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Richard Potocki

Managing Director, Head of U.S. Distribution
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  • Joined VanEck in 2012
  • Managing Director and Head of U.S. Distribution for VanEck's mutual funds, VIP (variable insurance products) funds, ETFs, and alternative investment strategies within the advisory and institutional channels
  • Oversees Financial Advisor, RIA, ETF, Institutional, and National Account Client Services teams
  • Prior to joining VanEck, served as Director, National Sales Manager, and Head of National Accounts at Russell ETFs; served on Russell's ETF Operating Committee and Distribution Leadership Team
  • Previously Managing Director and Partner at J. & W. Seligman; also served as National Sales Manager, Head of National Accounts, Head of Marketing, and Member of Board of Directors: Global Horizon and Spectrum Funds; responsible for expansion of Seligman brand overseas, led offshore marketing efforts and opened offices in London, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong
  • BA, Duke University
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Parker Johnson

CIMA®, CAIA, Managing Director, National Sales Manager
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  • Joined VanEck in 2013
  • Managing Director and National Sales Manager for the Financial Advisor and RIA channels
  • Previous role at VanEck was ETF specialist responsible for the West Coast territory covering the financial advisors channel
  • Earlier career experience includes Institutional Sales with iShares/BlackRock; Strategic Services and Sales with AllianceBernstein
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
  • BA, Finance and Banking/Risk and Insurance, Appalachian State University
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Brad Noll

Regional Vice President - New York
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  • Joined VanEck in 2007
  • Currently manages the New York State territory including New York City and Long Island
  • Previously Regional Vice President and Business Development Specialist for the Midwest territory at VanEck
  • Earlier career experience includes four years as Financial Planning Consultant at Fidelity Investments and two years as a Regional Wholesaler at Fidelity Advisor Funds
  • BS, Business Administration, concentrating in finance, Susquehanna University
Territory: New York
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Tom Foley

Regional Vice President - Mid-Atlantic
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  • Joined VanEck in 2012
  • Currently manages the Mid Atlantic territory covering Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio
  • Previously Senior Regional Sales Representative for the North Central territory at VanEck
  • Earlier career experience includes Internal Wholesaler at Prudential Investments
  • BS, Computer Information Systems, Manhattan College
Territory: Mid-Atlantic
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Pete Dunn

Regional Vice President - Northwest
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  • Joined VanEck in 2011
  • Currently manages the Northwest regional territory covering Northern California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Northern Nevada, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
  • Earlier career experience includes Regional Vice President at AXA Equitable and Sun Life Financial
  • BS, Business Administration, University of Vermont
Territory: Northwest
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Jake Zeitler

Regional Vice President - Florida/Georgia
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  • Joined VanEck in 2013
  • Currently manages the regional territory covering Florida and Georgia
  • Previously Regional Sales Representative covering the New England territory at VanEck
  • Earlier career experience includes six years as an Advisor Consultant at Franklin Templeton Investments
  • BS, Business Administration, concentrating in marketing, University of South Florida
Territory: Florida/Georgia
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Sam Onan

Regional Vice President - North Central
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  • Joined VanEck in 2014
  • Manages the North Central territory covering Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana
  • Earlier career experience includes Vice President, Client Advisor at J. P. Morgan and Regional Vice President at Rydex Investments
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • BA, Financial Management, University of St. Thomas
Territory: North Central
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Stuart Jung

Regional Vice President - Southwest
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  • Joined VanEck in 2014
  • Manages the Southwest territory covering southern parts of California and Nevada, and all of Arizona and New Mexico
  • Earlier career experience includes Vice President and Wealth Management Specialist at Merrill Lynch and various roles at Columbia Management, MFS Investment Management, and Sumitomo Bank of California
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • BS, Business Administration, University of Nebraska
Territory: Southwest
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Doug Pheeney

Regional Vice President - New England
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  • Joined VanEck in 2016
  • Manages the New England territory covering covering Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Earlier career experience includes Vice President, Investment Management Consultant with BlackRock and Regional Marketing Director with Putnam Investments
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • BA, History, Denison University
Territory: New England
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Jason Mashas

Regional Vice President – South Central
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  • Joined VanEck in 2014
  • Manages the South Central regional territory covering Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri
  • Previously Regional Sales Representative covering Southwest territory at VanEck
  • Earlier career experience includes Supervisor at T. Rowe Price Retirement Services
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • BS, Political Science, Florida State University
Territory: South Central
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Maryrose Burns

Regional Vice President - Southeast
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  • Joined VanEck in 2015
  • Currently manages the Southeast territory covering D.C., Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia
  • Previously Regional Advisor Consultant covering the Florida and Georgia territory at VanEck
  • BA, Business Administration, concentrating in finance, Piedmont College
Territory: Southeast
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Matthew Bartlett

Manager, Internal Sales
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  • Joined VanEck in 2013
  • Manages VanEck's internal sales desk and the firm's Tampa, FL office
  • Earlier career experience includes Outbound Sales Supervisor, Northeast Division, Franklin Templeton as well as various other sales positions over the course of eight years at Franklin Templeton
  • BS, Technology Management, Saint Petersburg College

RIA

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Parker Johnson

CIMA®, CAIA, Managing Director, National Sales Manager
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  • Joined VanEck in 2013
  • Managing Director and National Sales Manager for the Financial Advisor and RIA channels
  • Previous role at VanEck was ETF specialist responsible for the West Coast territory covering the financial advisors channel
  • Earlier career experience includes Institutional Sales with iShares/BlackRock; Strategic Services and Sales with AllianceBernstein
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
  • BA, Finance and Banking/Risk and Insurance, Appalachian State University
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William O'Brien

Regional Vice President, Mutual Fund RIA Channel - North
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  • Joined VanEck in 2014
  • Manages the RIA channel for VanEck's mutual fundsand exchange-traded funds in the Northeast and parts of the Northern Midwest
  • Earlier career experience includes seven years as RIA Regional Consultant with Pioneer Investments as well as NYC wirehouse relationships
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation
  • MBA, Finance, Suffolk University; BS, Business Administration, Western New England University
Territory: Mutual Fund RIA North
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Kevin McGlynn

Mutual Fund Regional Vice President, RIA Channel - West
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  • Joined VanEck in 2017
  • Regional Vice President manages the RIA channel for VanEck's mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in the West
  • Previously ETF Specialist responsible for the West Coast territory covering the financial advisors channel for the VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Earlier career experience included Sales Director for Schroders Investment Management; Vice President and Sales Director for Innealta Capital; and various roles at Mass Mutual, Smith Barney, and Morgan Stanley
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • Applied Behavioral Finance Certificate, Investment Management Consultants Association
  • BA, Economics, San Diego State University
Territory: Mutual Fund RIA West
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Nicholas Chbane

CIMA®, Regional Vice President, Mutual Fund RIA Channel - South
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  • Joined VanEck in 2014
  • Regional Vice President manages the RIA channel for VanEck’s mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in the South
  • Previously Regional Sales Representative covering Northwest territory for VanEck
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • BS, Economics, University of Florida
Territory: Mutual Fund RIA South
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Advisor Representative

Brad Pope
813.964.3613
bpope@vaneck.com

National Accounts

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Matthew Murphy

Director, National Accounts
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  • Joined VanEck in 2013
  • Director of National Accounts for VanEck’s mutual funds and VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Previous role at VanEck was ETF Specialist responsible for the East territory covering the financial advisors channel for the VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Earlier career experience included Sales with BlackRock’s Bank Wealth Channel; Global ETF Analyst with State Street Global Advisors Strategy and Research Group
  • Level III Candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program
  • BA, Economics and Italian Studies, Tufts University
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John Ferrick

CIMA®, Director, National Accounts
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  • Joined VanEck in 2017
  • Director of National Accounts for VanEck’s mutual funds and VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Prior to joining VanEck, spent 25 years with BNY Mellon and its subsidiary, Dreyfus, serving in varied sales capacities: internal and external wholesaler, specialist in annuities and SMA products; internal sales desk manager; and relationship management covering BD wirehouses, independent broker dealers, RIAs, and private banks
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • BS, Computer Science, Fordham University

Institutional

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Brendan Gundersen

Managing Director, Head of U.S. Institutional Sales and Private Banks
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  • Joined VanEck in 2017
  • Managing Director and Head of Institutional Distribution for VanEck’s investment strategies and array of investment vehicles including mutual funds, separate accounts, and VanEck Vectors® ETFs across Institutional markets
  • Oversees VanEck’s efforts with Public and Private pension plans, Foundations, Endowments, Investment Consultants, Private Banks, Trust Banks, Family Offices, and Asset Managers
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Managing Director and Head of the Institutional Intermediary effort at New York Life Investment Management and served on their leadership team
  • Previously, Managing Director at BlackRock, built a market leading business and strong partnerships across a variety of institutional and fiduciary clients and led efforts across many product solutions including iShares ETFs, alternatives, SMAs, and active mutual funds
  • MBA, Finance, State University of New York at Albany; BS, Marketing, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
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Bill Best

Managing Director, Institutional Business Development, Consultants
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  • Joined VanEck in 2008
  • Managing Director of Institutional Business Development for VanEck’s actively managed strategies and VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Responsible for both developing and managing VanEck’s relationships with investment consultants and institutional investors
  • Prior to joining VanEck, global head of hedge fund sales at Bear Stearns Asset Management; focused on business development
  • Previously Managing Director of VegaPlus Capital Partners, a hedge fund seeding and infrastructure platform based in New York, London, and Madrid
  • Earlier career experience includes corporate finance positions at Lehman Brothers (New York), Arral & Partners (Hong Kong), and The World Bank (Washington); and global fixed income portfolio management with Brown Brothers Harriman (New York) and Rothschild Asset Management (London), all with an emphasis on emerging markets
  • Board member of Trickle Up, an international development organization that provides small business loans to women in Africa, Central America, and India
  • Frequent speaker at pension industry conferences
  • MBA, Finance and Public Policy, The Wharton School; BA, Political Economy, Williams College
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Mark Hurrell

Director, Institutional Business Development, Consultants
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  • Joined VanEck in 2012
  • Director of Institutional Business Development for VanEck’s actively managed strategies and VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Responsible for both developing and managing VanEck’s relationships with investment consultants and institutional investors
  • Prior to joining VanEck, commercially developed “liquid alternative beta” strategies, True Alpha® Trackers, at Lyster Watson
  • Previously held alternative investment business development roles at Meridian Capital Partners, Inc. and The Archstone Partnerships, two fund-of-hedge fund managers
  • Earlier career experience includes a senior consultant for Yanni-Bilkey Investment Consulting; a manager of the New York Euro CD trading desk for Credit Suisse First Boston; and money market trader for Pittsburgh National Bank
  • CFA charterholder; member of the CFA Society New York
  • MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma), Accounting, Carnegie Mellon University; BS, Business Administration, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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Phil Kirouac

CIMA®, Director, Institutional Business Development, Insurance
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  • Joined VanEck in 2018
  • Director of Institutional Business Development for VanEck’s actively managed strategies and ETFs
  • Responsible for institutional business development and client relations with U.S. insurance companies across general account and annuity investment platforms
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Vice President at BlackRock focused on business development with U.S. insurance companies
  • Previous experience in business development and client relationship management with Credit Suisse, Canaccord Wealth Management, and Dundee Wealth Management
  • Holds Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation
  • BA, Liberal Arts, Columbia University
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Patrick Lulley

Director, Institutional Business Development, Consultants
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  • Joined VanEck in 2011
  • Director of Institutional Business Development for VanEck’s actively managed strategies and VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Responsible for both developing and managing VanEck’s relationships with investment consultants and institutional investors
  • From 2011 to 2013, was responsible for the firm's DCIO distribution efforts with platform consultants and advisors
  • Earlier career experience includes leadership positions at Morgan Stanley and TIAA-CREF
  • Frequent speaker at pension industry events and board member of the New York chapter of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI)
  • CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Society New York and the CFA Institute
  • MBA, Finance, Fordham University; BS, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Scranton

Insurance

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Brendan Gundersen

Managing Director, Head of U.S. Institutional Sales and Private Banks
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  • Joined VanEck in 2017
  • Managing Director and Head of Institutional Distribution for VanEck’s investment strategies and array of investment vehicles including mutual funds, separate accounts, and VanEck Vectors® ETFs across Institutional markets
  • Oversees VanEck’s efforts with Public and Private pension plans, Foundations, Endowments, Investment Consultants, Private Banks, Trust Banks, Family Offices, and Asset Managers
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Managing Director and Head of the Institutional Intermediary effort at New York Life Investment Management and served on their leadership team
  • Previously, Managing Director at BlackRock, built a market leading business and strong partnerships across a variety of institutional and fiduciary clients and led efforts across many product solutions including iShares ETFs, alternatives, SMAs, and active mutual funds
  • MBA, Finance, State University of New York at Albany; BS, Marketing, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
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Phil Kirouac

CIMA®, Director, Institutional Business Development, Insurance
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  • Joined VanEck in 2018
  • Director of Institutional Business Development for VanEck’s actively managed strategies and ETFs
  • Responsible for institutional business development and client relations with U.S. insurance companies across general account and annuity investment platforms
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Vice President at BlackRock focused on business development with U.S. insurance companies
  • Previous experience in business development and client relationship management with Credit Suisse, Canaccord Wealth Management, and Dundee Wealth Management
  • Holds Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation
  • BA, Liberal Arts, Columbia University

ETF Specialists

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Adam Phillips

Chief Operating Officer, VanEck Vectors ETFs
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  • Joined VanEck in 2006
  • Chief Operating Officer for VanEck Vectors ETFs
  • Previously Director of Strategic Business and Capital Markets Relationships for all VanEck Vectors ETFs
  • Earlier career experience includes Founder and Managing Member of LB Trading, LLC, a proprietary ETF trading firm on the American Stock Exchange; and Junior General Partner and Management Committee Member at Orbit II Partners, L.P., a proprietary trading firm specializing in equity options, index options and ETF market making
  • Member of American Stock Exchange; Amex Floor Official
  • BA, Economics and American Civilization, Lafayette College
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Patrick Finn

CFA, Managing Director, ETF Business Development
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  • Joined VanEck in 2010
  • Director of Business Development for VanEck Vectors ETFs
  • Oversees the ETF Client Services team; responsible for managing and cultivating institutional relationships
  • Prior to joining VanEck, an associate with Northern Trust
  • Earlier career experience includes analyst positions with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley
  • CFA charterholder; member of the CFA Society Chicago
  • BS, Finance; BS, Marketing, DePaul University
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Michael Gandy

CFA, Regional Vice President, ETF Broker-Dealer Channel - West
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  • Joined VanEck in 2017
  • ETF Specialist responsible for the West Coast territory covering the financial advisors channel for the VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Executive Director at MSCI in the wealth advisory team covering Western U.S. and providing support on the indexes that underpin ETFs in the marketplace
  • Earlier career experience includes positions at BNY Mellon Beta & Transition Management, client management team, San Francisco and London; Goldman Sachs Asset Management; Capital Research and Management Company
  • CFA charterholder; member of the CFA Society San Francisco
  • MBA, Investment Management, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California; BS, Accountancy, BS, Business Administration, University of Southern California
Territory: ETF Broker Dealer West
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Philip McKeon

Regional Vice President, ETF Broker-Dealer Channel - East
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  • Joined VanEck in 2019
  • ETF Specialist responsible for East Coast territory covering the Financial Advisors channel for the VanEck Vectors® exchange-traded funds
  • Prior to joining VanEck, ETF Specialist at OppenheimerFunds covering the Broker/Dealer channel in the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Earlier career experiences include positons at RevenueShares ETFs, Pacer Financial and The Hartford
  • BA Economics, University of Delaware, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
Territory: East
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Patrick Schramm

Regional Vice President, ETF RIA Channel - East
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  • Joined VanEck in 2014
  • ETF Specialist responsible for the East territory covering the Registered Investment Advisor channel for the VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Earlier career experience includes several positions in Deutsche Bank's Asset & Wealth Management Division, AAPL Futures, and Global FX LLC
  • BA in Business, Niagara University, 2001
Territory: ETF RIA East
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ETF Advisor Representative

Ian Amberson

813.964.3653

iamberson@vaneck.com

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Kol Estreicher

Regional Vice President, ETF RIA Channel - West
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  • Joined VanEck in 2014
  • ETF Specialist responsible for the West territory covering the Registered Investment Advisor channel for the VanEck Vectors exchange-traded funds
  • Earlier career experience as Director of ETF Execution Services with Wolverine Execution Services and as a Vice President with UBS
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Member
  • BS, Finance, Trinity University
Territory: ETF RIA West
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