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 leads a global team in the creation of new index concepts and publishes compelling research on capital markets, indexation and investment management. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University.
Benoit Anne joined Societe Generale in June 2010 to run the global EM strategy team. Previously, he was head of EMEA and LatAm FX and Debt Strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2005, Anne worked at the Institute of International Finance and the International Monetary Fund as an economist. He holds an M.A. in international macroeconomics from the University of Sussex, a diploma from Sciences Po Paris and a Maîtrise in economics from the University of Paris-Dauphine.
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.
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.
Paul Baiocchi is vice president of analytics 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 worked for Delta full time as the firm's senior market strategist before joining IndexUniverse in September 2010.
Eric Balchunas is an ETF analyst at Bloomberg, where he oversees ETF data for the Bloomberg terminal. He appears in weekly on-air "Exchange-Traded Friday" segments for Bloomberg TV and Radio, and is a regular contributor to Bloomberg.com's personal finance blog. Before joining Bloomberg in 2000, he was a reporter for Institutional Investor. Balchunas holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and economics from Rutgers University.
David Barclay is the CPP of the Center for Research in security prices at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He joined CRSP in his current capacity in April 1998. Barclay was previously employed by Heitman Financial Ltd. as executive vice president of administration and MIS. Before that, he held positions with Northern trust and Harris Bank. Barclay has a B.S. in physics from Stanford University and an MBA from Chicago Booth.
Mary Ann Bartels
Mary Ann Bartels is the 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. Formerly, Bartels was head of the U.S. Technical & Market Analysis department at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. She earned a B.S. and M.A. in economics from Fordham University.
William H. Belden
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.
Jennifer Bender is a vice president in Applied index Research at MSCI, focusing on research related to MSCI indices, including asset allocation, and active and passive fund management. Prior to MSCI, she was a quantitative analyst at State Street Associates and an economist at Standard & Poor's DRI. Bender has held research assistantships at Harvard Business school and MIT. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University in international economics and finance.
Oscar Bleetstein is head of Commodity Investor Product Sales in the Americas for the Investment Bank at Credit Suisse. He has 20 years of hands-on experience in trading and marketing precious and base metals, energy, index and related commodity derivatives. Bleetstein has a degree in International Relations from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and holds a Certificat d'Etudes Politiques from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
David M. 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.
Prior to founding Cougar Global in 1993, James Breech 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. 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 at IndexUniverse. He focuses on alternative ETFs. Britt worked most recently as a private placement agent at an IRA custodian. He holds an M.S. in financial analysis from the University of San Francisco. Britt is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.
Mortimer J. "Tim" Buckley, Vanguard's chief investment officer, is responsible for the oversight of approximately $2 trillion managed by Vanguard's Fixed Income and Equity Investment groups. He joined Vanguard in 1991 as assistant to the chairman and has held a number of senior leadership positions, including head of the Retail Investor group and Vanguard's chief information officer.
Randy Bullard is president of ETF Strategy Group, helping ETF strategist asset managers grow through expanded distribution, corporate development and financing, and technology and operational services. ETF strategy Group also provides services to platform sponsors, helping them develop high-growth ETF-based wealth management solutions. in 1999, Bullard co-founded Placemark Investments, a wealth management platform with more than $12 billion in AUM serving financial advisors.
Jeb Bush was elected the 43rd governor of the state of Florida on Nov. 3, 1998, and was re-elected by a wide margin in 2002. His second term as governor ended in January 2007. Bush is currently the head of his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, where his clients range from small technology startups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He is also the chairman of the foundation for excellence in education, co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and chair of the National Constitution Center.
John Canally, CFA, is senior vice president and economist at LPL Financial. He plays an integral role in the development and articulation of LPL Financial market and investment strategies. Previously, Canally served as senior investment strategist at PNC Wealth Management and PNC institutional investments, and was a member of the firm's investment policy committee. He earned a B.A. in economics from Villanova University and attended Stern Graduate School of Business at NYU.
Vinny Catalano, CFA, is president and global investment strategist with Blue Marble Capital Management and author of "Sectors and Styles" (Wiley 2006). A leading investment strategist, asset manager and economic expert, he appears regularly in the media, is frequently quoted in various professional publications and is an invited guest speaker at major forums and conferences. Catalano also conducts educational programs with various CFA societies and other groups throughout the U.S.
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 commodity). Chablaney has more than 14 years of experience trading index products and specializes in ETF arbitrage. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Stony Brook University and an MBA in finance from St. John's University.
Bryan Chan joined the HKEx in 2000, and was appointed co-head of Equities, Fixed Income and Currency in the Global Markets division in January 2013. In September 2012, he was appointed chief executive of China Exchanges Services Company Ltd., a joint venture of HKEx and the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges. Chan was admitted as a Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Securities & Investment Institute in 2012. He holds a B.S. in engineering from the University of Hong Kong.
Nick Cherney, CFA, co-founded VelocityShares in 2009. Previously, he worked at Barclays Capital in New York and had product development and management responsibilities for iPath ETNs. Prior to his role with Barclays Capital, Cherney was a portfolio manager for iShares at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco, where he managed more than $25 billion of ETF assets across asset classes. He holds a B.A. with highest honors in economics from UC Berkeley.
Denise Chisholm is a portfolio manager at Fidelity SelectCo. She joined Fidelity's equity research group in 1999 as a generalist responsible for sector-level analysis. In 2001, Chisholm joined the international team, and in 2007, she moved to Fidelity's mega-cap research team, using a multidisciplined stock-picking approach that integrates quantitative, fundamental and technical disciplines. Chisholm earned a B.A. from Boston University.
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 a financial theorist and is often featured in the media for his insight on economics and markets.
Sean Clark, CFA, is the chief investment officer of Clark Capital. As such, he oversees the firm's investment activities and heads the firm's portfolio team. Clark joined Clark Capital in 1993, and 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. He graduated from the University of Delaware, earning a B.S. and an M.A. in economics.
David Cleary, CFA, is a managing director of Lazard Asset Management LLC. He provides oversight and management to Lazard's U.S.-based fixed-income and asset allocation platform. Cleary is also directly responsible for the management of the Lazard Capital Allocator Series (LCAS), a global tactical asset allocation investment strategy. He works on asset allocation modeling and total portfolio risk management, and is a member of the LCAS Advisory Board. Cleary holds a B.S. from Cornell University.
Tim Clift is chief investment strategist at Envestnet | PMC, responsible for the development of investment strategies for client portfolios as well as the development of manager and fund strategist selection methods. Prior to joining Envestnet | PMC, Clift was the CIO and chairman of the Investment committee at FundQuest, where he maintained overall responsibility for the firm's investment management programs for separately managed accounts, mutual funds, alternative investments, ETFs and annuities.
Brendan Conway covers ETFs, mutual funds and hedge funds daily on the Barrons.com Focus on Funds blog and in the weekly "ETF Focus" column in the print edition of Barron's. He is a regular live market commentator on the Wall street Journal's "Markets Hub" video show at WSJ.com and on Barrons.com's focus on funds videos. Prior to joining Barron's, Conway was a reporter covering stocks and the options market for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal.
Timothy Coyne is global head of state street Global Advisors' SPDR ETF capital Markets group. He is responsible for sales and client relationships with SPDR ETF primary and secondary market participants in the U.S., EMEA and APAC. Coyne has more than 20 years' experience in the financial industry and has been involved with ETFs for the last 12. He earned a B.A. from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. He holds the FINRA series 7 and 63 licenses.
Anthony Davidow, CIMA, is vice president and the alternative beta and asset allocation strategist at the Schwab Center for Financial Research. He is responsible for providing Schwab's point of view on asset allocation and portfolio construction. Davidow is also responsible for providing research and analysis on alternative beta strategies. He has a B.B.A. degree in finance and investments from Bernard M. Baruch college. Davidow holds series 7, 24 and 63 registrations.
Joel M. Dickson, Ph.D., is a senior investment strategist and a principal in Vanguard's Investment Strategy group, 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 media regarding the role taxes play in portfolio management and asset allocation decisions.
Jared Dillian is the 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, president of Dorsey, Wright & Associates, began his financial career as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith in 1974 and then was offered the opportunity to manage the options strategy department at Wheat, First Securities. He left in 1987 to start Dorsey, Wright & Associates as an outsourced options strategy firm. After the crash, Dorsey changed the company's focus to an equity research company. The firm currently manages more than $700 million in assets.
Dan Draper, CFA, CMT, CAIA, FRM, CFP, is managing director of global ETFs at Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC. He has more than two decades of experience in financial services. Previously, Draper was the global head of ETFs at Credit Suisse Asset Management and Lyxor Asset Management/Societe Generale. He received his B.A. 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.
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. from UCLA.
Ugo Egbunike is director of business development for IndexUniverse LLC. in this position, he works with the firm's sales team in developing strategy and extending the reach of the IndexUniverse ETF Analytics platform while assisting in the growth of the firm's publications and conferences business. Egbunike joined IU as an ETF analyst from Kellogg Capital Group in 2010, and crafted the methodology that the firm uses to rate and rank currency ETFs. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College.
Mark Eshman has been advising private clients and nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years. In 1994, he relocated his family to Sun Valley, Idaho, where he established ClearRock Capital LLC, an independent registered investment advisory boutique. ClearRock's goal is the protection and growth of clients' wealth through globally diversified all-ETF portfolios.
Richard (Rick) A. Ferri, CFA, is a leading expert on low-cost index fund investing. As a researcher and investment manager, Ferri 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 insights as a frequent news commentator, Forbes columnist and public speaker.
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.
Thomas G. Fox is chief investment officer and co-founder of Quantitative Advantage LLC. One of the early adopters of investing through ETFs, he has 30-plus years of industry experience. Fox's early work focused on equity-style management, which he later expanded into sectors, international regions and countries, fixed-income and alternative or nontraditional asset classes. Prior to his current role, Fox was president and chief investment officer of Trend Capital Management.
Daniel Gamba, CFA, is managing director and head of BlackRock's iShares Americas Institutional Business, and also a member of BlackRock's Global Operating committee. 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, managing director of NASDAQ OMX Global indexes, is responsible for the company's index research and development. Under his direction, NASDAQ OMX has launched thousands of indexes. 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.
Robert Glownia works on RiverFront's Portfolio Administration and Trading team. In this role, he is responsible for executing investment model changes while providing market color on a real-time basis. outside of trading, Glownia provides the investment team with various portfolio analytics, risk metrics and attribution reports. He received his B.A. in managerial economics from Allegheny College. Glownia holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses.
Joanne Hill is the head of investment strategy at ProShare Advisors. She spent more than 25 years on Wall Street, including 17 years at Goldman Sachs, where she was a managing director. Hill is on the board of the Q Group and serves on the editorial boards of various financial publications. She has an undergraduate degree from American University, an M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University and an MBA and a Ph.D. in finance from Syracuse University.
Marten Hoekstra joined emerging Global Advisors as its CEO in 2011. Prior to that, he was CEO of UBS Wealth Management Americas and a member of the Group Executive Board. He worked 26 years at UBS, including a predecessor firm, PaineWebber. Hoekstra previously served as a director of the securities industry and financial Markets Association. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and the Kellogg school of Management at Northwestern University.
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.
Matt Hougan is president of Analytics and Publications for IndexUniverse LLC. In this position, he oversees the company's editorial efforts, including serving as editor-in-chief of the ETF Report and as senior editor of the Journal of Indexes. Hougan is a regular guest on CNBC and was named to Registered Rep's "Ten to Watch in 2012" list. He is a 1998 graduate of Bowdoin College.
William Housey is the senior portfolio manager for the First Trust Advisors Leveraged Finance Investment Team, which has approximately $1 billion under management or supervision. Prior to joining First Trust Advisors, he served as executive director and co-portfolio manager at Van Kampen Funds Inc. Housey received a B.S. in finance from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA in finance, management and strategy from Northwestern University's Kellogg school of Business.
Jason Hsu is the chief investment officer of Research Affiliates LLC, overseeing the firm's research and investment management areas. He is also an adjunct professor in finance at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and a visiting professor in international finance at the Taiwan National University of political science. Hsu holds a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology, an M.S. in finance from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in finance from UCLA.
Dennis Hudachek is an ETF analyst at IndexUniverse. He is the lead analyst for international ETFs and IndexUniverse's ETF classification system for U.S.- and European-domiciled funds. Prior to IndexUniverse, Hudachek worked as a senior specialist in the Global Wealth Management division at Merrill Lynch. He holds a B.A. in economics from UC Davis. Hudachek has passed numerous FINRA exams and the CFA level I exam.
Paul R. Ingersoll, managing partner, co-founded NES, a business services company grown from startup to more than $700 million in revenue. He led the M&A and capital-raising efforts that resulted in 47 separate acquisitions, and raised in excess of $1.2 billion. He holds a B.S. in economics and French from the University of Michigan. Ingersoll also earned his MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Graduate school of Business.
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, covering European-domiciled ETFs. Before joining Morningstar in 2006, Johnson worked as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley. He holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Vitali Kalesnik is SVP, head of equity research for Research Affiliates. He is responsible for quantitative research using advanced econometric tools in asset pricing and active asset allocation used to enhance the company's products, including RAFI Fundamental Index strategies and global tactical asset allocation products. Kalesnik earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He speaks fluent English, Russian and French.
Robert D. Kaplan
Robert D. Kaplan is chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm. He is the author of 14 books on foreign affairs and travel, including "The Revenge of Geography: What the Map tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate." He has been a foreign correspondent for "The Atlantic" for nearly three decades. In 2011 and 2012, he was named one of the world's "Top 100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine.
Elisabeth Kashner, CFA, is IndexUniverse's director of research. With her M.S. in financial analysis, Kashner brings a combination of academic rigor and practical experience to IndexUniverse's research efforts. She is the firm's thought leader across all lines of business and is responsible for the methodology of the firm's analytics and the academic integrity of the content produced by the firm. Kashner 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 fixed income ETF trading at Cantor Fitzgerald, where he focuses primarily on managing and trading the firm's book of fixed-income ETFs. Kehoe has been involved with ETF trading since 1999, holding positions with Spear, Leeds and Kellogg; Bear Hunter; Bear Stearns; and Knight Capital. While at Bear Hunter, he helped launch the SPDR Gold Shares and became the product's first market maker. Kehoe is a graduate of Baruch college.
Michael C. Khouw is chief strategist at Dash Financial, one of the largest electronic trading firms by market share and a provider of trading solutions. He was formerly a managing director and head of equity derivatives at CRT Capital Group. Prior to joining CRT, he was a director and senior derivatives trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, and manager of the U.S.-listed equity derivatives desk. Khouw holds a B.A. from Tufts University.
Martha King is head of U.S. financial intermediaries and 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. Previously, King oversaw the Institutional Investment Only business and led the Institutional Sales team's efforts in the Western and Central United States.
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 spokesman 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.
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, and served in the United states Marine Corps Reserves.
Lee Kranefuss is an executive-in-residence at Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. In this role, he helps identify and evaluate investment opportunities in the areas of ETFs, index investing and asset management, particularly in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Kranefuss was the architect and global CEO of iShares, departing in 2010 after the completion of parent company Barclays Global Investors' acquisition by BlackRock.
Sallie Krawcheck is the owner of 85 Broads, a professional women's network, which she bought in 2013. Previously, she was president of Bank of America Wealth Management, CEO of Citi Wealth Management, CFO of Citi and CEO of Smith Barney, among other roles in the financial industry. Krawcheck holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MBA from Columbia Business school.
David Krein is managing director, head of research for NASDAQ OMX Global indexes, part of the NASDAQ OMX Group. Prior to joining NASDAQ OMX, he served as senior director of Product Development and Analytics for Dow Jones Indexes. Before that, Krein was president of DTB Capital, a firm he founded in 2006. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate school of Business.
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, CFA, 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. Kubie holds a B.A. in business and economics from trinity University and an MBA from UNO.
Scott Ladner is director of Alternative Strategies with Horizon Investments. He provides trading, risk management and quantitative expertise to several of the firm's strategies, with a particular emphasis on building Horizon's Risk Management suite of products, as well as its capabilities within the alternative and absolute-return investment space. Ladner received his B.A. in economics and Russian language & literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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. He has more than 13 years of experience in nearly all aspects of the ETF business, including structuring and product development. Laing earned a B.A. in economics from the George Washington University in 1993.
Vince Lowry is the founder and chairman of VTL Associates LLC. He is the architect behind the creation of the RevenueShares ETFs that were launched in February 2008. Lowry also acts as the chief portfolio manager for the revenue-weighted indexes and the RevenueShares ETFs. He was previously a managing director at smith Barney. Lowry earned a B.S. in political science and an MBA from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Theodore J. Lucas is the founder and managing partner of Lattice Strategies. He was formerly 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 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 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."
Steven MacNamara, CFA, is a managing member and the CEO of Horizon West Capital Partners. He has more than 25 years' experience in the investment management industry. Since the early 1990s, MacNamara has functioned as a multidisciplinary portfolio manager serving a clientele that has included major financial institutions and high net worth individuals. He graduated from the University of Florida, and earned his MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
James McDonald is CEO and CIO of Index Strategy Advisors, and one of IndexUniverse's 2012 Ten Rising Stars among ETF advisors. He led the design of ISA's investment research platform, "Tinaberry," which algorithmically monitors more than 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 B.S. 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 within Stadion's investment products. 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 over the last four years.
James McGowan is a senior ETF product manager and executive director at J.P. Morgan. In this role, he works with the entire product team to provide ETF investment advisors with a fully integrated system for global custody, ETF fund accounting and administration, transfer agency and basket settlement services. McGowan has a BSC from UL (Ireland), a JD from UCG (Ireland) and a master's in corporate law from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom McManus is a managing director, portfolio manager and macro-analyst at Lazard Asset Management, working with global multi-asset portfolios. Prior to joining Lazard, he was CIO for Wells Fargo Advisors and chair of the investment policy and strategy committees. Before joining Wells, McManus was chief investment strategist at Banc of America Securities. He earned a B.S. in operations research from the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Lawain McNeil is president and founder of the Advisor Lab LLC and Efficient Advisors LLC. He also serves as a partner and chief marketing officer at Professional Capital Services based in Philadelphia. McNeil's firm specializes in offering investment management, retirement plan benchmarking analytics, and recordkeeping and administration services for financial services firms across the United States. PCS and Efficient Advisors currently manage and administer more than $3.2 billion in assets.
Sebastian Mercado is Deutsche Bank's executive in charge of ETF Research for the Americas region. His work includes implementation of investment strategies, due diligence, asset allocation guidance through ETF flows, and thought leadership. He is also responsible for maintaining a fluid dialogue with clients and industry participants in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. He holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Chile, and is a CFA Level 3 candidate.
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.
Curtis Mewbourne is managing director and head of portfolio management for PIMCO's New York office. As a generalist portfolio manager, he manages institutional accounts and mutual funds across a wide range of strategies. Mewbourne serves as a member of the global operating committee, the PM management group and the PIMCO Foundation Investment committee. Mewbourne holds an engineering degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chris Mirrione, CFA, is senior portfolio manager with Alesco Advisors LLC. He is responsible for investment analysis and managing client portfolios; he is also a member of the firm's investment committee. Alesco manages more than $2 billion in assets for approximately 260 institutions and high net worth families. Prior to joining Alesco Advisors, Mirrione was a portfolio manager and investment analyst at Manning & Napier Advisors.
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. He earned his bachelor's degree in both mathematics and English literature at the University of British Columbia.
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. She is a member of the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council, as well as various securities and derivatives bar association committees.
Daniel Morillo is managing director and head of Research and co-head of the Model Portfolio Solutions (MPS) business at BlackRock. He is responsible for the MPS team's research effort as well as its consulting business. Morillo earned a B.S. in economics from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, an M.S. in statistics, and a Ph.D. in econometrics from the University of Illinois.
Michael Mundt is a partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP, where he assists clients with legal issues under the federal securities laws, focusing on ETFs. Before joining the company, Mundt worked at the SEC, where he supervised the regulatory review of ETF product innovations, drafted the Concept Release on Actively Managed ETFs, and helped develop the ETF rule proposal. For his ETF work at the SEC, Mundt received the prestigious Paul R. Carey Award.
Dave Nadig is the chief investment officer for IndexUniverse LLC. 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.
Kamal Naqvi is a managing director of Credit Suisse in the investment Banking division, and head of EMEA Commodity Sales, based in London. He is responsible for managing a team that provides structuring and financial expertise as well as solutions for corporate as well as investor clients across the commodities complex in the European, Middle East and Africa region. Naqvi holds degrees in law and in economics (with honors) from the University of Tasmania.
Scott Nations is president and CIO of NationsShares, a developer of domestic and international option-based and -enhanced investment products. He is the creator of VolDex (ticker symbol: VOLI), a measure of option-implied volatility on SPY, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF. Nations is also the creator of the NationsShares Enhanced Covered Call and Enhanced Collar Indexes, and author of "Options Math for Traders," which was published by John Wiley in 2012.
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 Elmhurst, III. Police and Fire pension boards and was the finance chair for the Elmhurst, III. YMCA.
Brian O'Donnell, CIMA®, is managing director and head of asset manager sales at BlackRock. He is responsible for the business development of iShares and BlackRock products throughout the U.S. in the iShares RIA channel. Clients include third-party managers, turnkey platform providers, asset managers and independent advisors. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder.
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. Oliver's responsibilities include portfolio management, product development and capital market liquidity for the growing U.S. business. Prior to joining the DBX business in 2009, he worked in Deutsche Bank's award-winning foreign exchange business in both London and New York.
Michael Orzano is associate director, Global Equity Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. He is responsible for the design and methodology governing all S&P Dow Jones global equity indices, focusing on creating new benchmarks for international equity markets and promoting their use. Orzano also regularly publishes research, analytical reports and market commentary on a variety of international investment topics including emerging and frontier markets, global REITs, Islamic finance and ESG investing.
Jamie Perrett is part of FTSE's research and analytics team. As director, index research, his role involves working closely with FTSE's partners and key clients, including major asset owners, fund managers and investment banks in the creation of new index products. After joining FTSE in 2000, one of Perrett's first roles was working on the creation of the FTSE China Index Series, particularly in creating the FTSE China 25 Index.
Jan-Carl Plagge is the senior market development manager at STOXX Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for the development of innovative index concepts across all asset classes for STOXX and for Deutsche Börse AG and SIX Swiss Exchange AG. Prior to joining STOXX Ltd. in 2010, Plagge spent four years as product development manager at Deutsche Börse AG. He holds a degree in business management at the University of Münster/Germany.
Eric Pollackov is the managing director of ETF Capital Markets for Charles Schwab & Co. He is responsible for managing the trading relationships with the market-making community for Schwab's ETFs. in addition, Pollackov deals with pricing and trading concerns as well as management of exchange and AP relationships. He also assists the sales team with product-specific knowledge and secondary market transactions. Pollackov received his B.A. in English from the state University of New York at Buffalo.
James R. Rieger
James R. Rieger is vice president, fixed income indices, at S&P Dow Jones Indices. With more than 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 indexes. Rieger currently hosts "The Rieger Report," a weekly podcast providing a municipal bond market recap. He holds a B.S. from Widener University and an MBA from Adelphi University.
Pat Riley is the current president and former head coach of the Miami Heat, and professional basketball's fourth-winningest coach. He is also a 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of fame inductee, a nine-time National Basketball Association World Champion and the only head coach in NBA history to capture Coach of the Year honors with three different teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. Riley's books "Show Time" and "The Winner Within" have been New York times best sellers.
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's earlier experience includes PM positions at Greylock capital and SoundBrook capital. He earned his B.A. in history from Princeton and his MBA in finance from The Wharton school.
James Ross is a senior managing director of State Street Global Advisors 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 ETFs. He also has extensive experience at both SSgA and State Street in all aspects of fund administration, fund accounting and custody services.
Nouriel Roubini is co-founder and chairman of Roubini Global economics, an independent, global macroeconomic strategy research firm. He is also a professor of economics at New York University's Stern School of Business. Roubini received his undergraduate degree from Bocconi University in Milan, and his doctorate in economics from Harvard University. Prior to joining the Stern school, he was on the faculty of Yale University's department of economics.
Sumit Roy is managing editor and a commodity analyst for HardAssetsInvestor, a research-oriented website devoted to sharing ideas about hard assets investing. Previously, he was a contributor to DailyFX, the research arm of Forex Capital Markets.
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 an MBA from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Katherine Schoen, CFA, CAIA, is a vice president and senior research analyst in Robert W. Baird's Private Wealth Management Equity Strategy group. She provides portfolio investment strategies to Baird's financial advisors, along with comments on individual equity and exchange-traded product positions. Schoen is a voting member of Baird's Equity Recommended Portfolio and has developed Baird's ETP research offerings.
Jonathan Shiffer is a vice president & portfolio manager at Curian Capital LLC. Prior to joining Curian, he was CIO for an institutional money management firm, where he supervised portfolio management, research, trading and portfolio operations. Before that, Shiffer was a client portfolio manager with First Union. He holds a B.S. in business and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he also studied toward a Ph.D. in economics.
Jeremy Siegel is the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the senior investment strategy advisor of WisdomTree Investments Inc. He is the author of "Stocks for the Long Run" and "The Future for Investors: Why the Tried and the True Triumph Over the Bold and New." Siegel graduated from Columbia University, received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT and held a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.
Scott Silverman, CIMA, is senior vice president, Business Development, at Innealta Capital, and is responsible for all client retention and distribution activities. He brings more than a decade of financial experience to Innealta. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, Silverman was a regional director in charge of Western States at William Blair & Co. He earned a B.S. in business and public administration from the University of Arizona.
Paul J. Simon
Paul J. Simon, CIMC, is CIO of Tactical Allocation Group LLC. His primary responsibility is directing the implementation of TAG's investment policies and programs, which includes directing quantitative and technical research; establishing reporting systems to monitor use of TAG's investment programs; supervising the management of TAG's portfolios; and implementing those portfolios' ongoing tactical reallocation. Simon earned a B.S. in corporate finance from Wayne State University.
Kevin Simpson has been the 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 has also published numerous newspaper and magazine articles.
Nicholas Smithie, CFA, is responsible for emerging Global Advisors' emerging market investment strategy. His team provides insight for use in investment implementation, product development, portfolio management and engagement. Prior to joining EGA in 2013, Smithie was UBS Investment Bank's senior emerging market strategist and a managing director. He is a graduate of Brasenose College at Oxford University, holding an M.A. in jurisprudence.
Liz Ann Sonders
As senior vice president and chief investment strategist for Charles Schwab, Liz Ann Sonders has a range of investment strategy responsibilities, reaching from market and economic analysis to investor education, all focused on the individual investor. She analyzes and interprets the economy and markets on behalf of Schwab's entire client base and chairs Schwab's investment strategy council. Sonders graduated from the University of Delaware and earned an MBA from Fordham University.
Jonathan L. Steinberg
Jonathan L. Steinberg founded WisdomTree and has served as the firm's CEO since October 1998, and has served as CEO and president since August 2012. He has been a member of the board of directors since October 1988, serving as chairman of the board from October 1988 to November 2004. Steinberg also served as editor-in-chief of Individual Investor and Ticker magazines. He attended The Wharton school of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Raman Aylur Subramanian
Raman Aylur Subramanian, CFA, is an executive director and head of Index Applied Research for the Americas at MSCI. He has been with MSCI in a variety of research roles for more than 14 years and pioneered the role of the Index Applied Research group. Subramanian holds a Bachelor of Technology in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines, India and a master's in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Matthew Sutherland is the founder and CEO of SecuredGrowth Quantitative Research. Over the course of his career, he has sought to validate economic theory and the mechanics of financial markets by applying scientific methods and complex mathematics. His efforts have resulted in a growing reputation as an innovative and respected quantitative engineer. Sutherland is a pioneer in investment solutions derived from systematic methodologies that produce a persistent asymmetrical edge.
Larry Swedroe is a principal and director of research for Buckingham, an independent member of the BAM ALLIANCE. Previously, he was vice chairman of prudential Home Mortgage. Swedroe is the author of "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 an MBA in finance and investment from NYU, and a B.S. in finance from Baruch College.
Shundrawn Thomas serves as managing director and head of the ETFs group at Northern Trust. In this capacity, he is chiefly responsible for developing long-term strategy, executing operating plans, working with regulatory agencies and managing vendor relationships. Thomas is also responsible for managing financial, operational and reputational risk across the business. He graduated from Florida A&M University and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Michael Underhill is chief executive officer and chief investment officer at Capital Innovations LLC. He is the author of "The Handbook of Infrastructure Investing" (recommended by the CFA Institute) and a professor at EDHEC University, teaching infrastructure investing. Underhill remains one of the world's most provocative, respected financial analysts and an award-winning real assets portfolio manager.
Michael Vogelzang, CFA, 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 B.S. in economics and political science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Vogelzang is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Kenneth E. Volpert
Kenneth E. Volpert is principal, senior portfolio manager and head of the Taxable Bond group at Vanguard. He oversees more than 40 index and active taxable bond funds managed by a team of more than 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 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.
Dan Waldron is senior vice president and ETF strategist for First Trust. He has more than 24 years of experience in the industry, having worked extensively with most aspects of investment company product development and marketing. Before joining First Trust, Waldron held an executive director position with Scudder Investments, a Deutsche Asset Management company. Prior to that, Waldron held positions with Van Kampen Investments and Fidelity Capital Markets.
Anne Walsh, J.D., CFA, joined Guggenheim in 2007, and is head of the Portfolio Construction group, where she oversees more than $60 billion in fixed-income investments. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Walsh served as chief investment officer at Reinsurance Group of America Inc. She received her B.S.B.A. and MBA from Auburn University and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. Walsh is a member of the CFA Institute.
Emily Wang, CPA, is a director at Alerian, an independent provider of indices, data sets and analytics for master limited partnerships (MLPs) and energy infrastructure companies. She manages the firm's relationships with MLPs and licensees and develops business strategies for the Alerian Index Series. Wang was previously with Raymond James & Associates Inc. as a senior associate in the firm's Equity Research division, covering the midstream energy MLP space.
Daniel K. Weiskopf III is the ETF strategist and the co-portfolio manager at Access ETF Solutions. He was the founder and portfolio manager of MH Capital Partners L.P. from 1995 to 2003. In 2003, Weiskopf joined UBS Financial Services Inc., where he was a founding partner of the FaucettaWeiskopf Wealth Management Group. Weiskopf is a graduate of Colorado College and has an MBA from Fordham University in New York.
Jim Wiandt is the founder and chief executive offer of IndexUniverse LLC. He started the company in 1999 with a vision of creating the central hub for information and analysis on indexes, index funds and ETFs. That year, Wiandt acquired Indexes: the Journal of Index Issues from Dow Jones, and transformed the publication into the Journal of Indexes, a fully independent journal with broad support from the index industry. He purchased the Exchange-Traded Funds Report in 2003.
Johnny Wu is a managing director and head of Investor Solutions, Americas at Barclays. Based in New York, he leads a team responsible for developing and providing structured investment solutions to retail and institutional investors in the Americas, across all asset classes. Wu also oversees the iPath Exchange Traded Notes business. He earned his B.A. in economics-mathematics from Columbia College and his MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.
Mark Yusko is the chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management. Prior to forming Morgan Creek, he was president, CIO and founder of UNC Management Company, the endowment investment office for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from 1998 to 2004. Yusko received his B.S. degree, with honors, in biology and chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago.