EAM Investors, LLC is a majority-employee-owned, institutionally-focused investment management boutique founded in 2007. EAM’s founders have extensive experience dating back to 1997 in managing global small cap and micro cap investment strategies for large institutional investors. Through their collective experience, EAM understands what it takes to add long-term value for institutional investors in these asset classes.
Every aspect of our firm from team composition, to our investment philosophy and process, to our technology platform, was purpose-built to exploit the structural inefficiencies that exist in global small cap and micro cap equity markets. EAM currently manages small cap and micro cap equity portfolios for our clients in the US, International and Emerging Markets.
EAM’s senior investment team has worked together since 2001 across challenging and favorable market conditions. This collective experience has served to create a strong dedication to the investment process, and to one another as we have built our firm together from the ground-up, client by client. In addition, EAM’s team-based approach to research and portfolio management exploits the collective wisdom of the entire investment team and leads to a more dynamic decision making process. We believe this is essential to exploiting alpha in fast-moving global small cap and micro cap markets.
- Globally-integrated portfolio management and analyst team driven by the pursuit of focused, fundamental company research
- Highly objective, non-biased investment team focused on seeking the best opportunities across equity markets regardless of economic sector, industry, or country
- Collaborative communication to exploit the collective wisdom and experience of the entire team, contributing to effective and efficient decision making
- Global equity traders dedicated to seeking best execution, thereby preserving alpha
Mr. Prentice serves as CEO and Chief Investment Officer of EAM Investors, a firm he co-founded in 2007. In addition, he serves as portfolio manager for the firm’s US Small Cap Growth and US Micro Cap investment strategies. Prior to founding EAM, Mr. Prentice was a Partner, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager with Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management where he had lead portfolio management responsibilities for their Micro and Ultra Micro Cap investment strategies and a senior role in the firm’s US Micro/Emerging Growth team. Travis has 21 years of institutional investment experience specializing in small and micro cap equities. He holds an M.B.A. from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. (Equity Partner)
Mr. Weisenberger serves as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of EAM Investors, a firm he co-founded in 2007. Mr. Weisenberger has portfolio management responsibilities for the firm’s US Small Cap Growth investment strategy. Prior to founding EAM, Mr. Weisenberger was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management where he had lead portfolio management responsibilities for the firm’s Traditional Small-to-Mid Cap Growth strategy and was a senior member of the firm’s US Micro/Emerging Growth team since 2001. Previously, Montie was a research analyst at Adams, Harkness & Hill, now Canaccord|Genuity, an emerging growth investment bank located in Boston, MA. Mr. Weisenberger also spent more than five years as a finance and strategic management consultant, most recently as a manager with KPMG, LLP. Mr. Weisenberger brings 23 years of combined investment management and financial analysis experience to EAM Investors. He holds an M.B.A. and an M.H.A. from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Business Administration from Flagler College. (Equity Partner)
Mr. Moss serves as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of EAM Investors, a firm he co-founded in 2007. In addition he serves as portfolio manager for the firm’s Non-US investment strategies. Prior to founding EAM, he was a Vice President and Equity Analyst at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management where he served on the firm’s US Micro/Emerging Growth Team with primary research responsibilities for the Micro Cap and Ultra Micro Cap investment strategies. Prior to joining the US Micro/Emerging team, Josh was assigned to the firms Global Select team. During his tenure with the Global Select strategy, his duties included co-portfolio management and research head of the Global Consumer Discretionary Sector. Previously, Mr. Moss was with Credit Suisse First Boston as a Vice President in equity sales and investment banking. Mr. Moss has 19 years of direct investment experience. He holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. (Equity Partner)
Mr. Scripp serves as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at EAM Investors. John is a portfolio manager for the firm’s Non-US investment strategies. Prior to his portfolio manager position, John served as a research analyst with EAM. Before joining the firm at its inception in 2007, Mr. Scripp had prior research experience at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management working with the US Micro/Emerging Growth investment team. Mr. Scripp has 12 years of experience in the institutional investment business. Mr. Scripp holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. (Equity Partner)
Mr. Dame serves as a Senior Associate and Research Analyst for EAM Investors. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Dame was with Victory Capital Management for six years as a Senior Equity Analyst-Global Generalist where he was responsible for sourcing investment ideas from all geographies and all sectors. At Victory, he also had portfolio management responsibilities for incubating their Global Dividend Equity Portfolio. Additional experience includes research positions at Nakoma Capital Management and American Century Investment Management. Mr. Dame has 14 years of investment experience. He holds a B. S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and a M. B. A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Rubin joined EAM Investors as a Senior Associate and Research Analyst in 2014. Prior to joining EAM, Adam was a research analyst for micro cap, small cap and mid cap equities with Rice Hall James & Associates. Additional experience includes research analyst positions at hedge fund, Paramo Capital Partners, LLC and international equities manager, Brandes Investment Partners, LLC. Adam brings 12 years of domestic and international equity research experience to EAM. Mr. Rubin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Mr. Burke joined EAM Investors in 2011 as an Associate and Research Analyst. Previously, Mr. Burke served as an institutional client service consultant at William O’Neil & Company, Incorporated beginning in 2006. His responsibilities included consulting closely with institutional investment managers who utilized WONDA, William O’Neil’s proprietary database and analytical framework, to screen new stock ideas and evaluate market conditions. Earlier, Mr. Burke was a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. He has 13 years of experience in the financial industry. Mr. Burke holds a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Chu joined EAM Investors as an Associate and Research Analyst in 2014. Prior to joining EAM, Mr. Chu attended the University of California, San Diego where he received a Bachelor of Science in Management Science with a Minor in Business. Prior investment experience includes intern positions at Soledad Investment Management, LLC and Presidential Brokerage, Inc. Brian is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
Mr. Kavajecz joined EAM Investors as an Associate and Research Analyst in 2018. Prior to joining EAM, Mr. Kavajecz attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration. Zak also received his Master of Science in Finance with an emphasis on Applied Security Analysis from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior investment experience includes intern positions at Whale Rock Capital Management, Catalyst Capital Advisors, and the University of Wisconsin Endowment.
Mr. Hornbuckle serves as a Managing Director and Lead Equity Trader for EAM Investors. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Mr. Hornbuckle was Head Trader for Tamarack Capital Management. Previously, he served as Senior Trader and Member of the Management Board of Bricoleur Capital from 1997 through 2006. Mr. Hornbuckle also served as a trader for Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, Trust Company of the West, and Fidelity Capital and has 31 years experience in trading small and micro cap stocks. Mr. Hornbuckle holds a B.A. in Journalism from Pepperdine University. (Equity Partner)
Mr. O’Connell joined EAM Investors as a Senior Associate and Equity Trader in 2014. Prior to joining EAM, Kevin was with Allianz Global Investors, formerly Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, for nineteen years. For the last thirteen years he served in equity trading positions responsible for executing trades in both domestic and international equity markets, as well as foreign currency exchange trades. Additional experience at Allianz includes senior account administrative duties for institutional portfolios. Prior experience includes trust operations and securities processing at San Diego Trust and Savings Bank. Kevin brings 28 years of investment industry experience to EAM. Mr. O’Connell holds a B.S. in Business Administration from National University.
Ms. Necochea joined EAM Investors as a Senior Associate and Equity Trader in 2018. Prior to joining EAM, Mary was with Whittier Trust serving as an equity trader. Previously, she was with Allianz Global Investors, formerly Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management for twenty eight years where she served for seventeen years in equity trading positions responsible for executing trades in both domestic and international equity markets, as well as foreign currency exchange trades. Her additional experience included senior data administrator and account administrator for the operations department. Mary brings over 30 years of investment industry experience to EAM. Ms. Necochea holds a B.S. in Business Administration from National University.
Marketing and Client Services
Mr. Hurst joined EAM Investors in 2011 as President and Managing Director of Marketing & Client Service. Frank has 35 years experience in various executive, marketing, product development, and administrative positions in the investment management industry, including over 25 years involved with small cap growth strategies. Prior to joining EAM, Mr. Hurst was with Relational Investors as a Principal and Senior Managing Director responsible for Client Services, Marketing, and Strategic Planning. Before Relational, he was President of Berkeley Capital Management, LLC, a $5 billion multiple equity strategy investment manager. Mr. Hurst co-founded Duncan-Hurst Capital Management and also served as President, Director of Marketing and Client Services, and Chief Administrative Officer from 1990 to 2005. Prior experience includes senior sales and marketing positions with Scudder, Stevens and Clark, and Pacific Century Advisors, an investment management subsidiary of Security Pacific Corporation. Mr. Hurst holds a B.A. in Economics from San Diego State University. (Equity Partner)
Mrs. Rodrigues serves as a Senior Associate and Product Specialist. Prior to joining EAM, Michele was with Fidelity Investments for eleven years most recently serving as a Portfolio Associate and Portfolio Analyst, where she provided multiple portfolio managers with support by monitoring and analyzing portfolio positioning, risk metrics, characteristics and performance. Additional positions at Fidelity included Operations Analyst and Senior Control Accountant. Ms. Rodrigues has 15 years of investment experience. She holds a B. S. in Finance from Bentley University and a M. B. A. from Northeastern University.
Ms. Rose serves as a Senior Associate, Administration & Client Service for EAM Investors. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Stacy was an Administrative Assistant at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, and has 14 years of investment management industry experience. Ms. Rose also brings direct administrative experience from SWVP Management Co. and Southwest Value Partners. In addition, Stacy served in the United States Navy during the years 1993 to 1997, USS Acadia AD42-Naval Station, San Diego, California. (Equity Partner)
Mr. Gaertner serves as a Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of EAM Investors. Prior to joining EAM in 2007, Mr. Gaertner was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Torrey Pines Capital Management, a global long/short equity hedge fund. He was also responsible for overseeing the firm’s operations team. Before joining Torrey Pines in 2004, Mr. Gaertner was a Tax Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has 14 years of experience in the investment management industry and over eight years of public accounting experience in both the audit and tax departments. Mr. Gaertner is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and a M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. (Equity Partner)
Ms. Kelly joined EAM Investors in 2017 as Operations and Compliance Manager. Previously, Iris served as Compliance Program Assistant Vice President with Cipperman Compliance Consulting Services, an independent firm offering a third-party perspective on regulatory compliance to investment advisors. Iris was instrumental in developing, implementing, and maintaining compliance programs for a wide range of investment advisers. Her prior experiences include, Risk Management with Brandywine Global Investments as Portfolio Compliance Associate, and Financial analysis and Investment Operations through various positions held with Delaware Investments. She has 10 years of experience in the investment industry. Ms. Kelly holds a B.S. in Business Administration, a B.S. in Economics and an MBA in Financial Management from Drexel University.