CLS’s Guiding Principle: To be a trusted partner with financial advisors and to deliver innovative investment solutions and reliable portfolio management to investors.

Our Roots

In 1972, W. Patrick Clarke began his career as a stockbroker at a time when others were struggling to survive in that profession. In 1975, he left that post to focus on working with individual investors to develop highly customized financial plans and investment management options. When other financial planners began expressing a need for this type of individualized approach, he began to partner with them as a third party asset manager. In 1989, Mr. Clarke was the majority partner in creating the independent asset allocation firm Clarke Lanzen Skalla Investment Firm, LLC. The company was founded on lessons Mr. Clarke learned as both a financial advisor and an individual investor. Under Mr. Clarke’s direction, that company would eventually become CLS Investments.

CLS's story: a video narrated by ryan beach, cls ceo

 

Our People

Shauna Applegarth

Inside Sales Assistant

Deely Bailey

Account Service Specialist

Jesse Bargstadt

Internal Wholesaler

Dawn Batho

Director of Inside Sales & Service

Dawn Batho

Director of Inside Sales & Service
Office:(402) 896-7240
dawn.batho@clsinvest.com

Dawn Batho joined CLS in December 2004 as an Internal Wholesaler. In 2011, she was promoted to Director of Inside Sales, and later took on the role of also overseeing the Client Services Department. In her position, Ms. Batho leads a team of sales internals and client service representatives who cultivate relationships with prospects and existing clients, and support CLS’s external sales team.

Previously, Ms. Batho worked for Mutual of Omaha in their variable annuities department. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, with an emphasis in human resources. She currently holds her Series 65 license.

Learn more about Dawn on our blog.

Ryan Beach

Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Beach

Chief Executive Officer
Office:402.895.1600
ryan.beach@clsinvest.com

Ryan Beach serves as CEO of CLS Investments, where he oversees CLS’s Executive Team, Portfolio Managers, and Business Development. Before becoming CEO, Ryan served as President of CLS, where he led CLS’s general operations and management, as well as provided strategic direction to department heads. Ryan also serves as President of the AdvisorOne Funds, a series mutual fund trust. Prior to joining CLS, Ryan served as Associate General Counsel for NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC (NorthStar) – CLS’s parent company. 

Prior to joining NorthStar, Mr. Beach advised publicly-traded and privately-held clients in connection with corporate financings, mergers and acquisitions, and various corporate governance matters. Mr. Beach also regularly advised securities industry professionals in complying with requirements established by FINRA and the SEC.

Mr. Beach received his J.D., with distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law and earned a BA in Economics, with department honors, from Brigham Young University. He also holds the FINRA Series 65 license.

Cale Beyer

Internal Wholesaler

Bruce Bischoff

Executive Vice President of Sales

Bruce Bischoff

Executive Vice President of Sales
Office:(402) 896-7037
bruce.bischoff@clsinvest.com

Bruce Bischoff joined CLS in 2012 as the Vice President of National Sales for CLS. His duties include sales management and advocacy for the sales teams at CLS, including internal and external sales, as well as the Key Accounts Team. Mr. Bischoff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Utah State University, with a minor focus in Japanese language. He currently holds the Series 65 securities registration. Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Bischoff worked in pharmaceutical and medical device sales and sales management. Mr. Bischoff enjoys hunting, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife and four children.

Learn more about Bruce on our blog.

Stephanie Bloomberg

Trading Specialist

Kyle Booras

Trading Manager

Chad Boyer

Chief Technology Officer

Chad Boyer

Chief Technology Officer
Office:402-896-7443
chad.boyer@clsinvest.com

As Chief Technology Officer, Chad Boyer is responsible for setting the technology vision, driving innovation, and facilitating the ongoing alignment between business and technology at CLS. Mr. Boyer’s team primarily focuses on delivering web based solutions for advisors and building internal software solutions for backend processes.

Mr. Boyer brings over 20 years of experience in the field of information technology, and has an extensive background building software for the financial sector. Mr. Boyer originally joined CLS in July of 1999, where he helped architect a portfolio management system that later became the technology backbone for Orion Advisor Services (a sister company of CLS).

Most recently, Mr. Boyer served as the President and Lead Application Architect for NEWA Enterprises. In this role, he helped various companies transform IT practices by maturing software development processes with agile methodologies. He also provided guidance to development teams on how to build sustainable application architectures by leveraging industry best practices.

Mr. Boyer is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and holds a Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) for Secure Software Programming (GSSP.NET). Grateful for what he has learned from his vast network of IT professionals, he enjoys giving back to the software community by mentoring developers and leading work groups on various aspects of application architecture.

Myles Bozinovski

Regional Vice President of Sales

Myles Bozinovski

Regional Vice President of Sales
Office:(310) 947-0715
myles.bozinovski@clsinvest.com

Myles Bozinovski joined CLS in December of 2014 as Regional Vice President of Sales, covering various states in the western part of the United States.

Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Bozinovski held numerous sales leadership positions within the financial services industry. Mr. Bozinovski started his career as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. He then spent nine years working with TCW Funds, where he held Internal Sales Representative, Internal Sales Manager, and External Wholesaler positions. In sum, he brings over 15 years of experience to CLS.

Mr. Bozinovski currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Water Polo Team. Mr. Bozinovski has spent many years as a lifeguard and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Sadie Brewer

Communications Manager

Ritchie Brown

Director of Trading

Michael Bull

Territory Relationship Manager

Ryan Byrne

Vice President of Qualified Plans

Ryan Byrne

Vice President of Qualified Plans
Office:(402) 957-3495
ryan.byrne@clsinvest.com

Ryan Byrne joined CLS in 2006 as an Inside Sales Consultant. He is currently Vice President of Qualified Plans, where he works to develop and cultivate 401(k) and 403(b) opportunities across the country. Prior to working at CLS, Mr. Byrne worked at QA3 Financial and Securities America.

Mr. Byrne is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems. He currently holds his FINRA Series 6 and 65 securities licenses and is a Qualified Plan Financial Consultant.

Todd Clarke

Managing Director, NorthStar

Todd Clarke

Managing Director, NorthStar
Office:(402) 896-7109
toddc@nstar-financial.com

Todd Clarke joined CLS 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.

Jacquelyn Collett

IT Solutions Project Manager

Patty Colombe

Administrative Coordinator

Patty Colombe

Administrative Coordinator
Office:(402) 896-7051
patty.colombe@clsinvest.com

Patty Colombe supports and coordinates a variety of projects at CLS, primarily including those associated with the activities of CLS’s executive and investment teams. For the investment team, Ms. Colombe is instrumental in coordinating and assisting with a variety of analytical and communication projects. Ms. Colombe joined CLS in 2015. She brings 20 years of experience in a variety of roles, such as Site Service Manager and IT Project Coordinator for a company with 13 locations and over 700 users.

Learn more about Patty on our blog.

Paige Cotignola

Trust Services Specialist

Sisty Driscoll

New Business Specialist

Jamie Dukat

Account Service Specialist

Chelsey Duncan

Director of Marketing

Chelsey Duncan

Director of Marketing
Office:(402) 896-7515
chelsey.duncan@clsinvest.com

As Director of Marketing, Chelsey Duncan is responsible for managing the functions associated with developing and executing strategies to support the brand, sales, communications, and marketing objectives for CLS. She also works with various parties at CLS to develop initiatives that support CLS’s investment advisors, investors, and partners.

Ms. Duncan joined CLS in 2011 as a Marketing Coordinator. She attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she received both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a focus on marketing, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, with a focus on marketing and entrepreneurship.

Ms. Duncan actively participates in the NorthStar Young Professionals Group and is a member of the TeamMates Mentoring Program.

Abbie Edie

Corporate Events Coordinator

Case Eichenberger, CIMA

Client Portfolio Manager

Case Eichenberger, CIMA

Client Portfolio Manager
Office:(402) 896-7004
case.eichenberger@clsinvest.com

Case Eichenberger co-manages CLS’s American Funds strategies, works closely with CLS’s separate account strategies (Master Manager), and communicates with advisors and their clients both remotely and in-person.

Since joining CLS in 2007, Mr. Eichenberger has held various roles, including Relationship Representative and Internal Wholesaler. In 2015, he accepted the role of Client Portfolio Manager.

Mr. Eichenberger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Midland University. He holds the FINRA Series 6, 63, and 65 licenses and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation. During the accreditation process, he attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Eichenberger is a member of Greater Omaha Young Professionals and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

Did you know? Case comes from a long line of educators.

Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA

Portfolio Manager

Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA

Portfolio Manager
Office:(402) 896-7163
grant.engelbart@clsinvest.com

Grant Engelbart manages CLS’s aggressive mutual funds and several ETF and mutual fund separate account strategies, including CLS’s American Funds portfolios. He also leads the alternative broad asset class team and serves on several committees across CLS’s parent company, NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC.

Mr. Engelbart first joined CLS as an intern in 2007. He returned in 2009 and held several roles in trading and investment research prior to accepting the role of Portfolio Manager in 2013. He previously held positions at TD Ameritrade and State Street Corporation.

Mr. Engelbart received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska at 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.

Mr. Engelbart was named one of the Top Ten Money Managers to Watch by Money Management Executive in 2018.*

Did you know? Grant invested in his first fund at age 13.

Kostya Etus, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Kostya Etus, CFA

Portfolio Manager
Office:(402) 896-7523
kostya.etus@clsinvest.com

Konstantin “Kostya” Etus specializes in international investments. He is a co-manager on two mutual funds (aggressive allocation and international) and manager on various separate account strategies, including Core Plus ETF and SRI/ESG. In addition, he manages 529 plans.

Mr. Etus has eight years of investment experience, including six at CLS. He began his career at CLS in 2011 as a Trading Specialist and became a Research/Portfolio Analyst in early 2013. In 2016, he was promoted to Portfolio Manager. 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 degree in Business Administration and obtained Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis and Master of Business Administration degrees from Creighton University. He holds the FINRA Series 65 securities registration and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Did you know? Kostya grew up in Soviet Russia.

Spencer Fleming

Marketing Coordinator

Michael Forker, J.D.

Chief Compliance Officer

Michael Forker, J.D.

Chief Compliance Officer
Office:(402) 896-7027
mike.forker@clsinvest.com

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.

Gene Frerichs

Senior Performance Analyst

Gene Frerichs

Senior Performance Analyst
Office:(402) 896-7190
genef@clsinvest.com

Gene Frerichs specializes in performance measurement, attribution, risk reporting, and composite/Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) reporting. Throughout his career at CLS, which began in 1997, Mr. Frerichs has been responsible for helping develop the Portfolio Administrator and Performance Analyst positions.

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.

Did you know? Gene grew up in the Old West town of Ogallala, Nebraska.

Norma Fried

Sales Scheduler

Brian Gelster

Internal Wholesaler

Pam Gordon

Territory Relationship Manager

Jill Graves

Qualified Plans Product Manager

Carissa Gremm

Team Lead, Service Team

Vala Grigsby

Accounts Receivable Specialist

Steve Grove

Internal Wholesaler

Michael Hadden

Junior Research Analyst

Michael Hadden

Junior Research Analyst
Office:(402) 896-7139
michael.hadden@clsinvest.com

Michael Hadden is involved in all aspects of investment research, including performance reporting and Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) reporting.

Prior to joining CLS in 2017, Mr. Hadden held internships with Ameritas and Platte Valley Bank, while pursuing his degree. He graduated with honors and high distinction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting. He is currently working toward his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Jackie Hansen

Territory Relationship Manager

Laura Hanson

Business Analyst

Jennifer Harre

New Business Specialist

Aaron Hodgson

Trust Services Manager

Tarrah Hovendick

Accounting Operations Analyst

Nicole Howard, J.D.

Compliance Officer

Nicole Howard, J.D.

Compliance Officer
Office:(402) 896-7630
nicole.howard@clsinvest.com

Nicole Howard, J.D., serves as a Compliance Officer for CLS Investments and is responsible for monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies and procedures. Prior to working at CLS, Ms.Howard served as a Claims Counsel at Fidelity National Title Group.

Ms. Howard earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution through the joint degree program offered by Creighton University School of Law and Graduate School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Maryland. She holds her FINRA Series 65 license.

Daniel Iverson

Account Service Specialist

Joshua Jenkins, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Joshua Jenkins, CFA

Portfolio Manager
Office:(402) 896-7069
josh.jenkins@clsinvest.com

Joshua Jenkins manages CLS’s moderate- to low-risk mutual funds and income-focused separate account strategies. He is a Portfolio Manager on the Milestone Treasury Obligations Fund, AdvisorOne CLS Growth and Income Fund, and AdvisorOne CLS Flexible Income Fund.

Mr. Jenkins joined CLS in 2013 as a Research Analyst and accepted the role of Portfolio Manager in 2015. Prior to joining CLS, he was an Analyst for Auriga, USA, LLC in New York City.

Mr. Jenkins received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a member of the CFA Society of Nebraska.

Did you know? Josh ran a 76-mile relay race for NorthStar.

Christian Jones

Internal Wholesaler

Justin Kullman

Chief Operations Officer (CLS) & President (CTC)

Justin Kullman

Chief Operations Officer (CLS) & President (CTC)
Office:(402) 896-7110
justin.kullman@clsinvest.com

Justin Kullman serves as both Chief Operations Officer of CLS and President of Constellation Trust Company (CTC). In these roles, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of both companies.

Mr. Kullman joined the NorthStar family in 2005. Over the years, he has held various positions throughout CLS’s sister companies, including Service Team Manager for Orion Advisor Services, and Trust Services Manager and Vice President of CTC.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kullman worked at QA3 Financial, an independent broker-dealer. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He currently holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 53, and 66 licenses.

Melissa Kulus

Internal Wholesaler

Sarah Lammers

New Business Specialist

Trisha Lancaster

Tradeshow Coordinator

Kathrine Lebsock

Compliance Paralegal

Jackson Lee, CFA

Quantitative Investment Research Analyst

Jackson Lee, CFA

Quantitative Investment Research Analyst
Office:(402) 896-7460
jackson.lee@clsinvest.com

Jackson Lee specializes in data analytics and is responsible for researching and managing data, including the CLS Edge and Risk Budget scores, used by the Portfolio Management Team. He serves on the Domestic Equity BACE team, which researches and analyzes domestic equity ETFs.

Prior to joining CLS in 2014, Mr. Lee was an Accounting Analyst for CLS’s sister company, Orion. Mr. Lee graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and the FINRA Series 65 securities license.

Did you know? Jackson was born in Hong Kong.

Corinna Lockee

Senior New Business Specialist

Colin Maloy

Internal Wholesaler

Pam Mathison

Territory Relationship Manager

Mark Matthews

Investment Research Analyst

Mark Matthews

Investment Research Analyst
Office:(402) 896-7890
mark.matthews@clsinvest.com

Mark Matthews specializes in bottoms-up fundamental analysis. He serves as an Analyst on CLS’s ETF Core Plus SMA strategies and for the domestic equity and fixed income research teams.

Mr. Matthews joined CLS in 2015 as Junior Analyst and was later promoted to Investment Research Analyst. Before joining CLS, he worked as a Controller for Columbia, S.C.-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, S.C. He holds a Master of Science degree in Security Analysis and Portfolio Management and a Master of Business Administration from the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. In addition, Mr. Matthews currently holds the FINRA Series 65 security license, is a United States Army Reservist, and is working toward his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Did you know? Mark played college football in South Carolina.

Tamsin McDonald

Territory Relationship Manager

Diana Minino

New Business Specialist

Connor Neth

Trading Specialist

Kathleen O’Keefe

Document Imaging Specialist

Michelle Ortez

Manager, Corporate Events

Kimberlee Osterfoss

Director of Technology Development

Linda Palmer

Senior Distribution Specialist

Kimberly Pearce

New Business Specialist

Lisa Pekny

Portfolio Administrator

Nathan Peters

New Business Specialist

Marc Pfeffer

Managing Director, Institutional Fixed Income

Marc Pfeffer

Managing Director, Institutional Fixed Income
Office:(402) 896-7225
marc.pfeffer@clsinvest.com

Marc Pfeffer, Managing Director, Institutional Fixed Income; Senior Portfolio Manager

Marc Pfeffer specializes in fixed income strategies. He is a Portfolio Manager on the CLS Flexible Income Fund team and manages 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 joined CLS in 2011, continuing as Senior Portfolio Manager for the Milestone Treasury Obligations Fund. The Fund was incorporated into CLS’s fund family in January 2012. Mr. Pfeffer has more than 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 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.

Did you know? Marc is also an avid poker player.

Angela Pledger

New Business Specialist

Kathleen Poppen

Sales Scheduler

Nolan Porter

New Business Specialist

Brian Ragle

Senior Regional Vice President of Sales

Brian Ragle

Senior Regional Vice President of Sales
Office:(214) 544-5659
brianr@clsinvest.com

Brian Ragle joined CLS in 2000. He is responsible for partnering with investment professionals in the south and southeast regions of the United States to bring CLS’s portfolio management services to individual investors.

Mr. Ragle has been involved in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining CLS, he worked as an independent financial advisor for more than 15 years. Mr. Ragle’s financial background also includes more than eight years in the banking industry as President/Managing Officer of a savings and loan association. Working closely with qualified plans, Mr. Ragle can relate and speak to TPAs, recordkeepers, advisors, and qualified plan participants.

Mr. Ragle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in Texas. He currently holds FINRA Series 6, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations.

Learn more about Brian on our blog.

Shari Rash

Regional Vice President of Sales

Shari Rash

Regional Vice President of Sales
Office:(443) 480-1781
shari.rash@clsinvest.com

Shari Rash joined CLS after working for Prudential Annuities as an External Wholesaler in the New England region. Prior to assuming that role, she served as Annuities Specialist and Internal Wholesaler at Prudential. Ms. Rash brings to CLS a strong background in annuities, mutual funds, and retirement planning.

As Regional Vice President of Sales covering various states on the east side of the U.S., Ms. Rash presents CLS’s professional money management services to investment advisors. Ms. Rash earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She currently holds the FINRA Series 6, 63, and 65 licenses.

Learn more about Shari on our blog.

Meghan Reinhardt

Team Lead, Platform Internal

Meghan Reinhardt

Team Lead, Platform Internal
Office:(888) 455-4244 x7607
meghan.reinhardt@clsinvest.com

Meghan Reinhardt is dedicated to expanding and nurturing relationships within CLS’s growing platform business channel. In her role, she partners with various CLS entities to spur business growth and enhance partnerships.

Ms. Reinhardt joined CLS in 2012 and has held various roles throughout the years including New Business Specialist, Internal Wholesaler, Advisor Development Advocate, and Hybrid Mutual Fund Wholesaler. Prior to joining CLS, her experience includes creating promotional strategies through AmeriCorps in support of fundraisers and programs for the local Hispanic center, El Centro de Las Americas. She also spent time working and volunteering abroad in Central America, Greece, and Romania.

Ms. Reinhardt received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She currently holds the FINRA Series 65 license.

Ms. Reinhardt is a member of the TeamMates Mentoring program, and Greater Omaha Young Professionals. She also volunteers at the Open Door Mission.

Learn more about Meghan on our blog.

Andrew Reisdorff

Operations Project Manager

Zach Rezac

New Business Manager

Darrell Saathoff

Regional Vice President of Sales

Darrell Saathoff

Regional Vice President of Sales
Office:(402) 223-7697
darrell.saathoff@clsinvest.com

Darrell Saathoff joined CLS in 2015 as an Internal Wholesaler and was later promoted to Regional Vice President of Sales. In his role, he is responsible for partnering with financial advisors in the north central part of the United States.

Mr. Saathoff joined CLS with over 16 years of industry experience. His prior roles included serving as a Financial Advisor at Prudential Financial and a Multiline Agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services. He also held several positions with Ameritas Financial, including Internal Wholesaler, Manager, and Director in the Retirement Plans Division.

Currently, Mr. Saathoff holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations.

Ali Sharif-Kashani

New Business Specialist

Spencer Smalley

Internal Wholesaler

Anders Smith, CFP, CIMA, CPWA, AIFA

Regional Vice President of Sales

Anders Smith, CFP, CIMA, CPWA, AIFA

Regional Vice President of Sales
Office:(312) 257-1483
anders.smith@clsinvest.com

Anders Smith is dedicated to partnering with financial advisors in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. He seeks to find solutions that align with the goals of his advisors and their clients.

Mr. Smith joined CLS as a Regional Vice President in 2017, and has an extensive financial background. His previous experience includes serving as Managing Director at Nuveen Investments, where he worked from 2003 to 2017, and various positions at MFS Investment Management from 1986 to 2003 including positions as a Wholesaler, National Accounts Manager, and Director of the MFS Institute.

Mr. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois. He currently holds the FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 licenses and has earned the following designations: Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), Chartered Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®), and Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA©).

Learn more about Mr. Smith on our blog.

Joseph Smith, CFA

Senior Market Strategist

Joseph Smith, CFA

Senior Market Strategist
Office:(402) 896-7823
joe.smith@clsinvest.com

Joe Smith specializes in quantitative research, risk management, and ETF due diligence. He serves as Senior Market Strategist for the CLS AdvisorOne International Equity Fund, CLS’s Thematic Growth Strategy, and CLS’s Core Plus ETF Strategy.

Prior to joining CLS in 2015, 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 a 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 degree in Economics from the University of Washington. He later received his Master of Business Administration 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 is also a member of the Society of Quantitative Analysts and the Quantitative Work Alliance for Applied Finance, Education and Wisdom.

Did you know? In grad school, Joe spent 40 days in nine countries.

Mark Soukup

Senior Regional Vice President of Sales

Mark Soukup

Senior Regional Vice President of Sales
Office:(916) 216-0426
marks@clsinvest.com

Mark Soukup joined CLS in 1995 and currently serves as the Senior Regional Vice President of Sales in the Pacific region.

Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Soukup worked as a registered financial representative, specializing in mutual funds, variable annuities, and retirement planning. With more than a decade of experience in the financial industry, his expertise includes helping advisors convert and integrate fees into their current business model.

Mr. Soukup received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He currently holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.

John Spychalski

New Business Specialist

Ben Stout

Territory Relationship Manager

Brian Towner

Director of New Solutions & Client Experience

Jon Trbovich

Regional Vice President of Sales

Jon Trbovich

Regional Vice President of Sales
Office:(303) 956-8147
jont@clsinvest.com

Jon Trbovich joined CLS as a Regional Vice President in 2003. His territory covers the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Trbovich has a strong statistical and technical background, and his expertise complements company service areas including exchange traded funds. His previous experience includes service and analyst positions at Merrill Lynch, service and trading positions at Schwab Institutional, and Regional Vice President at Shields Management Company.

Mr. Trbovich received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science and a minor in Statistics from Colorado State University. He currently holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and Series 65 securities registrations.

Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT

Chief Investment Officer (CIO)

Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT

Chief Investment Officer (CIO)
Office:(402) 896-7641
rusty.vanneman@clsinvest.com

Rusty Vanneman is responsible for all investment operations at CLS, including investment philosophy, process, people, positioning, and performance. Mr. Vanneman is also responsible for internal and external communications regarding market environment and current investment strategies. He is part of the management team for several of CLS’s proprietary mutual funds.

Mr. Vanneman joined CLS in September 2012 as Chief Investment Officer. Previously, he served as 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 and he served as 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 degree in Management from Babson College where he graduated with high distinction. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation since 1994, and is a member of the CFA Institute. He has also been a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) since 1999, and a member of the Market Technician’s Association (MTA). In addition, Mr. Vanneman authored the book “Higher Calling: A Guide to Helping Investors Achieve Their Goals.”He was named one of the Top 10 Portfolio Managers to Watch by Money Management Executive in 2017.*

Did you know? Rusty had brief stint as a cowboy near the town of Valentine in Cherry County, Nebraska.

Meghana Vinod

Territory Relationship Manager

Michael Vitallo

Operations Project Manager

Kevin Von Seggern

Internal Wholesaler

Smyrna Wagner-Brown

New Business Specialist

Brian Walsh

Trust Services Specialist

Nathan Wattier

Sales & Service Project Manager

Tucker Webber

Portfolio Administrator

Todd Weber

Distributions Specialist

Natalie Webert, J.D.

Compliance Analyst

John Welch

Regional Vice President of Sales

John Welch

Regional Vice President of Sales
Office:(617) 595-9153
john.welch@clsinvest.com

John Welch joined CLS in 2012 as Regional Vice President of Sales for the northeast territory of the United States. In his role at CLS, he is committed to partnering with advisors, as well as assisting them in growing their businesses and forging lifelong relationships with clients.

A Business Management major from the University of Maine, Mr. Welch has passed the FINRA series 6, 63, and 65 securities exams. He also received the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from Wharton Business School in 2009.

Mr. Welch has over 18 years of experience within the financial services industry. Prior to joining CLS, he worked as an Institutional Wholesaler for MFS Investment Management in the Mid-atlantic area.

Learn more about John on our blog.

Lori Whitcomb

Territory Relationship Manager

Andrea Wilkinson

Internal Wholesaler

Gary Withrow

Graphic Designer

Mike Zarren

Senior Vice President of National Accounts

Mike Zarren

Senior Vice President of National Accounts
Office:(402) 896-7045
mike.zarren@clsinvest.com

Mike Zarren, Senior Vice Preseident of National Accounts, joined CLS in 2013 and is responsible for managing a team that focuses on CLS’s brokerdealer, RIA, and platform relationships. Prior to CLS, Mr. Zarren worked at Ceros Financial Services, LLC, where he was Director of Relationship Management, responsible for maintaining and growing relationships with hybrid advisors and RIAs. He was also a part of Ceros’ business development team and managed the on-boarding process for new advisor clients. Prior to that, Mr. Zarren served as middle office analyst for Rydex Investments. Mr. Zarren is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, and began his financial industry career as a Fund Accountant at Rydex Investments. He currently holds his FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses.

Jeovany Zelaya

Internal Wholesaler

Kevin Zlomke

Institutional Trading Manager