David Klassen has some pretty big shoes to fill at Chase Manhattan Corp. and so far he seems to be doing just fine. In March, Mr. Klassen, 37, succeeded Mark Tincher as director of equity investment at Chase's asset management unit. With the promotion, he also became manager of one of the most successful bank-managed mutual funds ever the Vista Growth and Income Fund.

Since its launch in 1987, the Growth and Income Fund has consistently ranked near the top of its category. In 1992, for instance, it had the best track record of any growth and income fund bank-managed or not. And it's still going strong. The fund's average annual return for the five years ended Sept. 30 was an impressive 20.65%, outpacing the growth-and- income group average of 15.91%.

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