the Management, Risk Management, Trust and Information Technology Steering Committees.
Prior to joining St. Louis Trust & Family Office, Julie spent over 20 years at Lewis Rice LLC, a leading regional law firm headquartered in St. Louis. After several years practicing law in the Trusts and Estates group, she spent the last 15 years leading the firm’s Operations team. As Chief Operating Officer, Julie had responsibility for human resources, finance, budgeting and billing, technology, facilities and marketing. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, cum laude, and a law degree from Washington University, where she graduated first in her class. Julie is a 2018 St. Louis Business Journal “Most Influential Business Women” honoree.
Away from work, Julie serves on the Boards of the St. Louis Regional Business Council, the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, City Academy, the St. Louis Zoo Association and the Edward Mallinkrodt, Jr. Foundation. She also serves on the Boards of Auto Club Enterprises, located in Costa Mesa, California, and AAA, Inc. She is the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mary Institute Country Day School (MICDS), her alma mater.. She loves to play golf with her family, travel, read, share a bottle of wine with friends and walk the beach in search of the perfect seashell.