Team

Dennis Alff, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager - Equity Investments
  • 23 years investment management and research experience M.B.A., Harvard Business School, 1998; B.S., United States Military Academy, 1993, Economics; Chartered Financial Analyst® designation Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2006; Vice President, Credit Arbitrage and Asset Investments, Koch Capital Markets (2001-2006); Project Leader, The Boston Consulting Group (1997-2001); Lieutenant, United States Army, 1st Cavalry Division (1993-1996) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Senior Portfolio Manager / Research Specialist
Benjamin Carrier, CFA, Equity Analyst
  • 6 years financial analysis and accounting experience B.B.A., Baylor University, 2014, cum laude, Finance, Economics and Baylor Business Fellows; Network Analyst, Baylor Angel Network, (2012-2014); Chartered Financial Analyst® designation Professional Background:  Vaughan Nelson since 2016; Associate, Management Consulting, KPMG, (2014-2016) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities:  Equity Fundamental Research
Danika Cline, CFP®, Client Service Manager
  • 7 years investment management client service and marketing experience Education: B.B.A., University of Texas, 2013, Finance; CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® certificant Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2014; Internal Sales Consultant, Salient Partners (2013) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities:  Marketing and Client Service
Susan Darshad, Finance Manager
  • 35 years investments and financial services experience B.B.A., University of Houston-Victoria, 1993, Accounting Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2007; Fund Accounting, AIM Investments (1998-2007); Retail Banking, First Victoria National Bank (1985-1998) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Finance and Accounting
Stephen Davis, CFA, Portfolio Manager - Equity Investments
  • 15 years investment management and research experience B.A., Rice University, 2005, cum laude, Economics and Managerial Studies; Chartered Financial Analyst® designation Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2010; Goldman Sachs & Co., Associate, (2008-2009); Financial Analyst (2005-2008) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member, CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Portfolio Manager / Research Specialist
Belinda Denn, Manager, Portfolio Operations
  • 42 years operations experience in investments and corporate reporting B.B.A., University of Texas, 1977, Management Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 1994; Equity Trader (1988-1992) / Quantitative Investment Systems & Reporting (1985-1988/1993), American General Corporation Professional Affiliations, Current and Past: Board of Trustees, Congregation Brith Shalom (past) and Torch (past) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Manager of Portfolio Operations / Data Administrator
James Eisenman, CFA, CPA, Portfolio Manager - Equity Investments
  • 18 years financial services and accounting experience Masters in Accounting, Ohio State University, 2002; B.B.A., Ohio State University, 2002, with Honors, Accounting; Chartered Financial Analyst®; Certified Public Accountant-State of Texas Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2005; Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (2002-2005) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member, CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Equity Fundamental Research
Charles Ellis, Senior Portfolio Manager - Fixed Income Investments
  • 45 years investment management and research experience B.B.A., Texas Tech University, 1973, Finance Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2003; Director of Structuring, Reliant Resources, Houston, (1998-2002); Mergers and Acquisitions, Weller, Anderson, Cheneviere & Co., Houston, (1996-1998); Senior Vice President / Office Manager, Prudential Securities, Houston, (1986-1996); Senior Vice President / Office Manager, E.F. Hutton, Houston, (1978-1986); Institutional Fixed Income Sales, White Weld & Co, Dallas, (1977-1978); Head of U.S. Government Securities Trading Desk, Trader, First National Bank Dallas, (1975-1977) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Portfolio Manager / Fixed Income Analysis / Investment Strategist / Research Specialist
Richard Faig, CPA, CFO, CCO
  • 37 years public and industry accounting experience B.B.A., University of Texas, 1983, with Honors, Accounting; Certified Public Accountant Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 1994; Chief Financial Officer, Massey Brothers (1992-1994); Audit Manager, Ernst & Young (1983-1992) Professional Affiliations, Current and Past: Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Member, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (Houston Chapter) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Compliance Officer / Finance / Administration
Chad Fargason, Ph.D., Senior Portfolio Manager - Equity Investments
  • 20 years investment management and research experience Ph.D., Duke University, 1998; M.A., Duke University, 1996; B.A., Rice University, 1994, Mathematics Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2013; Director, KKR & Co., LP (2003-2013); Senior Vice President, El Paso Corp. (2001-2003); Project Leader, The Boston Consulting Group (1998-2001) Affiliations, Current and Past: Past President, Board of Trustees, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Senior Portfolio Manager / Research Specialist
Mark Farrell, Director, Institutional Marketing and Director, Private Client Services
  • Director, Private Client Services 28 years investment and trust experience M.B.A., St. Edward's University, 1991; B.A., St. Edward's University, 1990, summa cum laude, English, Alpha Chi National Academic Honors Society Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 1999; Vice President, Chase Bank of Texas (1992-1999); Financial Analyst, Ameritrust (1991-1992) Affiliations, Current and Past: Vice President and Director, St. Edward Catholic School; Executive Committee, Northwoods Catholic School; President, The Women's Fund for Health Education and Research; President, Young Audiences of Houston; Chairman, Texas Center for the Missing; Pastoral Council, St. Ignatius Loyola Parish; President, St. Edward's University Houston Alumni Chapter; Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas; Houston Estate and Financial Forum; Houston Business and Estate Planning Council Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Director of Institutional Marketing / Portfolio Manager
Tyler Fry, CFA, Equity Analyst
  • 6 years investment management and financial analysis experience B.B.A., Southern Methodist University, 2014, Finance; B.S., Southern Methodist University, Political Science, 2014; Chartered Financial Analyst® designation Professional Background:  Vaughan Nelson since 2016; Investment Banking Analyst, RBC Capital Markets, (2014-2016) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member, CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities:  Equity Fundamental Research
Blanca Garza, Senior Portfolio Manager and Trader - Fixed Income Investments
  • 27 years investment and financial experience M.B.A., University of Saint Thomas, 1996, B.A., University of Houston-University Park, 1989, French, Minor Italian; 1990 Spanish Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 1998; Regional Funding Manager, American General Corporation, (1996-1997); International Sales, PaineWebber, Inc., (1993-1996) Affiliations, Current and Past: Central Region Treasurer, National Society of Hispanic MBA's, Member, Southern Municipal Finance Society and National Federations of Municipal Analysts Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Fixed Income Trader / Municipal Bond Portfolio Manager
Carlos Gonzalez, Senior Compliance Manager
  • 26 years investment compliance and financial services experience B.S., Santa Clara University, 1993, Political Science and Spanish Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2006; Senior Compliance Specialist, Invesco Ltd. (2000-2006); Supervisor, AIM Investment Services, Inc. (1997-2000); Senior Service Representative, AIM Investment Services, Inc. (1996-1997); Service Representative, AIM Investment Services, Inc. (1994-1996) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Compliance
Michael Hanna, Co-Director and Senior Portfolio Manager - Fixed Income Investments
  • 20 years investment management and analytical experience M.B.A., Rice University, 2005, Finance; B.A., University of Texas, 1997, Spanish Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2005; Health Care Analyst, M.A. Wright Investment Fund (2003-2004); Morgan Stanley Investment Management - Associate, Product Management (2001-2003); Analyst, Product Management, Van Kampen Funds (2000-2001); Internal Sales Consultant, Van Kampen Funds (1999-2000); Investor Services Representative, Van Kampen Funds (1998) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Senior Portfolio Manager
Steven Henriksen, Senior Portfolio Manager and Director - Fixed Income Investments
  • 37 years investment management and research experience B.A., Louisiana State University, 1978, Marketing; Golf, PGA Business School, 1980 Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 1994; Regional Manager, Fixed Income, Chicago (1993-1994), Manager, Houston Office, Fixed Income Specialist (1992-1993), Senior Vice President, Houston (1987-1992), Prudential Securities; Senior Vice President, Fixed Income, E.F. Hutton Capital Markets Group, New York City, Houston (1982-1987) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member, Houston Society of Financial Analysts; Director, Northwest Houston Gulf Coast Conservation Association; President, Metropolitan New York PGA Association; Member, E.F. Hutton Chairman’s Club Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Director of Fixed Income Investments / Senior Portfolio Manager
George Holewyne, Manager, Institutional Marketing
  • 33 years investment and financial services experience B.B.A., Sam Houston State University, 1987, Finance Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2000; Vice President, Compass Bank (1999-2000); Assistant Vice President, Bankers Trust Company (1995-1998); Financial Analyst, Texas Commerce Bank (1987-95) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Manager of Institutional Marketing
Daniel Hughes, Vice President, Client Portfolio Manager
  • 14 years investment and financial services experience M.B.A., Boston University, 2012; B.A., Brown University, 2006 Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2014; Regional Director, Natixis Global Asset Management (2010-2014); Investment Consultant, Natixis Global Asset Management (2008-2010); Private Wealth Management, Bear, Stearns & Co. (2006-2008) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Client Portfolio Manager
Sundeep Khanna, CFA, Vice President - Equity Investments
  • 15 years investment management and financial analysis experience B.S., The University of Texas, 2005, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2020; Portfolio Manager-Consumer, Carlson Capital (2012-2019); Analyst, Carlson Capital (2007-2012); Investment Banking Analyst, Citigroup (2005-2007) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Equity Fundamental Research
Masa Matsumura, Ph.D., Senior Equity Analyst - International Equity Investments
  • 10 years investment management and financial analysis experience M.B.A., The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2014, Finance and Entrepreneurship; Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2007, Physics; M.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005, Physics; B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2001, Physics and Mathematics Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2020; Equity Research Analyst and Assistant Portfolio Manager, Usonian Investments (2017-2020); Equity Research Analyst, Advisory Research, Inc., (2013-2017); Equity Research Analyst, Credit Suisse (2013); Commercial Manager and Research Analyst - Asia Pacific Region, General Electric International Inc. (2008-2012) Affiliations, Current and Past: Director, Japan America Society of Chicago Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: International Fundamental Research
J. D. Michael, Senior Equity Trader
  • 27 years investment and trading experience M.B.A., University of St. Thomas, 2008, Finance; B.B.A., Texas A&M University, 1993, Strategic Management Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2006; Equity/Institutional Trader and Sales, Jefferies & Co. (1994-2006); Account Executive, Fidelity Investments (1993-1994) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Senior Equity Trading
Kenneth Palermo, Compliance Manager
  • 21 years investment compliance and financial services experience M.B.A., Sam Houston State University, 2001; B.B.A., Sam Houston State University, 1995 Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2010; Compliance Analyst, NEXT Financial Group (2008-2010); Investment Services Manager, AIM Funds (1996-2005) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Compliance
Allyson Pearcy, Head Equity Trader
  • 22 years investment and trading experience Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 1999; Jefferies & Company, Investment Banking (1998-1999); Royal Bank of Canada, Dominion Securities Investment Banking (1998); General Manager, Toscana Industries (1994-1997) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Head Equity Trading
Marco Priani, CFA, CPA, FRM, Senior Portfolio Manager
  • 19 years investment management and research experience M.B.A., The University of Chicago-Graduate School of Business, 2005; L.L.M., Northwestern University School of Law, 2006; M.S.F., Universidad del CEMA, 1999; J.D., Universidad de Buenos Aires - School of Law, magna cum laude, 1987; Chartered Financial Analyst® designation; Certified Public Accountant Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2019; Advisory Research Inc./Piper Jaffray & Co. (2019-2010); Vice President, Senior Research Analyst, Advisory Research Inc./Piper Jaffray & Co. (2008-2009); Vice President, Senior Research Analyst, Advisory Research Inc./Piper Jaffray & Co. (2008-2009); Associate Research Analyst, Advisory Research Inc./Piper Jaffray & Co. (2006-2007); Summer Intern, Deutsche Postbank AG (2004); Founder, Partner, Priani, Claps, Caamano & Associates, Attorneys Affiliations, Current and Past: Member CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Senior Portfolio Manager - International Small Cap, Emerging Markets, Global SMID Cap
Steven Psaledakis, President
  • 22 years financial services experience M.B.A., University of Denver, 1997; B.A., University of Colorado, 1991, Japanese/Asian Studies Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2017; Managing Director, Pingora Asset Management LLC (2016); Head of Business Development, Chief Operating Officer, Range Wise, Inc. (2010-2016); Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Bodri Capital Management, LLC (2006-2009); Head of Business Development, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, ParVest Asset Management, Inc. (2005-2006); Director, Structured Finance, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Securities, LLC (2003-2004); Principal, Structured Finance, Banc of America Leasing & Capital, LLC (1997-2003); Financial Policy Specialist (Contractor), United States Department of State (1993-1995)
Adam Rich, CFA, Vice President - Equity Investments
  • 10 years investment management and research experience B.S., Brigham Young University, 2010, Business Management; Chartered Financial Analyst® designation Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2016; Equity Analysis, Visium Asset Management (2016); Research Associate, Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management (2013-2015); Financal Investment Professional (2012-2013), Financial Analyst (2010-2012), Goldman Sachs & Co. Affiliations, Current and Past: Member CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Equity Fundamental Research
Kevin Ross, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager
  • 14 years investment management and research experience M.B.A., The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2014; B.S.B.A., Washington University Olin School of Business, 2006; Chartered Financial Analyst® designation Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2019; Portfolio Manager, Senior Vice President, Advisory Research Inc. (2013-2017); Research Analyst, Advisory Research Inc. (2013-2019); Senior Equity Research Associate, Real Estate, Raymond James and Associates (2006-2008). Affiliations, Current and Past: Member CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Senior Portfolio Manager - International Small Cap, Emerging Markets, Global SMID Cap
Nathan Sloan, Director of Operations
  • 20 years operational and technical experience B.B.A., Texas A&M University, 2000 Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2008; Hewlett-Packard / Compaq, Manager of Sales Programs, (2005-2008); Business Planning Manager, (2004-2005); Sales Information Manager, (2002-2004); Sales Information Manager - Team Lead, (2002) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Operational Management
Jay Wagner, Chief Information Officer
  • 25 years information technology experience B.B.A., Texas A&M University, 1994 Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2006; Technical Analyst, Hewlett-Packard (2003-2006); Technical Lead, Accenture (2001-2003); Senior Consultant, Chevron (2000-2001); Senior Consultant, Kinder Morgan (2000); Senior Consultant, Equiva Services (1999-2000); Technology Consultant (1995-1996) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Technology and Systems Management
Chris Wallis, CFA, CPA, CEO and CIO
  • 28 years investment management / financial analysis and accounting experience M.B.A., Harvard Business School, 1998; B.B.A., Baylor University, 1991, Accounting; Chartered Financial Analyst® designation; Certified Public Accountant-State of Texas Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 1999; Associate, Simmons & Company International (1998-1999); Manager, Coopers & Lybrand, LLP (1991-1996) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member, CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: CEO / CIO / Senior Portfolio Manager
Scott Weber, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager - Equity Investments
  • 24 years investment management and financial analysis experience M.B.A., Tulane University-A.B. Freeman School of Business, 1997; B.S., The University of the South, 1994, Natural Resources; Chartered Financial Analyst® designation Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2003; Vice President-Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets (2001-2003); Senior Associate-Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets (2000-2001); Associate-Investment Banking, Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown (1997-2000); Treasury Analyst, Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. (1996-1997) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member, CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Senior Portfolio Manager / Research Specialist
William Wojciechowski, Ph.D., Manager, Portfolio & Risk Analytics
  • 18 years investment management and financial analysis experience Ph.D., Rice University, 2001, Statistics; M.A., Rice University, 1999, Statistics; M.S, West Virginia University, 1996, Statistics; B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 1992, Applied Mathematics/Statistics Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2007; Senior Quantitative Financial Analyst, Koch Capital Markets (2004-2007), (2001-2003); Post-Doctoral Mathematical/Computational Finance Research Associate, Rice University (2003-2004); Senior Quantitative Financial Risk Analyst, American General Investment Management, L. P. (2001); Developer/Lecturer, West Virginia University - Dept. of Statistics and Computer Science (1996-1997); Mathematical Statistician, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Division of Safety Research (1996) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Risk Management / Strategy Development / Option Trading / Portfolio Manager