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The Advisory Board

Bart Farinholt

Director of Corporate Strategy, Riverfront Investment Group

Bart serves as Director of Corporate Strategy, bringing over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He also serves on the Executive Committee.

Prior to joining RiverFront, Bart was on the Board of Directors and managed the Institutional Equity Sales & Trading efforts for Davenport & Company. Before Davenport, Bart led BB&T’s Institutional Equity Sales Group. In addition, Bart also served on the Engagement and Commitment Committees of BB&T Capital Markets.

Ben Johnson

Director of ETF Research, CFA, Morningstar

Ben is director of global ETF and passive strategies research, and editor of Morningstar ETF Investor, a monthly investment newsletter. 

Before assuming his current role, he was director of ETF research for Europe and Asia. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin.

David Armstrong


David is editor-in-chief and executive director of content for Informa’s, a leading information portal for financial advisors. 

He’s a longtime business journalist who spent 10 years at Forbes magazine, and previously held reporting positions at and McGraw-Hill. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

James Gardiner

Director - Advisor Services Exchange (ASx)

Jamie is Director at Advisor Services Exchange which is dedicated to protecting and growing RIA enterprise value by empowering advisors and their firms with relevant data, analytics and insights.

Prior to joining the ASx, Jamie Co-Founder and COO of TPW Investment Management where he was responsible for management of all operations, business development, and partnerships. In addition as a member of the portfolio team he was responsible for ETF research and selection as well as portfolio construction across TPWIM’s product suite.

Former COO of one of the industry’s leading ETF Strategist firms JAForlines Global, Jamie helped lead JFG from a startup to one of the industry’s leading ETF Strategists, which was acquired in late 2017. As COO he successfully launched the Firm’s Global Macro Tactical Allocation Solutions across SMA, Mutual fund, CIT, and model delivery vehicles. He also oversaw aspects of the business including product development, sales, marketing, trading, and operations. While at JAForlines he spent 8 years on the portfolio management team. JFG’s flagship Global Tactical Allocation portfolio ranked in the top decile over the 3 year period ending 12/31/17 among Morningstar Tactical Mutual Funds. The firm was also named Envestnet’s Strategist of the Year in 2016 and was a finalist again for 2018.

Jillian DelSignore

Managing Director, Head of ETFs & Indexing at FLX Distribution

FLX is a first of its kind technology platform that brings together asset managers, distribution professionals, wealth managers, and advisors.

Prior to joining FLX,  Jillian was Head of ETF Distribution with J.P.Morgan’s Asset Management leading the sales and distribution efforts and strategy in the intermediary and institutional markets.  She also serves on the Board of Women in ETFs, Inc, the first women’s group for the ETF industry, and served as Co-President from 2017-2019.

Jill Mavro

Managing Director, CapW Global LLC | Independent Board Member | Consultant

Jill is currently a managing director at CapW Global, LLC, a global boutique investment bank that provides growth advice, multi cycle capital raising and deal structuring guidance to a variety of small to middle market private companies. 

She is also principal and founder of Spoondrift Advisory, LLC providing advice and guidance to asset managers, private equity firms, broker dealers and others looking to participate in the growth of exchange traded products. 

Jill also serves as an independent trustee on the BNY Mellon ETF trust, is on the Leadership Board at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and serves as a board member of Women in ETFs Inc., a global industry group of over 6000 members dedicated to connecting and inspiring women and men at all levels who work in the ETF industry.

John Davi

Founder & CIO, Astoria Portfolio Advisors

John is founder and CIO of Astoria Portfolio Advisors, an investment management firm specializing in quantitatively driven and cross-asset ETF portfolio management. 

Previously, he was head of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional ETF content, where he advised many of the world's leading investment management firms in macro and quantitative ETF portfolio construction and implementation.

Kim Escue, CFA

Principal, CFO | Senior Portfolio Manager, Stringer Asset Management, LLC

Ms. Escue serves as the Senior Portfolio Manager at Stringer Asset Management. She is responsible for the daily management of both the Firm’s mutual funds and separately managed account portfolios. 

In her role, she works with the team to develop the Firm’s strategic allocations and tactical themes based on current market opportunities. Ms. Escue holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a frequent contributor to various financial industry publications.

Kim Greenberg

CMP, CTSM | Head of Marketing | Alerian and S-Network Global Indexes

Kim is the Head of Marketing and Brand at Alerian and S-Network Global Indexes, a leading independent index provider focused on building innovative, index-based investment strategies with over $23 billion in total assets tracking its indexes. 

Kim has over 15 years of experience in financial services. In her current role, Kim is responsible for leading the marketing and branding efforts for Alerian and S-Network Global Indexes. 

Previously, Kim led strategic beta and ETF marketing at Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Prior to that, she served as an ETF specialist and marketing consultant, working with various firm’s content development, ETF launches and marketing campaigns. 

Mike Cronan

President, ETF Insight (ETFI)

Mike is an ETF Industry veteran who is currently the President of ETF Insight (ETFI), a NY based full-service marketing firm that manages the primary marketing role for many ETF’s in providing qualified leads to their sales team and advises on the market positioning for new ETFs. 

His firm deploys a multi-channel marketing program with a focus on digital marketing, content development, distribution roadmap and product strategy. 

Perth Tolle

Founder, Life + Liberty Indexes

Prior to forming Life + Liberty Indexes, Perth was a private wealth advisor at Fidelity Investments in CA and TX. Prior to Fidelity, Perth lived and worked in Beijing and Hong Kong, where her observations led her to explore the relationship between freedom and markets. Through her China experience she gained a high level of conviction regarding the impact of sound governance, individual freedoms, and rule of law on economic growth and innovation.

Perth is a frequent speaker at investment industry events and provides commentary to various financial media. She is a member of Women in ETFs. She was selected as one of the 10 to Watch in 2020 by Wealth Management Magazine for her work on freedom investing.

Todd Rosenbluth

Senior Director, ETF & Mutual Fund Research, CFRA

Todd is senior director of ETF and mutual fund research at CFRA, where he leads the firm’s holdings-based research efforts within the Equity Research and Fund group. Rosenbluth publishes regular thought leadership content on equity and fixed-income products, maintains the quantitative fund models and supports client needs. He holds a B.G.S in finance from the University of Michigan, and an MBA in finance from New York University.