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By Doug Sandler, Chris Konstantinos & Rod Smyth, RiverFront Investment Group The chart below may help to explain the dichotomy we…
Michael JonesChairman; President & CEO, RiverShares Division
Prior to launching RiverFront in 2008, Michael was the Chief Investment Officer at Wachovia Securities from 2002. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of financial advice, including asset allocation, tactical strategy and portfolio implementation and managed over $75B in discretionary portfolio assets.
Michael began his career in fixed income portfolio management, serving in a variety of roles cumulating in his promotion to Chief Fixed Income Officer for Mentor Investment Group. While at Mentor and its successor firm, Evergreen Investment Management, Michael managed over $12 billion in high grade and high yield fixed income assets and was responsible for the design and implementation of advanced fixed income and risk management analytics.
Michael is a regular guest on the financial news channels (CNBC, Bloomberg) and is frequently quoted in the financial press.
Michael earned a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his CFA designation in 1990.
Though Michael's artistic side is less developed than his financial side, he has compensated for this shortcoming by a marrying a woman with fantastic artistic tastes. As a result, their three children express themselves through the guitar, piano, musical composition and drama. Michael's artistic role in the family is confined to occasionally picking out the wine for dinner and playing with their dog Spot, who also lacks any discernable artistic talents.
Rod SmythDirector of Investments
As Chief Investment Strategist, Rod is responsible for developing and communicating RiverFronts investment views to our clients. Rod brings more than 30 years of global investment experience to support both our investment process and business development efforts. He serves on the firms Executive and Operating Committees, where he focuses on the strategic direction of the firm and its culture.
Rod, an Irishman, has lived, worked, and invested in Europe, Asia and North America during his tenure in the investment business. From 1982 to 1995, he was based in Europe as a global portfolio manager and in Asia as the investment strategist for a leading British investment bank.
In 1995, Rod moved to Richmond to work for Wachovia Securities and its predecessor firms where he combined both roles serving as the firms Chief Investment Strategist for eight years and as portfolio manager for its Global Asset Allocation portfolios. Rod is also the current Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee for the $60 bil Virginia State Retirement System.
Rod is a regular guest on the financial news channels (CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg) and is frequently quoted in the financial press.
Rod earned an MA in Economics from Dundee University in Scotland.
Doug SandlerGlobal Strategist
Doug serves as Chief US Equity Officer, bringing more than 20 years of investment experience to the equity team. In addition, he serves on the firms Operating Committees. Prior to launching RiverFront, Doug served as Managing Director and Chief Equity Strategist at Wachovia Securities, where he was responsible for all equity advice of the firm. He led a team of talented and experienced portfolio managers and strategists, whose goal was to provide independent and sound equity recommendations. The work of his team included actively managed portfolios, weekly investment pieces and the regular monitoring of widely held positions of the firm's clients. Doug is also a regular guest on the financial news channels (CNBC, Bloomberg) and is frequently quoted in the financial press. Doug earned a BS in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Richmond, graduating with honors. He received his CFA designation in 1997.
Pete QuinnPresident & CEO
Pete serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for RiverFront, bringing over 32 years of industry experience to his role leading the organization. In addition, he serves on the firms Executive Committee and is Chairman of the Operating Committee.
Pete spent the majority of his career at Wachovia Securities and its predecessor firms, lastly serving as President of the Private Client Group, where he ran the retail branch network. He worked in all areas of the firm, including capital markets, asset management and retail brokerage. Pete served as President of Mentor Investment Group, the asset management arm of the firm. Pete earned a BS in Accounting from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from the University of Richmond. He later served as an adjunct faculty member in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, teaching an undergraduate class in finance.