Stellar Capital Management was formed by Richard Stern and Stephen Taddie in the summer of 2000, when they merged their respective firms and took up offices on Camelback Road, in the heart of the Biltmore area in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Stern and Mr. Taddie had held a mutual respect for each other's business for over 10 years prior to forming Stellar. They found their individual analytical approaches to the investment markets were complimentary, which led to better research and improved decisions.

Embracing the complementary nature of individual talent has been a cornerstone for Stellar and is one of the key reasons the firm has attracted and retained key personnel over the years. Professional friendship and respect for individual contributions remain at the core of Stellar Capital Management to this day.