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Rob Arnott is chairman and CEO of Research Affiliates. He pioneered several unconventional portfolio strategies that are now widely applied, including tactical asset allocation, global tactical asset allocation, tax-advantaged equity management and the Fundamental Index approach to investing. Arnott's firm explores novel approaches to active asset allocation, optimal portfolio construction, efficient forms of indexation and other quantitative strategies. He received his B.S. in economics, applied mathematics and computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Kim Arthur is president of Main Management. He has 22 years’ experience in the financial services business. Main is an outsourced CIO that uses a combination of top-down and bottom-up analysis to deliver risk-adjusted liquid, transparent and diversified strategies. All strategies are implemented with exchange-traded funds, and have been since the firm’s inception in 2002. Main’s target clientele are high net worth and foundations/endowments.
Howard Atkinson, CFA, CIMA, ICD.D, is managing director of Horizons ETFs Management (USA) LLC, as well as global head of ETF Sales and Marketing for Mirae Asset Global Investments. He has over 26 years’ investment industry experience focused on ETFs. Atkinson was previously responsible for the overall success of the ETP business at Barclays Global Investors Canada. He is the author of the first book on ETFs, “The New Investment Frontier” (2001), which has since gone through three editions.
Pramod Atluri, CFA, is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Management & Research Company, the investment advisor for Fidelity’s family of mutual funds. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing, and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. He received a B.S. in biological chemistry from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael Baradas is product manager for Cross-Asset Strategies and ETF Solutions at Bloomberg Tradebook. He helped build the Cross-Asset Trading Platform for equities, options and futures, and recently rolled out the ETF RFQ platform. Baradas began his career on the International Equities Program Trading Desk at Societe Generale. He then traded several proprietary trading strategies in the Equity Derivatives department, including single-stock options volatility, convertible and risk arbitrage.
Mary Ann Bartels is CIO of Portfolio Strategies for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Investment Management and Guidance. She is responsible for leading the Portfolio Strategies Desk, ETF strategies, and marketing and communications for IMG’s content platform, product launches and publications. Bartels appears on CNBC and Bloomberg, and is often quoted in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Barron’s. She has a B.S. and M.A. in economics from Fordham University.
William H. Belden III is a managing director for product development at Guggenheim Investments. In his role, he has direct oversight for ETFs and Rydex mutual funds. Belden is regularly quoted in financial media outlets. He earned his B.S. in finance from Miami University and his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Belden is series 7, 24 and 63 registered.
Richard Bernstein is CEO and CIO of Richard Bernstein Advisors. The firm uses a unique top-down approach to investing, focusing on macro trends rather than individual stock selection. He is also an adjunct professor of finance at the NYU/Stern Graduate School of business, and a member of the Journal of Portfolio Management's Advisory Committee. Bernstein holds an MBA in finance from New York University and a B.A. in economics from Hamilton College.
Darshan Bhatt is a co-founder and deputy CIO at Glovista, responsible for managing global macro strategies. Previously, he co-managed global macro strategies at Proxima Alfa. Prior to that, Bhatt worked on J.P. Morgan’s US and EM Equity Strategy teams. He has also worked in J.P. Morgan’s M&A group. Bhatt holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, as well as the Chartered Accountant (India), CPA, CFA and CMT designations.
Benjamin Blaisdell, CFA, CAIA, is managing director, investment solutions executive, Investment Solutions and Business Management at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In this role, he is responsible for the investment platforms and fiduciary risk oversight of the outside investment offerings on the U.S. Trust platform. Blaisdell also is helping to transition and develop the firm’s existing and future investment platforms. He received a B.S. in finance from Boston University.
David Blitzer is managing director and chairman of S&P Dow Jones Indices’ Index Committee. He has overall responsibility for security selection for the company’s indexes, as well as index analysis and management. Blitzer previously served as chief economist for Standard & Poor’s and as corporate economist at The McGraw-Hill Companies. A graduate of Cornell University, he received his M.A. in economics from George Washington University and his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.
Paul Bosse, CFA, CIMC, is a principal in the Vanguard Investment Strategy Group. He works with institutional clients, consulting on asset allocation and portfolio construction issues. Before joining Vanguard, Bosse was director of asset allocation and chairman of the Investment Committee at DuPont Capital Management. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
James Breech spent more than 15 years specializing in global capital markets prior to founding Cougar Global Investments in 1993. As full professor, he taught advanced international finance in the MBA program in the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University in Toronto. Dr. Breech earned his B.A. from the University of Toronto, his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Paul Britt, CFA is a senior ETF specialist analyst at ETF.com. He focuses on index strategies and alternative ETFs. He worked most recently as a private placement agent at an IRA custodian. Paul holds an M.S. in financial analysis from the University of San Francisco and is an active member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.
Cory Burnell, CFA, is CIO of BluePrint Wealth Partners, a registered investment advisor headquartered in San Diego. He manages multiple ETF and options strategies with hedged exposures to volatility including both long and short VIX futures through ETPs. He holds an MBA and a B.A. in economics/mathematics.
Mariana Bush is a closed-end fund and exchange-traded tracking product senior analyst in the Advisory Services group at Wells Fargo, providing financial advisors and their clients with individual security recommendations in the CEF and ETP universes. She has been widely quoted in publications such as Barron's, Bloomberg, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. Bush received her B.S.E. in the Civil Engineering and Operations Research department from Princeton University.
Robbie Cannon is president and CEO of Horizon Investments LLC, which specializes in active asset allocation, risk mitigation and retirement income. During his tenure, which began in 1999, Horizon has grown from a small retail RIA firm to a $1 billion third-party investment management group with a national footprint of independent broker-dealers and institutional clients. Canon’s career in finance began in 1994, and has encompassed various aspects of portfolio management. He graduated from Furman University.
James Carville is America's best-known political consultant. His most prominent victory was helping Bill Clinton win the presidency in 1992. Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. He is a Fox News contributor and can be seen on other networks worldwide. Carville is a columnist for The Hill newspaper, which publishes daily when Congress is in session, and serves as a professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Sanjay Chablaney is head of ETF Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he is responsible for institutional market making and risk management across all ETF asset classes (equity, fixed income and commodities). He has more than 14 years of experience trading index products, and specializes in ETF arbitrage. Chablaney holds a B.S. in computer science from Stony Brook University and an MBA in finance from St. John's University.
Nick Cherney, CFA, CIO, co-founded VelocityShares in 2009. Previously, he worked at Barclays Capital in New York and had product development and management responsibilities for iPath ETNs. Cherney has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is frequently quoted in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and other leading financial publications. He holds a B.A. in economics with highest honors from UC Berkeley.
Sean Clark, CFA, is Clark Capital’s CIO. He is responsible for asset allocation and investment selection for Navigator Investment Solutions as well as directing ongoing market research and contributing to the development of proprietary products. Clark often appears on CNBC and Bloomberg television to share his market views, and has been featured in numerous articles in nationally distributed business journals and newspapers. He holds a B.S. and M.A. in economics from the University of Delaware.
Todd Clarke is CEO of CLS Investments LLC. Prior to this role, he was a wholesaler, sales manager, executive vice president of sales and marketing, and president. Clarke is responsible for overseeing all aspects of sales and marketing, portfolio management and business development. He currently holds Series 7, Series 63 and Series 66 securities licenses. Clarke received a B.S. in business management from Brigham Young University.
Joseph Davis is a principal with Vanguard and its chief economist. He is also global head of its Investment Strategy Group, whose investment research and client-facing team conducts research on portfolio construction, develops the firm's economic and market outlook, and helps oversee the firm's asset allocation strategies for institutional and individual investors. Davis has published studies on a variety of macroeconomic and investment topics in leading academic journals. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at Duke University.
Tammy DeRosier is a Dorsey, Wright & Associates analyst and executive vice president. She is a co-author of four books with DWA, and has also published articles for the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, appeared on such programs as CNBC’s “Taking Stock” as well as on Bloomberg TV. DeRosier can be also heard on several national radio shows and on DWA’s weekly podcast. She regularly contributes to DWA’s daily reports, teaches this methodology across the country and develops guided ETF models.
Robert Deutsch, managing director, is global head of J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Exchange-Traded Funds and a member of the J.P. Morgan Global Funds Operating Committee. An employee since 1997, his previous roles included head of the Global Liquidity Business and National Sales Manager for J.P. Morgan’s U.S. Mutual Funds Business. Deutsch graduated from the University of Delaware80. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Lerner College of the University of Delaware.
Joel Dickson is Vanguard's global head of investment research and development and a principal in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group. He has testified before Congress on Social Security reform and mutual fund disclosure issues, and is often quoted in the press regarding the role taxes play in portfolio management and asset allocation decisions. Dickson earned an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
Dan Draper, CFA, CMT, CAIA, FRM, CFP, is managing director of Global ETFs for Invesco PowerShares Capital Management. He has over two decades of diverse financial services experience, including eight years in leadership positions in the ETF industry. Draper received his BA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a board member of the CFA Society of the United Kingdom.
Ric Edelman has been three times ranked the #1 independent financial advisor in the nation by Barron's. In 2012, the highly regarded industry website RIABiz.com named him one of the “10 most influential figures” in the investment advisory field. Edelman’s eighth book, “The Truth About Retirement Plans and IRAs,” a #1 national best-seller, was published in April 2014. He graduated cum laude from Rowan University in 1980; the university bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate in 1999.
Tim Edwards is director of Index Investment Strategy for S&P Dow Jones Indices. The group provides research and commentary on S&P Dow Jones Indices global equities, commodities, fixed income, and economic indices. Previously, Edwards worked at Barclays Capital on product development of exchange-traded notes across all asset classes. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from University College London.
Dan Egan is director of Behavioral Finance and Investments at Betterment. He has spent his career using behavioral finance to help people make better financial and investment decisions. Egan is a published author of multiple publications related to behavioral economics. He lectures at New York University, London Business School, and the London School of Economics on the topic.
John A. Forlines III is chairman and chief investment officer of JAForlines Global (JFG), a New York-based investment management company specializing in separately managed portfolios and model account strategies for broker-dealers, RIAs and their representatives. JFG also offers a tactical allocation collective fund for use in 401(k) plans. In addition to his leadership as portfolio manager for JFG’s investment strategies, Forlines is an adjunct professor in the department of Economics at Duke.
Daniel Gamba, CFA, is managing director and head of BlackRock’s iShares Americas Institutional Business. He is responsible for business strategy, client service and business development for iShares ETFs among institutional investors such as pension plans, foundations and endowments, asset managers, insurance companies and RIAs in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Iberia. Gamba holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Dennis Gartman has been directly involved in capital markets since August 1974, after his graduate work at North Carolina State University. In the late 1970s, he became the chief financial futures analyst for A.G. Becker & Company in Chicago. Gartman was an independent member of the Chicago Board of Trade until 1984. In that year, he moved to Virginia to run the futures brokerage operation for Sovran Bank, and in 1987, began producing The Gartman Letter on a full-time basis.
Dave Gedeon is managing director of Nasdaq OMX Global Indexes. Under his direction, Nasdaq OMX has launched thousands of indexes resulting in innovative benchmarks and index-tracking products. Notable launches include the Nasdaq-100 Volatility Control Index, the Nasdaq US All Market family, the Nasdaq OMX Green Economy family, the Nasdaq OMX Axioma Equity-Commodity family and the Nasdaq Commodity Index family. Gedeon holds a B.A. in economics from Denison University.
Jeffrey Gundlach is CEO and CIO of DoubleLine. He is recognized as an expert in bond and fixed-income investments. Gundlach's investment strategies have been featured in such publications as the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Forbes and Fortune. In 2010, he was named to the SmartMoney Power 30. Gundlach holds a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from Dartmouth College and attended Yale University as a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics.
Rob Guttschow, CFA, is a senior portfolio manager and co-head of the Alternatives Investment team at First Trust Advisors. He has more than 20 years of investment experience managing a variety of strategies including equity, fixed income, commodities and derivative-based strategies. Guttschow received his B.S. in materials engineering and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.
Brett Hammond is managing director and head of Index Applied Research for MSCI, responsible for research to support new risk premia and economic exposure indices as well as cap-weighted indices. He also serves as an ambassador to asset owners and managers on the role of indices in asset allocation and portfolio construction. Hammond received B.A. degrees in economics and political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. from MIT.
Ken Heck is CFO and senior director of portfolio management at Heck Capital Advisors. His experience includes over 20 years of leadership in the portfolio management structure for Heck Capital as well as research and portfolio construction. Heck passed the examinations necessary to become registered as an investment adviser representative, and has passed numerous additional securities examinations. He received his B.S. in economics from Indiana University.
Chris Hempstead, head of ETF Sales for KCG, leads the firm’s team serving institutions and issuers with their ETF trading, liquidity and market intelligence needs. KCG is a leading independent securities firm offering investors a range of services for addressing trading needs across asset classes, product types and time zones. KCG has multiple access points to trade global equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities. Hempstead has a BBA in finance from Saint Bonaventure University.
Matt Hougan is president of ETF.com. In this position, he oversees the company's editorial, data and analytics efforts, and conferences. Matt is quoted regularly in the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Investor's Business Daily, Fortune, Forbes, TheStreet.com, MarketWatch.com and the Associated Press, and was recently named one of the 25 most influential people in the ETF industry. He is a regular guest on CNBC, and was recently named to Registered Rep's "Ten to Watch in 2012" list.
Dennis Hudachek is a senior ETF specialist at ETF.com. He is the lead analyst for international and currency ETFs, with a focus on China, Japan, emerging and frontier markets. Hudachek is co-head of ETF.com’s Alpha Think Tank publication, aimed at combining alpha research from leading global macro strategists with ETF.com’s best-in-class beta analysis. He has a B.A. in economics from UC Davis. Hudachek has passed the FINRA series 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63 and 66 exams and the CFA Level 1 exam.
Peter Hug is director of Kitco’s Precious Metals division, where he develops newer and better investment options for the firm’s customers. Hug has been involved in precious metals since 1974. A frequent speaker at precious metals conferences and in the financial media, he is one of the handful of experts who have succeeded through multiple bull and bear cycles on the strength and skills honed during the dramatic fluctuations of the 1980s.
Robert Hughes is vice president, global head – Index Services for NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes. He is responsible for managing and developing the NASDAQ Global Index business across the index licensing, benchmarking and custom calculation segments. Hughes works with his team in the U.S., Europe and Asia to devise strategies and create business opportunities for current and prospective NASDAQ OMX clients. He received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
John Hyland, CIMA, is a managing director and the Head of ETF Investment Strategists within the iShares ETFs business at BlackRock. Hyland's service with the firm dates back to 2008, including his years with Barclays Global Investors, which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President with Putnam Investments. Hyland earned a BS degree in Business at Miami University and an MBA degree in Finance at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Simeon Hyman, CFA, joined ProShares in 2013 as head of investment strategy. He leads ProShares’ team of investment professionals engaged in portfolio analysis, product research and development, education and the delivery of investment strategies using the company’s alternative ETFs. Hyman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 66 FINRA designations.
Orhan Imer is a portfolio manager with Columbia Management Investment Advisers' Fixed Income and Global Asset Allocation teams, and leads the Inflation, Liability-Driven Investment and Fixed Income Index and ETF Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for a diverse lineup of mutual fund, ETF and institutional strategies, including U.S. & global inflation-linked bonds, core bond ETFs, diversified real returns, global macro and adaptive risk allocation. Imer received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ben Johnson, CFA, is global director of manager research for passive strategies at Morningstar. He is responsible for leading the company’s coverage of exchange-traded and index funds. Prior to assuming his current role in 2012, Johnson served as director of ETF research for Europe and Asia. Previously, he was a senior equity analyst, covering the agriculture and chemicals industries. Johnson holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Michael Jones, CFA, is chairman and CIO of Riverfront Investment Group, bringing more than 25 years of global investment experience to his role in leading the organization. He is a regular guest on financial news channels (CNBC, Bloomberg), and is frequently quoted in the financial press. Michael earned his B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Kaplan is chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm. He is the author of 14 books on foreign affairs and travel, and has been a foreign correspondent for "The Atlantic" for nearly three decades. In 2011 and 2012, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world's "Top 100 Global Thinkers." From 2009 to 2011, Kaplan served on the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
Elisabeth Kashner is ETF.com''s senior vice president of analytics. She designs the quantitative and qualitative tools that run the company''s ETF.com Analytics product, and supervises our team of analysts. Kashner brings a combination of academic rigor (master's of financial analysis, CFA charter holder) and practical experience in derivatives trading and wealth management to our Analytics group. Kashner gained experience with ETF analysis as a quantitative analyst building portfolios for high -net -worth clients.
Brad Katsuyama is CEO, president and co-founder of IEX, an equity trading marketplace. Prior to co-founding IEX, he was a 12-year employee of the Royal Bank of Canada where, as the global head of electronic sales and trading, he spearheaded the development of THOR, an award-winning product that helped clients combat predatory high-frequency trading. Katsuyama attended the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Kevin Kerr is a TV and radio investment advisor. His unparalleled expertise in futures and commodities has made him a regular contributor to news outlets like CNBC, CNN, FOX News, CBS Evening News, Nightly Business Report and many others. Kerr has traded commodities professionally for the last 20+ years. He is heard frequently on radio stations throughout the country and is a columnist and newsletter editor with Dow Jones MarketWatch, where he's been quoted weekly since 1999.
Ed Kerschner, CFA, is vice chairman at Emerging Global Advisors. He has 35 years of experience in the securities industry, including prior roles as chief investment strategist at PaineWebber and Citi Global Wealth Management. Most recently, Kerschner was a member of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Global Investment Committee. He holds a B.S. from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Martha King is head of U.S. Financial Intermediaries and managing director at the Vanguard Financial Advisor Services division. She is responsible for business unit strategy and oversees business development, relationship management, daily operations and ETF product management for financial advisor firms that entrust more than $900 billion in assets to Vanguard. King earned a B.S. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and completed the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian King is the director of listings at BATS Exchange, a U.S. equities exchange operated by BATS Global Markets, the largest stock market operator in the world. He joined BATS in January 2007 and has helped to develop several key business initiatives including the BATS Listings program that launched in the first quarter of 2012, which he also oversees. King graduated from Florida State University and spent much of the early part of his career managing assets through a company he founded, Fortress Financial.
Lynne Kinney, CIMA, is a principal at CKW Financial Group. She has more than 20 years' experience in the financial industry, with clientele in Taft-Hartley plans, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, endowments and corporate pension plans. Prior to CKW, Kinney was a senior vice president and institutional consultant with Merrill Lynch. She holds a BBA in finance and international business from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
David Koenig, CFA, FRM, serves as investment strategist on the Research and Innovation team for Russell Investments’ family of global indexes. He is responsible for the development of white papers and other educational materials for financial advisors and other clients. Koenig serves as a spokesperson for Russell Indexes with the media and as a speaker on webinars and at industry conferences. He is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco and the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
David Kotok is CIO of Cumberland Advisors. His financial market commentaries appear in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Barron's. Kotok also authored the best-seller "From Bear to Bull with ETFs." He holds a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in organizational dynamics from The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Frank Koudelka is the senior vice president and ETF product specialist for State Street Global Services. In this role, he establishes the strategic direction for ETF servicing globally, assists with the on-boarding of new clients, and drives the product and technology strategy as it relates to ETFs. Koudelka has 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. He attended St. John’s University in New York, majoring in finance.
Lee Kranefuss is executive chairman of Source and an Executive-in-Residence at Warburg Pincus. He was the architect and Global CEO of iShares, part of Barclays Global Investors, where he oversaw the global expansion of iShares from launch in 2000 to over $600 billion in assets in 2010. Kranefuss also served as a member of the Executive Committee, and managed more than $1.5 trillion in assets, leaving BGI after BlackRock acquired it in 2010.
Michael Kutsaya is head of portfolio implementation at Brinker Capital. In this role, he supervises a team of traders and ensures that all regulatory and internal compliance procedures are followed within the group. Previously, Kutsaya was a VP of Global Operations at Wachovia and a fixed income settlement manager at Lazard Asset Management. He earned a B.S. in accounting and finance from Drexel University. In addition, Kutsaya holds his FINRA series 7, 24 and 53 licenses.
Andrew Lapthorne joined Société Générale in London in November 2007 and heads the Quantitative Analysis team. He spent 11 years at Dresdner Kleinwort. The team runs a variety of systematic quantitative strategies, the most popular being the Global and European Quality Income Strategies. Lapthorne's team is ranked No. 1 in the last Extel survey, and he was also ranked No. 1 as individual analyst for the last six years.
Andrew Lapthorne joined Société Générale in London in November 2007 and heads the Quantitative Analysis team. He spent 11 years at Dresdner Kleinwort. The team runs a variety of systematic quantitative strategies, the most popular being the Global and European Quality Income Strategies. Lapthorne's team is ranked No. 1 in the last Extel survey, and he was also ranked No. 1 as individual analyst for the last six years.
Brent Leadbetter, CFA, is a relationship manager for RAFI Fundamental Index strategies. In this role, he explains the methodology to institutional and retail investors. Leadbetter also leads Research Affiliates' RIA initiative, meeting with financial advisors to educate them on the firm's research. He earned his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Ted Lucas is managing partner, Investment and Risk Management, with Lattice Strategies. Previously, he was managing director of MCP Chess Group LLC, an investment group based in San Francisco, and also served on the board of directors of Chess Venture Partners, a private investment firm focused on financial services and financial technology companies. Lucas holds a B.A. from Gordon College and serves on Lattice’s Board and Management Committee.
Olivier Ludwig is the managing editor of ETF.com. Previously, he was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and an editor at Bloomberg News. Before that, Ludwig was a journalist at the Reuters News Agency in New York, serving as a copy editor and reporter, covering stocks, energy and the U.S. Treasurys market. He is a graduate of the City University of New York, where he majored in economic history.
Mark Luschini is chief investment strategist for Janney Montgomery Scott, leading the Investment Strategy group. In that capacity, he establishes the firm's broad outlook regarding capital market and economic conditions, as well as developing investment strategies best suited to individual and institutional clients' goals and objectives. Luschini also establishes the firm's asset allocation models for portfolio construction and financial planning. He has over 25 years' experience in the investment industry interfacing with current and prospective clients.
Michael John Lytle is chief development officer at Source, with specific responsibility for marketing, product management and research. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley, with responsibility for a variety of investment banking roles stretching across corporate finance, capital markets origination, trading, sales, equity, fixed income, private wealth and technology strategy. Lytle has a B.A. in economics and government from Dartmouth College.
David Mann, director, is head of Client Execution Services within the Americas iShares Capital Markets team. His group is responsible for delivering market insights, execution services and product structure expertise for iShares clients across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Mann earned a B.A. from Columbia University in pre-medicine and mathematics, and an M.S. from Northwestern University in biomedical engineering.
Mike McGlone, CFA, FRM, is Director of Research U.S. for ETF Securities. He authors the ETFs Precious Metals Weekly in addition to his other research and strategy responsibilities. Prior to joining ETF Securities, McGlone was product manager and head of commodities at S&P Indices, where he led the development and oversight of the S&P GSCI. McGlone holds an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and a B.S. and B.A. from Illinois State University.
James McGowan is a senior ETF product manager and executive director at J.P. Morgan, working with the product team to provide ETF investment advisors with an integrated system for global custody, ETF fund accounting and administration, transfer agency and basket settlement services. J.P. Morgan takes a consultative approach to assist asset managers in launching new products. He has a BSc from UL (Ireland), a JD from UCG (Ireland) and master’s in corporate law from the University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas McKeon founded Clothier Springs to combine the superior return and risk profiles of options-based hedged investing with the well-known advantages of passive investing. The result is a suite of low-cost, transparent, rules-based, liquid alternative strategies CSCM offers in managed ETF-hedged portfolios. Previously, McKeon spent 18 years as an equity analyst and portfolio manager for a boutique manager, and 11 years as an equity and foreign currency options trader at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.
Robert Michaud is CIO of New Frontier and co-holder of four U.S. patents in portfolio optimization and asset management. His research interests include risk models, empirical asset pricing and international finance. Michaud co-authored "Efficient Asset Management: A Practical Guide to Stock Portfolio Optimization and Asset Allocation," and research articles in refereed journals. He holds a master's in mathematics from Boston University and pursued a Ph.D. in finance from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Tyler Mordy is president and co-CIO for HAHN Investment Stewards, an early and leading innovator in delivering "global macro" managed ETF portfolios. He is widely quoted and interviewed by the financial media for his global investment strategy views as well as ETF trends. Recently, ETF Report profiled Tyler as one of the "best and brightest" working in the ETF strategist industry and described him as "a money manager for the modern era."
Kathleen Moriarty is a financial services attorney with Katten Muchin Rosenman. She has extensive experience representing exchange-traded products domestically and abroad, and was instrumental in the launch of SPY. Moriarty is an inaugural member of the ETF Database’s ETF Hall of Fame and received an ETP Icons of the Industry Award. She is a member of the NASDAQ Listing as well as the Hearing Review Council.
Dave Nadig is the chief investment officer for ETF.com He has been involved in researching, reporting and analyzing the investment management industry for more than 15 years. As managing director at BGI, Nadig helped design and market some of the first ETFs. With partner Don Luskin, he went on to found MetaMarkets.com, a revolutionary transparent mutual fund company. Nadig received his MBA in finance from Boston University.
Adam Nash is president and CEO of Wealthfront. He joined the firm from Greylock Partners, where he was an executive in residence. Nash has held a number of leadership roles at eBay, including director of eBay Express, as well as strategic and technical roles at Atlas Venture, Preview Systems and Apple. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Stanford University as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Raina Oberoi is vice president, Index Applied Research, at MSCI. She has been in the investment industry for 10 years and has held several roles, including that of an index trading strategist. Oberoi now focuses on conducting research and working closely with clients—asset owners, managers, brokers and investment consultants—to ascertain their needs with respect to MSCI products. She holds a B.S. in finance and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Luke Oliver is a director of Deutsche Bank’s US db X-tracker business. In this capacity, he manages 55 exchange-traded products and $12 billion in assets across three investment entities: DB Commodity Services LLC, a commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor; and DBX Strategic Advisors and DBX Advisors, both registered investment advisors. Oliver’s responsibilities include portfolio management, product development and capital market liquidity for the growing U.S. business.
Bryan Olson, CFA, is president and CEO of Windhaven Investment Management. He leads the teams responsible for investment management and research, trading and operations, sales, client service and relationship management. Olson’s analyses of investment issues have been published in the Journal of Financial Planning and the Research Foundation of the CFA Institute, and have been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BusinessWeek and others. He earned his B.S. in finance from Weber State University.
Jay Pelosky is principal of J2Z Advisory, an independent global asset allocation and portfolio strategy consultancy. He advises institutional clients based on insights gained from more than 30 years of financial market experience. Pelosky's formal Wall Street career spanned 20 years and included positions on both the buy and sell side. He is a sought-after speaker and commentator on global economics and financial markets, with recent publications in both the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.
Bob Pisani has been a CNBC reporter since 1990, and has reported on Wall Street and the stock market from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for over a decade. He was nominated twice for a "CableACE Award." In 2013, Pisani won third place in the National Headliner Awards in the Business and Consumer Reporting category for his "The Diamond Rush" documentary. In 2014, he was honored with a Recognition Award from the Market Technicians Association.
Jan-Carl Plagge is director, business development at STOXX Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for the development of innovative index concepts across all asset classes, for indices of STOXX Ltd., and indices of Deutsche Börse AG and SIX Swiss Exchange AG. Prior to joining STOXX Ltd, Plagge spent four years as product development manager at Deutsche Börse AG. He graduated from the University of Münster/Germany, having studied business management.
Eric Pollackov is managing director of ETF Capital Markets for Charles Schwab & Co., managing trading relationships with the market-making community for Schwab’s ETFs. He also deals with pricing and trading as well as management of the exchange and AP relationships. Further, he assists the Sales team regarding product-specific knowledge and secondary market transactions. Pollackov holds a B.A. in English from The State University of New York at Buffalo as well as Series 7 and 24 licenses.
Mitch Reiner is founding partner of Wela Strategies. He drives the long-term strategy for the firm, and sits on the Investment Committee and actively advises clients. Reiner is also an investment advisor and the COO of Capital Investment Advisors, a $1 billion AUM wealth management firm. He has been a member of Wela and CIA since 2005. Reiner graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a BBA in finance.
Heidi Richardson, CPM, CFA, is a global investment strategist for BlackRock, where her responsibilities include relating the Investment Strategy team's research and investment views to key institutional and financial advisor clients, as well as offering perspective on all asset classes—including equities, fixed income, alternatives and multisector approaches—to investing. She joined the firm in 2010 with 23 years of experience in active investment management. Richardson earned her B.S. degree from Bentley University.
James Rieger is vice president, Fixed Income Indices, at S&P Dow Jones Indices. He leads S&P Dow Jones Indices’ efforts to reach into areas of the capital markets beyond traditional equity, overseeing the creation and management of fixed-income indices. Leading the way in S&P Indices’ digital space, Rieger currently hosts “The Rieger Report,” a weekly podcast providing a municipal bond market recap. He has a B.S. from Widener University and an MBA from Adelphi University.
Anthony Rochte is president of Fidelity SelectCo, a new division that will focus on leveraging Fidelity’s sector expertise and scale to grow and meet the evolving needs of investors for more specialized sector portfolio investment options. Prior to assuming his current role, Rochte was senior managing director and head of the North American Intermediary Business Group at State Street Global Advisors. He received his B.A. in economics and political science from Indiana University.
Fran Rodilosso, CFA, is portfolio manager of Market Vectors' fixed-income ETFs, responsible for portfolio strategy, credit and market analysis. He was formerly managing director, global emerging markets, at The Seaport Group, launching its emerging markets fixed-income sales and trading business. Rodilosso earned his B.A. in history from Princeton and his MBA in finance from The Wharton School.
Todd Rosenbluth is a senior director at S&P Capital IQ and director of ETF and mutual fund research in the U.S. He has been interviewed and quoted in Barron’s, Bloomberg, New York Times, Financial Advisor magazine, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, as well as on Ignites.com and Smartmoney.com, and has appeared on Bloomberg and CNBC. Rosenbluth received a B.G.S in finance from the University of Michigan and an MBA from New York University.
Karl Rove was senior advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007 and deputy chief of staff from 2004-2007. At the White House, he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, and was deputy chief of staff for policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process. He is also a Fox News contributor, and serves on the University of Texas Chancellor's Council Executive Committee.
Stephen Sachs joined ProShares in 2011 as head of capital markets and served as portfolio manager for the 2013 launches of ProShares' hedged fixed-income ETFs. He is often quoted in Barron's and The Wall Street Journal, and appears on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News. Sachs received his bachelor's degree in finance from Franklin University and studied international relations and economics at The Ohio State University.
Massimo Santicchia is co-founder and CIO of Crest Investment Partners. He also acts as the CIO for Cypress Capital Group and Cypress Trust Company. Santicchia directs the investment strategy as well as develops and manages quantitative equity portfolios. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics and political sciences from the University of Perugia, Italy, an MBA from Alliant University, San Diego, and an M.S. in investment management from Pace University, New York.
Peter Schiff is president and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital. He is quoted often in the print media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Time and Fortune. His broadcast credits include regular guest appearances on CNBC, Fox Business, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel, as well as hosting a weekly radio show. Schiff’s latest best-seller is: “How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes.”
Jerome Schneider is a managing director in PIMCO's Newport Beach office and head of the short-term and funding desk. He has 19 years of investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree in economics and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Scott Silverman, CIMA, is responsible for all distribution and client retention activities within Innealta Capital's Intermediary Distribution group. In addition, he has been instrumental in helping guide the strategic direction of the firm by building and helping acquire new products or strategies that are currently being offered through Innealta's distribution relationships. Silverman brings nearly 15 years of financial experience to Innealta Capital. He earned a bachelor's degree in business and public administration from the University of Arizona.
Phil Simms completed a 15-year NFL career with the New York Giants, highlighted by winning the Super Bowl XXI MVP. He now serves as the lead analyst for CBS Television Network's NFL coverage. Since 2008, Simms has co-hosted Inside the NFL on Showtime. He also co-authored the best-selling "Sunday Morning Quarterback." During a stellar playing career, Simms led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles and was named Super Bowl XXI's MVP.
Paul Simon, CIMC, is CIO for the Tactical Allocation Group. His primary responsibility includes directing the implementation of TAG's investment policies and programs which include directing bottom quantitative and technical research; establishing reporting systems to monitor use of TAG's investment programs; and monitoring and supervising the management of TAG's portfolios. Simon earned a B.S. in corporate finance from Wayne State University and is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association.
Luciano Siracusano III is WisdomTree’s executive vice president, head of sales and chief investment strategist. Previously, he served as director of sales. Prior to that, he was director of research, research analyst and editor of the firm’s various media publications. Together with Jonathan Steinberg, Siracusano was responsible for the creation and development of WisdomTree’s fundamentally weighted index methodology. He has a B.A. in political science from Columbia University.
Nicholas Smithie, CFA, is chief investment strategist for Emerging Global Advisors, where he is responsible for the firm's emerging market investment strategy. His team provides insight for use in investment implementation, product development, portfolio management and client engagement. He is a graduate of Brasenose College at Oxford University, holding a master of arts in jurisprudence.
Ted Stover is managing director, research and analytics for FTSE Americas. He is responsible for the development of new and custom products for the firm, and provides in-depth product support to internal sales staff and clients. Stover has more than 30 years of experience in quantitative research and analytics. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Raman Aylur Subramanian, CFA, is an executive director and Head of Index Applied Research for the Americas at MSCI. He pioneered the role of Index Applied Research, which focuses on working closely with clients to ascertain their needs with respect to MSCI products. Subramanian has a Bachelor of Technology in Petroleum Engineering from Indian School of Mines, India, and a master’s in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Larry Swedroe is a principal and director of research for Buckingham, an independent member of the BAM ALLIANCE. He was among the first authors to publish a book explaining passive investing in layman’s terms—“The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need.” His most recent book, “Think, Act and Invest Like Warren Buffett,” was released in early 2013. Swedroe holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College and an MBA in finance and investment from New York University.
Shundrawn Thomas is managing director and head of Northern Trust’s Exchange Traded Funds group. He is chiefly responsible for developing long-term strategy, executing operating plans, working with regulatory agencies, managing vendor relationships, and attracting and developing talented professionals. Thomas received his B.S. in accounting from Florida A&M University, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.
Matthew Tucker, CFA, managing director, is head of Americas iShares Fixed Income Strategy and a member of the Strategy team within BlackRock's Fixed Income Portfolio Management team. He leads the product strategy effort for exchange-traded funds, as well as the platform's efforts in North and Latin American iShares. Tucker earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley.
G. David (Dave) Underwood, CFA, is assistant CIO for the Arizona State Retirement System. His professional background encompasses leadership roles in developing and running asset management organizations, executing restructurings, financial analysis and managing significant capital funds. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers Trust School, Underwood holds a B.S. from Arizona State University and has done graduate work in economics at Washington and Jefferson College.
Michael Vogelzang, CFA, has managed Boston Advisors since 1997. As president and CIO, he is responsible for overseeing the firm's equity, fixed-income and alternative investment activities and general business practices. Vogelzang also chairs the independent Board of Directors and is a member of the Boston Security Analyst Society. He earned his B.A. in economics and political science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Drew Voros is editor-in-chief for IndexUniverse LLC, where he supervises the company's full suite of publications, newsletters and websites. Voros has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, including serving as the longtime business editor for the Oakland Tribune and sister papers of the Bay Area News Group, as well as covering public entertainment companies for Hollywood trade papers Daily Variety and Variety. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Southern California.
Lorraine Wang, CFA, is head of Global ETF Products and Research for Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC. Prior to joining Invesco PowerShares, she was managing director of ETF Listings at the NYSE Euronext. Wang was also a senior research analyst in Investment Strategy and ETF Research at Morgan Stanley. She received a B.S. in management science from MIT.
Brian Wesbury is chief economist at First Trust Advisors L.P., a financial services firm based in Wheaton, Illinois. His writing is published in magazines, newspapers and blogs, and he appears regularly on Fox, Bloomberg, CNBC and BNN Canada TV. Wesbury’s most recent book, “It’s Not As Bad As You Think,” was published in 2009 by John Wiley & Sons. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of Montana and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Meredith Whitney is managing partner and founder of Kenbelle Capital, a long/short U.S. equity fund launched in November 2013. In 2007, she made one of the most controversial and highly publicized calls in Wall Street. In 2013, Whitney published her first book, "Fate of the States," wherein she delivers a sobering vision of America's future if current gaps between economic classes continue to widen. Bloomberg has called her the "Oracle of Wall Street."
Company founder, CEO & Publisher of ETF.com, ETF Report and Journal of Indexes Jim Wiandt founded IndexUniverse.com in 2001, creating the central hub for information and analysis on indexes, index funds and ETFs. He then acquired Indexes: The Journal of Index Issues from Dow Jones. In 2003, Jim purchased the Exchange-Traded Funds Report. Now as ETF.com, the company has expanded into conferences— running the world’s largest ETF conference (Inside ETFs). He is a 1991 graduate of Tufts University.
Tyler Winklevoss is a principal of Winklevoss Capital, a family office investing in varied asset classes, emphasizing providing seed funding and infrastructure to early-stage startups. Winklevoss has been an angel investor and entrepreneur in emerging technologies since 2003. Together with his brother Cameron, he represented the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He received his B.A. in economics from Harvard University and his MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.
Cameron Winklevoss is a principal of Winklevoss Capital, a family office investing in varied asset classes, emphasizing providing seed funding and infrastructure to early-stage startups. Winklevoss has been an angel investor and entrepreneur in emerging technologies since 2003. Together with his brother Tyler, he represented the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He received his B.A. in economics from Harvard University and his MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.
Catherine Wood founded ARK Investment Management in January 2014, after having completed 12 years at AllianceBernstein. At AllianceBernstein, she was CIO of Global Thematic Strategies, with $5 billion in assets under management and superior long-term investment returns. She joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded and, in 2000, acquired $800 million assets under management. Wood received her B.S., summa cum laude, in finance and economics from the University of Southern California.