2010 Executive Summits Presenters
Robert C. Brooks, Senior Vice President, Director of Sales—Invesco PowerShares Capital Management
Robert C. Brooks is the senior vice president/national sales manager of Invesco Aim and Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC. His extensive financial sales management experience has uniquely equipped him with the ability to significantly contribute to Invesco PowerShares’ aggressive growth goals. He is a frequent speaker at major ETF Industry Conferences. Mr. Brooks has more than 16 years of industry experience focusing in financial sales management. He previously served as principal and national sales manager for State Street Global Advisors. While at State Street, he was responsible for building the initial sales effort for ETF, Mutual Funds and SMA products to the Financial Intermediary marketplace. Prior to State Street, Mr. Brooks was senior vice president director of sales at Van Kampen Investments, where he was responsible for sales and marketing efforts. He has extensive experience selling a broad product mix including ETFs, mutual funds and separately managed accounts.
Scott Burns, Director of ETF Analysis & Editor, Morningstar ETFInvestor—Morningstar
Scott Burns is the director of ETF analysis for Morningstar and editor of Morningstar ETFInvestor. In this role, he leads a team of analysts that cover more than 300 ETFs and provide extensive commentary to advisors, individuals, and institutions. Burns has more than 12 years of experience in securities analysis. Prior to joining the ETF team, Burns was an associate director for the equity research staff, where he was in charge of training and methodology development. In his time on the equity research team, Burns also served as a senior equity analyst and team leader, covering the steel and aluminum industries. Before joining Morningstar in April 2004, he spent a year teaching corporate finance and cash-flow modeling for Bank One. Prior to that, Burns spent four years as an analyst and later as an associate with the Banc of America Securities Leveraged Finance group. Burns holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In July 2009, Burns was named to ETF Database’s ETF Hall of Fame.
John Cammack, Executive Committee Chairman—MFEA
John Cammack was a Vice President of T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc., Head of Third Party Distribution and a member of the firm’s Operating Steering Committee. His duties included management of the firm’s Third Party Distribution division and 529 College Savings Programs. Before joining T. Rowe Price in 1991, John was a Vice President with Alexandra Armstrong Advisers, a financial planning boutique, located in Washington, DC. John is a Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Denison University and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University. John is a past member of the Investment Committee of the Phi Beta Kappa Foundation and the CFP Board of Governors. He is currently a member of the boards of the Foundation for Financial Planning, Mutual Fund Education Alliance, Leaders for Tomorrow and the Jemicy School.
Keri S. Dogan, Senior Vice President, Personal & Workplace Investing—Fidelity Investments
Keri Dogan is currently a senior vice president in the Personal and Workplace Investing (PWI) division of Fidelity Investments. Ms. Dogan leads the Retirement, Rollover, and College product team and is focused on driving the rollover retention rate, increasing retirement flows, and continuing to solidify Fidelity’s #1 market share position in the individual retirement market. Since joining Fidelity in 2001, Ms. Dogan has held several positions across the Product, Marketing and New Business Development groups. She most recently served as senior vice president of the Mass Market customer segment and Customer Relationship Products. Prior to joining Fidelity, Ms. Dogan was with Treacy & Company / GEN3 Partners, a strategy consulting firm. Ms. Dogan graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 1998, after spending several years as a consultant for Booz-Allen & Hamilton. She holds her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island.
Ben Phillips, Partner & Director of Research—Casey, Quirk & Associates
Ben Phillips is a partner and director of research at Casey, Quirk & Associates with 15 years of experience advising investment firms, financial services companies, and governments worldwide regarding key strategic decisions and marketplace trends in the fund management industry. Ben's client experience and areas of expertise include:
Mr. Phillips has primary responsibility for co-authoring Casey Quirk's industry research papers, building on previous experience leading teams that developed a number of key thought leadership publications, including:
- Global expansion, based on on-the-ground market research in more than 20 countries
- Organic and inorganic business strategy, including mergers and acquisitions
- Asset gathering in the U.S. retail, professional buyer, and institutional arenas
- Subadvisory marketplace dynamics in the U.S. and abroad
- Alternative asset management marketplaces
Prior to joining Casey Quirk, Mr. Phillips served as managing director and head of strategic analysis for Jefferies Putnam Lovell, the financial institutions M&A practice of Jefferies & Co. At Putnam Lovell. Prior to joining Putnam Lovell, Ben was a managing director of Cerulli Associates. Mr. Phillips also spent five years as a journalist covering fund management worldwide, holding editorial positions at Institutional Investor and ROI magazine. He is often quoted in mainstream and industry publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, the Financial Times and Pensions & Investments, as has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg Television. Mr. Phillips earned M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University and the London Business School. He holds a B.S. in journalism, summa cum laude, from Boston University.
The international research lines of Cerulli Associates, including the flagship global publications
The semiannual asset management M&A industry reviews of Jefferies Putnam Lovell, outlining key trends shaping the sector's transaction activity
Andrew Seibert, President & Publisher—SmartMoney
Andrew Seibert is responsible for the circulation, advertising and marketing operations of SmartMoney magazine as well as for SmartMoney.com and Custom Solutions, the company’s successful custom publishing arm. SmartMoney is wholly owned by Dow Jones & Company, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and MarketWatch, among others. Seibert joined SmartMoney in 1999 as creator and vice president/publisher of the Custom Solutions division, whose printed communications reach more than 13 million investors each quarter. Over the past ten years, Custom Solutions has become the top custom publisher in financial services, building a roster of more than a dozen blue-chip clients. The communications created by Custom Solutions have won its clients more than 250 key awards, including STAR, Astrid, Pearl and Xerox PIXI awards. Before joining SmartMoney, Seibert was general manager of Money magazine’s Education Services, a division of Time Inc. that focused on retirement and investment-education products, from 1996 to 1999. He also served as vice president of marketing at a division of GE Capital from 1994 to 1996, and as a marketer at American Express Travel Related Services from 1989 to 1994.
Michael Skinner, Vice President & Head of Strategic Marketing & Product Management—T. Rowe Price
Michael Skinner is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and the head of strategic marketing and product management for T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc. In this position, Michael is responsible for market research, business strategy and analytics, brand positioning and product segmentation, and crossorganizational retail initiatives. Prior to joining T. Rowe Price Michael served as a member of the senior leadership teams for The Retirement Group at Merrill Lynch and the defined contribution practice at Hewitt Associates. He began his career in the financial services industry with investment research firm Morningstar, Inc. from 1994 to Michael received his B.S. degree in English from Bemidji State University and his M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance from the Marquette University Graduate School of Business. He holds Series 7, 66 and 24 licenses.
William M. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer —Grail Advisors
Bill Thomas serves as Chief Executive Officer for Grail Advisors LLC. Bill guides the firm in the continuing development and launch actively managed ETFs. Grail has an exemptive order from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the management of Active ETFs whose holdings will be disclosed on a daily basis—intended to be the first ETFs to do so using traditional asset managers. Bill came to Grail Advisors from Charles Schwab Investment Management (CSIM), where he was Head of Distribution. He was responsible for the retail and institutional distribution of the Schwab and Laudus Funds, as well as the correspondent clearing business. These businesses combined were $400B in assets and over $200M in annual revenue. Prior to joining CSIM, he managed the OneSource mutual fund platform for Charles Schwab, with over $350B in assets. Previously Bill had positions at Scudder Kemper Investments, where he served as Managing Director of the Intermediary Business. His management responsibilities included Mutual Funds, Annuities, Closed End Funds and Separate Accounts. Prior to Scudder, Bill was National Sales Director for State Street Global Advisors, where he led the retail and institutional sales efforts.
Johanna Vogel, Senior Vice President & Director Strategic Partnerships, DCIO —Nuveen Investments
Johanna Vogel is responsible for Nuveen’s strategic partnerships in the defined contribution marketplace. She manages the sales and client relationships on a national level across top insurance companies, trust banks and retirement platform providers. Previous to this role, Johanna served as the head of Nuveen’s managed accounts marketing, overseeing marketing initiatives for all Nuveen subsidiaries. Prior to joining Nuveen in 2001, Johanna was a vice president and relationship manager with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Investment Management. Johanna earned her bachelor of arts degree in Russian studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and her master of arts degree in government from Lehigh University. She has her FINRA Series 7, 65 and 63 licenses and the ARPC designation through SPARK.
Patrick Bieser, Founder—Northwoods Software
Patrick Bieser is the founder of Northwoods and a recognized expert in the strategic use of websites, ecommerce, and usability including content management, web strategy, co-branded web sites and business to business as well as business to consumer e-commerce web sites. Northwoods has developed hundreds of corporate websites for clients such as Briggs & Stratton, Ellsworth Adhesives, ABB, Quad Graphics, Mercola.com, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Snap-On Tool, Ziegler Co, City of Milwaukee, and American General Insurance Group. Prior to founding Northwoods in 1997, Mr. Bieser founded and served as President of River Run Computers, then one of Milwaukee’s most successful computer hardware, software and network integration companies. He was also President and half owner of Computer Services Incorporated a computer hardware, software and network integration company.
Evan Cooper, Deputy Editor—InvestmentNews
Evan Cooper is Deputy Editor of Investment News, a weekly newspaper and website (InvestmentNews.com) for financial advisers published by Crain Communications. Responsible for the publication’s online content, he also conducts Investment News webcasts and speaks at industry conferences. Called the “Jon Stewart of online financial journalism” by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Evan’s weekly column, OpINion Online, won SABEW’s 2009 “Best in Business” award. Before coming to Crain, Evan was Director of Wealth Management News at Thomson Financial and Editor-in-Chief of its On Wall Street and Bank Investment Consultant magazines. He also served as Assistant Managing Editor of Institutional Investor magazine, where he was in charge of the annual “All-America Research Team” coverage. He began his career as a reporter at Fairchild Publications and The Miami Herald, and has contributed to Advertising Age, Entrepreneur of the Year and Financial Planning. In addition to having held senior public relations positions at the Securities Industry Association and the New York Stock Exchange, Evan is co-author of Attract and Retain the Affluent Investor: Winning Tactics for Today’s Financial Advisor, published by Kaplan Publishing. He holds a BBA degree from Baruch College of the City University of New York and an MS in Journalism from The Medill School of Northwestern University.
Michael Krypel, Senior Director—Omniture Digital, an Adobe Company
Michael has helped companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 10 re-align their online business strategies to become more customer- centric. Michael specializes in optimizing websites and online acquisition by making strategic shifts in the online customer experience and branding of Omniture Digital's clients. As a Senior Director, Michael manages Strategy & Delivery for Omniture's largest web optimization clients. Prior to joining Omniture Digital, Michael was the Senior Analyst at Creative Good, where he worked to improve the online strategies of clients in a range of industries, including: Media, Retail, Travel, Insurance and Technology. Some past clients include A&E Television Networks, BlueCross BlueShield, HBO, Hoover's, Pinnacle Systems, Radio Shack, The Hartford Financial Services and The Washington Post. While at Creative Good, Michael instructed multiple courses on how to conduct customer research to students from companies such as Credit Suisse, ESPN, Rackspace, TheLadders and ThinkGeek. Michael also created the syllabus for a course on Information Architecture and Usability taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Michael has been a speaker at multiple industry conferences including Shop.org, Econsultancy’s Peer Summit, Time Warner Digital Research Day, the Direct Marketing Association's Catalog and Annual Conferences, the OMMA Global Conference, and Omniture's Annual Client Summit. Michael holds a Bachelor's of Science in Physics, with a concentration in Planetary Science, from MIT. At the MIT Media Lab Michael developed an apparatus to locate people and objects inside of buildings using the phase and amplitude of electromagnetic waves. Applications for this system range from asset tracking, security, and human-computer interface, to robot navigation and the management of services as diverse as medical care and postal delivery.
Peter J. Moran, Managing Partner—DundeeWealth US, LP
Peter J. Moran is Managing Partner of DundeeWealth's US business operations. He is responsible for strategic direction, sales distribution and product management initiatives for DundeeWealth US which serves as the US platform for DundeeWealth Inc.; a Canadian diversified financial services company. Prior to DundeeWealth's acquisition of BHR Fund Advisors, Mr. Moran was the Managing Partner of BHR Fund Advisors and President of BHR Institutional Funds. Prior to his career with DundeeWealth, Mr. Moran was President of Constellation Fund Group which was a sub-advised mutual fund company specializing in fund acquisitions and adoptions. Constellation was acquired by Touchstone Investments, a subsidiary of Western and Southern Financial Group in February of 2006. He was previously employed at Turner Investment Partners as Managing Director of Mutual Fund and Sub-advisory distribution. He has held several senior positions with leading investment management firms including J.P. Morgan Investment Management, PIMCO and Pacific Life. Prior to the asset management industry, Mr. Moran worked for Wachovia Securities and AXA/Equitable. Mr. Moran's career in the investment management industry has been concentrated in intermediary distribution and strategic product development. He has expertise in style analysis, lifecycle funds and variable products. Mr. Moran graduated from the University of Richmond in 1983 with a degree in Economics. He holds both a CLU and ChFC designation from the American College.
Joseph E. Price, Senior Vice President, Corporate Financing/Advertising Regulation—Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Joseph E. Price is Senior Vice President, Corporate Financing/Advertising Regulation, at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The FINRA Corporate Financing Department regulates capital-raising activities of broker/dealers; including equity, debt, REIT, closed-end fund and limited partnership offerings. The FINRA Advertising Regulation Department regulates broker/dealer sales materials, mutual fund advertisements and other communication with the public. Joe previously worked in various capacities at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was an Assistant General Counsel and a Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel and he was the Deputy Chief of the Office of Disclosure and Investment Adviser Regulation in the Division of Investment Management. Prior to working at the SEC, he was a litigator in the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission. Joe also worked as a Compliance Investigator at the Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange. He was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center from 1994 to 2003, where he taught “Current Issues in Securities Regulation” and “Disclosure under the Federal Securities Laws.” He was an Economics major at the University of Wisconsin and received his law degree from Fordham University.
Suzanne Siracuse, Vice President, Publisher InvestmentNews—Crain Communications
Suzanne Siracuse currently serves as corporate Vice President of Crain Communications, Inc and publisher of InvestmentNews, the leading news source for financial advisers. With over 22 years of experience in the business and financial publishing industry, she is responsible for managing the brand’s businesses including the weekly newspaper as well as online, conference and research products. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to encourage and support the volunteer activities of financial advisers. Ms. Siracuse began her career at the Philadelphia Business Journal after earning a bachelor’s degree from Rider University.
Marc Trudeau, Senior Director—comScore
Marc Trudeau is a senior director at comScore, where he manages the retail banking and online investment practices. In this role, Marc provides competitive intelligence on all facets of online activity, from search and display advertising to online applications, customer loyalty, and e-servicing. Marc’s expertise lies in helping top 100 banks and credit unions maximize the ROI of their online investments by transforming market research into strategic insight. Previously, Marc was the Practice Manager of the retail banking vertical for the Corporate Executive Board, helping senior executives in the top 200 global banks to resolve their most critical strategic challenges. Additionally, Marc worked on credit policy for Capital One and strategy consulting for Fortune 50 telecoms companies.