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Stephen Smith, CFA

Stephen Smith, CFA

Founder, CEO

Portfolio Manager
Team Member Since 1995 

John Brim, CFA

John Brim, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Portfolio Manager
Team Member Since 1998 

Stephanie Jones, CPA

Stephanie Jones, CPA

Director International Equities

Portfolio Manager
Team Member Since 2010

Chris Zogg, CFA

Chris Zogg, CFA

Director Domestic Equities and Research

Portfolio Manager
Team Member Since 1997
Bill Ketterer, CFA

Bill Ketterer, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Team Member Since 2007
Eivind Olsen, CFA

Eivind Olsen, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Team Member Since 2008
Rick Villars, CFA

Rick Villars, CFA

Equity Strategist

Team Member Since 2008
Lu Peh

Lu Peh

Quantitative Analyst

Team Member Since 2018
Julian Burgess

Julian Burgess

Investment Research Associate

Team Member Since 2018
Robert Fletes, CFA

Robert Fletes, CFA

Portfolio Trader

Team Member Since 2015
Tyler Fulton

Tyler Fulton

Portfolio Trader

Team Member Since 2018

Stephen S. Smith, CFA

Founder, CEO, Portfolio Manager

Mr. Smith founded Smith Group Asset Management, a Dallas-based investment management organization, in 1995, and serves as the company’s Chief Investment Officer. He began his career in the late 1960s as an engineer with NASA in the lunar landing program. He joined Wachovia Bank as a computer systems analyst in the mid-1970s, and transitioned to the bank’s investment management division in order to help design and implement a portfolio management system. Mr. Smith left Wachovia and joined what is now known as Bank of America in 1983. He held a number of senior investment positions at Bank of America until he departed in 1995 to found Smith Group. Mr. Smith has an engineering degree and an MBA, both from the University of Alabama, and he was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1981. Mr. Smith is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Dallas-Ft. Worth. Mr. Smith is an active volunteer in his community, and serves on the board of directors for a number of charitable organizations.

John D. Brim, CFA

Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager

Mr. Brim joined Smith Group Asset Management in March 1998 and is a member of the Portfolio Management team. Prior to joining Smith Group, he was a Manager within the Institutional Investment Consulting Group of Deloitte & Touche, LLP from 1997 to 1998.  From 1990 to  1997, he held a variety of positions, including Senior Client Manager, with NationsBank Asset Management in Dallas.  He earned his BS in Economics from Texas A & M University.  He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1998.  Mr. Brim is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Robert E. Fletes, CFA

Portfolio Trader

Mr. Fletes joined Smith Group in December of 2015.  Prior to joining Smith, he worked as a portfolio assistant for McKinley Capital Management in Anchorage, Alaska.  He earned his BBA in Finance Degree  from Texas A&M University in 2008 .  Mr. Fletes was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2017.  He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Dallas-Ft. Worth.            

Stephanie C. Jones, CPA

Director International Equities, Portfolio Manager

Mrs. Jones joined Smith Group Asset Management in February 2010 and is a member of the portfolio management team.  From 2006 to 2010, she was an Equity Analyst for Cimarron Asset Management, LLC.  From 2001 to 2006 she was a Principal for Mercer Human Resource Consulting.  Previously she held positions at Halliburton Co., where she was part of the corporate financial and SEC reporting group, and Price Waterhouse, LLP. ,where she worked as an auditor.  Mrs. Jones graduated with a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University, and has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Southern Methodist University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

William C. Ketterer, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Ketterer joined Smith Group Asset Management in January 2007 and is a member of the Portfolio Management team.  Prior to joining Smith Group, he served as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager with The Private Bank at Bank of America from 1999 to 2007.  From 1993 to 1999, he worked in corporate development within the healthcare industry.  Prior to 1993, he was Vice President and General Manager of a west coast startup.  He earned his BS in Economics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and has completed course work at a number of universities including the University of California, San Diego, the University of Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas.  Mr. Ketterer was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2001.    Mr. Ketterer is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Dallas-Ft. Worth and the DFW Association for Business Economics.

Eivind Olsen, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Olsen joined Smith Group Asset Management in May 2008 and is a member of the portfolio management team.  Prior to joining Smith Group he was a Portfolio Manager with Brazos Capital Management/John McStay Investment Counsel from 1998 to 2008.  From 1994 to 1996, he did equity research as an Associate Analyst with Rauscher, Pierce, Refsnes, Inc.  He earned a BBA in Accounting and Finance from Texas Christian University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas.  Mr. Olsen was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2001.  He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Richard C. Villars, CFA

Equity Strategist

Mr. Villars joined Smith Group Asset Management in July 2008 as an equity strategist.  Prior to joining Smith Group, he ran an independent investment strategy firm in Australia from 2004 to 2008.  From 2002 to 2004, he was a strategist for HSBC Asset Management in Melbourne, Australia.  From 1986 to 2001, he served in various roles at Wells Capital Management (including merged Norwest Investment Management), including portfolio management and investment strategy.  He earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Nebraska.  Mr. Villars was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1989.  He is a member of the CFA Institute.

Christopher M. Zogg, CFA

Director Domestic Equities and Research, Portfolio Manager

Mr. Zogg joined Smith Group Asset Management in November 1997 and is a member of the quantitative research team. Prior to joining Smith Group, Mr. Zogg served as an Independent Computer Consultant, specializing in network design and systems integration.  Prior to that, he held the position of Account Executive at Spaeth Communications, a public relations firm.  He earned his BBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Mr. Zogg was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2006.  He is also a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Dallas-Ft. Wort

Tyler Fulton

Portfolio Trader

Mr. Fulton joined Smith Group Asset Management in March 2018 and is responsible for portfolio trading. He earned a BS in Finance and Accounting and Information Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to joining Smith Group, he worked at Envestnet Asset Management and Southwest Securities. 

Lu Peh

Quantitative Analyst

Ms. Peh joined Smith Group Asset Management in November 2018 as a member of the quantitative research team. She is responsible for managing the data required in the investment analytics and decision-making processes.   Prior to joining Smith Group, Ms. Peh served as a Sr. Quantitative Analyst at Pacific Union Financial.  Prior to that, she held the positions of Sr. Business Analyst at Altisource and Actuarial Analyst at Zurich Insurance North America. She has also served as a Lecturer and Researcher at Sunway University College and a Research Analyst at the University of Dayton. Ms. Peh earned her Bachelor of Engineering and Master in Information Technology from Malaysia University and a Master of Financial Mathematics from the University of Dayton. She is a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator.

Julian Burgess

Investment Research Associate

Mr. Burgess joined Smith Group Asset Management in January 2019 as an Investment Research Associate after serving as an Intern in 2018. He earned a BS in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas and was one of 30 students selected for the Professional Program in Finance, a rigorous two year training program for top tier students. Prior to joining Smith Group, he served as an Investment Analyst Intern at Peregrine Investments and a Credit Analyst Intern for North Dallas Bank and Trust Co.

Smith Group exists to provide high-quality investment management services to institutional and high-net-worth clients. 

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