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.
Timothy J. Jacoby is a retired partner from the Deloitte & Touche Investment Management practice having served many of Deloitte’s premier clients. Tim has over 35 years of combined public accounting and industry experience bringing a unique blend of investment management advisory experience, as well as hands-on involvement with the day-to-day challenges of leading investment management businesses. Prior to Deloitte Tim was CFO and Senior Vice President of Liberty Financial’s asset management business and had been a Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments and a former partner at EY and its predecessor entities. Tim was a 10-year member (three as chair) of the Investment Company Institute’s Accounting/Treasurers Committee and served on the American Institute of CPA’s Investment Companies Committee that revised the Investment Companies Audit and Accounting Guide. Tim holds MBA and Bachelor’s degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo.
David M. Mahle began his career working for a Wall Street law firm with financial services clients. He joined international law firm Jones Day as a partner in 1988 and is currently of counsel to Jones Day. Dave has worked on a wide variety of financial services matters, including the launch of and the continuing representation of the Powershares QQQ Trust, formerly the Nasdaq 100 Trust, a $20 billion exchange traded fund, where he represented the original sponsor of the trust, the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., and the current sponsor, Invesco Powershares Capital Markets LLC. Representative clients include the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., State Street Bank & Trust Company, Invesco Powershares, and Citibank, N.A. Dave is an Adjunct Professor Law at Fordham University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree at Boston College, his law degree at Fordham University School of Law and a Master of Law (in taxation) degree at the New York University School of Law.
Kurt J. Wolfgruber joined Oppenheimer Funds in 2000 and was appointed President of Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. (OFI) in March 2007, assuming responsibility for the Company’s Retail and Wealth Management business units. Throughout his tenure, he also served as OFI’s Senior Investment Officer, Director of Domestic Equities, and as Chief Investment Officer. In this capacity, Mr. Wolfgruber oversaw responsibilities for all investment functions including equity and fixed income research and portfolio management, trading and risk management with total assets exceeding $130 billion at that time. Kurt has been involved in investment management for over 35 years. He joined JP Morgan Investment Management in 1974 as a Research Analyst and later assumed roles of Portfolio Manager and Managing Director, Group Head and Portfolio Manager for the Multi-Market Special Investment Funds. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia (Darden) and a B.A. in Economics from Ithaca College. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mark A. Zurack retired from Goldman Sachs at the end of 2001 after an 18-year career. He is currently a Professor, teaching at both Columbia Business School and Cornell University. Professor Zurack joined Goldman Sachs in 1983 and started the equity derivatives research group. He later assumed a broader leadership role in equity derivatives, comanaging the product in both North America and Asia and leading the effort to cross-market equity derivatives products to high-net-worth individuals. He became a Partner in 1994 and a Managing Director in 1996. Between 1998 and 2001, Professor Zurack served on the Board of Directors at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He received his CFA in 1983, his MBA from Cornell University in 1980 and his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1978.
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 30 funds to market through ETC, whose assets now total approximately $4 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.