ETF Global Research Advisory Board
ETF Global was created to enlighten, educate and empower investors to succeed within the new and rapidly expanding market of Exchange-Traded-Funds. Research at ETF Global is primarily driven by the firm’s Research Advisory Board (RAB) which is comprised of an eclectic group of leading industry and research experts.
The Research Advisory Board provides guidance and insight to optimize the efficacy of the construction, operation and evolution of the firm’s research models inclusive of the portfolio of proprietary algorithms, weightings, analytics, applications and research offerings. Outside members of the ETFG RAB are elected for two-year terms. The RAB convenes quarterly, including two in-person, meetings to address the objectives and performance of the firm’s research platform.
Inherent in the process of the RAB is the constant feedback and input taken from the various ETFG client segments. ETFG Research is rooted in the belief that clients’ candid feedback helps shape the direction of our platform and ensures that ETFG products and services remain accurately focused upon the continually changing needs of our clients.
Chris Romano, CFA – Chairman
Director of Research - ETF Global
Chris Romano is the Director of Research at ETF Global, where he leads the development of the proprietary research models and analytics. Chris is the Chairman of the ETFG Research Advisory Board and manages the firm’s team of research analysts. Chris plays an integral role in developing custom solutions for all of ETFG’s client segments.
Chris has extensive experience within investment research having previously served as the Director of Research and Trading Strategies for a successful institutional money management firm. As part of this experience, Chris led the design of quantitative models and the development of trading processes and systems.
Additionally, Chris served as a member of the Investment Advisory Committee providing insight and analytical information used for a large tactical asset management firm. Chris began his career in the systems administration and brokerage support areas.
Chris obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science with a minor in Business from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Chris has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute as well as the CFA Society of Pittsburgh.
Matthew Litchfield, CFA
Matthew Litchfield is a veteran of exchange-traded-products and investment research. Matt has been a member of the Investment Committee for ITS Asset Management, a Pittsburgh-based RIA that offered a variety of portfolio solutions including global macro, tactical and fixed income. At ITS, Matt performed double duty as an investment analyst and in-house product specialist for the mutual fund based portfolio strategies.
Matt also has extensive experience with real assets, having begun his career as part of the investment team for a national real estate developer in Buffalo, New York where he focused on alternative asset classes in addition to managing several properties in Southern Ontario.
A native of upstate New York and an avid historian, Matt earned his MBA from the University at Buffalo and is a member of the CFA Society of Pittsburgh.
Dr. A. Seddik Meziani
Professor | Economics, Finance & Real Estate - Montclair State University - Feliciano School of Business
Seddik Meziani is a tenured professor of finance at Montclair State University, NJ, former chair of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Real Estate, and the Soliciting Editor of The Journal of Index Investing. He is also an ETF consultant and speaker. He received a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from New York University.
His expertise covers exchange-traded funds, micro- and small-caps and emerging/frontier markets. He is extensively published in both academic and practitioner journals and has given numerous presentations and workshops on a variety of topics related to his research interests at national and international conferences. He is the author of two ETF books: Exchange-Traded Funds as an Investment Option (Palgrave-Macmillan/November 2005) and Exchange-Traded Funds: Conceptual and Practical Investment Approaches (Risk Books/July 2009). He is currently completing another ETF book, Exchange-Traded Funds: Investment Practices and Tactical Approaches, slated for release by Palgrave-Macmillan in February 2016. His extensive work on ETFs was acknowledged on a worldwide list of “Seventeen ETF Friendly Professors” compiled by Yahoo Finance.
He has been regularly featured on the ETF speaking circuit as a panelist, moderator, conference chair, and keynote speaker both in the United States and internationally since 2000. In addition to serving as an ETF consultant and speaker, he has developed and presented a series of professional seminars to various US and international corporate and governmental entities, including comprehensive educational workshops on ETFs in New York, London, Rome, and Muscat, Oman.
Ken Shoji, CFA
Founder/Managing Principal - Stissing Lake Advisors
Ken Shoji is the Founder and Managing Principal of Stissing Lake Advisors, an investment advisory firm working with family offices, foundations and institutional investors.
Ken recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of GSB Podium Advisors, a SEC-registered statistical arbitrage hedge fund, and the Chief Investment Officer of HedgeMark Advisors, a hedge fund managed account platform. From 2005 to 2009 Ken was a Managing Director and Head of the Alternative Investment Group for Dresdner Kleinwort, where he built and managed a multi-billion dollar hedge fund investment and financing platform. Prior to joining Dresdner in 2005 he was a Managing Director at the Mayfair Group, a private alternative investment firm. From 1998 to 2003 he was a Managing Director in the Strategic Equity Transactions Group at Deutsche Bank and at Bankers Trust Company. From 1986 to 1998 Ken held a variety of positions at J.P. Morgan, including Head of Derivatives and Structured Products for the Private Bank, Head of Emerging Markets Equity Derivatives, and positions in Equity and Fixed Income Derivatives in New York, London and Tokyo.
Ken is a CFA charter holder and graduated with a MA with Honours from the University of Edinburgh and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. Ken is a Director of Clear Markets, Inc., a derivatives exchange and a Senior Advisor to Global Risk Management Advisors, a risk management consulting firm. He serves on the Board of Regents of the University of Edinburgh and is the Treasurer of the University of Edinburgh USA Development Trust and the Harvard Business School Club of New York.
Karl Snyder, CMT
Karl Snyder most recently held the position as Chief Market Strategist with Garden State Securities. In this role Mr. Snyder models and manages portfolios for clients of the firm. His approach to asset allocation is macro themed using both intermarket analysis and the business cycle. In addition, Mr. Snyder provides thought leadership and investment strategy for Garden State Securities. He started his financial services career as a Registered Investment Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors in 2000. Mr. Snyder has worked for several boutique firms as a Registered Investment Advisor, where he began his study of technical analysis within capital markets.
Mr. Snyder is a member of the Market Technicians Association and holds the Chartered Market Technician designation. He is both series 66 and 7 licensed. Mr. Snyder is also a series 86/87 licensed research analyst. He specializes in inter-market analysis with an emphasis on sector rotation and the impact of the business cycle on the financial markets.
Prior to starting his financial career, Mr. Snyder studied at Rutgers University and served in the United States Marine Corps as a non-commissioned officer.
Christopher A. Ohmacht, CFA
Founder, CAO Strategic Partners
Chris is the Founder and Managing Partner of CAO Strategic Partners, LLC, an investment firm focused on active investments in small to mid-sized private companies and value-added real estate. Prior to founding CAO Strategic Partners in 2016, Chris was President and a member of the Board of Directors of Victory Capital, a $36 billion, independent, multi-boutique asset management firm with 9 independent investment platforms and over 200 employees focused on active developed and emerging markets equities, core fixed income and quantitative strategic beta strategies for institutional separate accounts, US mutual funds and ETFs.
Over his close to 30-year career in investment management, Chris has held numerous senior roles building and leading investment and distribution teams.He has also led several significant M&A transactions as both buyer and seller and strategic initiatives focused on maximizing growth, operational improvements and driving cultural change.
Chris earned his BA in Management from Moravian College, MBA in Finance from Pace University and is a CFA Charterholder. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Metro NY Chapter as well as a member of the national Investor Board for the Gift of Adoption Fund and is a past Trustee of Moravian College.