Rolf Agather, CFA, is managing director of research and innovation for Russell Investments' family of global indexes, which offers an objective and transparent way to accurately measure distinct segments of the global market. He is responsible for creating new index concepts and publishing compelling research on capital markets, indexation and investment management.
Kim Arthur has 22 years' experience in the financial services business. The first 15 years were on the sell side at Montgomery Securities and the last seven have been as president of Main Management. 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 ETFs and have been since the firm started in 2002. Main's target clientele are HNW and foundations/endowments.
Raman Aylur Subramanian is an executive director of index research at MSCI, responsible for the creation of new methodologies and the improvement of existing methodologies, as well as for the research on strategic positioning of index series. He joined MSCI in 1999. Subramanian holds a bachelor of technology in petroleum engineering from Indian School of Mines, India, and a master's in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, U.S. He is a CFA charterholder from the CFA Institute in Virginia.
Paul Baiocchi is an ETF analyst at IndexUniverse. He received his MBA from the University of British Columbia. While in graduate school, Baiocchi worked as a consultant to Delta Global Advisors, creating internationally themed unit investment trust portfolios for Claymore funds. He later joined Delta full time as the firm's senior market strategist.
Cory Banks is managing editor of ETF Report, the magazine for ETF advisors. He also contributes research and content for IndexUniverse.com, HardAssetsInvestor.com and the Journal of Indexes. Prior to joining IndexUniverse, Banks was a freelance writer, focusing on marketing and technology. He lives in Berkeley, Calif.
William Belden III
William Belden III is a managing director and head of product development at Guggenheim Investments. He has direct oversight for mutual funds, closed-end funds, ETFs, variable annuities and product strategy. Prior to Belden's current role, he was responsible for the overall operations of Guggenheim Investments' ETF business line, which included product development, distribution and marketing activities. Belden earned his MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and has a B.S. in finance from Miami 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.
Spencer Bogart is an ETF analyst at IndexUniverse. He manages much of the data that supports IndexUniverse's Analytics product and also focuses on small-caps, real estate and emerging markets. Bogart graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in business economics and is a CFA Level III candidate.
James Breech is the founder of Cougar Global. Prior to founding the firm in 1993, he spent more than 15 years specializing in global capital markets. As a full professor, he taught advanced international finance in the MBA program in the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University in Toronto. 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.
John "Jack" Brennan
John "Jack" Brennan is chairman emeritus and senior advisor of Vanguard. The firm offers more than 170 mutual funds and ETFs, and manages about $2 trillion in client assets. He joined Vanguard in 1982, was elected president in 1989, served as chief executive officer from 1996 to 2008, and chairman of the board from 1998 to 2009. Brennan serves as a director of General Electric Company, LPL Financial, The Hanover Insurance Group, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Paul Britt, CFA, is an ETF analyst at IndexUniverse. He currently specializes in alternative and asset allocation ETFs. Previously, Britt worked as a private placement agent at an IRA custodian. He 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.
Robert Brooks is the national sales director for Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor that sponsors the PowerShares family of ETFs. Prior to joining Invesco PowerShares in 2006, he served as principal and national sales manager for State Street Global Advisors. Brooks earned a business degree from Gordon College. He holds the Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations, and has also earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation from the Wharton School of Business and the Investment Management Consultants Association.
Mariana F. Bush, CFA
Mariana Bush is a closed-end fund (CEF) and exchange-traded tracking product (ETP) senior analyst at Wells Fargo Advisors, providing financial advisors and their clients with individual security recommendations in the CEF and ETP universes. She began following CEFs in 1993, and assumed coverage of ETPs in the late 1990s. Bush received her B.S.E. in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University.
Chad Carlson, CFP, CFA, is head of research and a wealth manager with Balasa Dinverno Foltz LLC. He leads the investment research efforts of the Investment committee, which oversees policy as well as strategic and tactical decisions with regard to the firm's $2 billion portfolio base. Carlson has frequently been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Investment News, Smart Money and Dow Jones Newswires. He also works directly with clients to develop, implement and monitor tailored financial solutions.
Kevin Carter is co-founder, chief executive officer and a member of the Investment Committee of BaoCap. Prior to BaoCap, he held similar positions at its predecessor firm, AlphaShares. Carter was founder, chairman and CEO of Active Index Advisors (AIA), which was acquired by NATIXIS Asset Management in 2004. Prior to founding AIA, he was founder and CEO of Electronic Investing Corporation, which was acquired by E*TRADE in 2000. Carter received a B.A. in economics from the University of Arizona.
Brian Cashman is senior vice president and general manager of the New York Yankees. In his 14 years in that position, the Yankees have won four World Series, six American League pennants and 11 division titles. When Cashman won his first title in 1998, after being named general manager earlier that year, he became the youngest GM ever to build a World Series winning team and the only GM ever to do so in all of his first three seasons. He began his career with the New York Yankees as an intern in 1986. Cashman holds a bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of America. He speaks frequently on the topics of baseball, management, developing a winning organization and leadership.
Jonathan Citrin founded CitrinGroup in 2003, serves as its chief executive officer and is an adjunct faculty member of finance at Wayne State University's School of Business Administration. In addition, he serves on the International Business Advisory Board of Eastern Michigan University and the Investor-Leadership Council of the Michigan Economic Center. Citrin is known for his capacity as a financial theorist, and is often featured in the media for his insight on economics and markets.
Sean Clark is Clark Capital's chief investment officer, overseeing all of the firm's investment activities and heading its portfolio team. 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 is a member of the firm's board of directors and its Investment and Management committees. He graduated from the University of Delaware, earning a B.S. and an M.A. in economics. Clark also holds the CFA designation.
Nicholas Colas is a managing director and chief market strategist for ConvergEx Group. In this role, he is responsible for analyzing trends in the economy and financial markets. Colas previously worked at Rochdale Securities LLC, a provider of brokerage and independent research services, where he built the equity research team and oversaw development of a proprietary valuation model. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in near-Eastern archaeology from Haverford College.
Stephen Cucchiaro is chief investment officer of Windhaven Investment Management. He has conducted over 30 years of research on the global capital markets. Cucchiaro earned a B.S. in mathematics at MIT in 1974 and an MBA in finance at Wharton in 1977. In 1994, he launched his model of the global capital markets and organized the corporation now known as Windhaven Investment Management Inc.
Alex Depetris is chief operating officer and a portfolio manager at Deutsche Bank's North America exchange-traded products division. He helps oversee the U.S. business, which manages the "PowerShares DB" exchange-traded products and the "db-X" family of funds. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Depetris was an associate with the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP in New York. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and his B.S. in finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Maneesh Deshpande is a managing director and head of equity derivatives strategy at Barclays, based in New York. He is part of the team that was ranked No. 2 in 2012 and No. 1 from 2007 to 2011 in the Equity Derivatives/Equity Linked category of the Institutional Investor annual survey. Deshpande earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in electrical and electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Joel Dickson is a senior investment strategist and a principal of the Investment Strategy group at Vanguard, where he analyzes trends and developments in the ETF market and provides research and commentary on related issues. Dickson 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. He holds a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Jared Dillian is editor of The Daily Dirtnap, a daily market newsletter for investment professionals. He is also the author of Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers, which was named Businessweek's No. 1 general business book of 2011. Dillian worked at Lehman Brothers in the last decade and was head of ETF trading for four years. His media appearances include MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, the New York Times, LA Times and dozens of local and syndicated radio programs.
Tom Dorsey is co-founder and president of Dorsey Wright & Associates. He began his financial career as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith in 1974 and went on to manage the Options Strategy department at Wheat First Securities. Dorsey started Dorsey Wright in 1987. Today the company employs 16 people, with clients spanning the globe, in addition to managing over $700 million in assets through separately managed accounts, annuities, mutual funds and ETFs.
Katharine Earhart, director, is head of the iShares Connect program and other customized solutions within BlackRock's Global Client group. Her team has helped shape the ETF Investment Strategist market since 2008, when it launched the iShares Connect Guide to highlight these unique strategists and the related program to connect them to advisors. Earlier, Earhart held positions at an investment advisor and Charles Schwab & Co. She earned her B.A. degree from UCLA.
Ric Edelman is chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services LLC. He is also CEO, president and a director of The Edelman Financial Group. Edelman Financial manages $8.5 billion for more than 18,000 clients. Edelman is the best-selling author of seven books and hosts his own national radio/television show. He is also an investment advisor representative who offers advisory services through EFS and a registered principal of (and offering securities through) Sanders Morris Harris Inc., an affiliated broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.
Ugo is an ETF analyst at IndexUniverse specializing in currency ETFs and ETF trading. Prior to IndexUniverse, he worked at Kellogg Group as an international ETF market maker on the NYSE Arca platform, and gained extensive experience trading underlying ETF securities in the European and Asian markets. Ugo holds a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College.
Mark Eicker is CIO of Sterling Global Strategies, where he developed the algorithms the firm uses to significantly reduce portfolio volatility and downside market exposure. Eicker began his financial career at Smith Barney in 1993, and has continued through the years to dedicate his profession to the financial service industry in a variety of roles. At Sterling, he continues to develop new investment strategies that can take advantage of the inconsistencies of the capital markets.
Mebane Faber, CAIA, CMT, is a co-founder and chief investment officer of Cambria Investment Management. He is the manager of Cambria's Global Tactical ETF (GTAA), separate accounts and private investment funds for accredited investors. Faber is also the author of the World Beta blog, and co-author of "The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets." He graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in engineering science and biology.
Richard (Rick) A. Ferri, CFA, is a leading expert on low-cost index fund investing. Through his work as a researcher and investment manager, he continually monitors and evaluates the latest trends related to index funds and ETFs to guide the Investment committee of Portfolio Solutions, the firm he founded in 1999 that currently has almost $1 billion in assets under management. In addition, Ferri shares his insight as a frequent news commentator, Forbes columnist, media contributor and public speaker.
John Forlines III
John Forlines III is chairman and CIO at JAForlines Global, a New York-based investment management company specializing exclusively in separately managed and model account strategies for independent broker-dealers, RIAs and their representatives. Forlines enjoyed a career with J.P. Morgan from 1986-2000, serving in various roles, including vice president of Structured Products, co-head of the U.S. Private Equity group, managing director in the Securities Business Development group and managing director and co-head of U.S. Tech, Media & Telecom Investment Banking.
Thomas Fox is chief investment officer and co-founder of Quantitative Advantage LLC, a global tactical ETF investment manager. He is one of the pioneers in equity style management, which he later expanded into sectors, international regions and countries, fixed income and alternative or nontraditional asset classes. Fox has over 30 years of industry experience and is one of the leaders and early adopters of investing through ETFs. Prior to his current role, Fox was president and chief investment officer of Trend Capital Management.
Clayton Fresk, CFA, is a portfolio manager on the model-driven Stadion Tactical Income strategy and is responsible for the management and trading of the underlying ETF exposure as well as model development. He joined the portfolio management team at Stadion in 2009, and previously was a senior business analyst at RiverSource Investments LLC. Fresk received an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Benjamin Fulton is the executive vice president of global product development at Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC. He has over 20 years of experience in product management and development. Before joining PowerShares, Fulton was a principal of Clermont Consulting, focusing on developing retail investment products. As president and founding partner of Claymore Securities, he oversaw the development and management of all the firm's product offerings. Fulton holds a B.A. in business administration from Taylor University.
Dennis Gartman has been directly involved in capital markets since August 1974, after his graduate work at North Carolina State University. In the late '70s, 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 managing director, Nasdaq OMX Global Indexes, is responsible for the research and development of indexes at Nasdaq OMX. Under his direction, Nasdaq OMX has launched thousands of indexes resulting in both 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.
James Grant is a financial journalist and historian, as well as the founder and editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer. The author of multiple books—most recently "Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster"—Grant began his career in journalism at the Baltimore Sun. He later joined the staff of Barron's, where he originated the Current Yield column. He is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a master's degree in international relations from Columbia University.
Samuel Grenning, CFP, is a managing director and client portfolio manager at Charles Schwab Investment Management for Schwab ETFs, Schwab Index Funds and Schwab Fundamental Index Funds. He is currently responsible for client and field relationships for those three entities. Grenning was previously a portfolio manager at iShares, where he managed the S&P series of index funds and the iShares Goldman Sachs Commodities Fund. He holds an M.S. in finance from Golden Gate University and a B.A. degree from Western State College of Colorado.
Brett Hammond heads Research to support Global Investing, Risk Premia and Economic Exposure indices. His team are also ambassadors to investors on the use of indices in asset allocation and portfolio construction. Previously, Hammond was chief investment strategist at TIAA-CREF, on the staff of The National Academies and a member of the faculty of UCLA. He received B.A. degrees in economics and political science from UC Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. from MIT.
Jason Hedberg is the North American head of Equity Derivative Sales at Societe Generale in New York City. He began his career in finance at the hedge fund Amaranth in Greenwich, Conn., trading conversion arbitrage and volatility strategies. In 2006, Hedberg joined Societe Generale as a director on the Exotic Derivative Sales desk. He was named head of the U.S. Vanilla Flow Sales desk in 2008 and assumed control of Exotic and Flow Derivative Sales for all customer segments in 2010. Hedberg holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Jeremy Held, CFA, CFP, is director of Investment Strategy & Research for ALPS Advisors. He began his career at ALPS in 1996. Held is responsible for research, product development and consulting services on behalf of the ALPS ETF, mutual fund and closed-end fund business segments. His research is focused on satellite and alternative asset classes, including commodities, master limited partnerships, private equity, real estate and emerging markets.
Joanne Hill, Ph.D., is head of investment strategy at ProShare Advisors, with a focus on alternative investment strategies using ProShares ETFs. She also assists in product development and education. Before joining ProShares, Hill spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs, where she was a managing director leading global equity index and derivatives strategy for institutional investors. Prior to her 25-year career on Wall Street, Hill was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Jonathan Horton is president, FTSE North America, and chief marketing officer for FTSE Group, a world leader in the provision of global index and analytical solutions. He is also global head of the Global Exchange Traded Products team, which is dedicated to providing multifaceted benchmarking and analytic solutions for the world's exchange-traded product issuers. Horton is based in FTSE's New York office.
John Jacobs is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for The NASDAQ OMX Group, the world's largest exchange company. As EVP of NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes, he is responsible for all aspects of business development, including the creation and licensing of strategy indexes in the U.S. and abroad. Under Jacob's direction, NASDAQ launched the NASDAQ-100 Index Tracking StockSM (QQQ), one of the most successful financial products in stock market history. As CMO, he oversees the strategic development and implementation of the company's branding and messaging.
Matt Hougan is president of ETF Analytics and global head of editorial for IndexUniverse. He is responsible for overseeing all of the content produced by the company, and for spearheading the company's efforts to reshape the way investors analyze ETFs. Hougan is widely quoted in the financial media, and appears regularly on CNBC. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1998 with a degree in philosophy.
John Hyland, CFA, is chief investment officer for United States Commodity Funds LLC (USCF). USCF manages exchange-traded securities designed to track the movements in the prices of different commodity futures. The firm is registered with the CFTC as a commodity pool operator and has approximately $3.3 billion in assets under management as of Oct. 31, 2012. Hyland has an extensive background in portfolio management and research with both equity and fixedincome securities.
Michael Iachini leads the ETF research effort for Charles Schwab Investment Advisory. His work can be found in ETF articles for Schwab investors and in the Schwab ETF Select List. Iachini also contributes to the management of Schwab Managed Portfolios and Schwab's research into mutual funds and separately managed accounts. He earned his B.A. in international affairs and his M.S. in economics from Florida State University, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner designations.
Paul Ingersoll is a managing partner at NES, a firm he co-founded. The business services company has grown from a startup to over $700 million in revenue. He led the M&A and capital raising efforts that resulted in 47 separate acquisitions and raised over $1.2 billion. Ingersoll earned his MBA with honors from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He also holds a B.S. in economics and French from the University of Michigan.
Ryan Issakainenis a senior vice president and ETF strategist for First Trust, which he joined in January 2000. As an ETF strategist, Issakainen provides in-depth analysis and commentary related to ETF investing, including the bimonthly Inside First Trust ETFs newsletter and a monthly ETF webcast for financial advisors. He also writes a monthly ETF column for Investment Advisor magazine. Issakainen speaks at various ETF industry events and appears frequently in the media. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Wheaton College.
Ben Johnson is director of global passive fund research for Morningstar. In this role, he is responsible for leading the firm's research of passive investment strategies worldwide. Prior to assuming his current role in 2012, Johnson was director of European ETF research. Before that, he was a senior equity analyst, covering the agriculture and chemicals industries. Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Level III candidate for the CFA designation.
Christopher Johnson is a director of listed derivatives sales at Knight Capital Group. Based in the U.S., he is responsible for broadening the firm's ETF trading relationships worldwide and managing the team's thought leadership. Johnson has been involved in sales, development and product management of ETFs since 2002. Prior to joining Knight Capital, he held several internationally focused management roles with Vanguard. Johnson holds a B.A. with honors in Asian Studies from Colgate University and a Graduate Business Certificate in finance from Saint Joseph's University.
Rod Jones is business head for North America at STOXX Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for business development in the North America region. Jones previously worked at MSCI Barra, heading the hedge fund and broker-dealer client coverage teams in the U.S. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Russell Investment Group in various analyst roles. Jones has extensive experience in the application of quantitative methods to the investment process. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Whitman College.
Adam Karpf, CFA, is a portfolio manager for Atlantic Trust's Master Limited Partnership (MLP) strategy, including the fund and MLP separate accounts. He has been analyzing the MLP sector since 2001, when he became a senior analyst in the equity research team at Lehman Brothers. Most recently, Karpf was the head of MLP research and a portfolio manager at Magnetar Capital. He earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Lehigh University.
Elisabeth Kashner, CFA, is IndexUniverse's senior vice president of analytics. She designs the quantitative and qualitative tools that run the company's analytics product, and supervises IndexUniverse's team of analysts. With her M.S. in financial analysis and her CFA designation, Kashner brings a combination of academic rigor and practical experience in derivatives trading and wealth management to the analytics group. She gained experience with ETF analysis as a quantitative analyst building portfolios for high-net-worth clients.
Aaron Kehoe is a managing director and head of ETF strategies at Knight. He has been with the firm since 2009, and focuses primarily on managing and trading the firm's book of fixed-income ETFs. Kehoe began his career in 1999, trading ETFs for Spear, Leeds & Kellogg Specialists on the American Stock Exchange. Prior to his employment at Knight, he joined Bear Stearns in 2007 to manage its ETF financing arbitrage book. Kehoe holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Baruch College.
Martha King is head of U.S. Financial Intermediaries and is managing director of 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 more than 1,000 financial advisor firms that entrust more than $600 billion in assets to Vanguard. Prior to her current role, King oversaw the Institutional Investment Only business and led the Institutional Sales team's efforts in the western and central regions of the United States.
DavidKotok co-founded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its chief investment officer since inception. 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.
Martin Kremenstein joined Deutsche Bank AG in August 2006, and serves as a director in the DBX group, with responsibility for providing currency and commodity-based investor solutions to the DB sales force in the Americas, including the PowerShares DB currency and commodity platform. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he worked for J.P. Morgan as a vice president in Market Risk Management. Kremenstein received his B.A. from the University of Leeds in 1998.
Scott Kubie is chief investment strategist at CLS Capital. He joined the firm in 1995 as a portfolio manager, and has held his current position since 2005. Kubie serves on the advisory board for the Finance, Banking and Law department at the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), where he is also an adjunct professor. He holds a B.A. in business and economics from Trinity University and an MBA from UNO, in addition to the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Cory Laing oversees sales and marketing of ETFs in the securities division at Goldman Sachs. Previously, he was a trader on the ETF desk and oversaw risk management for the group. Laing joined Goldman Sachs in 2000, and was named managing director in 2008. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was at Morgan Stanley and helped start its ETF effort in 1996. Laing earned a bachelor's degree in economics from The George Washington University in 1993.
Tiya Lim is director of institutional advisory services at Buckingham Asset Management LLC. She writes a column for Private Wealth magazine on institutional investing and is the co-author of The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan. Lim holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree from The Wharton School.
Jim Lowell is chief investment strategist for Adviser Investments, a private money management firm, and editor-in-chief of numerous investing newsletters, including Fidelity Investor. Lowell has written several books on investing. He also has written and lectured extensively on investing and personal finance for national audiences, magazines, TV, radio and online media. Lowell was educated at Vassar College and holds master's degrees from Harvard University and Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland).
Ryan Louvar is vice president and senior managing counsel at State Street. He has over 15 years of industry experience with specific focus on ETFs, other exchange-traded products and mutual funds. Louvar has worked with ETF sponsors in establishing index-based, actively managed and leveraged ETFs and in handling fund governance, registration statements, proxies, exemptive applications, no-action relief and authorized participant AP agreements. He received an LL.M. in banking and financial law from Boston University, a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and a B.S. in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Vince Lowry is founder and chairman of VTL Associates LLC. He is the architect behind the creation of the RevenueShares ETFs, which launched in February 2008. Lowry also acts as the chief portfolio manager for the revenueweighted indexes and the RevenueShares ETFs. Prior to starting VTL Associates, he was a managing director at Smith Barney, a division of CitiGroup Global Markets Inc. Lowry earned a B.S. in political science and an MBA from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Olivier Ludwig is the managing editor of IndexUniverse.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.
Tom Lydon is editor and publisher of ETF Trends, a leading website covering the ETF industry. He is also president of Global Trends Investments, an asset management firm. Lydon is the author of "The ETF Trend Following Playbook," and co-author of "iMoney: Profitable ETF Strategies for Every Investor."
Phil Mackintosh is a managing director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division based in New York. In the Equities department, he is global head of Credit Suisse's Trading Strategy team, which provides in-depth analysis to traders on event trading, statistical trading, beta strategies, trade execution and portfolio hedging. Mackintosh joined Credit Suisse First Boston in January 2001 from County Investment Management. He holds a master's degree in quantitative finance and a bachelor's degree in commerce, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Christian Magoon is CEO of Magoon Capital, a consulting firm founded to provide strategic counsel and initiate business development in the financial industry. He is also the founder of Pair Digital, a division of Magoon Capital dedicated to pairing investors with investments through focused, educational, insightful and community-generated content. Christian obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degree from Wheaton College and has held the Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities license.
Scott Mather is a managing director in PIMCO's Newport Beach office and head of global portfolio management. Previously, he led portfolio management in Europe, managed euro and pan-European portfolios and worked closely with many Allianz-related companies. Mather also served as a managing director of Allianz Global Investors KAG. Prior to these roles, he co-headed PIMCO's mortgage- and asset-backed securities team. Mather has 18 years of investment experience and holds a master's degree in engineering, as well as undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Mazza is a principal of State Street Global Advisors and head of ETF Investment Strategy for the Americas within the SPDR ETF Strategy and Consulting group. He received his B.A. in political science and philosophy from Boston College. Mazza holds the FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Michael McClary is chief investment officer of ValMark Advisers Inc., managers of The Optimized Portfolio System (TOPS). TOPS is one of the nation's longest-running and most successful ETF management programs, with over $1.5 billion in assets. TOPS is available through separately managed accounts, collective investment funds and variable insurance funds.
James McDonald is CEO/CIO of Index Strategy Advisors (ISA), and one of IndexUniverse's 2012 Ten Rising Stars among ETF advisors. He led the design of ISA's investment research platform, which algorithmically monitors over 1,200 indexes across 150 sectors, within 46 countries, in real time. Prior to ISA, McDonald was the director of Strategic Initiatives at the $12 billion AUM Wealth Management Group at Compass Bank. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University.
Will McGough is a senior member of the portfolio management team at Stadion. He leads the implementation of model-driven investment decisions and investment/market analysis to fulfill Stadion's investment product mandates. McGough has designed the build-out and ongoing procedures of Stadion's best execution practices. Implementing multiple-execution trading strategies, the Stadion team has completed approximately 500 ETF block trades of 1 million shares or more, representing more than $80 billion notional over the last four years.
James McGowan is a senior ETF product manager and executive director at J.P. Morgan, where he works to provide ETF investment advisors with a fully integrated system for global custody, ETF fund accounting and administration, transfer agency and basket settlement services. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in May 2006, McGowan spent five years as a managing director in the ETF group at NYSE Euronext. He holds a BSc from the University of Limerick, a JD from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a master's degree in corporate law from the University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas McKeon is a principal with Clothier Springs Capital Management. He is uniquely qualified to deliver the compelling return characteristics of options-based portfolio management to investors, with extensive, hands-on experience on both sides of the equities/options equation and a rare perspective on maximizing value in both worlds. Working in the capital markets since 1980, McKeon has been a long-only equity analyst and portfolio manager, and a floor trader/market maker in the equity and currency markets at the PHLX.
Sebastian Mercado is the lead U.S. ETF strategist for Deutsche Bank, and a vice president in the Markets division. His work focuses on industry and product research, and implementation of investment strategies using ETFs. Mercado is often quoted in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, Barron's and The Financial Times. Most recently, his team won research awards in the 2012 Global ETF Awards survey conducted by ExchangeTradedFunds.com. Mercado received his B.S. in industrial engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso in Chile.
Ian Merrill is a director and head of iPath ETNs, Americas within the Investor Solutions team at Barclays. He is the global product development coordinator for Investor Solutions' exchange-traded notes businesses, including iPath and ETN+. In this role, Merrill works closely with the iPath and listed solutions teams to develop new ETNs. He also oversees the sales efforts for all ETNs in the Americas. Prior to joining Barclays, Merrill was an attorney at the global law firm Sidley Austin LLP in New York.
Kathleen H. Moriarty
Instrumental in the launch of SPY, Kathleen Moriarty is a financial services attorney with extensive experience representing ETPs domestically and abroad. She sits on the Journal of Indexes' editorial board and frequently speaks about ETPs. 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 and Hearing Review Council, as well as various securities and derivatives bar association committees.
Tyler Mordy is director of research 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 views on global investment strategies and ETF trends. In November 2012, Mordy was named a "rising star" in the ETF industry by IndexUniverse.
Richard Morris is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. He focuses his practice on representing ETFs and mutual funds. Morris has more than 20 years of industry experience and has been at the forefront of ETF representation since 2000, when he helped launch the iShares ETFs. He advises ETF sponsors and trading firms on all aspects of their businesses and has helped clients obtain innovative SEC exemptive orders that have become industry standard.
Dave Nadig is director of research for IndexUniverse. Previously, as managing director at Barclays Global Investors, he helped design and market some of the first ETFs. With partner Don Luskin, Nadig went on to found MetaMarkets.com, which ran a revolutionary transparent mutual fund and pushed fund disclosure to the top of the SEC agenda. He also co-founded Cerulli Associates in the early '90s and conducted some of the earliest research on fee-only financial advisors and the rise of indexing.
Kurt Nelson is a partner and co-founder at SummerHaven Investment Management, where he manages investor relations and product structuring. Previously, he was a managing director for UBS until July 2009, where he led the successful effort to acquire and integrate AIG's commodity index business. Nelson was a supervisory committee member for both the Dow-Jones UBS Commodity Index and the UBS Bloomberg CMCI Index. He earned his B.S. in mathematics from The College of William & Mary.
Paul Nolte is managing director with Dearborn Partners in Chicago. He began his investment career in 1986 and worked at National City and Bank One before becoming the director of investments for a boutique investment firm. Nolte is frequently quoted in print and broadcast media, ranging from the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal to CNBC Asia, Fox Business and BNN. He is on the board for the Elmhurst Police and Fire pension boards and was the finance chair for the Elmhurst YMCA.
Kim Nordmo is chief investment officer at Artience Capital Management. She began her career in equity and fixed-income research at Alliance Capital Management and Salomon Brothers, and has been managing assets and customizing portfolios for her affluent private clients since joining J.P. Morgan's Private Bank in 1996. Nordmo later held roles with Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch's private banking and investment group. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and holds an MBA from New York University.
Howard Present is co-founder, president and CEO of F-Squared Investments, a privately held, SEC-registered investment management firm. Previously, he was managing director at Evergreen Investments, where he was a member of the Executive committee. Prior to joining Evergreen, Present was a managing director at Putnam Investments, where he founded the firm's Corporate Product Management department. Present earned a B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Emory University.
Mitch Reiner is one of the founding partners of Wela Strategies. He drives the long-term strategy for the company, sits on the Investment committee and actively advises clients. Reiner is also an investment advisor and the chief
James R. Rieger
James R. Rieger is vice president, Fixed Income Indices, at S&P Dow Jones Indices. With over 30 years of fixed-income experience, he leads S&P Dow Jones Indices' effort to reach into areas of the capital markets beyond traditional equity, overseeing the creation and management of fixed income indices. Reiger's research has been cited in national publications and he has been a guest on CNBC's Squawk Box and Bloomberg News. Leading the way in S&P Indices' digital space, he currently hosts "The Rieger Report," a weekly podcast providing a municipal bond market recap. Reiger holds a B.S. from Widener University and an MBA from Adelphi 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. His earlier experience includes PM positions at Greylock Capital and SoundBrook Capital, focusing on corporate high-yield and distressed situations with an emphasis on emerging markets. Rodilosso earned his MBA in finance at The Wharton School and his B.A. in history at Princeton.
James E. Ross is a senior managing director of SSgA and president of SSgA Funds Management Inc. He is responsible for product development, marketing and product management of all of SSgA's investment strategies offered through financial intermediaries. Prior to this role, Ross was responsible for the global product development of exchangetraded funds. He also has extensive experience at both SSgA and State Street in all aspects of fund administration, fund accounting and custody services.
Allan Roth, CFP, CPA, is the founder of Wealth Logic, an hourly based financial planning and investment advisory firm. Roth also benchmarks portfolio performance for foundations and other business concerns. He is the author of How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street and writes The Irrational Investor column on CBS Moneywatch.com. Roth teaches behavioral finance and investments at the University of Denver. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Michael Sapir is CEO of ProShare Advisors and ProShare Capital Management, which offer the nation's largest lineup of alternative ETFs. He has nearly 30 years of experience in financial services. Sapir was chosen as one of 25 inaugural members of the ETF Hall of Fame by ETF Database and as one of the 40 Most Influential People in Fund Distribution by Mutual Fund Wire. He holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an MBA from the University of Miami.
Peter Schiff is CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital, a full-service registered broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, which specializes in foreign securities. He is recognized for his knowledge of the foreign securities markets as well as the currency and gold markets. Schiff frequently delivers lectures at major conferences, is often quoted and interviewed in the media, and hosts a daily radio show, "The Peter Schiff Show." He has written four best-selling books, including his latest: "The Little Book of Bull Moves" (updated and expanded).
Jeremy Schwartz is director of research for WisdomTree, where he is responsible for the WisdomTree equity index construction process and oversees research coverage across the WisdomTree equity family. Schwartz is a graduate of The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, and was previously Wharton Professor Jeremy Siegel's head research assistant. He is a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.
Shane Shepherd is a vice president and head of fixed-income research at Research Affiliates LLC. He focuses on extending the RAFI Fundamental Index strategy into fixed-income asset classes. Shepherd also conducts quantitative research used to strengthen and expand the RAFI concept, and to support the global tactical asset allocation model. He earned his Ph.D. in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Duke University.
Kevin Simpson has been chief investment officer of Capital Wealth Planning LLC since 2005 and has been a licensed financial professional since 1992. CWP delivers comprehensive investment and financial advice specifically focused on covered-call selling. Simpson is also the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles.
Luciano Siracusano III
Luciano Siracusano III is chief investment strategist and director of sales for WisdomTree. He oversaw the creation and development of the company's proprietary index methodology and other intellectual property. Before joining WisdomTree in 1999, Siracusano was an equity analyst at Value Line Inc. Prior to his career in finance, he served as special assistant to HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and as special assistant to New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Siracusano is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University.
Thomas Smykowski is a managing director and head of Global Portfolio and ETF Execution at ConvergEx Group. He joined the firm in February 2005 as a portfolio sales trader and product development specialist. Smykowski manages a global team of more than a dozen portfolio and ETF execution sales and trading professionals based in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Prior to joining ConvergEx Group, he was an associate director of portfolio trading at Bear Stearns & Co. Smykowski received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
VictorSperandeo serves as president and CEO of Alpha Financial Technologies LLC, is a founding partner of EAM Partners LP and serves as president and CEO of its general partner, EAM Corporation. Known as "Trader Vic," he is a professional Wall Street trader and money manager, with over 40 years' experience trading commodities, stocks, bonds, futures and options, both independently and for many notable investors such as George Soros and Leon Cooperman.
Vinit Srivastava is director, Strategy Indices, at S&P Dow Jones Indices, focusing on alternative beta strategies including factor-based indices, dividends and volatility, as well as quantitative, thematic and asset allocation strategies. In his role, he works closely with the Sales, Marketing, and Index Research & Design departments to bring new ideas to market. Vinit holds an MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, a master's in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a B. Tech in mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India.
Rob Stein is a senior managing director and head of global asset management for Astor Asset Management and Knight Capital Group Inc. He is also a member of Knight's Executive committee and serves as senior portfolio manager of Astor's separately managed account programs and mutual funds. Stein is the author of three books on investing and regularly appears in print and broadcast media. He graduated from the University of Michigan and holds the Series 3, 7 and 65 licenses.
Larry Steinberg is a well-known financial advisor who speaks across the country on investment topics including asset allocation, capital formation, exchange-traded funds, alternative investments and 401(k) plans. He has been quoted in a variety of news publications, published in academic journals and interviewed on radio. Securities and investment advisory services offered through Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services Inc. (BFCFS). Member FINRA/SIPC. The Steinberg Financial Group is independent of BFCFS.
Biz Stone is co-founder and creative director of Twitter. He has been named Nerd of the Year by GQ and one of the most influential persons in the world by Time magazine. As a progenitor of the early social Web, Stone became an Internet entrepreneur in 1999 and went on to work for Google. Twitter launched in 2006, and in June 2011, with his longtime collaborators Evan Williams and Jason Goldman, Stone co-founded The Obvious Corporation to focus on building systems that help people work together to improve the world. He operates the conservation- and education-focused Biz and Livia Stone Foundation with his wife Livia. Stone is also an advisor to several companies and organizations and a visiting scholar at various universities.
Sam Stovall is chief equity strategist of the S&P Capital IQ Equity Research department and serves as analyst, publisher and communicator of S&P's outlooks for the economy, market, sectors and stocks. He is also chairman of the S&P Capital IQ Equity Research Investment Policy committee. Stovall joined Standard & Poor's in April 1989. He received his MBA in finance from New York University and his B.A. in history/education from Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pa. Stovall is also a Certified Financial Planner.
Shundrawn Thomas serves as a managing director and head of the ETF group at Northern Trust Global Investments. He is chiefly responsible for developing long-term strategy, executing operating plans, working with regulatory agencies, managing vendor relationships, attracting and developing talented professionals and managing risk across the business. Thomas received his B.S. in accounting from Florida A&M University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Chris Thompson is head of intermediary distribution, marketing and product for Columbia Management Investment Advisers LLC. Prior to joining the firm, he was managing director and head of investment product management at Putnam Investments. Thompson has more than 20 years of experience in the retail, institutional and defined contribution businesses, as well as portfolio management and fiduciary oversight for institutional clients. He earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.
Matthew Tucker is a member of the Product Strategy team within BlackRock's Model-Based Fixed Income Portfolio Management team. He leads the product strategy effort for exchange-traded funds, and leads the platform's efforts in North and Latin America iShares. Tucker's team focuses on developing new fixed-income iShares strategies, partnering with the iShares team on product delivery, and supporting iShares client sales. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Stan Ueland is portfolio manager for First Trust's exchange-traded funds. He is a member of the firm's ETF Investment committee, which oversees the activities of all the First Trust ETFs. Ueland is responsible for executing the investment strategies of all the funds in the firm's ETF product line, including day-to-day portfolio management operations, as well as monitoring the funds to ensure that their objectives are achieved.
Michael Vogelzang is president and CIO of Boston Advisors, and has managed the firm since 1997. 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. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Vogelzang holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Kenneth Volpert, is principal, senior portfolio manager and head of the Taxable Bond group at Vanguard. He oversees more than 40 indexed and active taxable bond funds managed by a team of over 70 investment professionals. The portfolios are invested in more than $400 billion in domestic and global fixed-income securities. Volpert is a member of Vanguard's Senior Fixed Income Strategy committee and is co-manager of the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund.
Drew Voros is the U.S. editor-in-chief for IndexUniverse LLC, where he supervises the full suite of U.S. publications, newsletters and websites, including IndexUniverse.com, ETF Report, Journal of Indexes, HardAssetsInvestor.com and Vanguard in Focus. Voros has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, including serving as the longtime business editor for the Oakland Tribune and sisters papers of the Bay Area News Group. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Southern California.
Christian Wagner serves as chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Longview Capital Management LLC. Longview Capital is the advisor to the Longview Global Allocation Fund and the Longview Tactical Commodity, Longview Global Allocation and Longview Dynamic Volatility portfolios. Prior to Longview, Wagner was a senior vice president and director of investment services for Commerce Capital Markets Inc. and Commerce Wealth Advisors (now TD Bank). Wagner is regularly featured in print and broadcast media.
Larry Whistler is head of the Investment Policy committee and leads the investment research and portfolio management team at Nottingham Advisors. Prior to joining the firm, he spent 10 years as a bond trader with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York and Los Angeles. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Whistler received an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta. He earned the CFA designation in 2003 and is a past president of the CFA Society of Buffalo.
Jim Wiandt is the founder and chief executive officer of IndexUniverse. The firm's websites and publications include IndexUniverse.com, IndexUniverse.eu, ETF Report and Journal of Indexes (JoI). Previously, he was publisher of IndexFunds.com. Wiandt is also the author of "Exchange Traded Funds," a book published by John Wiley & Sons in 2001. An expert on ETFs and indexing, he is widely quoted in the financial media. Wiandt is a 1991 graduate of Tufts University.
Mark Wiedman is a managing director and global head of BlackRock's iShares business. He is also a member of BlackRock's Global Operating committee. Prior to moving to his current role in 2011, Wiedman was head of Corporate Strategy for BlackRock. Before that, he led the Clients and Advisory team within the Financial Markets Advisory group in BlackRock Solutions, which advised financial institutions and governments on managing their capital markets exposures and businesses.
Robert Williams is a principal of the firm, a member of the Investment committee and director of research for Sage Advisory Services. He received his B.S. in financial management from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining Sage, Williams worked as an investment strategist for UBS in New York, where he functioned as senior credit strategist, covering both the high-yield and investment-grade debt markets. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA institute.
Joseph Witthohn is vice president of product development and ETF strategies for Emerald Asset Management, located near Lancaster, Pa. In this role, he sets up asset allocation models using ETFs and other investment vehicles for institutional and RIA use. Witthohn's academic credentials include an M.S. in finance from Boston College and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He also holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.