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Volunteer Board Members



President

Meagan Snyder, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer

River Road Asset Management, LLC (Louisville, KY)

Meagan serves as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer.  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing and managing the compliance and legal functions at the firm.  Additionally, Meagan serves as an adviser to the firm's Executive Committee on compliance and legal topics.  She also serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee and participates in the firm’s Brokerage Allocation and Review Committee, Proxy Voting Policy Committee, and Pricing Committee.

Meagan joined River Road in 2007.  She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky and a JD from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and is a Kentucky licensed attorney.  River Road Asset Management has been an Advent client since 2005 and Meagan has experience with APX, Moxy, and Advent Rules Manager. Meagan has presented at the Chicago and National Member Meetings.

 


Vice President

Jason Guthrie, Director of Operations

Franklin Street Advisors (Chapel Hill, NC)

 

Jason is the Director of Operations of Franklin Street Advisors. Jason joined Franklin Street Advisors in 2007 as Operations Manager for the Hedge Fund of Funds team. Jason has also worked for Advent Software, Inc., a leading portfolio management software company, where he worked as a consultant, trainer, and also managed a team of consultants. Jason began his career at Schwab Performance Technologies, Inc. He received his MBA from North Carolina State University and his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Campbell University.

 

Franklin Street Advisors has been a longstanding member of The Exchange.  In recent years, Jason has participated in several regional meetings, the National Members Meeting and has also been a part of the GIPS Focus Group calls.

 


Treasurer

Kent Lawson, Managing Director

Accusource  (Chicago, IL) 

 

Kent Lawson joined Accusource in August of 2017.  Prior to joining the Accusource team, Kent spent 10 years managing the investment operations for a large single family office, ran his own outsourcing firm that provided operational management and consulting for RIA’s, trust companies, family offices and other investment based companies, and has in the past 25 years served the wealth management community in various roles including independent consulting for SEC Compliance, the Depository Trust Company Corporation trade activities, GIPS Performance Measurement Standards, and as a Senior Consultant and Business Analyst for Advent Software.  

 

 

Beyond work, Kent has a passion for his family and for music, especially playing jazz saxophone.


Secretary

Jennifer Kelley, CCO

Zevin Asset Management (Boston, MA) 

 

Zevin Asset Management, LLC is an SRI global investment management firm, rooted in the idea of avoiding major losses rather than seeking big gains. The securities we manage are screened for a wide range of social criteria and voted on in a conscientious way.  Personal client service is a priority to our firm.  Shareholder activism includes initiating company dialogues and co-filing shareholder resolutions on behalf of our clients.

 

Jennifer joined the firm in 2000, with two employees and 35 clients, responsible for all aspects of client service and operations.  Since that time, she has helped the company grow to 11 employees and over 250 clients.  This has been achieved through outstanding customer service, a company culture in which employees can grow and thrive, and thoughtful management of goals and direction.  Jennifer is now the Chief Compliance Officer for the firm, solely responsible for all aspects of the compliance program.  and the Chief Operations Officer, supervising the operations and client service team.  Her duties also include serving on the Board of Managers, human resources for the firm and day to day office management.

 

Jennifer graduated from Salem State University with her MBA.  She attended St. Anselm College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science with Business.  She is a candidate for the IACCP.

Jennifer implemented Advent programs for her firm in 2006, and the firm joined the Exchange in 2012; Before her 2 sons graduated from High School, she was very active in the town and school athletics boosters and education groups.  She is currently enjoying her empty nest with camping, boating and skiing.



John Stiles, Founder and CEO
C/Bridge Strategic Advisors (Boston, MA)


John started C/Bridge in 2019 to help firms manage  compliance, operations, finance, and IT solutions. 

 

Prior to C/Bridge he was a founding member of Birch Hill investments. He was tasked with the set up the firm’s systems infrastructure and processes related to technology, operations, portfolio administration, and trading. Before this, John was a Research Associate and Trader at Seaward Management and began his career at Eaton Vance Management.

John graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He received his Masters of Science in Investment Management from Boston University. John is a member of the Boston Securities Traders Association, the National Society of Compliance Professionals, and is an active volunteer in his alumni organizations. John is a Director and the Treasurer of Camp Fire Eastern Massachusetts.

John has used Advent systems and been a member of The Exchange for 15 years. He has experience with APX, Axys, Qube, ACD, Moxy, DTCC, ACA, and Revenue Center. John has held the President, Vice President and Secretary positions for The Exchange Network, and has been on the board for 5 years. He has chaired numerous committees and regularly presents and moderates at The Exchange events.

 


Mark Parker, Principal 
MMHP Investment Advisors (Thomasville, GA) 

Mark is a principal and a member of MMHP Investment Advisors Investment Committee. Prior to MMHP, he was the principal of Parkway Wealth Management, LLC (PWC), an investment advisor registered with the SEC. Before PWM, Mark was the Chief Investment Officer at TNB Financial Services, the trust division of Thomasville National Bank. For 15 years prior to TNB, Mark was Chief Investment Officer and CEO at Joseph Parker and Company, Inc., an investment advisory firm with managed assets of $240 million. The company merged with TNB in 2002. He has been in the investment business since 1987. 

Mark graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance. He holds a Series 65 license – Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination. 

From 2002 to 2008, Mark served as an AUG board member. He has spoken or been a panelist at several Advent conferences. From 2009-2015, he acted as an appointed board member of The Exchange Network as the Assistant Treasurer.


 
Michelle McDonough, Managing Partner
Trillium Asset Management (Boston, MA) 


Michelle joined Trillium Asset Management as a consultant in 2010 to upgrade the firm’s systems infrastructure and processes related to compliance, technology, operations, portfolio administration, and trading. She has since joined the firm full time as a partner responsible for management of all non-investment functions. Prior to joining Trillium, Michelle was the Chief Operating Officer at Winslow Management Company which was acquired by Brown Advisory in 2009. While at Winslow/Brown, she worked on the operations and technology integration of the two firms.

Michelle graduated from Salem State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. Michelle is on the Board of Ambassadors for the Home for Little Wanderers. 

Michelle has used Advent systems and been a member of AUG for 16 years. She has experience with APX, Axys, ACD, Moxy, DTCC and ACA. Michelle has held many positions on the board of The Exchange Network. She has previously served as chair of the Marketing Committee and has sat on the Compliance Committee and was President and Vice President.

 

Clare Retrum, Vice President of Operations, Chief Compliance Officer
C.W. Henderson & Associates (Chicago, IL) 

Clare joined C. W. Henderson & Associates in 2001 as an associate working in the back office and client service. Currently, she manages the operations team and oversees the firm’s trading systems and processes, operational efficiencies, client service, and project implementations. She was named CCO in 2015.

Clare received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Economics and her Master of Business Administration from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois in Finance and Entrepreneurship. 

Clare has used Advent systems since 2001 and has experience with Axys, Moxy, ACD/REX and DTCC. She has been a member of AUG since 2008 and was a member of the Axys sub-committee 2011-2015. Clare has presented at AUG regional meetings, the Advent Conference, and on The Exchange webinars.

 

The Exchange Network has been an invaluable resource for me.  The ability to network with peers to share ideas and knowledge has helped me more than any other group I have come across.  I would like to join the board in order to continue this opportunity for others in the industry.


Bob Stiess, Director of Information Systems

Wasmer, Schroeder & Company (Naples, FL)

 

Bob Stiess is the Director of Information Systems and is responsible for the oversight of IT, cybersecurity, trade settlement, custodial reconciliation, and data management for Wasmer, Schroeder & Company (WSC).

 

Bob partners with leaders across WSC to ensure the alignment of business and technology strategies. He evaluates, implements, integrates and maintains technologies to support the Firm. Mr. Stiess has grown our application portfolio to include an integrated suite of portfolio accounting, reporting, billing, performance, and analytical solutions combined with ancillary systems for client management and corporate accounting.

 

Bob joined WSC in 2008 after earning his B.S. in Finance with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida. He previously volunteered for the Lighthouse of Collier, Center for Blindness and Vision Loss, and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Collier GAIN. Bob is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

 


Sonia Ernst, Principal, Trading and Operations Manager

Cabot Wealth Management (Boston, MA)

 

Sonia is a Principal at Cabot Wealth Management and Manager of Trading and Operations.  Her responsibilities include managing Cabot’s Trading, Operations, IT Coordination, Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits Administration and general Office Management.  Sonia continually strives to research and implement technologies that provide Cabot with the ability to service their clients in the most effective, efficient and secure means available. 

 

Project work requires Sonia to be a solutions-oriented problem solver and a creative out-of-the-box thinker.  She oversees budgeting, reporting, planning, and is directly involved in policy, planning and strategy decisions.

 

Sonia graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a minor in Computer Information Systems. Sonia was first introduced to the team of professionals at Cabot Wealth Management when she became Cabot’s first scholarship award recipient. Sonia enjoys spending time with her two daughters, channeling her creating side and reading.

 


David Lee, Director of IT

Churchill Management Group (Los Angeles, CA)

 

Mr. Lee joined Churchill Management Group as a trading intern in the spring of 1997. He has since earned his Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification, CompTIA A+ certification and CNA. He oversees all aspects of technology, while he and his team manage its application for all of Churchill Management Group.

 

David graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Latin.

 

 

 

 

 


Donna, Managing Director

Corbyn Investment Management (Luthervillle, MD) 

 

Donna joined Corbyn Investment Management in January, 2015 as Manager of Client Services.  Donna is responsible for the Operations Department at Corbyn and deals with all aspects of post trade management and reconciliation.  Since joining Corbyn, she has automated, revamped, and reworked the operations procedures for more effective and efficient processing which included learning Visual Basic Programming to code macros.   Prior to joining Corbyn, Donna was Vice President of Operations with Lombard Securities, an independent broker dealer where she worked for 17 years.  She was an active member of SIFMA .

 

Donna graduated magna cum laude from The American University with a BSBA in Business Administration.  She has successfully passed the Series 7, 24, and 66 exams and currently holds the Series 66.

 

Donna has been an active member of the Exchange Network since joining Corbyn.  She has served on the National Members Meeting Planning committee for three years.

 


Brett Rainey, COO

Hodges Capital Management  (Dallas, TX) 

 

Brett Rainey is Hodges Capital Management’s Chief Operating Officer and has over 25 years of experience across the brokerage, mutual fund, and SMA industries. Brett is responsible for all aspects of Hodges Capital’s business, outside of research and portfolio management.

 

Prior to joining Hodges Capital, Brett was a consultant with Envestnet Financial Technologies, SVP of Operations with Placemark Investments (a leader in unified managed accounts and tax overlay, acquired by Envestnet in 2014), and a Vice President with JPMorgan. Brett graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a bachelor's in history.

 


Jim Seng, Director of Financial Operations

Longview Asset Management (Chicago, IL) 

 

Jim joined Longview Asset Management as an associate in 2001. Now Director of Financial Operations, he is responsible for the operations team and all related systems and processes.

 

Born and raised in Chicago, he attended Southern Illinois University and The Ohio State University. He continues to learn from his peers, mentors, classes, industry journals and groups like The Exchange.

 

An Advent user since 1999 and APX user since 2008. Jim is experienced in Axys, APX, Moxy, Tamale, Dataport, ACD, ACA, DTCC, and automation.

 

 

 

 


Senior Advisor to the Board (Appointed)

Ann Massey, FPQPTM, Manager, Director of Operations

Plante Moran Financial Advisors (Portage, MI)


Ann joined Plante Moran in 1996.  Currently, her focus is on operations and technology initiatives for the firm’s wealth management group. Responsibilities include participating in technology and service provider projects and vendor relationship management. Previous responsibilities as the manager of operations included oversight of operations for Plante Moran Financial Advisors (PMFA) and Plante Moran Trust (PMT).

 

She has been a member of The Exchange Network since 2002, and currently serves as the Senior Advisor for the Board. In the past, she held various roles on the Board including Vice President and President and has participated on various committees. She also serves on the Infovisa Steering Committee, and previously served on the Schwab Technology Operations and Advisory Board. She earned the Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™, a designation from the College of Financial Planning.


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