About CLS Investments

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.

Our People

Case Eichenberger, CIMA

Senior Client Portfolio Manager

Case Eichenberger, CIMA

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

Case Eichenberger co-manages CLS’s American Funds strategies and the CLS Shelter Fund, 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 and was promoted to Senior Client Portfolio Manager in 2018.

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

Director of Research & Senior Portfolio Manager

Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA

Director of Research & Senior 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.

*CLS Investment, LLC (“CLS”) Senior Portfolio Manager & Co-Director of Research, Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA, was selected as a “Top 10 Fund Managers to Watch” in 2018 by Money Management Executive. Money Management Executive is an unbiased, third-party publication covering the asset management industry. Money Management Executive chose the list of managers to watch by screening Morningstar data from funds with a single manager, ranked as having the best three-year annualized returns in their respective categories. The list of managers was published March 12, 2018. Money Management Executive is not affiliated with CLS. Ratings and awards may not be representative of any one client’s experience and are not indicative of CLS’s future performance.

Michael Hadden

Investment Research Analyst

Michael Hadden

Investment 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.

Did you know? Michael started investing in middle school.

Jackson Lee, CFA

Quantitative Portfolio Manager

Jackson Lee, CFA

Quantitative Portfolio Manager
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.

Marc Pfeffer

Chief Investment Officer

Marc Pfeffer

Chief Investment Officer
Office:(402) 896-7225
marc.pfeffer@clsinvest.com

Marc Pfeffer serves as Chief Investment Officer for CLS Investments. Prior to this role, he was a Portfolio Manager on the CLS Flexible Income Fund team, and managed the CLS Active Income X Strategy and CLS’s ETF strategies. He also managed individual municipal bond portfolios for the CLS Master Manager Strategy and continues to serve as 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 at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. He received his Master of Business Administration degree, with a focus on finance, from Fordham University. Mr. Pfeffer holds his FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.

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

Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT

Orion Chief Investment Officer (CIO)

Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT

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

Rusty Vanneman serves as Chief Investment Officer for Orion Advisor Solutions. In his role, he is responsible for leading CLS’s Portfolio Management Team and overseeing all investment operations at CLS, including investment philosophy, process, 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. In 2018, Mr. Vanneman took on the role of President of CLS, in addition to his position as CIO.

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 is 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.

*CLS Investments, LLC (“CLS”) Chief Investment Officer, Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT, was selected as a “Top 10 Fund Managers to Watch” in 2017 by Money Management Executive. Money Management Executive is an unbiased, third-party publication covering the asset management industry. Money Management Executive chose the list of managers to watch by screening Morningstar data from funds with a single manager, ranked as having the best three-year annualized returns in their respective categories. The list of managers was published March 27, 2017. Money Management Executive is not affiliated with CLS. Ratings and awards may not be representative of any one client’s experience and are not indicative of CLS’s future performance.