Team

Dennis Alff, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager - Equity Investments
  • 20 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 Affiliations, Current and Past: Member CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Senior Portfolio Manager / Research Specialist
Benjamin C. Carrier, Equity Analyst
  • 3 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) Professional Background:  Vaughan Nelson since 2016; Associate, Management Consulting, KPMG, (2014-2016) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities:  Equity Fundamental Research
Susan E. Darshad, Finance Manager
  • 32 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) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member, CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Finance and Accounting
Stephen A. Davis, CFA, Vice President - Equity Investments
  • 12 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: Equity Fundamental Research
Belinda Denn, Manager of Portfolio Operations
  • 39 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 R. Eisenman, CFA, CPA, Vice President - Equity Investments
  • 15 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 M. Ellis, Portfolio Manager - Fixed Income Investments
  • 42 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 B. Faig, CPA, Chief Compliance Officer/Director, Finance and Administration
  • 34 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
  • 17 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 E. Farrell, Director, Institutional Marketing and Director, Private Client Services
  • Director, Private Client Services 25 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, Equity Analyst
  • 3 years investment management and financial analysis experience B.B.A., Southern Methodist University, 2014, Finance; B.S., Southern Methodist University, Political Science, 2014 Professional Background:  Vaughan Nelson since 2016; Investment Banking Analyst, RBC Capital Markets, (2014-2016) Affiliations, Current and Past: Enrolled in Chartered Financial Analyst program Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities:  Equity Fundamental Research
Blanca L. Garza, Portfolio Manager and Trader - Fixed Income Investments
  • 24 years investment and financial experience B.A., University of Houston-University Park, 1989, French, Minor Italian; 1990 Spanish; M.B.A., University of Saint Thomas, 1996 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
  • 23 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) 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: Compliance
Michael J. Hanna, Director, Client Services and Client Portfolio Manager
  • 17 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) Affiliations, Current and Past: Member, CFA Institute Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Director of Client Services / Portfolio Manager
Danika Haselden, Marketing and Client Service Associate
  • 4 years investment management client service and marketing experience Certified Financial Planner® Certification Education Program, Rice University, 2016; B.B.A., University of Texas, 2013, Finance Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2014; Internal Sales Consultant, Salient Partners (2013) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities:  Marketing and Client Service
Steven M. Henriksen, Senior Portfolio Manager and Director - Fixed Income Investments
  • 34 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 C. Holewyne, Manager, Institutional Marketing
  • 30 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, Manager, Vice President, Client Portfolio Manager
  • 11 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
Cynthia G. Lones, Marketing and Communications Manager
  • 20 years investment and marketing experience B.A., University of Michigan, 1997, Economics Professional Background: Vaughan Nelson since 2005; Marketing Specialist, PlusFunds Group, Inc. (2004); Equity Research Assistant, UBS (2000-2004); Portfolio Assistant, Beutel, Goodman Capital Management (1997-2000) Vaughan Nelson Responsibilities: Manager of External Marketing Distribution, RFPs and Databases
J. D. Michael, Equity Trader
  • 24 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: Equity Trading
Kenneth G. Palermo, Compliance Manager
  • 18 years investment compliance and financial services experience M.B.A., Sam Houston State University, 2001; B.B.A., Sam Houston State University, 1998 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
  • 19 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: Equity Trading
Adam C. Rich, CFA, Equity Analyst
  • 7 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
Nathan E. Sloan, Director of Operations
  • 17 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
  • 22 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 D. Wallis, CFA, CPA, CEO and CIO
  • 25 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 J. Weber, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager - Equity Investments
  • 21 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 C. Wojciechowski, Ph.D., Risk Officer - Equity Investments
  • 15 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 / Portfolio Manager