CLS Investment Team

The CLS Investment Team is responsible for the day-to-day management of CLS’s investment portfolios, as well as providing ongoing support and guidance to CLS’s advisors and investors.

This team is fortified by CLS’s Investment Committee, which meets quarterly to formally review performance and positioning. In addition, the Investment Committee is responsible for CLS’s Risk Budgeting Methodology and the CLS Investment Themes. The former is our preferred approach to portfolio risk management. The latter is the unifying thread between all CLS portfolios.

*Investment Committee members are denoted by an asterisk below.
Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT*

Chief Investment Officer

Rusty Vanneman

Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT*

Chief Investment Officer

Rusty Vanneman joined CLS in September 2012 as Chief Investment Officer. Previously, Mr. Vanneman was Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager at Kobren Insight Management (KIM) in the greater Boston area. His 11-year tenure at KIM included a 5-year span during which the firm was owned by E*TRADE Financial. During this time, Mr. Vanneman was the Senior Market Strategist for E*TRADE Capital. Prior to working at KIM, he was a Senior Analyst at Fidelity Management and Research (FMR Co) in Boston. He was also a Managing Analyst at Thomson Financial.

Mr. Vanneman received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Babson College, where he graduated with high distinction. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. He is also a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and a member of the Market Technician’s Association (MTA).

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Scott Kubie, CFA*

Chief Investment Strategist

Scott Kubie

Scott Kubie, CFA*

Chief Investment Strategist

Scott Kubie joined CLS as a Portfolio Manager in November 1995. In March of 2002, he was given additional responsibilities as the Director of Research. In response to rapid asset growth at CLS, Mr. Kubie moved to the role of Chief Strategist in June 2005.

Mr. Kubie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He holds Series 6 and Series 65 securities registrations as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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Joseph Smith, CFA*

Senior Market Strategist

Joseph Smith, CFA*

Senior Market Strategist

In 2015, Joe Smith, CFA, joined CLS in the role of Senior Market Strategist. Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Smith worked at Russell Investments, where he served as an Analyst responsible for asset allocation research, portfolio construction, optimization design, and risk management research. He later joined Russell ETFs as Manager of ETF Product Development and Research, a role in which he developed quantitative indexing strategies implemented as ETFs. Mr. Smith also worked for Charles Schwab Investment Management as Senior Product Specialist supporting product management activities for the Schwab ETFs fund family. In addition, he worked for CLS during the summer of 2014 as an Investment Analyst.

Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Washington. He later received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Smith holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Nebraska.  He also is a member of the Society of Quantitative Analysts.

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Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA*

Portfolio Manager

Grant Engelbart

Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA*

Portfolio Manager

Grant Engelbart joined CLS in 2009, and after several roles in operations and investment research, accepted the role of Portfolio Manager in 2013. Mr. Engelbart currently serves as a manager on CLS’s aggressive mutual funds in addition to several ETF and mutual fund separate account strategies. Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Engelbart held positions at TD Ameritrade and State Street Corporation.

Mr. Engelbart received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® (CAIA) designation, and FINRA Series 65 license. He is a member of the CFA Society of Nebraska and the CAIA Chicago Chapter.

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Marc Pfeffer*

Senior Portfolio Manager

Marc Pfeffer

Marc Pfeffer*

Senior Portfolio Manager

Marc Pfeffer, Managing Director, Institutional Fixed Income; Senior Portfolio Manager
Marc Pfeffer joined CLS in 2011, continuing as Senior Portfolio Manager for the Milestone Treasury Obligations Fund, which CLS incorporated into its fund family in January 2012. Mr. Pfeffer has over 30 years of investment management experience, including time spent as the Chief Investment Officer at Milestone. He also worked previously at Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns.

Mr. Pfeffer is a Portfolio Manager on the CLS Flexible Income Fund and CLS Global Growth Fund portfolio management teams, in addition to being a Portfolio Manager of the CLS Active Income X Strategy and CLS’s ETF strategies. He also manages individual municipal bond portfolios for the CLS Master Manager Strategy, and is a senior member of the CLS Investment Committee.

Mr. Pfeffer graduated from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree, and from Fordham University with a Master of Business Administration degree. He holds his FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.

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Paula Wieck, CFA*

Portfolio Manager

Paula Wick

Paula Wieck, CFA*

Portfolio Manager

Paula Wieck joined CLS in 2006 and is currently the Manager of Investment Research/Portfolio Manager. In these roles, she is responsible for overseeing a team of investment research and performance analysts who provide in-depth research and data for CLS’s investment decision making process. She also co-manages four AdvisorOne Funds, which range from aggressive to protection strategies, as well as multiple variable annuity and mutual fund strategies at CLS.

Prior to joining CLS, Ms. Wieck worked at TD Ameritrade as an Equity Analyst and Orion Advisor Services as an Implementation Specialist. Ms. Wieck holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, is a member of the CFA Society of Nebraska, and holds the Series 6 and Series 65 securities registrations.

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Joshua Jenkins, CFA*

Portfolio Manager

Joshua Jenkins, CFA*

Portfolio Manager

Joshua Jenkins joined CLS in March 2013, and serves as a Portfolio Manager. He is the lead manager of an income-focused separately-managed account strategy and also functions as the lead analyst for the CLS Growth and Income Fund, CLS Flexible Income Fund, and the Milestone Treasury Obligations Fund. In these roles, Mr. Jenkins utilizes fundamental and technical analysis to assist portfolio managers in asset allocation decisions. In addition, due to his extensive knowledge of Exchange Traded Products, he drives CLS’s implementation process and is integral in selecting the appropriate ETPs to gain desired exposure within CLS portfolios.

Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Jenkins worked as an Analyst on the private equity desk at Auriga USA, LLC, a small broker-dealer headquartered in New York City.

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Kostya Etus, CFA*

Portfolio Manager

Kostya Etus, CFA*

Portfolio Manager

Konstantin “Kostya” Etus began his career at CLS in 2011 as a Trading Specialist and became Research/Portfolio Analyst in early 2013. Later, he was promoted to Portfolio Manager. Mr. Etus is currently a co-manager on two mutual funds and lead manager on various separate account strategies.

Prior to working at CLS, Mr. Etus worked as an Associate Financial Analyst at ConAgra Foods, Inc., managing the company’s global cash network. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and obtained Master’s degrees from Creighton University in Investment Management and Financial Analysis, as well as Business Administration. He holds the Series 65 securities registration and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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Case Eichenberger, CIMA®*

Client Portfolio Manager

Case Eichenberger, CIMA®*

Client Portfolio Manager

Case Eichenberger has been with CLS since 2007. Mr. Eichenberger has held various roles while at the company, including Relationship Representative and Internal Wholesaler. In 2015, he accepted the role of Client Portfolio Manager. In his current role, Mr. Eichenberger co-manages CLS’s American Funds strategies, works closely with CLS’s separate account strategies (Master Manager), and communicates very closely with advisors and their clients both remotely and in-person.

Mr. Eichenberger holds the Series 6, 63, and 65 licenses. He also holds his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation. During the accreditation process, Mr. Eichenberger attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mark Matthews

Investment Research Analyst

Mark Matthews

Investment Research Analyst

Mark Matthews joined CLS in 2015 as Junior Analyst, and was later promoted to Investment Research Analyst. Before joining CLS, Mr. Matthews worked as a controller for Columbia, SC-based engineering firm, Dennis Corporation. He also held previous roles at TD Ameritrade in the Risk Management Division, where he was responsible for creating and updating quantitative risk models used to identify volatile securities, as well as implementing parameters to mitigate associated risk.

Mr. Matthews graduated Magna Cum Laude from Benedict College in Columbia, SC. He also holds a Master’s degree in Security Analysis and Portfolio Management, as well as Business Administration from the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. In addition, Mr. Matthews currently holds his Series 65 security license, is a United States Army Reservist, and is working toward his CFA designation.

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Gene Frerichs*

Senior Performance Analyst

Gene Frerichs*

Senior Performance Analyst

Gene Frerichs joined CLS in 1997. Throughout his career at CLS, Mr. Frerichs has been responsible for helping develop the Portfolio Administrator and Performance Analyst positions. Currently, Mr. Frerichs is an Investment Performance Analyst. In 1993, Mr. Frerichs received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Chadron State College in Nebraska. He currently holds a FINRA Series 65 license and has completed the first level of the CIPM program offered through the CFA Institute.

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Jackson Lee

Investment Research Analyst

Jackson Lee

Investment Research Analyst

Jackson Lee joined CLS in November of 2014. Before working at CLS, he was an Accounting Analyst for CLS’s sister company, Orion. He graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Mr. Lee holds Series 65 securities license and is currently working toward his CFA designation.

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Jessica Golson

Investment Performance Analyst

Jessica Golson

Investment Performance Analyst

Jessica Golson joined CLS in 2011 as a Trading Specialist and accepted the role of Portfolio Administrator in 2012. In 2013, she was promoted to her current role of Trading Manager. As the Trading Manager, she oversaw the execution of approximately 10 million dollars of trades each day, and worked closely with the Portfolio Management Team to integrate new strategies into the CLS process. Jessica was later promoted to the role of Investment Performance Analyst.

Prior to joining CLS, she was a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed and worked in the audit department for a bank holding company. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she majored in Finance, Banking, and Investment Science, and minored in Management. In 2012, she received a Masters of Investment Management and Financial Analysis from Creighton University. She currently holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 security licenses.

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Mike Forker, J.D.*

Chief Compliance Officer

Mike Forker, J.D.*

Chief Compliance Officer

Mike Forker, J.D., serves as Chief Compliance Officer for CLS Investments, and oversees CLS’s Compliance Department. Previously, Mr. Forker served as CLS’s Senior Compliance Officer. Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Forker served as a Compliance Consultant and Attorney for independent RIAs and broker-dealers through a well-known consulting firm.

Mr. Forker earned his Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Todd Clarke*

Managing Director, NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC

Todd Clarke

Todd Clarke*

Managing Director, NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC

Todd Clarke joined CLS Investments, LLC in December of 1992 as a Wholesaler. Before becoming Managing Director of NorthStar, Todd also held positions at CLS as Sales Manager, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, President, and CEO. In his current role, Mr. Clarke is responsible for leading the NorthStar national accounts and marketing teams, which focus on leveraging the collective size and offerings of NorthStar to offer CLS advisors and partners additional tools and distribution outlets.

Mr. Clarke received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University. He currently holds Series 7, Series 63, and Series 66 securities licenses. Outside CLS, Mr. Clarke participates in the TD Ameritrade Advisory Panel and has served as a Millard Public Schools Foundation board member

Institutional Trading Team

Kevin Zlomke

Institutional Trading Manager

Kevin Zlomke

Institutional Trading Manager

Kevin Zlomke joined CLS in August 2004. In 2006, he was promoted to Manager of the New Business Team. In 2010, he joined the Trading Team and was promoted to Operations Project Manager on the Institutional Trading Team. In 2012, he was promoted to Institutional Trading Manager.

Mr. Zlomke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE. He holds FINRA Series 6, 26, and 65 securities registrations.

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Michael Vitallo

Operations Project Manager

Michael Vitallo

Operations Project Manager

Michael Vitallo joined CLS as a Portfolio Administrator in 2012. In 2013, he was promoted to his current role as Operations Project Manager.

Mr. Vitallo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. He holds FINRA Series 65 and 7 securities registrations.

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Andrew Reisdorff

Operations Project Manager

Andrew Reisdorff

Operations Project Manager

Andrew Reisdorff joined CLS as a Portfolio Administrator in 2012. In 2013, he was promoted to Operations Project Manager.

Mr. Reisdorff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in Finance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He holds a the FINRA Series 65 securities registration.

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