Executive Vice President, Business Development, Fiera Capital Inc. Chairman, Fiera Europe
Previously, Rick led the successful launch and start-up of AGF Investments America Inc. headquartered in Boston MA. As Managing Director and Global Head of Sales he also led U.S. distribution including growth in global markets in Asia and EMEA. Over the course of his 30+ year business career, Rick has led a 3rd party multi-manager investment platform, provided fiduciary oversight to corporate pension plans and gained experience in corporate development, business operations, compliance, human resources, and institutional and private client management.
Rick is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts) and an MBA graduate from McMaster University. He has also completed the Ivey School of Business Executive Development Program in Marketing and in 2005 was awarded the prestigious Chartered Director (C. Dir) designation through McMaster University’s Directors College. He has also served as a Lecturer at the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business. In 2010, Rick completed the Global Studies in Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management course at the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School.
Mark Harrell, CIMA
Senior Vice President, Head of Financial Intermediary
Mark joined Apex in 2007, and was a Principal and Director of Marketing. Apex Capital Management was founded in 1987 with a singular focus on growth investing and was employee-owned prior to its acquisition by Fiera Capital. Before joining Apex in 2007, Mark was a Managing Director at Dreman Value Management L.L.C. Mark spent 6 years as a National Sales Manager for ING Investment Management. He began his career at Nuveen Investments in 1987 and held the positions of Regional Director of Sales, Marketing and Client Services and National Sales Manager.
Mark is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). He holds an Alternative Investment Certification through the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania as well as his NASD Series 6, 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses. He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.
Nicholas O. Mavro
Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Institutional
Prior to joining Fiera Capital Inc. in 2012, Nick spent over 12 years at State Street Global Advisors (“SSGA”) serving in many roles of increasing responsibility in the Institutional Group. Most recently he was a Senior Consultant Liaison working with many of the most sophisticated investment consultant firms for nearly 9 years. Prior to this role, Nick was on the Public Fund sales team.
Before joining SSGA, Nick was Senior Environmental Engineer at Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation where he worked for nearly 7 years.
Nick earned a BS in Civil Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1994 and went on to earn his MBA from Babson College in 2001.
Nelly C. Xavier
Senior Vice President, Head of Advisors and Family Offices
Nelly has 16 years of experience in the investment management industry. Nelly was a Marketing Director at Samson Capital Advisors LLC prior to its acquisition by Fiera Capital in 2015. She joined Samson in 2005 and was responsible for developing and maintaining private client and advisor relationships, as well as developing Samson’s strategic marketing plan.
Prior to joining Samson, Nelly was a member of Evergreen Investments’ institutional marketing group, where her responsibilities included developing marketing processes and maintaining product positioning across all distribution channels for fixed income strategies. Nelly began her career as an Investment Management Analyst for Smith Barney’s Consulting Group, where she was responsible for investment manager due diligence and the analytical and technical support for new business development.
Nelly is a board member for Up Academy Charter School of Boston and Up Academy Charter School of Dorchester.
She graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Thomas M. Clancy
Senior Vice President, Institutional Markets
Previously, Tom was a SVP with Mackenzie Investments institutional team responsible for leading the firm’s consultant relations program as well working directly with institutional plan sponsors. Tom also spent five years with AGF Investments America, most recently leading the firm’s U.S. institutional distribution efforts. Tom began his career in the investment management industry with State Street Corporation, spending more than ten years in the Global Markets (global trading) and Global Advisors (asset management) divisions.
Tom earned a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Framingham State University and his MBA from the D’Amore-McKim School of Management at Northeastern University.
Stephen Halley, CIMA
Senior Vice President, Financial Intermediaries
Prior to joining Fiera, Steve was a Director at WestEnd Advisors and Senior Regional Director at The Roosevelt Investment Group for 10 years. From 2002 until 2007, Steve was part of the business development team for ING Investment Management. Before transitioning to business development, he built his industry expertise as a Due Diligence Manager with Wells Fargo, a Technical Analyst at Smith Barney, and began his career at Gabelli Asset Management in 1995 as a portfolio analyst.
Steve is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). He holds both an Alternative Investment Certification and an Investment Strategist Certification through the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania as well as his NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Montana, Missoula and an MPA in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Senior Vice President and Portfolio Specialist, Hedge Fund and Seeding Strategies
Previously, Richard was Chief Marketing Officer for Eachwin Capital and Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of Ardsley Partners, one of the oldest hedge funds in the US. Prior to Ardsley Partners, Richard was the Managing Partner of Atheneum Capital LLC, a firm he founded in 2005. Formerly, Richard was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he served in the Institutional Equity Division and in Firm Management. He was Head of Equities for Morgan Stanley Canada from 1998 – 2002, where he was instrumental in building the firm’s Canadian equity research, sales and trading businesses. Richard previously was Vice President at the Union Bank of Switzerland and a Credit Analyst at the Federal Business Development Bank, a division of the Bank of Canada. He is past president of the Rowayton Civic Association. Richard is an Advisory Director of the Family Office Association and Defentect, Inc., and is a member of the Financial Executives Alliance. Richard earned his BA in Economics and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in 1979 and Accounting at the University of Calgary in 1987.
Vice President, Financial Intermediaries
Kurt joined Apex in 2009 as a Regional Director of Business Development. Apex Capital Management was founded in 1987 with a singular focus on growth investing and was employee-owned prior to its acquisition by Fiera Capital. Prior to joining Apex, Kurt was a Vice President at Lazard Asset Management LLC. Before Lazard, he was an Assistant Vice President at Gannett Welsh & Kotler LLC, working with consultants in the Western United States. Kurt began his career at Putnam Investments in 2000, where he worked with mutual funds, separately managed accounts and private equity and in 2002 was selected to be part of Putnam Private Asset Management.
Kurt has a BS in Mathematics and Physics from SUNY College at Cortland.
Chirag Goyanka, CFA
Head of Product Strategy
Prior to joining Apex, he was Vice President at Kotak Mahindra Group for 11 years and in the asset management business in New York for 6 years. Prior to that, he was part of the Private Banking business in Mumbai, India. He began his career as an insurance agent before joining a boutique investment advisor. Chirag is a Chartered Financial Analyst, has a M.B.A from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management studies (JBIMS), and an undergraduate degree in Commerce from Mumbai University as well as his NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.
James Bolante, CFA, CAIA
Vice President, Client Portfolio Specialist, Institutional Markets
Previously, Jim was an Assistant Vice President on the Fiera Capital institutional business development team. In this role, he was responsible for cultivating new business opportunities and maintaining thoughtful relationships across the entire institutional distribution channel. Prior to joining Fiera, Jim was a member of the institutional sales and marketing teams at GW&K Investment Management and The Boston Company Asset Management, LLC.
Jim received a BA in Economics from Boston University and an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations and holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA. He is a member of the CFA Society Boston, CFA Institute, and the CAIA Association.
Vice President, Business Development, RIA and Family Offices
Prior to joining Fiera Capital, Riley spent nearly 10 years at The Permal Group where he served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility in the US Institutional Group. Most recently he held the title of Senior Vice President at EnTrustPermal working with a variety of sophisticated investment consulting firms, as well as large US pensions, insurance companies, and endowment and foundation clients.
Riley earned his BS in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from SUNY Geneseo.
Business Development Support
Roberto Gonzalez, Analyst, Financial Intermediaries
Anton Gringut, Senior Analyst, Product Strategy