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WCM takes an audacious approach to equity research that is not constrained by the status quo. This pervades everything we do, from constructing portfolios distinct from their respective benchmarks to focusing on unique business elements, such as moat trajectory.

Through candor and self-awareness, we strive for continuous improvement. While the importance of self-improvement is readily apparent, the same mistakes are often repeated in the investment management industry; too few critically analyze past decisions, and many fail to establish discipline sufficient to minimize excess risk.

Sanjay Ayer
Portfolio Manager & Business Analyst

Sanjay joined WCM in 2007; as a member of the Investment Strategy Groups for our global, fundamental growth strategies, his primary responsibilities are portfolio management and equity research. His career in the investment industry includes a position as Equity Analyst at Morningstar, Inc. in Chicago, where he covered the gaming, cruise and online travel industries, and earlier a position at J. & W. Seligman & Co. in New York as a performance analyst. Sanjay graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Applied Mathematics. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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Paul Black
Portfolio Manager, co-CEO

Paul joined WCM in 1989; as a member of the Investment Strategy Groups for our global, fundamental growth strategies, his primary responsibility is portfolio management. His career in the investment industry includes positions as Portfolio Manager with Wells Fargo Private Banking Group, and with Bank of America. At WCM, Paul has helped define the firm’s investment strategy and pilot the firm’s direction. In addition to his active role in portfolio management, he has also served as a client liaison for the communication of the firm’s investment thinking. Paul earned his B.S. in Finance from California State University, San Diego.

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Jon Detter
Portfolio Manager & Business Analyst

Jon joined WCM in 2016; as a member of the Investment Strategy Group for our domestic, fundamental value strategies, his primary responsibilities are portfolio management and equity research. His career in investments and valuation includes a stint as principal at Opus Capital Management, where he was one of three portfolio managers on the Opus Small-Cap Value flagship product, as well as a founder of, and portfolio manager for, the Focused Micro Cap and Focused Small Cap products. Earlier, he held positions at Valuation Research Corporation and Arthur Andersen LLP, performing valuation work for public and private companies, primarily with respect to equity and option valuations, purchase price allocations, intangible assets and asset impairment testing. Jon graduated magna cum laude from Xavier University with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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Conor Deveney
BUSINESS ANALYST

Conor joined WCM in 2017; as Research Associate, his primary responsibility is to assist in the generation of original equity research and data analysis for our global, fundamental growth strategies. Conor’s career in the investment industry experience includes a position as Equity Research Associate at Evercore ISI. Earlier he did internships at J.P. Morgan, at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and at Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo. Conor earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College (Massachusetts).

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Yan Gao
BUSINESS ANALYST

Yan joined WCM in 2014; as Business Analyst, her primary responsibility is to produce original equity research and data analysis for our global, fundamental growth strategies. Yan’s investment industry experience includes positions as Manager Research Associate at Wilshire Associates (Santa Monica, CA), as Fixed Income Investment Manager at Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (Beijing) in China, and as trainee in the UBS Graduate Training Program in Switzerland and Germany. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Finance from The School of Finance at Renmin University of China (Beijing), and her M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. Yan is also a CFA and CAIA charterholder.

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Anthony Glickhouse
Portfolio Manager & Business Analyst

Anthony joined WCM in 2016; as a member of the Investment Strategy Group for our domestic, fundamental value strategies, his primary responsibilities are portfolio management and equity research. His industry experience includes a position at Opus Capital Management, where he was a research analyst on the Opus Small-Cap Value flagship product, as well as a founder of, and portfolio manager for, the Focused Micro Cap and Focused Small Cap products. Previously, Anthony held positions at The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, where he conducted economic / capital market research and detailed asset allocation analysis, and at Renaissance Investment Management, where he performed operations and security analysis duties. Anthony graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Finance. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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William Horner
Business Culture Analyst

William joined WCM in 2014; his primary responsibility is to facilitate the continuing development of our corporate culture research process. His industry experience includes positions as Trading Associate and Portfolio Associate at WCM Investment Management, before his promotion to Business Culture Analyst in 2016. William earned his B.B.A. in Economics from the University of San Diego (California).

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Pete Hunkel
PORTFOLIO MANAGER & BUSINESS ANALYST

Pete has been working with WCM since 2001; as a member of the Investment Strategy Groups for our global, fundamental growth strategies, his primary responsibilities are portfolio management and equity research. His career in the investment industry includes a position as Portfolio Analyst for the Templeton Private Client Group, followed by his time as Managing Director at the formerly WCM-affiliated firm, Centurion Alliance. He earned his B.A. in Communications from San Jose (California) State University, where he graduated with honors, and his J.D. at the Monterey (California) College of Law

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Greg Ise
PORTFOLIO MANAGER & BUSINESS ANALYST

Greg joined WCM in 2014; his primary responsibilities are portfolio management and equity research for our global, fundamental growth strategies. His career in the investment industry includes positions as Senior International Research Analyst at Rainier Investment Management in Seattle, where he helped launch the firm’s international small-cap product, and as Vice President and Analyst at Allianz Global Investors in San Diego, where he was responsible for covering global consumer stocks. Earlier, he held  positions as Research Analyst at Osmium Partners, a San Francisco-based hedge fund, and as Investment Banking Analyst at UBS in New York. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, where he graduated with honors, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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Don Kuo
CLIENT PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Don joined WCM in 2005; as a non-voting participant in the Investment Strategy Group for our domestic, fundamental value strategies, Don is responsible for communicating the firm’s investment thinking while servicing client relationships with investment consultants, endowments, foundations, family offices, and other institutions. His career in the investment industry includes positions as Research Analyst with London Pacific Advisors, and Portfolio Analyst with Roger Engemann & Associates. Don earned his B.S. in Cellular Biology from the University of Kansas, and his M.B.A. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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Brett Lawrence
Client Portfolio Manager

Brett joined WCM in 2016; as a non-voting participant in the Investment Strategy Groups for our global, fundamental growth strategies, Brett is responsible for communicating the firm’s investment thinking while servicing client relationships with investment consultants, endowments, foundations, family offices, and other institutions. His career started with Carpenter & Company, most recently as EVP and COO, and as Principal for the Carpenter Community BancFund, a private equity fund focused on the banking industry. Prior to his investment career, Brett served six years on active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. He earned his B.S. in Economics from the United States Naval Academy and his M.B.A. from the Stanford University (California) Graduate School of Business.

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Tamara Manoukian
Business Analyst

Tamara joined WCM in 2017; as Business Analyst, her primary responsibility is to produce original equity research for our global, fundamental growth strategies.  Tamara's investment industry experience includes a position as Associate Portfolio Manager and Equity Research Analyst at Thornburg Investment Management in Santa Fe, and Investment Analyst at Greenwood Investments, a Boston based hedge fund.  Tamara graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Management with a B.S. in business administration, with a concentration in finance.  She is also a CFA charterholder.

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Pat McGee
Portfolio Manager & Business Analyst

Pat joined WCM in 2016; as a member of the Investment Strategy Group for our domestic, fundamental value strategies, his primary responsibilities are portfolio management and equity research. His industry experience includes a position at Opus Capital Management, where he was a research analyst on the Opus Small-Cap Value flagship product, as well as a founder of, and portfolio manager for, the Focused Micro Cap and Focused Small Cap products. Previously, Pat held the Associate Analyst position at Avondale Partners LLC, where he assisted in research. Earlier still, he worked as a senior consultant at Ernst & Young LLP, where he established the Los Angeles office’s Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services practice. Pat earned his B.B.A. in Finance and Public Policy from the College of William & Mary (Virginia), and his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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Mike Tian
PORTFOLIO MANAGER & BUSINESS ANALYST

Mike joined WCM in 2012; as Business Analyst, his primary responsibility is to produce original equity research for our global, fundamental growth strategies. Mike’s investment industry experience includes a position as Senior Equity Analyst and Equity Strategist at Morningstar, Inc. in Chicago. While there, he also managed the Morningstar Opportunistic Investor, a portfolio and newsletter focusing on special situations and growth companies, and additionally played an instrumental role in the development of Morningstar’s economic moat trend methodology. Mike earned his B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is also a CFA charterholder.

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Mike Trigg
PORTFOLIO MANAGER & BUSINESS ANALYST

Mike joined WCM in 2006; as a member of the Investment Strategy Groups for our global, fundamental growth strategies, his primary responsibilities are portfolio management and equity research. His career in the investment industry includes a position as Equity Analyst at Morningstar, Inc. in Chicago where, in addition to general equity analysis, he managed their Model Growth Portfolio. Earlier, Mike held a position as Analyst at the Motley Fool, an online investment service. He earned his B.S. in Finance from Saint Louis University (Missouri), where he graduated with honors.

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Jon Tringale
Client Portfolio Manager

Jon joined WCM in 2015; as a non-voting participant in the Investment Strategy Groups for our global, fundamental growth strategies, Jon is responsible for communicating the firm’s investment thinking while servicing client relationships with investment consultants, endowments, foundations, family offices, and other institutions. His investment industry experience includes a position as Vice President at Gerson Lehrman Group and, earlier, on the trading floor with Wedbush Securities. Jon earned his B.S. in Finance from San Jose (California) State University, where he graduated cum laude.

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Kurt Winrich
PORTFOLIO MANAGER, CO-CEO

Kurt joined WCM in 1984; as a member of the Investment Strategy Groups for our global, fundamental growth strategies, his primary responsibility is portfolio management. Kurt’s analytical background includes a position as the head of computer-aided design and analysis with Hughes Electronics Santa Barbara Research Center. He earned his B.A. in Physical Science from Westmont College (California), his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (California), and is also a CFA charterholder.

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