About EAM

Our Mission is to provide exceptional investment performance, while meeting client needs and objectives through disciplined investment strategies in global equity markets.

Who We Are

EAM Investors is an investment management firm focused on delivering alpha for clients in global equity markets. We leverage our collective insight within a systematic investment process designed to deliver more consistent and predictable return streams. This investment approach has been applied consistently across all strategies since the inception of the firm in 2007.  Our Informed Momentum process combines stock selection, tailored risk management, and efficient implementation to effectively deliver the momentum premium and alpha for our clients.

How We Work

EAM has a team-driven approach across all its investment strategies and utilizes a globally integrated portfolio management and research analyst team. All members of the portfolio management and analyst team function as generalists and all participate in the research of investment ideas. EAM believes this team-driven approach of an integrated investment team helps to position the portfolios in the best ideas across equity markets regardless of country or economic sector.

Meet the Team

Investments

Travis PrenticeCo-Founder, CEO, CIO, Portfolio Manager for US and Global Strategies

Travis is CEO and Chief Investment Officer of EAM Investors, a firm he co-founded in 2007. In addition, he is Portfolio Manager for EAM’s US and Global strategies, as well as an analyst across all EAM’s strategies. Prior to founding EAM, Travis 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. He has 24 years of institutional investment experience specializing in small and micro cap equities.  He holds an MBA from San Diego State University and a BA in Economics and a BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona.

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Montie WeisenbergerCo-Founder, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager for US Small Cap Strategy

Montie is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of EAM Investors, a firm he co-founded in 2007. Montie is a Portfolio Manager for EAM’s US Small Cap investment strategy, as well as an analyst across all EAM’s strategies. Prior to founding EAM, he 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. He also spent more than five years as a finance and strategic management consultant, most recently as a manager with KPMG, LLP. Montie brings 26 years of combined investment management and financial analysis experience to EAM Investors. He holds an MBA and an MHA from Georgia State University and a BA in Business Administration from Flagler College.

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Joshua MossCo-Founder, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager for Non-US Strategies

Josh is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of EAM Investors, a firm he co-founded in 2007. Josh is a Portfolio Manager for EAM’s Non-US strategies, as well as an analyst across all EAM’s 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, Josh was with Credit Suisse First Boston as a Vice President in equity sales and investment banking. He has 22 years of direct investment experience. He holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA from the University of California, San Diego.

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John ScrippManaging Director, Portfolio Manager for Non-US Strategies

John is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for EAM’s Non-US strategies and is an analyst across all EAM’s 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, he had prior research experience at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management working with the US Micro/Emerging Growth investment team. John has 15 years of experience in the institutional investment business.  He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Nicholas Dame, CFADirector, Portfolio Manager for Global Opportunities Strategy

Nick is a Director and Portfolio Manager for EAM’s Global Opportunities strategy and is an analyst across all EAM’s investment strategies. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Nick 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. Nick has 17 years of investment experience. He holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. Nick is a CFA charter holder.

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Adam Rubin, CFADirector, Portfolio Manager for Global Opportunities Strategy

Adam is a Director and Portfolio Manager for EAM’s Global Opportunities strategy and is an analyst across all EAM’s investment strategies. Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2014, Adam was a Research Analyst at Rice Hall James & Associates, an institutional US small cap equities manager. Previously, he was a Research Analyst at Paramo Capital Partners, a long/short equity hedge fund. Adam also spent four years as a Research Associate at Brandes Investment Partners, LLC, focused on global equities. He has 15 years of domestic and international equity research experience.  Adam holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles and a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Adam is a CFA charter holder.

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Brian ChuAssociate, Research Analyst

Brian is an Associate Research Analyst, conducting research across all EAM’s investment strategies. Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2014, Brian attended the University of California, San Diego where he received a BS 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.

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Zachary KavajeczAssociate, Research Analyst

Zak is an Associate Research Analyst, conducting research across all EAM’s investment strategies. Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2018, Zak attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he received his Master of Science in Finance with an emphasis on Applied Security Analysis and his Bachelor of Business Administration. Prior investment experience includes intern positions at Whale Rock Capital Management, Catalyst Capital Advisors, and the University of Wisconsin Endowment.

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Iryna KryvdaAssociate, Research Analyst

Iryna is an Associate Research Analyst, conducting research across all EAM’s investment strategies. Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2020, Iryna attended Stanford University where she received a Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering. In addition, Iryna received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Economic Systems from National Technical University of Ukraine. Prior investment experience includes positions with Forge Global, a pre-IPO marketplace creator, and Atika Capital, a long/short equity firm. Iryna has traveled extensively to over 25 countries and speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian and German.

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Caelan NessAssociate, Research Analyst

Caelan is an Associate Research Analyst, conducting research across all EAM’s investment strategies. Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2021, Caelan was an analyst with Meketa Investment Group as part of their client consulting team working with institutional clients. Additional financial market experience was with GROW Funds LLC as a research analyst intern. Caelan holds a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of San Diego. He is currently a CFA Level II candidate and is fluent in conversational Mandarin Chinese.

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David Wroblewski, Ph.D.Director of Applied Research

David is a Director of Applied Research at EAM Investors. Prior to joining EAM in 2021, David was Director of Research at Denali Advisors, an institutional equity manager with US and Non-US strategies. He has additional experience in research and risk management from Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management. David also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Mathematics at San Diego City College. He has over thirteen years of investment experience. David received a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from California State University, San Diego. David has published papers in the Journal of Investment Management, Financial Analyst Journal, and Applied Economics, among other financial publications. He has been awarded the “Harry M. Markowitz, Special Distinction Award” from The Journal of Investment Management.

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Michele RodriguesDirector of Communications, ESG Lead

Michele is a Director of Communications and ESG Lead at EAM Investors. Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2014, 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. Michele has 18 years of investment experience. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS in Finance from Bentley University.

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Richard HornbuckleManaging Director, Lead Equity Trader

Rick is a Managing Director and Lead Equity Trader with trading responsibilities across all EAM’s strategies. Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2008, Rick 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.  Rick also served as a trader for Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, Trust Company of the West, and Fidelity Capital and has 34 years experience in trading small and micro cap stocks. He holds a BA in Journalism from Pepperdine University.

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Kevin O’ConnellSenior Associate, Equity Trader

Kevin is a Senior Associate, Equity Trader with trading responsibilities across all EAM’s strategies. Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2014, 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 31 years of investment industry experience to EAM. He holds a BS in Business Administration from National University.

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Mary NecocheaSenior Associate, Equity Trader

Mary is a Senior Associate, Equity Trader with trading responsibilities across all EAM’s strategies. Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2018, Mary was an equity trader with Whittier Trust. Previously, she was with Allianz Global Investors, formerly Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management for twenty-eight years where she served for 17 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. She holds a BS in Business Administration from National University.

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Marketing and Client Services

Frank P. HurstPresident, Managing Director of Marketing & Client Service

Frank is President and Managing Director of Marketing & Client Service for EAM Investors. Frank has 38 years of experience in various executive, marketing, product development, and administrative positions in the investment management industry, including over 30 years involved with small cap growth strategies. Prior to joining EAM in 2011, Frank 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. Frank 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.  He holds a BA in Economics from San Diego State University.

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Mark OsterkampSenior Director, Institutional Sales & Marketing

Mark is a Senior Director of Institutional Sales & Marketing for EAM Investors. Mark joined EAM Investors in 2020 and has over 28 years of institutional investment industry experience in various executive and senior roles in sales, marketing, consultant relations, and client service positions. Prior to joining EAM, he was Head of Global Institutional Sales and Marketing for Causeway Capital Management, an equity management firm with global, international and emerging markets strategies. Before Causeway, Mark was Managing Director, Head of Institutional Sales and Client Service for BMO Global Asset Management, a global, multi-asset investment management company. He also held sales and consultant relations positions at Analytic Investors, LLC and was with Wilshire Associates Inc. where he was Managing Director and Principal in charge of their Equity Analytics Division. He holds a BS in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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Mark Myers, CAIADirector, Institutional Sales & Marketing

Mark is a Director of Institutional Sales & Marketing for EAM Investors. Mark has over 10 years of institutional investment industry experience in sales, marketing, consultant relations, and client service positions. Prior to joining EAM in 2021, he was Director, Institutional Sales and Consultant Relations at BMO Global Asset Management, a global, multi-asset investment management company. Before BMO, Mark held senior associate positions at AgraShares, LLC and at Mesirow Financial. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Mark holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.

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Stacy RoseDirector, Marketing & Client Service

Stacy is a Director of Marketing & Client Service for EAM Investors. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Stacy was an Administrative Assistant at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, and has 17 years of investment management industry experience. She 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.

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Garrett HeineAssociate, Marketing Analyst

Garrett is an Associate Marketing Analyst at EAM Investors. Prior to joining EAM in 2021, Garrett was a Manager Research Analyst with Morningstar. Before Morningstar, he was a Performance Analyst at Meketa Investment Group. He holds a BA in Finance from The George Washington University School of Business. Garrett is a CFA Level II candidate.

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Bernadette HowarthExecutive Assistant

Bernadette is an Executive Assistant at EAM Investors. Bernadette joined the firm in 2019 and has over 20 years of experience in various business administration, project management, marketing and client service support positions, including experience in both the private and commercial sectors of aviation and airline travel. Bernadette’s business background also includes over a decade with a network marketing subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.  She holds a BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Operations

Derek GaertnerDirector, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

Derek is a Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at EAM Investors. Prior to joining EAM in 2007, Derek 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, Derek was a Tax Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Derek has 17 years of experience in the investment management industry and over eight years of public accounting experience in both the audit and tax departments. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University, San Francisco and a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California.

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Iris KellyOperations & Compliance Manager

Iris is an Operations and Compliance Manager at EAM Investors. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Iris was 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. She was instrumental in developing, implementing, and maintaining compliance programs for a wide range of investment advisers. Iris’s prior experiences includes, 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 13 years of experience in the investment industry. She holds an MBA in Financial Management, a BS in Business Administration and a BS in Economics from Drexel University.

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