About EAM

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

Who We Are

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, Non-US and Emerging Markets.

How We Work

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

Meet the Team

Investments

Travis T. PrenticeCo-Founder, CEO, CIO, Portfolio Manager for US Small Cap Growth and US Micro Cap Strategies

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 22 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. (Equity Partner)

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

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 24 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. (Equity Partner)

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

Mr. Moss serves as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of EAM Investors, a firm he co-founded in 2007. Josh is a 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 MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA from the University of California, San Diego. (Equity Partner)

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John A. ScrippManaging Director, Portfolio Manager for Non-US Strategies

Mr. Scripp serves as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of 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 13 years of experience in the institutional investment business.  Mr. Scripp holds a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. (Equity Partner)

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Nicholas A. Dame, CFASenior Associate, Research Analyst

Mr. Dame serves as a Senior Associate, 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 an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. Nicholas is a CFA charterholder.

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Adam D. Rubin, CFASenior Associate, Research Analyst

Mr. Rubin serves as a Senior Associate, Research Analyst for EAM Investors.  Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2014, Mr. Rubin was a Research Analyst at Rice Hall James & Associates, an institutional US small cap equities manager.  Previously, Adam was a Research Analyst at Paramo Capital Partners, a long/short equity hedge fund.  Mr. Rubin also spent four years as a Research Associate at Brandes Investment Partners, LLC, focused on global equities.  Adam has 13 years of domestic and international equity research experience.  He 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 charterholder.

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Brian H. ChuAssociate, Research Analyst

Mr. Chu serves as an Associate, Research Analyst for EAM Investors.  Prior to joining EAM Investors in 2014, Mr. Chu 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 A. KavajeczAssociate, Research Analyst

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 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

Ms. Kryvda joined EAM Investors as an Associate and Research Analyst in 2020. Prior to joining EAM Ms. Kryvda 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 E. NessAssociate, Research Analyst

Mr. Ness joined EAM Investors as an Associate, Research Analyst in 2021. Prior to joining EAM, Mr. Ness 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. Mr. Ness 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 M. Wroblewski, Ph.D.Director of Applied Research

David M. Wroblewski, Ph.D. joined EAM Investors as Director of Applied Research in 2021. Mr. Wroblewski has over thirteen years of investment experience.  Prior to joining EAM, David was Director of Research at Denali Advisors, an institutional equity manager with US and Non-US strategies. David has additional experience in research and risk management from Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Mathematics at San Diego City College.  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 C. RodriguesSenior Associate, Product Specialist

Mrs. Rodrigues serves as a Senior Associate, Product Specialist. Prior to joining EAM in 2014, Ms. Rodrigues 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 15 years of investment experience. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS in Finance from Bentley University.

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Richard J. HornbuckleManaging Director, Lead Equity Trader

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 32 years experience in trading small and micro cap stocks. Mr. Hornbuckle holds a BA in Journalism from Pepperdine University. (Equity Partner)

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Kevin B. O’ConnellSenior Associate, Equity Trader

Mr. O’Connell serves as a Senior Associate, Equity Trader for EAM Investors.  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 29 years of investment industry experience to EAM. Mr. O’Connell holds a BS in Business Administration from National University.

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Mary L. NecocheaSenior Associate, Equity Trader

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 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. Ms. Necochea 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

Mr. Hurst serves as President and Managing Director of Marketing & Client Service for EAM Investors. Frank has 35 years 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, 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. He holds a BA in Economics from San Diego State University. (Equity Partner)

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Mark D. OsterkampSenior Director, Institutional Sales & Marketing

Mr. Osterkamp serves as Senior Director, Institutional Sales and 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, Mr. Osterkamp 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, he was Managing Director, Head of Institutional Sales and Client Service for BMO Global Asset Management, a global, multi-asset investment management company. Mark 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 B. Myers, CAIADirector, Institutional Sales & Marketing

Mark B. Myers, CAIA joined EAM Investors in 2021 as Director of Institutional Sales & Marketing. Mark has over 10 years of institutional investment industry experience in sales, marketing, consultant relations, and client service positions. Prior to joining EAM, Mr. Myers 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 S. RoseDirector, Marketing & Client Service

Ms. Rose serves as a Director, of Marketing & Client Service for EAM Investors. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Ms. Rose was an Administrative Assistant at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, and has 15 years of investment management industry experience. Stacy brings direct administrative experience from SWVP Management Co. and Southwest Value Partners. In addition, Ms. Rose served in the United States Navy during the years 1993 to 1997, USS Acadia AD42-Naval Station, San Diego, California. (Equity Partner)

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Garrett L. HeineAssociate, Marketing Analyst

Garrett L. Heine joined EAM Investors in 2021 as an Associate Marketing Analyst. Prior to joining EAM, Mr. Heine 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 P. HowarthExecutive Assistant

Ms. Howarth joined EAM Investors as an Executive Assistant in 2019.  Ms. Howarth 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 J. GaertnerDirector, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

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. Derek was also responsible for overseeing the firm’s operations team. Before joining Torrey Pines in 2004, Derek was a Tax Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Gaertner has 15 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 an MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University, San Francisco and a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California. (Equity Partner)

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Iris L. KellyOperations & Compliance Manager

Ms. Kelly joined EAM Investors in 2017 as Operations and Compliance Manager. Previously, Ms. Kelly 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. 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. Ms. Kelly has 11 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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