Small-Cap Management Team
Umesh Nathani, CFA
Mr. Nathani is the Senior Portfolio Analyst for the Small Cap Value strategy. He started as an intern in July 2009 after obtaining his Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and was officially hired in March of 2010. Mr. Nathani also holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
David P. Wetherell, CFA
Mr. Wetherell is the Lead Portfolio Manager for the Small Cap Value strategy and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He also directs the firm’s GIPS® policies and procedures and ensures their overall GIPS compliance efforts. Mr. Wetherell started with Cozad in June 2007 after obtaining his Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Greg D. Cozad, CEO, J.D., CFP®
Mr. Cozad is the Chief Executive Officer. He has been with Cozad for 20 years and charts the overall direction of the company. He has a law degree and MBA from Notre Dame and is a Certified Financial Planner.
Megan serves as the Small Cap Value strategy’s Product Support Manager. Her efforts are focused on ensuring things run smoothly from investor relations to operations. Megan holds multiple securities licenses and has an extensive background in training and compliance. She joined Cozad in August 2015.
Courtney Cozad Simmons
Courtney Cozad Simmons is the Director of Institutional Sales for the Small Cap Value strategy. She leads the team’s overall marketing and distribution effort, with a focus on identifying meaningful distribution channels and developing trusted relationships. Courtney graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, concentrations in Finance & Marketing. She joined Cozad in August 2015.
Dr. David Ikenberry
Dr. Ikenberry, a distinguished researcher with nearly two decades of academic accomplishments, is the Dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. From 2002 to 2011 he served as Chair of the Finance Department and as Associate Dean for Executive Programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is involved with the finance profession in many ways. Including serving as Associate Editor of Financial Management in 2009, he has served as an advisor to corporate officers and on the board of a publicly traded company. He holds a B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.M. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
David is well-known for his empirically-based research, much of which focuses on corporate transactions and decision-making. He is perhaps best known for his research on how and why firms repurchase stock. He has co-authored several papers with well-known academics including Josef Lakonishok, Inmoo Lee and Theo Vermaelen, in outlets such as the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the Journal of Financial Economics.