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Maria Saldana

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Maria manages the data gathering and population process of multiple global investment and consultant databases, supports the completion of RFPs, and develops competitive analysis reports through software and research. She also collaborates in client service and new business development efforts. Prior to joining Ativo in 2012, she spent four years auditing investment portfolios as Senior Portfolio Accounting Analyst within Northern Trust’s Operations & Technology division. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics from DePaul University.

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Kiat Tang

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Kiat joined Ativo in 2005. He develops and maintains Ativo’s business applications based on the securities research methodologies developed by the investment team. He is also responsible for company-wide computer maintenance. Kiat holdsa bachelor’s degreein Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduation, he  joined a process automation company as a software developer. He worked with pharmaceutical industry clients to design control system software used for the automation of their production plants. In 2018, Kiat received his MCSA on SQL Server.

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Adan Galvan, CFA®, FRM®

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Adan is a senior portfolio manager at Ativo. He joined the firm in 2006.  In addition, Adan is our head trader and, as such, has responsibility for all trading activity for the firm. Adan is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago’s Social Advisory Group. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rice University and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University.  Adan is a CFA® charter holder and Certified FRM®.

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Michael S. Brooks

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Michael is responsible for all institutional business development and client relations for the firm. Prior to joining Ativo in September 2005, he was Assistant Vice President at Bank of Ireland Asset Management and responsible for institutional client service. From 2000 to 2003 he was a Portfolio Analyst at Concord Asset Management and responsible for AIMR Performance and Presentation Standards compliance. From 1990 to 2000 he worked at Northern Trust and held a number of positions within their Large Corporate and Institutional Services division. He is Vice President of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP)…

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Ram G. Gandikota

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Ram is a senior portfolio manager at Ativo. He joined the firm in 2005. Ram is also our director of research, working to continuously enhance the firm’s proprietary alpha model. Ram is involved in quantitative modeling, factor research, and overseeing our risk management framework. He holds a master’s degree in Financial Markets from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from JNTU, India. Ram is on the Board of Advisors of the investment club at IIT’s Stuart School of Business and co-chairs the school’s alumni organization.

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Ricardo Bekin

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Ricardo has over 25 years of financial and investment management experience. He led Callard, Madden & Associates through the creation of their asset management firm, which ultimately became Ativo Capital Management, LLC. He oversees all investment management activities at Ativo. Ricardo is responsible for establishing processes and procedures for stock valuation, financial modeling, and portfolio construction. Prior to founding Ativo, Ricardo held positions for financial institutions in Brazil and the United States, including Credit Lyonnais, Dorchester Capital and our predecessor firm, Callard, Madden & Associates. He serves on the Boards of Directors of New America Alliance, Inc. and NewbergerHillel…

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