Our Team2018-04-30T12:38:52+00:00

Our Team

Cadence sustains an entrepreneurial culture of discovery and development. Our investment team draws on a long history of quantitative investing experience and are supported by significant depth of investment resources and infrastructure.

Cadence clients experience highly accessible investment professionals open to customization and focused solely on achieving client objectives. Our operations, distribution and administrative teams integrate with our investment professionals to ensure seamless, responsive client service and satisfaction.

Meet the Team

Michael J. Skillman

Michael J. Skillman

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Skillman joined Cadence Capital Management in 1994 and serves as Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, he is a member of the portfolio management team and Managing Director.

Mr. Skillman also serves on the Executive Board of Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Throughout his professional experience, Mr. Skillman served in a variety of capacities in the investment industry. Prior to joining Cadence, he served as Vice President for Pacific Financial Asset Management Corp. (PFAMCo – Cadence’s previous parent company); he worked as an Analyst with Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company and was a Financial Analyst in the aerospace industry with Aerojet General Corporation.

Mr. Skillman holds a BS in Business Administration – Finance from California State University, Chico.

Robert L. Fitzpatrick

Robert L. Fitzpatrick, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director

Mr. Fitzpatrick joined Cadence Capital Management in 1999 and serves as Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director.

Prior to joining Cadence, Mr. Fitzpatrick was a Research Analyst at Husic Capital Management in San Francisco. Earlier in his career, he worked at Morgan Stanley in equity research.

Mr. Fitzpatrick holds a BA in Psychology and Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from The Wharton School, and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2000.

Robert E. Ginsberg

Robert E. Ginsberg, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director

Mr. Ginsberg joined Cadence in 2011 and serves as a Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director.

Prior to joining Cadence, he was a Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Invesco and Putnam Investments. At Putnam, Mr. Ginsberg also served as a Managing Director. Mr. Ginsberg started his investment career at Delaware Investments in Philadelphia where he worked as an Equity Analyst before being promoted to Portfolio Manager.

Mr. Ginsberg holds a BS in Economics and an MBA, both from The Wharton School. He earned his CFA designation in 2000.

J. Paul Dokas

J. Paul Dokas, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director

Mr. Dokas joined Cadence in 2013 and serves as Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director.

Prior to joining Cadence, Mr. Dokas was the Director – Investments at Hirtle Callaghan, responsible for the development of asset allocation models and the allocation of capital to investment strategies in the Hirtle Callaghan Funds. Mr. Dokas was also responsible for developing investment strategies to be used in the Hirtle Callaghan Funds. Before that, he was Senior Vice President at Delaware Investment Advisors where he led the Structured Products Group.

Mr. Dokas holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Loyola College, an MBA from the University of Maryland and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1987.

Austin M. Kairness

Austin M. Kairnes III

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Kairnes joined Cadence Capital Management in 2016 and serves as Portfolio Manager.

Prior to joining Cadence, Mr. Kairnes was Portfolio Manager at QS Investors (and at Batterymarch Financial Management prior to its merger with QS Investors) in Boston. At Putnam Investments, in Boston, Mr. Kairnes was Senior Vice President – Portfolio Manager. Prior to Putnam, Mr. Kairnes was Principal of Independence Investment, LL and served as Senior Vice President – Director of Quantitative Strategies/Portfolio Manager.

Mr. Kairnes graduated from Boston College with a BA in Economics and English, and received an MBA from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business.

Sophia H. Ru

Sophia H. Ru, CFA

Senior Analyst

Ms. Ru joined Cadence Capital Management in 2017 and serves as Senior Analyst.

Prior to joining Cadence, Ms. Ru was Global Equity Analyst at Banque Hottinger & Cie SA in New York City. She also worked as Equity Analyst at Sanford Bernstein in the health care sector, and at Wells Fargo in the consumer sector. Prior to business school, Ms. Ru was Quantitative Analyst at Putnam Investments.

Ms. Ru received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Wuhan University, an MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Finance and Economics from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Ms. Ru earned her CFA designation in 2006.

Charles K. Koeniger

Charles K. Koeniger

Director, Head of Business Development
and Client Service

Mr. Koeniger joined Cadence Capital Management in 2017 and serves as Director, Head of Business Development and Client Service.

Prior to joining Cadence, Mr. Koeniger was Managing Director, Head of U.S. Institutional Sales with Nuveen Investments, Inc. in New York. At Loomis, Sales & Company, LP, in Boston, Mr. Koeniger was Vice President. Prior to Loomis, Sales, Mr. Koeniger was Global Partner with Invesco, Inc. (Boston) and Vice President – Director of Marketing Public Funds with State Street Bank and Trust (Boston).

Mr. Koeniger graduated from St. Anselm College with a BS in Business and Economics.

Joseph L. Cargile

Joseph L. Cargile

Head Trader

Mr. Cargile joined the investment team at Cadence Capital Management in 1997 and serves as Head Trader.

Prior to Cadence, he was a Trading Clerk at Ward, Conary & Murphy, Market Surveillance Analyst on the Boston Stock Exchange and a Mutual Fund Service Representative for Fidelity Investments Institutional Services.

Mr. Cargile graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in Business Administration.

Joe Valdman

Josef M. Valdman

Head of Product Management

Mr. Valdman joined Cadence in 2018 and serves as Head of Product Management.

Prior to joining Cadence, Mr. Valdman served as Senior Managing Director at Foreside Financial Group. Prior to Foreside, he served as Director of Business Development at Lumina Fund Management and Vice President Sales/Northeast Director at ETF Securities (US). Earlier in his career, Mr. Valdman served as Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and at Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Valdman graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College with a BA in Liberal Studies.

Kimberly Vox

Kimberly A. Voss

Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Voss joined Cadence in 2017 and serves as Chief Compliance Officer.

Prior to joining Cadence, Ms. Voss served as Chief Compliance & Administrative Officer at DG Capital Management. Previously, she had been their Chief Operating Officer and Compliance Officer.

Ms. Voss graduated from Boston University with a BA in International Relations.

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