Team

Team

A group of finance and consulting veterans come together to provide personalized solutions for our clients.

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Guillermo Trias

Managing Partner & CEO

Over 15 years of experience in financial services and management responsibilities, focused on growth initiatives, product launches, and sales management. He also has direct experience with startup companies and corporate build outs. Responsible for Toroso’s key initiatives and strategic relationships.

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Guillermo is CEO of Toroso Investments and Tidal Growth Consultants. Prior to Toroso, Guillermo led the sales and business development efforts at Global X Funds helping the company reach approximately US$4 billion in AUM. Previously, he was the founder and managing partner of two venture capital firms (MC Capital and GT Capital) dedicated to the incubation and growth of start-ups in the US and Latam. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of a pioneer food distributor in the US. Guillermo began his career in the area of ​​M&A investment banking with Bankers Trust & Deutsche Bank. He has a degree in Business Administration from CUNEF (top finance college in Spain) and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) in Chicago.

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Michael Venuto

Co-Founder & CIO

15 years experience in the asset management business.Prior experience included head of investments at Global X Management (a provider of ETFs), and business development, investment strategy, and strategic initiatives at Horizon Kinetics. Responsible for all investment management, research, and trading.

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Michael J. Venuto is an ETF industry veteran with over a decade of experience in the design and implementation of ETF-based investment strategies. Most recently, he is behind the launch of the Toroso ETF Industry Index, which measures and monitors the performance of publicly traded companies that derive revenue from the Exchange Traded Funds ecosystem.  The Toroso ETF Industry Exposure & Financial Services ETF (TETF) tracks this index.

Michael is Managing Director of Tidal Growth Consultants as well as Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Toroso Investments, LLC.   Previously, he was Head of Investments at Global X Funds where he provided portfolio optimization services to institutional clients. Before that, he was Senior Vice President at Horizon Kinetics where his responsibilities included new business development, investment strategy, client and strategic initiatives.

Michael was instrumental in the establishment of multiple strategic investments and partnerships related to ETFs, Exchanges and Indexation.  In 2014, Michael was chosen as one the ETF.COM All Stars for his research and is often quoted as an ETF expert in publications such as Reuters and Barron’s. Michael Venuto studied Philosophy and Religion at NC State University and is an avid Chess player.

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Dan Carlson

Co-Founder & CFO

30 years of 401(k) and financial services experience with Buck Consultants, Lincoln Financial, and Avatar. Developed and launched mutual funds, collective trusts of ETFs, 529 plans, and multi-manager 401(k) platforms. Responsible for all operational and financial aspects of the company.

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Dan is Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Toroso Investments and Tidal Growth Consultants.  Previously, he was Chief Marketing Officer at Avatar Associates in New York City where Dan lead the business development efforts as Avatar grew assets in managed portfolios of ETFs to represent over 80% of the Firm’s assets under management. Previously, he headed the marketing and product development efforts at Delaware Investments in Philadelphia.  Dan has served on a national industry board and heads a non-profit educational foundation.  He started his career in Chicago, first with BMO Harris and then as a partner at Buck Consultants, serving large pension and retirement programs. Dan holds a BS degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana.

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David Dziekanski

Portfolio Manager

Extensive experience in the asset management business. Masters degree in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis. Manages the Global Dynamic Multi-Asset Strategy and provides ETF research and mutual fund research to the investment team.

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David is the Portfolio Manager of Toroso Advisors. Before joining Toroso, he was Vice President & Portfolio Strategist at Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management (LTAM), where he researched, analyzed, and recommended Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), Mutual Fund (MF), Money Manager, and Hedge Fund investments for the LAMP model portfolios and customized accounts. He was part of the team that raised assets under management from approximately $75MM to over $1.6 Billion in just over six years for the Ladenburg Asset Management Program (LAMP), Ladenburg Thalmann Investment Consulting Services (ICS), and the Ladenburg Thalmann 401(k), which service over 2700 advisors.

Previously, he held positions in Wealth Management, Fixed Income and Securities trading in world leading organizations such as Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns, AIM Securities and Smith Barney.

He holds a Master of Science in Finance from the Washington University Olin School of Business and a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics, Finance and Economics from the Washington University College of Arts & Sciences. He holds the Series 7 and Series 66.

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John Lowrey

Investment Advisor

Over 20 years experience in financial services primarily serving 401(k) and retirement plans at his own RIA firm, BenefitStreet, and Fidelity. Leads Toroso’s northeast 401(k) advisory practice specializing open-architecture and fiduciary services.

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John is an investment advisor on Qualified Retirement Plans & Individuals. Before joining Toroso, he had created and operated an RIA Firm that accounted for the needs of the plan sponsor and always put the participants first, while focusing entirely on the service of Qualified Retirement Plans. There, he achieved an average revenue growth rate of 20% per year.

Previously, he was a Sales Executive at BenefitStreet, where he was responsible for establishing relationships with RIAs, Accountants, Attorneys, and payroll companies that marketed qualified retirement plans to their clientele. He closed $20 million dollars in qualified retirement plan assets and achieved a close rate of 90%

Throughout his career that spans over two decades, John lead and implemented a variety of retirement plans and portfolios, at world renowned retirement providers Fidelity Investments and Automatic Data Processing.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and is Licensed in Series 65.

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Kathy Smith

Investment Analyst

With almost three decades of administrative and accounting experience, Kathy plays a key role in managing the operations of Toroso Asset Management.

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Kathy Smith is an investment analyst responsible for accounting records, client reporting, reconciliation and composites, and various other administrative duties.

Before joining Toroso, Kathy was in charge of bookkeeping and accounting at Medpay, a medical billing business. Previously, he was the head of bookkeeping for Bennigan’s, a franchise restaurant with gross sales of over $2.5 billion dollars. Through her extensive career, Kathy performed administrative and bookkeeping projects for the environmental and manufacturing industries at firms such as ePhase Environmental, Rusmar Incorporated and Metallurgical Products Co. where she headed administration teams, provided systems support and lead project management tasks.

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Oscar Biondolillo

Head of Business Development

Over 15 years experience in financial services and management responsibilities on the sector.

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Oscar has helped publicly traded and private equity owned companies for over 15 years. His brings a diverse business background in Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Planning & Analysis, CRM & Financial Systems Implementations, Big Data Analysis to name a few. Prior to joining Toroso, Oscar ran his own financial service practice on the Northwestern Mutual platform and helped with the Business Development efforts. Previously, he was at Culligan Internaitional, dedicated to Corporate FP&A and M&A, as well as Financial Systems. He started his career at Kraft Foods, Inc., where he served in multiple finance and accounting capacities.

Oscar is passionate about giving back to the poor and oppressed and has dedicated himself to doing business with a purpose, leading several initiatives to help the less fortunate in the US and Honduras.