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How It All Started

A solid foundation rooted in teamwork

Astute readers of the following bios will notice that our team members have known each other across many professional roles. This was not by accident, but by design and a desire to keep together the best of each team.

1997
Kevin and Dave met each other in 1997 when Dave’s first job was Kevin’s first managerial hire; they have since worked together at Comerica, World Asset Management, LS Investment Advisors and now at Yousif Capital Management.
1998
Dave met Nicole in 1998 when they each worked at Comerica Bank’s Trust Operations group and have since worked together at World Asset Management and LS Investment Advisors.
2000
Kevin and Gary met each other in 2000 when Kevin joined the team at World Asset Management. They have also worked together at LS Investment Advisors and now at Yousif Capital Management.
2000-2007
Gary met Nicole in 2000 when Nicole joined the World Asset Management team, and he met Dave in 2007 when he came on board.

No, it is not by accident that we work together as a close team at Yousif Capital Management. We believe in one another, enjoy each other’s company, and count on each other to lift us up when one of us falls.

KEVIN K. YOUSIF, CFA*

President

As President, Kevin guides our firm towards our strategic goals, assists in creating new investment strategies and works closely with clients to meet their goals.  Kevin’s driving belief is that clients can be served with strategies that meet their needs and at a reasonable cost.

Prior to starting Yousif Capital Management, Kevin started the Passive Management effort at LS Investment Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  Before that, Kevin was the Director of Domestic Equities at World Asset Management, a Comerica company.  Kevin started his career at Comerica Bank’s Trust department in 1997.

Kevin is committed to his community. He is a member of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, CFA Society of Detroit and has written the book on Passive Management with the global CFA Institute. He is a Past President of the CFA Society of Detroit and was an adjunct professor at Davenport University. With a passion for education and an enthusiasm to help others, he shares his investment knowledge through research and opinion publications, speaking engagements and mentoring of young professionals.

* CFA Institute is a global advocacy group dedicated to improving our investment markets and educating the financial community. CFA Institute is the sponsor of the CFA Charter and can be found at www.cfainstitute.org.

ROSANNA (ROSE) BENNETT, IACCP®

Chief Compliance Officer

As Chief Compliance Officer, Rose is responsible for maintaining the firm’s risk-based compliance program, including monitoring and testing the firm’s policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Adviser’s Act as well as federal securities law.

Prior to joining Yousif Capital Management, Rose was a Business Unit Risk Manager at World Asset Management, Inc., a Comerica company and SEC registered investment adviser. At World Asset Management, Rose was responsible for the day-to-day compliance program and worked directly for the Chief Compliance Officer. Rose is an Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP®). Prior to her compliance role, Rose was the Operations Manager responsible for back-office support and reconciliation at World Asset Management. Rose’s vast compliance and operational experience with World Asset Management and Comerica spans more than three decades.

Rose’s expertise is highly sought as she speaks on panels related to Adviser operating techniques and compliance practices. Rose is active in her parish where she volunteers as a Lector. She enjoys reading, cooking and travelling to Italy where she spends time visiting her family.

GARY BENDER

Director of Fixed Income

As the Director of Fixed Income, Gary leads and manages the fixed income portfolios that our clients entrust us with.  With over three decades of investment experience, Gary brings a level of understanding of the factors that drive his portfolio and he utilizes that knowledge to help clients understand their exposures.  Gary works closely with Kevin and Dave to create new investment strategies and he meets with clients to ensure their needs are met.

Prior to starting at Yousif Capital Management, Gary worked as a Portfolio Manager at LS Investment Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  Before that, Gary was the Director of Fixed Income at World Asset Management, a Comerica company.  Before that, Gary worked at Comerica Bank’s Trust department.

Gary’s passions are charitable and bring happiness to others.  Gary supports various charitable food programs within his community and has been directly responsible for raising thousands of much needed funds for those charities.  He is also a skilled guitarist that performs in small bands across the state of Michigan.

DAVE JONES

Director of Global Equities

As the Director of Global Equities, Dave leads and manages the equity portfolios that our clients entrust us with. Dave’s passions are for the more complex taxable portfolios that we manage for our clients and his secondary passion is for Technology.  Dave is a tinkerer that does not stop improving any process that comes before him and he is successful at turning complex processes into simple steps.

Prior to starting at Yousif Capital Management, Dave worked as a Portfolio Manager at LS Investment Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor based in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  Before that, Dave was a Senior Portfolio Manager at World Asset Management, a Comerica company. Before that, Dave worked at Munder Capital Management as an Equity Trader and Senior Business Analyst.  Dave started his career with Comerica Bank.

Dave is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Detroit.  Dave’s passions are for Dance and Golf.  He has three little girls that are superstar dancers and have qualified for national events; his golf game however, is a work in progress.

ERIC LESSNAU

Senior Portfolio Manager

As the Senior Portfolio Manager, Eric is responsible for managing and monitoring domestic equity portfolios. In addition, other responsibilities include performance analysis for the domestic strategies and working on new product implementation. Areas of particular interest for Eric are creating and managing socially responsible and ESG portfolios.

Prior to starting at Yousif Capital Management, Eric worked as a Director of Domestic Equities at World Asset Management, Inc., a Comerica company, and SEC registered investment adviser based in Detroit, MI. Eric began his career with Comerica Bank in 2000 as an Investment Bank Analyst in Institutional Trust, working in both the Fund Accounting and Corporate Actions areas.

In his free time, Eric enjoys playing golf, but he especially enjoys spending time with his family and watching his sons play baseball and basketball.

NICOLE RIVERA

Portfolio Manager

As a Portfolio Manager, Nicole works closely with Dave to manage the equity portfolios that our clients entrust us with.  Nicole manages these portfolios to ensure that they adhere to their stated desired outcomes and meet their performance expectations.  Coupling her market knowledge and sophisticated understanding of portfolio management systems, she constantly enhances our portfolio construction and reporting processes.

Prior to starting at Yousif Capital Management, Nicole worked as a Portfolio Manager at LS Investment Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor based in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  Before that, Nicole was a Portfolio Administrator with Clarkston Partners, and at World Asset Management, a Comerica company prior to that.  Nicole started her career with Comerica Bank.

Nicole is an expert user of the Advent Portfolio Exchange Accounting system and leads our GIPS® performance reporting efforts.  Nicole has a passion for youth hockey and has raised two sons that play at a high level.

KEVIN FOLEY

Portfolio Manager

As a Portfolio Manager, Kevin works closely with Dave to manage the international portfolios that our clients entrust to us. Kevin manages the portfolios to ensure our client’s performance and international exposure goals are accomplished. The international portfolios provide exposure to forty-six different countries in both developed and emerging markets.

Prior to starting at Yousif Capital Management, Kevin worked as a Portfolio Manager at World Asset Management, Inc., a Comerica company, and SEC registered investment adviser based in Detroit, MI. Kevin began his career in Comerica Bank’s Trust Department.

Kevin enjoys researching international corporate actions. Kevin has three children, two boys and one girl. Kevin enjoys coaching his son’s and daughter’s hockey teams, watching their football and lacrosse games and playing golf.

KELLY FETTERMAN

Client Service Manager

As a Client Service Manager, Kelly works to ensure that our ’ servicing needs are met.  That could be as simple as ensuring that client deposits and withdrawals are executed on a timely basis or as complex as a client looking to understand how the current market environment is impacting their portfolio.  Kelly is also involved with maintenance of our GIPS compliant performance results, populating consultant databases, and the creation of new marketing material.

Prior to starting at Yousif Capital Management, Kelly worked as a Senior Client Account Manager at World Asset Management, Inc., a Comerica company, and SEC Registered Investment Adviser based in Detroit, MI.

Kelly’s passions are watching her daughter play volleyball and eating delicious meals made by her chef-in-training son.  She is also an avid reader.  She is not willing to swing a golf club, but is eager to drive a golf cart when the opportunity arises.

MICHELLE DUBEY

Senior Portfolio Administrator

As a Senior Portfolio Administrator, Michelle is responsible for working with our outsourced data services teams to ensure that our client portfolios are always up to date with the latest information and reconciled to the custodian.  Michelle is responsible for ensuring that our clients’ portfolio performance is accurately reflected on our internal systems.  Michelle is also involved in the maintenance of our GIPS compliant performance results.

Prior to starting at Yousif Capital Management, Michelle worked as a Performance Measurement Specialist at World Asset Management, Inc., a Comerica company, and SEC registered investment adviser based in Detroit, MI.  Before that, Michelle was a manager in the Trade Reconcilement area in Trust Operations at Comerica Bank. Her early career experience encompasses a 13 year period in which Michelle held several different positions in the branches at NBD Bank.

Michelle is an avid runner whose greatest athletic accomplishment is a half-marathon that crossed country lines from the United States and into Canada.  During her time away from the office, Michelle can be found either hiking, camping with family or on a cruise ship laying back and resting from all of that hiking and camping.

KIRK YOUSIF

Systems Developer

As the Systems Developer, Kirk works with the internal YCM teams and our vendors to ensure that our information systems are always accurate, efficient, and up to date. Kirk is also responsible for automating our portfolio management and reporting functions.

Before starting at Yousif Capital Management, Kirk held directorships at Oakwood Hospital System and two Michigan-based software companies. He recently received his MBA and is working on attaining his CFA designation.

Kirk’s community involvement goes back to the mid-nineties, having served on several community boards and commissions for his city. He also spent several years coaching youth soccer and was involved with the executive boards of both sports and arts organizations. Kirk enjoys cooking and international travel.

CONTACT THE YCM TEAM

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PHONE
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39533 Woodward Avenue, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
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