Eric Petroff is the director of research of Wurts & Associates, an institutional consulting firm advising nearly $40 billion in client assets. Before joining Wurts & Associates, Petroff spent eight years at Hammond Associates in St. Louis, another institutional consulting firm, where he was a senior consultant and shareholder. Prior to Hammond Associates, he spent five years in the brokerage industry advising retail clientele and even served as an equity and options trader for three of those years. He speaks often at conferences and has published dozens of articles for Investopedia.com and the New Zealand Investor Magazine. Additionally, Petroff serves as a subject matter expert for Becker Professional Review in its efforts to develop study materials for CFA exam candidates, and has taught CFA review courses as well. Petroff has been a CFA charterholder since 2000, has an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Webster University, and a bachelor's degrees in economics and Russian from DePauw University. He also served as president of the St. Louis CFA Society and chairman of its Education Committee.