Ms. Gardner co-founded Tiemann Investment Advisors with Jonathan Tiemann in 2002 and serves as a principal of the firm, which now has $250 million under management. Ms. Gardner first met Dr. Tiemann when they were both graduate students at Yale University, while she was earning her MBA from the Yale School of Management, jointly with a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and he was working towards his Ph.D. in Finance. Ms. Gardner started her career in New York City’s Office of Economic Development working in debt financing. After a year, however, Ms. Gardner left to co-founded Willow Peripherals, Inc., with a team of hardware and software engineers. She served as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of this innovative high tech design, development and manufacturing company for six years, which introduced six award-winning video graphic multimedia add-in boards for personal computers and was called the “Kingpin of PC Video.”
Ms Gardner next joined New York Consulting Partners, a boutique spin-off from McKinsey & Co., which advised Fortune 500 manufacturers. Within a couple years, however, Ms Gardner’s urge to build another company compelled her to move to Silicon Valley, where she joined a new team of engineers working in video graphics. This group became WebTV Networks Inc., and released its “Internet on the TV” product in the spring of 1996, before being acquired by Microsoft in 1997. Ms. Gardner served as CFO and General Counsel for WebTV, and managed its acquisition and DOJ approval. Ms. Gardner then served as a VP for Microsoft through to early 2001. In 2002, she co-founded Tiemann Investment Advisors with Dr. Tiemann, whose expertise in managing Ms. Gardner’s highly concentrated portfolio during subsequent Internet market gyrations, provided the impetus to co-found a business with him to offer his institutional-caliber portfolio management services to high net worth investors.