• Who are Audubon members?

    St. Louis area individuals and businesses who are invested in the advancement of their community.

    Engaging individuals who enjoy meeting people and expanding their professional and personal networks.

    Civic-minded investors who seek opportunities to connect with local start-ups and community projects.

    Life-long learners who want to expand their personal knowledge of wealth and asset management.

    Who attends our meetings?

    • Business Professionals
    • Commercial Bankers
    • Venture Capitalists
    • Philanthropists
    • University Professors
    • C-Suite Executives
    • Business Owners & Managing Directors
    • Wealth Management Advisors
    • University Students
    • Community Leaders 
    • Start-Up Entrepreneurs
    • Governmental Leaders
    • Nonprofit Executives
  • Audubon member profiles

    Eric Marquardt

    Partner Emeritus at Pay Governance

    Eric Marquardt is a Partner Emeritus in Pay Governance, LLC, the premier executive compensation consulting firm. In this role, Eric works directly with the independent directors on the boards of publicly-traded companies to assist them in executive pay program design, administration, governance and communication. Eric has been with Pay Governance, and its predecessor firm, Towers Watson, for 25 years. He began his career on the corporate Human Resources staff of PepsiCo, and later served as the head of executive compensation for Merck & Co. Eric has a Master's in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.


    Eric has been a St. Louis resident since 1995. He is married and has two daughters and one granddaughter. His interests outside work include boating, Cardinals' baseball, creative writing, and community service.


    John Kennedy

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    St. Louis Equity Fund, Inc.

    As President and CEO John is responsible for the complete oversight and business development of the St. Louis Equity Fund, Inc. and its related affiliates, Kansas City Equity Fund, LLC and Gateway Community Development Fund, Inc.

    John joined SLEFI in 1998, and prior to being named President and CEO in June of 2015, was responsible for all financial accounting, financial reporting, year-end tax reporting and reporting to investors. He continues to oversee and advise the corporation on all new and potential projects financed with equity investments. He led the formation of Gateway Community Development Fund, Inc., a US Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Before joining SLEFI, John worked as controller for the Sansone Group, Inc., a commercial real estate developer in St. Louis, as controller for The Jones Company, a residential homebuilder. In addition, John worked for seven years in the public accounting firm of Aselage, Kiefer & Company in St. Louis where he became a CPA.

    John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Creighton University. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants; and Financial Executives International (FEI).

    John is an independent, public interest director on the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB). The Bank’s 22-member board is comprised of bank members, independent and public interest directors. The Bank serves nearly 1,300 commercial bank, credit union, thrift and insurance company members in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and the American Samoa’s, Guam and the Mariana Islands.

    Other boards on which John serves or has served include the Northside Community Housing, Inc. and DeSales Community Housing Corporation, both St. Louis housing development organizations, in addition to serving on the board of directors of St. Louis Equity Fund, Inc. and Gateway Community Development Fund, Inc