Donald H. Putnam - Managing Partner, Executive Chairman and Acting CEO
Mr. Putnam founded Manifold Partners in 2012, prior to which he founded Grail Partners LLC in 2005 where he currently serves as Managing Partner. In 1987 he founded Putnam Lovell Securities and served as CEO and Chairman of the Board. He was an Executive Vice President and Division President of SEI, founder and President of SEI Financial Services Company, and founder and President of its mutual funds. Before SEI he was a Senior Consultant at Catallactics Corporation where he devised new quantitative products for major banks. His career began at Bankers Trust Company where he worked with quantitative and systems teams serving ERISA clients.
John Griff - Managing Partner and President
Mr. Griff has enjoyed an over 40-year financial services career that has spanned investment banking and asset management. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer of publicly held Gleacher & Company, a boutique investment banking and asset management firm specializing in Advisory, Capital Markets, Fixed Income, and Private Equity, where he was also CEO of the Broker-Dealer. Mr. Griff served as Strategic Advisor to the CEO at LNR Property Corporation where he shared responsibility for LNR’s European business units, including a Commercial Real Estate fund. Mr. Griff served as President of Putnam Lovell, a boutique investment bank specializing in the financial services sector. He was simultaneously CEO of HSBC USA, Inc., HSBC’s US based Investment Banking business, and Co-Head of HSBC’s Global Fixed Income business. Mr. Griff also served in senior roles at then NationsBanc Capital Markets, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Griff is a graduate of Fordham University where he earned a BS degree majoring in Finance and Marketing.
Jane A. Kanter - Managing Partner, Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Ms. Kanter has been in the financial services industry for almost 40 years. Prior to joining Manifold Partners, Ms. Kanter served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of ARK Investment Management LLC from June 2014 through September 2016. Prior to that Ms. Kanter was a senior Partner at Dechert LLP from May 1997 to June 2014. Ms. Kanter has worked in the investment company industry since 1980 in various capacities: in private legal practice as a partner with various law firms, with T. Rowe Price Associates as Vice President and Associate Legal Counsel, and in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management as the Head of the Investment Company Disclosure Study from 1980 to 1983. Ms. Kanter received her B.A. (with honors) from Queens College in 1970, her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1973 (where she was a member of the Law Review), and her LL.M. in taxation from Washington University in 1976.
OPERATIONS AND CLIENT SERVICE
William J. Hines - CTO & Head, Portfolio Strategy
Mr. Hines has over 12 years of experience in computer programming and designing user interfaces. He has managed dozens of projects end-to-end, including developing LAMP-stack web applications front-to-back, creating information architecture and wireframes for online experiences, illustrating award-winning brand identities, and designing marketing materials for print and web. Mr. Hines’ previous titles include Senior Production Artist, IT Admin, and Manager of Communications and Technology.
Andrew Putnam - Head of Client Service and Operations
Mr. Putnam is the head of operations and client services at Manifold. He has a robust history of hands-on investment operations management beginning in 2006 at Conifer Securities. His experience covers a wide range of services for various fund types and clients, both domestic and international. Mr. Putnam is Series 7 certified and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006.
Quentin Moore - Senior Managing Director
Mr. Moore served in the same position with the prior adviser for Manifold Partners proprietary mutual funds. Prior to that, Mr. Moore was Director of Internal Sales for MetLife Securities where he managed both the Internal Broker-Dealer Sales Team and Non-Proprietary Annuity Sales Desk, focused on driving sales for the MetLife Broker-Dealer Group's career and independent investment advisers. Mr. Moore was also responsible for multiple distribution initiatives including the MetLife and New England Securities Investments Specialist Program, Field Recognition Programs and Advisory Council. Mr. Moore was instrumental in the consolidation of MetLife, New England Securities, Walnut Street Securities and Tower Square Securities distribution and sales teams from 2004-2007 as well as holding multiple wholesaling and sales managements positions. Mr. Moore currently holds his Series 7 certification.
Travis Printz - Senior Managing Director
Mr. Printz served in the same position with the prior adviser for Manifold Partners proprietary mutual funds, Prior to that, Mr. Printz served as Managing Director of sales at HRC Portfolio Solutions located in New York, NY. While at HRC he was responsible for sales distribution of Scout Investment Advisors, Oberweis Asset Management and Center Coast Capital with a primary focus of the wire-house channel. Prior to his time at HRC, he was a sales desk representative on the Managed Account Sales desk at UBS Financial Services in Weehawken, NJ. Mr. Printz has a B.A in Business Management from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kent Baur - Chief Risk Officer and Head of Portfolio Management
Mr. Baur has over 25 years of institutional investment experience, spanning fundamental equity, quantitative hedge funds and multi-asset portfolios. He has been involved in nearly every element of the investment process, from managing fundamental research teams and portfolio teams, to risk management, portfolio construction, and implementation. He co-founded Summit Strategies Group in 1994, and his previous positions include Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director, and Chief Risk Officer.
Charles McNally - Partner, Portfolio Management
Mr. McNally joined Manifold Partners by way of previous affiliate Manifold Fund Advisors in early 2013. For thirteen years, he was a founding member, portfolio manager and head of manager research for the Fund of Funds and Institutional Advisory Group at Lyster Watson & Company, a pioneer firm in advising hedge fund investors. Prior to that, he headed research and development for a proprietary equity statistical arbitrage strategy at Jefferies Group, following a role as senior trader at a quantitative hedge fund. He started his career in fixed income portfolio strategy research at Goldman Sachs & Company, where he advised institutional clients on futures and options hedging and portfolio applications. He moved to Salomon Brothers as product manager for fixed-income futures and options, and traded fixed income and foreign exchange at CS First Boston, before moving into investment management. Mr. McNally earned an Sc.B in Applied Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude) from Brown University, and continued his studies in pure and applied mathematics at Cambridge University (as a Churchill Scholar) and at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Nicholas Wherry - Portfolio Manager
Mr. Wherry is an Associate Portfolio Manager in the Global Equity Portfolio Management Group. Mr. Wherry is responsible for analytical and support functions for. He has over seven years’ experience in systematic global equities. Before Manifold, Mr. Wherry was a systems analyst at StraighThrough Inc. in Canada, specializing in code related to the portfolio management and middle office software. Mr. Wherry gained his B.S. in Physics from NYU in 2004.