ROBERT L. OGDEN the first twenty years of his career, spent at Walter E. Heller & Company, Bob specialized in financing the leveraged buyouts of the 1960s and 1970s and shepherded company turn-arounds. He also managed Heller's term loan and leasing division for 7 years. Recruited by First National Bank of Louisville in 1980, Bob took up residence in Louisville, Kentucky. For 4 years, Bob managed commercial asset based accounts for the bank and during that period doubled loan volume.

Bob founded Ogden Associates, Inc. in 1984. This investment banking and financial advisory company has served over 100 clients from more than thirty different industries. OAI's primary goals are providing a guiding hand to promote and maintain client company financial stability, helping to set goals, and assisting in procuring capital when necessary. As well as founding OAI, Bob co-founded and is the chairman of a factoring company, First Financial, Inc.

In 1995, recognizing the need of entrepreneurs and small businesses to be able to connect with "financing," Bob took on the primary responsibility of forming the Venture Club of Louisville. This Club has attracted over 200 members from 18 states. Since 1995, the members have seen over 550 companies and entrepreneurs from 25 states, seeking in excess of $700 million. Bob is Chairman Emeritus of the Venture Club of Louisville.

Bob is a 1999 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He is an active member and contributor to the business support and economic development efforts of Greater Louisville, Inc. (formerly the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce). He also serves as financial advisor to many of his clients' Boards of Directors.


At Ogden Associates, Taunia initiates most financial analysis, which includes analysis of client historical financial trends, asset and liability performance, comparisons to budget, budget preparation and more. She also oversees the financial records for Ogden Associates, Winter Song and The Venture Club of Louisville.

Taunia graduated from Valley High School, in Valley Station, Kentucky where she studied both general and business courses.  After graduation she went to Kentucky College of Technology, in Louisville, Kentucky to continue her education with study and completion of courses in Computer Programming, Accounting and Business Administration.

She assumed a position with Stamler Machine Company in Louisville, Kentucky as the bookkeeper.  In 1989 Taunia took the position of human resources assistant/bookkeeper at Sleep Products, Inc.  where she handled customer service duties, collected accounts receivable and supported sales managers by providing details regarding inventory.  She handled portions of the purchasing, managed logistics, was responsible for payroll processing that included:  piecework, down-time, hourly, salary, mileage, and commissions.  In 2000 Taunia moved to Cissell Manufacturing Company, in Louisville, KY, as human resources assistant and then buyer where her responsibilities included maintaining absenteeism program, managed employee benefits to include:  workers compensation, medical, dental, short term and long term disability.  She maintained the affirmative action information and filed reports to the EEO, reporting union employee changes to The International Association of Machinists and Areospace Workers Union, and was the buyer of safety supplies, raw materials, tools and office supplies.

BEVERLY J. BROWN – EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT joined Ogden Associates as an Administrative Assistant and Paralegal in February, 2009. She is the Executive Administrative Assistant to Robert Ogden and the support system for the office, handling various kinds of research and day to day duties to keep the office running smoothly. She also assists with the administration of the Venture Club of Louisville.

Beverly is a graduate of Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, wherein she earned an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. After graduating, Beverly worked as a legal assistant for various law firms in Youngstown, Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio and San Francisco, California before settling in Louisville in 1996.

Once in Louisville Beverly accepted a position as a real estate paralegal with Frost Brown Todd, PLLC. She was responsible for preparing numerous real estate and financial documents, researching various property issues and assisting attorneys in residential and commercial property closings as well as preparing Title Insurance Policies.

CYNTHIA WILSON – ASSOCIATE has worked independently with Ogden Associates since 1998, researching many industries to produce in depth market and financial analysis reports for clients, lenders and investors.

Nearly 20 years of reporting, investigative reporting, research and editing is the foundation behind Cynthia’s industry market research and client analysis work.

Originally from New York City, Cynthia’s career includes work for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she covered Trans World Airlines' third and final bankruptcy and Boeing's bid to win the largest fighter jet program in aviation history. She also did a short stint at USA Today, where she supervised 12 freelance sports reporters.

More recently she led a seven person reporting team As the Business Editor for the Wichita Eagle (Kansas) where she was a member of the newsroom's senior management team. Cynthia is a 1991 Pulitzer and Kennedy award nominee, winner of two Society of Professional Journalists awards, and two Small Business Administration business advocate awards.

Cynthia's passion for research and analysis grew while covering small business at The Courier- Journal in Louisville, leading her to pursue and complete her MBA at the University of Louisville (1999). From there she joined Edward Jones in St. Louis as an Associate Analyst where she researched and analyzed company histories, competitive positions and industry trends to make buy, hold or sell recommendations on equity securities.