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Barry K. Mendelson, CIMA®
CEO, Senior Investment Analyst
barry@cmarkc.com

Barry is responsible for leading Capital Market Consultants, guiding its direction, and developing and managing the implementation of CMC's business strategy. Barry is also directly involved on a day-to-day basis in most aspects of CMC's business.

Barry has worked in the financial services industry for over thirty-four years. He brings a wealth of practical management, business building, teaching and investment management consulting experiences to client engagements. He has spoken frequently at industry events over the years on subjects ranging from investment analysis, client profiling, money manager style analysis, investment consulting, advisor training and other topics. He is the author or co-author of a number of articles on various aspects of the practice of investment management consulting.

Barry earned his Certified Investment Management Analysts designation (CIMA®) from the Investment Management Consultants Association and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School in 1990. He has been a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association since 1989. Barry earned a BS from Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa in 1976.

Barry's charitable activities include Flour Power of Milwaukee which re-purposes fresh baked goods from local bakeries to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Abdur R. Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Chief Economist
abdur@cmarkc.com

Abdur serves as the firm's Chief Economist and is primarily responsible for global economic analysis and forecasting including creating client communications like quarterly newsletters, monthly economic update reports, interpretive news alerts, monthly client conference calls and public speaking engagements for CMC clients. Dr. Chowdhury is actively involved in the development of the firm’s forecasted capital market assumptions. Abdur is a Professor of economics in the College of Business Administration at Marquette University. Dr. Chowdhury also serves on the Chicago Federal Reserve Board’s Academic Advisory Council.

Abdur has over 27 years of experience as an economist. He was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts from 1983-1989, and an Associate Professor of Economics at Marquette University from 1989-2002. He taught at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 1995-1996. He was a visiting Professor at the School for Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. in 1996. He was a visiting Researcher at the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations in Helsinki, Finland in 1998 and 2001. He was a Consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy in 1998-1999. He was a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Transition Economics for the Bank of Finland in 2002-2003 in Helsinki, Finland. Most recently he was the Chief Economist and Director, Economic Analysis Division for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, Switzerland from 2003-2007. Abdur has been widely published in academic journals.

Abdur was educated at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh earning a B.A. (Honors) in 1976 and an M.A. in Economics in 1977. He earned an M.A. in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky in 1983.

Robert Cummisford, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Senior Investment Analyst, Institutional Client Services
rob@cmarkc.com

As Chief Investment Officer, Rob is responsible for leading the firm's investment policy committee which provides asset allocation, portfolio modeling, capital market assumptions and investment manager guidance to clients. Rob also conducts manager research on traditional long-only and alternative investments. He provides client service to a number of CMC institutional clients.

Rob has 25 years of financial industry experience including leadership positions in equity mutual fund management across a variety of styles and market capitalizations using both fundamental and quantitative techniques. In addition, he has been responsible for client portfolio management, quantitative securities research, mutual fund research, asset allocation analysis, and training. He has provided guidance to institutions and advisors on manager selection, asset allocation, and investor profiling.

Rob co-authored Investing in Global Hard Assets: A Diversification Tool for Portfolios for Van Eck Global.

Rob earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1995 and is a member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee and the CFA Institute. He received his Bachelor of Arts degrees, cum laude, in Economics and Behavioral Sciences from Lake Forest College in 1990.

Tom Hansen, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst, Chief Compliance Officer
tom@cmarkc.com

Tom joined CMC in November 2015 as a Senior Investment Analyst and our Chief Compliance Officer. Tom’s primary responsibilities to our institutional clients include investment manager research, portfolio modeling and asset allocation guidance among other services.  Tom is also responsible for producing a number of the firm’s frequently updated research reports which are distributed to advisors for use in their practices.  

He has worked in financial services for twenty-two years (22).  He brings a broad range  of investment related experiences and skills to the firm.  Prior to becoming part of the investment side of the financial business, Tom had ten (10) years of experience in securities and advisory compliance.

Tom earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1990 and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1993. Additionally, he completed the Investment Management Certificate Program (IMCP) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Finally, he has earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Nick Ihn
Senior Research Analyst
nick@cmarkc.com

Nick joined CMC in 2008 and is critically involved in a broad range of proprietary and client research projects. Nick is involved in investment manager and mutual fund research and ongoing due diligence of these investment products for our institutional clients. He is actively involved in our economic research, target date funds and client communications.

Nick received his BS in Finance and Marketing and successfully completed the prestigious Applied Investment Management Program from Marquette University in 2008.

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Matt Sobocinski
Research Analyst

Matt joined CMC in 2017 as a Research Analyst. His primary responsibilities include investment manager and mutual fund research, along with the ongoing due diligence for these investment products. He is also involved with economic research and other investment related projects or communications.

Prior to joining Capital Market Consultants, Matt brings experience as a Product Development & Management Analyst at an investment management firm. He researched mutual funds across all investment categories and completed various projects for the firm's suite of mutual funds and separate accounts. Prior to this role, he completed internships at an angel investment firm and a fixed income asset management company, both of which have developed his diverse set of skills.

Matt earned his B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015. Additionally, he completed the Investment Management Certificate Program (IMCP) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Finally, he is also pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is currently preparing to sit for the level 3 exam in June.

Mark Witzke
Marketing Associate
mark@cmarkc.com

Mark joined the CMC team in 2016 and is currently a Marketing Associate helping with website management, digital marketing, email distribution and internal sales support.

Mark earned his B.A. in Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the Spring of 2017 at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He served as an Executive Board member on the university's professional business fraternity.

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Maggie Mendelson

Business Manager
maggie@cmarkc.com

Maggie joined CMC in 2013 as a Business Development Specialist. In her current role as Business Manager, Maggie handles CMC's administration with a wide variety of responsibilities related to human resources, employee benefits, billing, office management, and internal tracking.

Maggie earned her BA in International Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Marketing from University of Puget Sound in 2013. 

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Jonathan huntington
Finance Associate
jonathan@cmarkc.com

Jonathan joined the CMC team in 2017 and is currently one of our finance associates. He works with firm’s Research and Senior Investment Analysts conducting SMA and mutual fund research.  

Jonathan is currently studying Marketing and Economics at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and will graduate in 2018. He will also be working to complete the school’s Investment Management Certificate Program.  

 

 

 

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