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CFN Investment Research Team

CFN Investment Research Team

Andrew Kitchings

Portfolio Manager - Investment Management and Research

Andrew joined Commonwealth in August 2014 as an investment research analyst. In his current role as a portfolio manager, he is responsible for asset allocation research and mutual fund due diligence for the PPS Select portfolios. In addition, he is responsible for advisor inquiries related to portfolio construction, asset allocation, and market/economic-oriented issues. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Andrew worked for LPL and Bank of America. He graduated from Emory University with a dual degree in economics and history, with a concentration in East Asia studies. In addition to FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations, Andrew holds the CAIA, ERP, and FRM® designations and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. While attending Emory, he ran cross-country and track and studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Andrew is also an open foodie and enjoys traveling.

Anu Gaggar

Senior Investment Research Analyst - Investment Management and Research

Anu began working at Commonwealth in January 2013 as a performance reporting analyst, designing and testing Client360°® reports and answering escalated questions about them. She transitioned to the Investment Management and Research team in August 2014. In this role, she is responsible for manager evaluation and selection, as well as for the dissemination of research in the international and emerging markets asset classes. In addition, she is responsible for responding to inquiries on individual equity research and equity portfolio construction and reviews. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Anu taught online courses in finance to master’s students at Boston University and a few other universities while staying at home with her young daughters. Before that, she worked for Virtua Research as an equity analyst. Anu also has experience in M&A advisory and government bonds trading at an investment bank in India. She holds an MS in finance from Boston College and an MBA in finance from NMIMS in India. She holds the CFA® and FRM® designations and the FINRA Series 7 securities registration.

Brad McMillan

Managing Principal, Chief Investment Officer - Executive Management - Investment Management and Research

As chief investment officer, Brad chairs the investment committee and is the primary spokesperson for Commonwealth’s investment divisions. Brad received his BA from Dartmouth College, an MS from MIT, and an MS from Boston College. He has worked as a real estate developer, consultant, and lender; as an investment analyst, manager, and consultant; and as a start-up executive. He has started and run several companies. He holds the AIF® designation. Other professional qualifications include designated membership in the Appraisal Institute (MAI), the CFA Institute, and the CAIA Association. Brad speaks around the country on investment issues and writes for industry publications, as well as daily on his blog, The Independent Market Observer. He has traveled widely around the world. In his free time, Brad reads extensively in history, math, and science and plays very bad golf. He and his wife Nora brought home their son Jackson Vu from Da Nang, Vietnam.

Brian McCormick

Mgr., Investment Management and Research - Investment Management and Research

Brian joined Commonwealth in August 2004 as a member of the Retirement team. In January 2008, he joined the Research team as an investment research associate. In his current role as manager of investment management and research, Brian is responsible for manager evaluation and selection, as well as for the dissemination of research in the small- and mid-cap asset classes. In addition, he is responsible for responding to inquiries on exchange-traded fund research, equity portfolio construction, and asset allocation. Brian also supports the Research team in creating reports, commentary, and investment manager profiles, as well as in other investment-related project work. Prior to Commonwealth, he worked at Signator Financial Network and at Putnam Investments. Brian received his BS in management and finance from Quinnipiac University. He obtained the CIMA® designation and is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 securities registrations.

Brian Price

SVP, Investment Management and Research - Investment Management and Research

As senior vice president of investment management and research, Brian manages the Research team and oversees the asset allocation, fund selection, and overall management of Commonwealth’s Preferred Portfolio Services® Select program. Brian has more than 18 years of industry experience, having previously worked for Bernstein Investment Research & Management as a senior financial advisor associate. He graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in American government. Brian holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations, as well as the CFA® designation.

Chad LaFauci

VP, Alternative Investments - Investment Management and Research - San Diego Team

Chad started at Commonwealth’s Waltham office in February 2000 and moved to our San Diego office in 2001. During his tenure with the firm, he has been a transfer of assets analyst and a member of the Account Services and Fee-Based Asset Management teams. In 2005, he joined Research as an alternative investment analyst and has since transitioned to manage the alternative investment sleeve of the Investment Management and Research department. In his current role as vice president, alternative investments, Chad is responsible for the analysis, approval, and ongoing monitoring of all alternative investment products (e.g., private equity, private credit, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure, and commodities). In addition, he trains and educates our advisors through print and web-based media. Chad graduated from Bates College with a degree in economics, is a CFA® charterholder, and holds the CAIA designation and FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations. He enjoys spending time with family and participating in outdoor activities.

Chris Fasciano

Portfolio Manager - Investment Management and Research

Chris joined Commonwealth in December 2014 as a portfolio manager. In this role, he helps manage the PPS Select portfolios. He is responsible for asset allocation, security selection, and ongoing portfolio monitoring. In addition to his responsibilities on the PPS Select platform, Chris also assists Commonwealth advisors with questions pertaining to their own model portfolios. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Chris worked for 20 years in small- and mid-cap stock research and managed small- and mid-cap value portfolios for institutional and high-net-worth clients. Chris earned his degree in economics from Bates College and his MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching or participating in any activity involving any of his four kids. He serves on the board of LS Youth Baseball and coaches his son’s team. He is also the chair of the Lincoln School Building Committee and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Committee. In his free time, he runs and works in his vegetable garden.

Chris Stuart

Senior Investment Research Analyst - Investment Management and Research

Chris joined Commonwealth in May 2015 as a senior investment research analyst. As the lead analyst for the large-cap equity asset class, he is responsible for manager evaluation, manager selection, and dissemination of research. He also conducts research and due diligence on individual equity securities, responds to advisor inquiries, and assists with management of our internal SMA Equity portfolios. Prior to Commonwealth, Chris worked at Columbia Threadneedle as an analyst on its Platform Distribution team. He also worked as a director of research for TheStreet.com and as a senior investment analyst for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Chris earned his BA in finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations and is a Chartered Financial Analyst®. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading, running, and spending time with his wife, two daughters, and dog.

Daniel Carr

Temporary Worker - Investment Management and Research

Daniel joined Commonwealth in January 2020 as a temporary worker in Investment Management and Research. In this role, he supports analysts with due diligence and research activities on all aspects related to the Investment Management and Research team. He also assists with aggregating and presenting daily, weekly, and monthly investment analysis and performance reporting. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Daniel worked as a wealth management intern at Sullivan Kreiss Financial, as well as a mergers and acquisitions intern at Preston Todd Advisors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Bentley University. Daniel is a huge fan of Boston sports teams and enjoys playing and watching football and basketball. He also spends some of his free time going to the beach and traveling.

Eduardo Ciuffo

Senior Investment Research Analyst - Investment Management and Research - San Diego Team

Ed joined Commonwealth in March 2014 as an investment associate. He was promoted to investment research analyst in April 2016. In this role, Eduardo facilitates the due diligence and research activities on real asset-focused investments, including real estate, infrastructure, natural resources, and commodities. Prior to joining Commonwealth, he worked at LPL Financial for about four years, where he traded and rebalanced the company’s SMA platforms. While at LPL, he earned a master’s degree in finance from San Diego State University. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations, as well as the CFA® designation.

Fred DeBaets

Portfolio Manager - Investment Management and Research

Fred joined Commonwealth in May 2009. As a portfolio manager, Fred manages the PPS Select SMA strategies. He is responsible for security selection, portfolio overview, and ongoing account monitoring. Fred is also responsible for idea generation regarding opportunities in the fixed income market. In addition, he assists with fixed income research, as well as researching industry trends related to the fixed income market. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Fred worked in fixed income at both Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns. He graduated from Plymouth State University with a double major in financial management and economics, and he earned his MBA from Plymouth as well. He attended Waterville Valley Academy for three years of high school and for two postgraduate years as part of the Alpine ski-racing program. Fred’s hobbies include skiing, golfing, biking, reading, and traveling to beaches all over the world. He also enjoys good wine and good food.

James McAllister

Dir., Equity Research - Investment Management and Research

Jim oversees the Equity Research team, which assists advisors with ongoing due diligence and analysis of equity-based mutual funds, ETFs, separately managed accounts, and individual securities. Jim and the Equity team also manage the Preferred Portfolio Services® Select Equity Income SMA models. Jim earned a BS in finance from Lehigh University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Prior to Commonwealth, he was a fundamental equity research analyst for Loomis, Sayles & Company and a research analyst at State Street Global Advisors in the U.S. active quantitative group.

John Rooney

Managing Principal, San Diego - Executive Management - Investment Management and Research - San Diego Team

John came to Commonwealth in 1988 after spending five years as a vice president at Moseley Securities in Boston. Arriving to work in the Product department, John handled mutual funds, many partnerships, commodities, variable annuities, qualified plans, and individual issues. Over time, he has helped engineer the growth of not only the Product department but also Commonwealth as a whole and is relied upon by all parties for his advice and perspective on the direction of the firm. John opened and now manages Commonwealth's West Coast office in San Diego, California. He has been a guest on numerous television shows and nationally syndicated radio programs. He is a graduate of Colby College with a BA in government and attended Harvard Business School's OPM Key Executives Program. In 2015, John was elected to the Financial Services Institute (FSI) board of directors, and he assumed the role of FSI board chair in 2020. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations. Besides voraciously reading about the financial industry and markets, John enjoys wine; golfing; following his hometown Philadelphia sports teams (especially the Eagles); and, most of all, spending time with his wife, Janice, and three kids, Chase, Josie, and Kellen.

Nathan Parker

Senior Investment Research Analyst - Investment Management and Research - San Diego Team

Nathan joined Commonwealth in September 2013 as an investment research analyst, and in 2016, he was promoted to senior investment research analyst. In this role, Nathan facilitates our due diligence and research activities on real asset-focused investments (commercial real estate, commodities, infrastructure, and natural resources). Nathan received his bachelor’s in business administration from California State University, Chico, and his master’s in finance from San Diego State University. He has his FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations and the CFA® and CAIA designations. Prior to Commonwealth, Nathan worked for LPL Financial in its San Diego home office. Before that, he was an M&A associate intern at Bainbridge Capital, a capital advisory and management consulting firm in San Diego. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys golfing, surfing, and skiing. He also enjoys traveling, reading, and other outdoor activities.

Nicholas Follett

Mgr., Fixed Income - Investment Management and Research

Nick joined Commonwealth in October 2010. After working in Retirement Operations and then Annuity Research, Nick joined the Investment Management and Research team in September 2015. In his current role as manager, fixed income, he evaluates and selects strategies for the recommended lists and disseminates research in all fixed income asset classes. He also responds to advisor inquiries on portfolio construction, fixed income sector allocation, and portfolio reviews. Nick graduated from San Francisco State University's MBA program with an emphasis in finance, and he holds the FINRA Series 7 securities registration. He also holds a BFA in jazz performance from the New School for Social Research. In his spare time, Nick enjoys reading, playing tennis with his wife, and studying Portuguese.

Peter Essele

VP, Investment Management and Research - Investment Management and Research

Peter joined Commonwealth in 2004. As vice president of the investment management and research team, he oversees asset allocation, fund selection, and overall management of Commonwealth’s discretionary platform, Preferred Portfolio Services Select. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Peter worked at Albany International and Kestner Engineers. He graduated from Union College, where he earned his BS in economics. In addition to holding FINRA Series 7, 24, 31, 53, and 66 securities registrations, Peter has the CAIA and CFP® designations and is a CFA® charterholder. He is also a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.

Peter Roberto

Investment Research Analyst - Investment Management and Research

Peter joined Commonwealth in October 2012 as an advisory fees associate. In his current role as investment research associate, he assists with manager evaluation and dissemination of research. He is involved in the investment process, attending due diligence meetings. In addition, Peter assists with market research and commentary and helps support the advisor force by handling general inquiries related to the Mutual Fund Recommended List. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Peter interned for Strategic Financial Partners and Baystate Wealth Management in Waltham and Boston. Peter graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2012 with a BS in management. In his free time, Peter enjoys playing basketball, shooting pool, watching stand-up comedy, and fishing. His most memorable travel experience was going to England and Italy.

Rob Swanke

Fixed Income Analyst - Investment Management and Research

Rob started at Commonwealth in October 2012 as a financial report engineer working on the Client360°® reporting platform. In June 2016, he became a fixed income analyst on the Investment Management and Research team. In this role, he is primarily responsible for responding to inquiries on corporate fixed income portfolios, including the analysis of individual corporate bonds, structured products, and preferred stock issues. He is also responsible for asset class and market research related to fixed income. Rob came to Commonwealth from Cambridge Associates, an investment consulting firm, where he worked as a performance analyst. He also worked as an investment associate for a single-family office in Providence, primarily analyzing alternative assets. Rob is a graduate of Boston College, where he concentrated in finance and accounting. He is a CFA® charterholder. In his downtime, Rob enjoys playing basketball, football, and golf.

Robert Kane

Senior Investment Research Analyst - Investment Management and Research

Rob joined Commonwealth in July 2013 and is currently a senior investment research analyst. Rob facilitates due diligence and research activities on products within alternative financial strategies, such as managed futures, hedge funds, private equity, structured products, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. Rob earned his bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 66 securities registrations and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation. Prior to joining Commonwealth, he spent the majority of his career at the global wirehouses in Boston, where he specialized in investment analysis and portfolio management. Rob’s analysis experience led him to a niche focus in alternative investments.

Sam Millette

Senior Investment Research Analyst - Investment Management and Research

Sam first started with Commonwealth as a research team intern in 2013. He joined the team full-time in 2015 and worked as an investment research associate and fixed income analyst before assuming his current role as a senior investment research analyst in 2019. As a senior analyst, Sam’s primary responsibilities include analyzing individual municipal bonds, responding to advisor inquiries, providing analytics and research support to the PPS Select SMA municipal bond strategies, and drafting market research and commentary. Sam graduated from Tufts University with a degree in economics. Currently, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) candidate level II.

Sara Bray

Intern - Investment Management and Research

Sarah Hargreaves

Investment Management Analyst - Investment Management and Research

Sarah joined Commonwealth in 2015 as an intern and then full-time as a marketing coordinator in 2016. She transitioned to Wealth Management in 2018, where she helped scope, manage, and communicate wealth management initiatives cross-departmentally. In her current role as an investment management analyst, Sarah provides platform-based support for Commonwealth’s discretionary platform, Preferred Portfolio Services Select. She helps respond to ad-hoc investment research requests and identifies strategies to enhance the adoption of the PPS Select platform. Sarah graduated from Elon University with a BSBA in marketing and a minor in finance. She holds her FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and watching New England sports teams.

Thomas Ryan

Investment Research Analyst - Investment Management and Research

Tom joined Commonwealth in July 2014 as a performance reporting analyst responsible for analyzing performance returns in Client360°. In April 2017, he became an investment research analyst on the Investment Management and Research team. In this role, he is primarily responsible for responding to inquiries on equity portfolios, including the analysis of individual stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds. Prior to joining Commonwealth, he worked as an investment associate at McGuire Financial on Cape Cod. Tom also has experience in portfolio management and trading. He attended the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received his degree in business management. He is a CFA® charterholder and holds his FINRA Series 65 securities registration. He enjoys playing guitar, soccer, and golf and spending time with family.

Tom Scarlata

Investment Research Associate - Investment Management and Research

As an investment research associate, Tom supports analysts with due diligence and research activities on fixed income and alternative investments. He also assists with aggregating and presenting daily, weekly, and monthly investment analysis and performance reporting. Tom graduated from Bentley University with a BS in economics and finance. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Tom worked as an intern for a private equity firm in Boston and ran the Bentley University Investment Group’s financial sector.