Speaker Bios

 

 Scott Anderson
Vice President, Research, BNY Mellon, Intermediary Analytics

Session | Is the Asset Management Industry 'Data Driven' Yet?

About Scott:
Scott is responsible for all research and custom analysis delivered to clients in the form of industry summaries, presentations and special reports. He develops research and analysis that delivers insights into the national broker-dealer community, detailing trends within specific investment vehicles,  investment styles, platforms and products. Scott has been with the Intermediary Analytics group since 2009.

Prior to joining Intermediary Analytics, Scott spent four years at PNC Global Investment Servicing as a member of the Marketing and Distribution Services team. Before that, he worked at Arnold Worldwide, a national advertising agency, in the Strategic Analytics group. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts.

 

Whitfield Athey
CEO, Delta Data

Session | The Principles of Product

About Whitfield:
Whitfield Athey is CEO of Delta Data Software. Prior to being named CEO, Whitfield served as Chief Operating Officer from April of 2012 to January 2015. Before being named COO, Whitfield was head of Product Strategy and continues to influence that organization both directly and as a member of the executive team. His role at Delta Data is focused on growth of the product base, satisfaction of clients and scalability of the organization.


Prior to joining the Delta Data team he spent more than 8 years working with a large broker dealer (Lehman Brothers) in Tokyo and New York. His experience spanned operations, technology and the wealth management front office. Within wealth management he has experience on both the manufacturing side and the distribution side of the business. He also has experience within the logistics industry where he was a Director of Finance for a medium-sized logistics firm. He graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Management Information Systems and International Business.

 

Scott Brady

Vice President, Head of Product Development and Strategy, Columbia Threadneedle Investments


Session | The Principles of Product

About Scott:
Scott Brady is the head of Product Development and Strategy for Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Mr. Brady joined Columbia Threadneedle Investments in 2016. Previously, Mr. Brady was Head of Global Mutual Funds at Merrill Lynch. Prior to that, he served as Head of U.S. Mutual Funds and Director of Asset Transition Services.


Before joining Merrill Lynch in 2004, Mr. Brady held various roles within Eaton Vance and Putnam Investments. He has been a member of the investment community since 1995.


Mr. Brady received a B.A. in Finance from Boston College. He holds Series 7, 24, and 66 licenses with FINRA.

 

 

Chuck Gallant

Managing Director, Asset Servicing, BNY Mellon


Session | Fraud Prevention in Today's Multi-Channel Cyber Environment

About Chuck:
Chuck Gallant has over 30 of experience in the investment industry with BNY Mellon.  He currently works in Asset Servicing Product Management, responsible for overseeing the product capabilities and development for many of our strategic digital products and services, including our web / mobile self-service technologies, process optimization and automation products, and digital and data delivery tools. 


Chuck has served as Chief Information and Technology Officer in former roles and has held numerous strategic business and technology positions in the areas of digital transformation, portals, data delivery, business process automation, and other customer-facing technologies. Chuck earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University.  Chuck is also a co-chair for the NICSA Technology Committee.

 

 

Tim Kresl
Principal, Atom Analytics, Broadridge

Session | Is the Asset Management Industry 'Data Driven' Yet?

About Tim:
Tim Kresl is a Founding Partner and Principal of Atom Analytics, now part of the Broadridge Data & Analytics group. Tim has spent his career partnering with leading financial services providers to help translate data and research into meaningful actions that improve business outcomes.

Tim Kresl cofounded Atom Analytics in January 2018 with the goal of helping financial services providers use their existing data more effectively and systematically to drive distribution effectiveness. Combining in-depth interviews of sales, marketing, and business intelligence teams, Broadridge’s unmatched distribution dataset, and cutting-edge data science techniques, Atom Analytics integrates their unique view of the customer landscape with clients' business goals and data to create a bespoke segmentation strategy and client journey map.

Prior to starting Atom Analytics, Tim was a Principal of Market Metrics and subsequently a Strategic Advisor to Strategic Insight. In these roles he became a recognized leader in the industry for utilizing data to drive distribution effectiveness. He has worked with a range of asset managers to design sales territories, develop optimal rotations, implement data-based solutions, and train end users to drive adoption. In addition, Tim has worked extensively with senior managers to develop management tools that measure the effectiveness, productivity, and improvement of their distribution organizations.

Tim completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He currently resides in Arlington, MA with his wife and daughter.

 

Mark Lavan
Managing Director, Co-Head of Retail Sales, Legg Mason Global Asset Management

Session | Distribution Disruption From Both Sides: Broker-Dealer Viewpoint

About Mark:
Mark Lavan is Co-Head of the Retail Intermediary Channel for Legg Mason. In this role, Mark is responsible for US Sales and the strategic efforts of the US Field Sales Teams focused on the distribution of Legg Mason’s investment solutions to wirehouse, regional and independent financial advisors nationally.

Prior to this role, Mark managed the Retail National Account research and relationship management teams.  This team is responsible for driving greater partnership and platform penetration for Legg Mason’s suite of investment solutions across the wirehouse, independent and regional advisory firms. Mark brings over 18 years of investment industry experience. Before joining Legg Mason, Mark managed a Product Specialist Desk at Merrill Lynch working closely with financial advisors supporting portfolio development across managed account platforms.  Prior to Merrill Lynch, he held a position at Lord Abbett as a Portfolio Specialist.  Mark began his career with TD Ameritrade.

Mark graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University. He currently holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 licenses.

 

 

Kevin Mahn
President and Chief Investment Officer, Hennion & Walsh Asset Management

Session | The Principles of Product

About Kevin:
Kevin D. Mahn is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Hennion & Walsh Asset Management, Mr. Mahn is responsible for all of the Wealth and Asset Management products and services offered at the Firm including the portfolio creation and portfolio supervision of the various portfolio strategies within the SmartTrust® series of Unit Investment Trusts (UITs). Mr. Mahn also was the Portfolio Manager of the family of SmartGrowth® Mutual Funds.

Mr. Mahn is the author of the quarterly “ETF and CEF Insights” and "Market Outlook" newsletters as well as a co-author of the book, Exchange Traded Funds: Conceptual and Practical Investment Approaches, © 2009 Riskbooks. Articles written by Mr. Mahn have been published in The Journal of Investing and The Journal of Index Investing. Mr. Mahn is also a member of the Forbes Investor team and a frequent contributor to the Forbes Advisor Intelligence blog and the Seeking Alpha website.

Prior to Hennion & Walsh, Mr. Mahn was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers where he held several senior management positions, including CAO of the High Net Worth Product and Services group within Lehman’s Wealth and Asset Management division as well as COO of Lehman Brothers Bank, during his eleven year tenure with the Firm.

Mr. Mahn received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College and his M.B.A. in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Mahn has also served as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University within the Department of Economics, Finance and International Business. In 2015, Mr. Mahn received the "50 Under 50" award, which recognizes the College's top alumni business leaders under the age of 50, from the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Mahn currently serves as Co-Chair of the NICSA UIT Industry Committee and won the 2014 and 2016 NICSA MVP Awards for his accomplishments in this role as well as the Rising Stars of Mutual Funds Award from Institutional Investor in 2009. Interviews with, as well as byline articles and insights from, Mr. Mahn have appeared in/on CBS News, Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business News, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, Forbes, New York Times, Financial Times, USA Today, Bloomberg, Business Week, Reuters, Wall Street Week, SmartMoney, CNNMoney, Investment News, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch and The Street.com.


 

Jaime Magyera
Managing Director - Head of National Accounts, Blackrock

Session | Distribution Disruption from Both Sides: Asset Manager Viewpoint

About Jaime:
Jaime Magyera, Managing Director, is Head of National Accounts for BlackRock’s National Wealth Business. In this role, Ms. Magyera leads a team responsible for strategy, relationship and development for some of BlackRock's largest clients across BlackRock's alpha, index and factors investment capabilities, as well as BlackRock's portfolio construction and digital wealth technologies.

Previously, Ms. Magyera led Marketing for BlackRock's US & Canada Defined Contribution Group, where she and her team were responsible for thought leadership and education, product positioning, brand-building programs and participant communications. Ms. Magyera's service with the firm dates back to 2001, including her years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, which merged with BlackRock in 2006. Over the course of her career, Ms. Magyera has held various roles in Digital Marketing, Strategy and Technology, and was part of the original team that designed and developed iRetireTM and the BlackRock CoRI Retirement Indexes.

Ms. Magyera is a member of BlackRock's Women's Initiative Network and sponsors BlackRock's OUT Network.  Outside of BlackRock, she is a member of the Board of Directors for Encore.org, an organization focused on tapping into the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.
Ms. Magyera earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and holds her Series 7, 66 and 24 licenses. She resides in Princeton, NJ with her husband.

 

Lyndsay Noble
Head of Advance Analytics Practice, SS&C/DST

Session | Is the Asset Management Industry 'Data Driven' Yet?

About Lyndsay:
A member of the DST team since 2014, Lyndsay leads the Financial Services Data Science product development team and the Advanced Analytics Consulting Practice. In this role, Lyndsay’s primary focus is to help DST’s customers use data to gain insight into their business and solve business problems using data and analytics whether through the use of a DST product or through custom professional services.

In her day-to-day work, Lyndsay combines an advanced degree in statistics with a focus on business goals and a knack for finding the most practical and efficient solutions for business insight, customer engagement, operational process improvement, and data driven decision making.

She has 15 years of experience working as a statistician and consultant across multiple industries. Her experience includes performing consumer research and segmentation for several well-known brands, including Starbucks and Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, as well as designing scientific research studies, analytically optimizing processes, and mentoring data scientists on the development of analytic techniques.

She earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mathematics from McNeese State University and completed additional postgraduate work in Applied Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Northern Colorado.
 

 

Mona Sabet
Coach & Partner, Talking Cranes

Session | Uncovering Unconscious Bias

About Mona:
With two decades of experience in the tech sector as an advisor, an operating executive, and an entrepreneur, Mona brings her expertise in business, strategy and leadership development to every team she works with.


Mona serves as a board advisor to a number of technology companies and technology accelerators.  In her advisory role with Talking Cranes, she guided the development of the model for corporate programs for women and inclusive leaders and has delivered these programs to Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Mona's prior work experience covers large public companies and startups.  As Corporate Vice President, Business Development at Cadence, she led all mergers and acquisitions, strategic transactions and venture investments, delivering tens of millions of dollars in incremental revenue. Mona has also been an operator in two startups.


Mona spends a great deal of her time working with non-profits focused on improving diversity in the workplace.  She is on the advisory board of Women in Data Science, and on the board of ChIPs Women’s Network. Mona led the strategy and implementation that took The Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest annual convention of women technologist, from 8000 to 15,000 attendees in 2 years.  Mona is also the founder and a member of Hipower, a group of women leaders accelerating one another’s leadership from professional success to wide-ranging significance.


Mona holds an engineering degree from the University of Toronto, a J.D. from Western, and management certificates from Simon Fraser University and UC, Berkeley. 

 


Camille Thommes
Director General, ALFI

Session | Perspectives From Abroad

About Camille:
Camille Thommes is the Director General of ALFI, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry. He joined the association back in 2007. Before joining ALFI, Camille Thommes was in in charge of the Investment Fund Department at the State and Savings Bank, Luxembourg (BCEE) from 2001-2006, after holding various senior positions in the Securities & Custody department since 1993. He started his professional career in 1986 at BGL (now BGL-BNP Paribas) where he held positions in the Securities and Custody Divisions.


He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Luxembourg Supervisory Authority (CSSF) and a member of the Consultative Committee for Prudential Regulation. Camille is also a member of the High-Level Committee of the Financial Centre set up by the Ministry of Finance. Furthermore, he represents ALFI at the Board of Directors of the European Fund and Asset Management association (EFAMA) and is a Board member of the Luxembourg Financial Industry Federation (PROFIL S.A.).
Camille holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France), completed the Accelerated Development Program at the London Business School and accomplished traineeships in London and New York.


A Luxembourg native, Camille is fluent in English, French, German and Luxembourgish.

 

Jack Tierney
Head of Investment Policy and Governance, Invesco Unit Trusts

Session | The Principles of Product

About Jack:
Jack Tierney is the Head of Investment Policy and Governance for Invesco Unit Trusts. Mr. Tierney joined Invesco in 2010 when the firm combined with Van Kampen Investments. Prior to his current role, he had been in charge of unit trust product development and product management activities, as well as supervising Invesco's investment research teams, since 2003.

During his tenure with Van Kampen, Mr. Tierney held positions within Van Kampen Consulting, business development, marketing services, mutual fund product management, and distribution, having started as a wholesaler with Van Kampen Merritt in 1984. Prior to joining Van Kampen, Mr. Tierney spent four years with Merrill Lynch in Chicago as a financial advisor. He began his career as a high school business teacher and basketball coach in the Chicago suburbs.


Mr. Tierney earned a BS degree in marketing and an MS degree in business education from Northern Illinois University.

 

Robert Zembowicz
Chief Enterprise Architect, Vanguard

Session | Artificial Intelligence: Transforming the Asset Management Industry

About Robert:
Robert Zembowicz is a Chief Enterprise Architect at Vanguard, working in the CTO organization. In his role, Robert evaluates new technology and business trends to understand whether they can help improve Vanguard products, services, and operations. He works with various business and IT teams across the company to pilot and standardize such new solutions and approaches. For the last several years Robert has been focusing on AI, Machine Learning, Big Data, and Data Science.


Robert has PhD in Physics/Astronomy, and has been working for Vanguard for 21 years.