Holly Callen was the Founder and President of Callen & Associates Financial Services, Inc.,
an investment firm working in the areas of venture capital, private placement offerings, retirement planning and charitable giving.
Ms. Callen managed in excess of thirty million dollars for more than 100 clients. Her firm participated in private first and second round offerings for many companies that later went public or were sold – including a mail order pharmaceutical firm, a
manufacturer of teflon measuring devices for the semiconductor industry, and a motorcycle manufacturing company. C&A also represented General Partners managing renaissance festival and mobile home park investments.
Prior to founding Callen & Associates, Ms. Callen was affiliated with Paine Webber from 1981 to 1983, where she was the Tax Shelter and Insurance Products Coordinator, and Piper Jaffray & Hopwood from 1979 to 1981, where she was a Registered Representative specializing in tax advantaged investments.
Ms. Callen was also on the Board of Directors of UTEK Corp., where she served on the Compensation Committee and chaired the Corporate Governance Committee. UTEK, formerly located in Plant City, Florida, specialized in technology transfer to assist companies to rapidly acquire and commercialize innovative technologies from universities and research laboratories.
From 1991 to 1996, Holly was the Director of Development and Fundraising for the University of Minnesota Women’s Athletics Department. In this position she increased scholarship dollars raised from $200,000 to over $2,000,000. She also worked with donors to establish endowed scholarships through outright and/or planned giving.
Currently, Callen volunteers for Rotary International. She is a Past District Governor of Rotary District 5950 (65 clubs in Minneapolis and southwestern Minnesota), where she led a campaign to raise over $1,000,000 toward a Rotary campaign toward the worldwide eradication of polio. Most recently, she served The Rotary Foundation as one of nine members worldwide on the Fund Development Committee. As the Chair of Donor Recognition, Callen helped development a new Legacy Society for bequests in excess of $1,000,000. She also served four terms on the RI Convention Promotion Committee (Sydney- 2014, Atlanta – 2016, Toronto – 2018 and Honolulu -2020), culminating in 2020 when she was responsible for creating a monthly promotional newsletter and assisting promotion volunteers in all English-speaking countries.
In another field, Holly Callen holds the distinction of being the first woman Cantor to serve the Upper Midwest. For over 20 years, Ms. Callen served as the Cantor at Mt. Zion Temple in St. Paul, Minnesota where she recorded “Kol Teshuvah,” an award-winning album of High Holy Day music, with organist Philip Brunelle. But perhaps Holly was best known for singing the National Anthem at Vikings and Gophers games.
Holly is married to Rob Hamilton. She holds a B.S. degree from Indiana University and an M.A. degree from the University of Illinois.