J. Garrett Stevens is the Chief Executive Officer of Exchange Traded Concepts, LLC (formerly FaithShares Advisors, LLC) where he oversees and is actively involved in the firm’s daily operations. He is also CEO of Exchange Traded Concepts Trust and holds the position of Chairman of ETC’s Executive Committee. Prior to the ETC endeavor, Mr. Stevens founded FaithShares in 2009 where he served as CEO, launching the first family of faith-based ETFs in the marketplace. Stevens began his professional career in 2000 as a stock broker and investment advisor at T.S. Phillips Investments, Inc. serving as vice president. Mr. Stevens is becoming a nationally recognized ETF specialist and has appeared in a wide variety of financial media outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg, Index Universe and the Wall Street Journal. An Oklahoma native, Garrett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Oklahoma State University.
Mr. Baker joined Exchange Traded Concepts (“ETC”) in September 2011 and serves as Director of Capital Markets, focusing primarily on new Business Development. Jay played a lead role in the creation and successful launch of the Yorkville products - one of which being the first ETF launched on ETC’s platform in 2012 - which were acquired by Van Eck in early 2016. Through Mr. Baker’s leadership and expertise, he has since assisted in bringing 19 funds to market through ETC, whose assets now total approximately $2 billion to date.
Prior to his partnership with ETC, Jay spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Vice President of ETF Business Development for their Electronic ETF Trading Group. Jay previously worked at the American Stock Exchange in the ETF and Options department and was involved with marketing of the SPDR, the first ETF launched in the United States. The SPDR trades 200 million shares a day and has approximately $200 billion in AUM.
Jay graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA and received an MBA in Finance from Pace University.
Richard R. Hogan began his professional career as an Independent Options Trader on the floors of the New York Stock Exchange and American Stock Exchange and was recruited by Spear, Leeds & Kellogg (“SLK”) as a Specialist in early 1987, later becoming a Limited Partner and a Managing Director in 1992. As Managing Director of the Index Derivatives Group, Rich established trading operations and nurtured Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”) as a Specialist in SPDRs, WEBS, Sector SPDRs, iShares and other ETFs. Rich worked closely with Exchange staff, issuers, index providers and others in conceiving, designing, developing, launching, marketing and trading new ETFs. Notably, he championed the idea of a fixed income ETF. In 2000, Rich became a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs when SLK was merged and has been actively managing his own portfolio since 2002. Rich was a Founder and Managing Member of Yorkville ETF Advisors, a sponsor of the Yorkville exchange traded funds, which were acquired by Van Eck in early 2016. He graduated from Villanova University in 1983 with a degree in Bachelor of Arts, Honors.
Abigail Bertumen is the General Counsel of Exchange Traded Concepts. Abby has more than nine years’ experience advising investment advisers and investment funds on the Securities Act of 1933, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the rules and regulations thereunder. Abby spent six and a half years working at the international law firms Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP, in their Washington, DC and New York offices, where she counseled clients on the formation and registration of registered investment companies, including open-end, closed-end and exchange-traded funds, and provided ongoing advice on applicable laws, rules and regulations. Additionally, Abby advised clients on complying with numerous provisions of the Investment Advisers Act. During that time, Abby was one of ETC’s principal counsels from its inception. Prior to joining ETC, Abby was a managing associate at the London-based law firm, Linklaters LLP, where she primarily advised investment advisers, private equity funds and hedge funds on a number of regulatory matters under the U.S. securities laws, and the rules and guidance thereunder. Additionally, Abby prepared and negotiated investment management, services, and placement and platform agreements. Abby received her B.A. from Ithaca College and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore. Prior to attending law school in 2005, Abby was a paralegal for three and a half years in the mutual funds legal department of Deutsche Asset Management. She is based in New York City.
Mr. Cronan joined ETC from Station-Hill Growth Consulting, where he was the President. ROBO Global, the robotics ETF (ROBO) grew from $130 million in AUM to over $1 billion in AUM in 6 months. Prior to Launching SHGC, Mr. Cronan headed up the ETF Data and Education Sales and Marketing for ETF.com, starting with Index Universe. Mr. Cronan held positions with The Financial Times of London and started with the division, Money-Media. He was the SVP of Sales for Ignites, Fundfire and Board IQ doubling revenue in a few years and then was promoted within the FT to become the Head of Sales and Marketing at Medley Global Advisors. He is a graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology.