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Fenimore Asset Management, an independent, Capital Region-based investment advisory firm and manager of the FAM Funds family of mutual funds, announces that business leader Gary Dake has joined its board of directors.

Mr. Dake is President of Stewart’s Shops Corporation. Stewart’s is a large, privately owned, and vertically integrated chain of convenience stores and gas stations with more than 355 shops in New York and Vermont. Mr. Dake is an accomplished and acclaimed leader who heads a team of more than 5,000 partners (employees). These partners own more than 40% of the company through their Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Employed at Stewart’s since 1985, he holds a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University.

“Gary is a well-respected and admired leader both within his company and throughout the Capital Region community,” shared Tom Putnam, Founder and Executive Chairman of Fenimore Asset Management. “His integrity, expertise, success, and entrepreneurial spirit should benefit our investors over the long term.”

In addition to his extensive business career, Mr. Dake is very active as a community leader and Stewart’s Shops is dedicated to community giving and support. Between the company, Dake family foundations, and Stewart’s “Holiday Match Program,” millions of dollars have been donated to thousands of local charities. Mr. Dake is also the founder of the Dake Foundation for Children. The nonprofit was established “to provide opportunities for children with disabilities to enjoy more independence, inclusion, and fun.”

Founded in 1974, Fenimore Asset Management is an independent, nationally recognized investment manager with more than $4.12 billion in assets under management (as of September 30, 2023) through its Cobleskill and Albany offices. The firm’s team focuses on in-depth research, investing in the stocks of carefully selected quality businesses, and providing its investors with highly personalized investment services. Fenimore offers both individually managed portfolios and a family of mutual funds (FAM Funds) that can be used for retirement and other long-term investment planning.

Gary Dake Joins Fenimore’s Board