Fixed Income Investment Team

Brian L Gevry

Brian Gevry, CFA | Chief executive Officer, Chief Investment OfFicer

Brian L. Gevry, CFA, is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Boyd Watterson Asset Management, LLC, responsible for the strategic leadership of the firm and the oversight of the firm’s investment processes and committees. Brian also serves as Chairman of the Real Estate Investment Committee. Prior to his role as CEO, Brian served as Boyd Watterson’s Chief Operating Officer from 2000–2006. Previous leadership roles with the firm include Executive Vice President and member of the Operating Committee of Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co., Boyd Watterson’s predecessor firm. Brian also held positions as a fixed income portfolio manager and senior strategist on the Conservative Value Equity and Fixed Income Committees. Brian began his career with the firm in 1991. Brian holds a CFA Charter from CFA Institute, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and a BA from Cleveland State University. He is a member of CFA Society Cleveland and of CFA Institute. Brian has 24 years of investment experience. 

James Jim Shirak Boyd Watterson

James Shirak | Managing director, Deputy Chief Investment Officer

James R. Shirak is a member of Boyd Watterson's Executive Committee. Mr. Shirak also serves as Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Boyd Watterson and is a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee. Prior to joining Boyd Watterson in 2000 as a fixed income Senior Strategist and Portfolio Manager, James was founder and Principal of Sterling Asset Management in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, he held the position of Head of Fixed Income for BP America, Inc.’s Pension Plan and Savings and Investment Plan, where he established the investment philosophy, strategy, and guidelines for the pension fund and supervised fixed income personnel. Other prior positions include Director of Fixed Income for the Investment Centre and Head of Fixed Income for the Pension Plan of Republic Steel and Lincoln National Corp. James holds an MBA and a BA from Ohio University. James is a member of the CFA Society of Cleveland, CFA Institute, and is a past President of the Bond Club of Cleveland. James has 51 years of industry experience.

Mike Vandenbossche, CFA

MIKE VANDENBOSSCHE, CFA | Executive VICE PRESIDENT, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income

Michael Vandenbossche, CFA, is Director of Fixed Income and is responsible for the oversight of the institutional line of business.  Mike joined Boyd Watterson Asset Management in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Mike was a portfolio manager with Ambassador Capital Management and Munder Capital Management. At Munder, he was a member of the investment strategy team, headed the captive insurance team and managed the corporate and CMBS sectors. Prior to joining Munder, Mike managed institutional fixed income portfolios for Victory Capital Management. Mike started his investment career at First of America Bank in 1990, holding multiple positions including portfolio manager, asset/liability manager, and municipal analyst. Mike holds a CFA Charter from CFA Institute, an MBA from Western Michigan University, and a BA from Central Michigan University.  He is also a member of the CFA Society of Detroit and CFA Institute.  Mike has 26 years of industry experience.

Greg Cobb

Greg Cobb | Executive Vice President, Director of Fixed Income

Gregory Cobb is director of fixed income and is responsible for the oversight of the advisor channel line of business.  Prior to the 2010 integration of Sovereign Advisors into Boyd Watterson, Greg served as Sovereign’s CIO and director of portfolio management.  Previously, he held the position of senior portfolio manager at TradeStreet Investment Associates (Bank of America) and Trusco Capital Management. Greg holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he pursued doctoral studies in economics and finance. Greg is a member of CFA Institute, a member and former board member of the CFA Society of North Carolina, a member of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, and a member and former board member of the NABE Charlotte Economics Club.  Greg has 29 years of industry experience.

David Dirk, CFA

David Dirk, CFA | Executive Vice President, Director of Portfolio Management & Trading

David Dirk, CFA, is director of fixed income and is responsible for the oversight of all institutional portfolio management and trading activity.  David joined Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co., predecessor to Boyd Watterson, in 1996. David holds a CFA Charter from CFA Institute, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and a BA from Baldwin-Wallace University. He is also a member of the CFA Society of Cleveland and CFA Institute. David has 20 years of industry experience.

Justin Waggoner

JUSTIN WAGGONER | EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, Portfolio Manager

Justin Waggoner is director of fixed income and is responsible for the oversight of all advisor channel portfolio management and trading activity.  Justin joined Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co., predecessor to Boyd Watterson, in 1999. Justin holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a BS from Ohio State University. Justin is a member of the CFA Society of Cleveland and CFA Institute. Justin has 16 years of industry experience.

David Hollins, CFA

David Hollins, CFA | Senior Vice President, Director of Credit Research

G. David Hollins, CFA, is director of credit research. David joined Boyd Watterson Asset Management in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, David served as senior securities analyst at TradeStreet Investment Associates (Bank of America), investment officer at Unum (Provident Investment Management), and director of research at BlackHawk Capital Management. David holds a CFA Charter from CFA Institute, an MBA from East Tennessee State University, and a BS from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the CFA Society of North Carolina, CFA Institute, and the Charlotte Economics Club. David has 28 years of industry experience.

Brian Convery, CFA

Brian Convery, CFA | Executive Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Brian Convery, CFA, is a portfolio manager and credit research analyst focusing on Boyd Watterson's high yield portfolios.  Brian is also a member of the real estate investment committee. Brian joined Boyd Watterson Asset Management in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Brian was a senior investment analyst with Key Private Bank in Cleveland and a partner at WR Huff Asset Management. He also worked as a management consultant at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. Brian holds a CFA Charter from CFA Institute, an MBA from Georgetown University, and a BA from the University of Dayton. He is a member of the CFA Society of Cleveland and CFA Institute. Brian has 14 years of industry experience.

Deborah Kidd, CFA

Deborah Kidd, CFA | Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Deborah Kidd, CFA, is a senior vice president and portfolio manager focusing on Boyd Watterson’s short-maturity public fund fixed income portfolios and serving as portfolio consultant on fixed income content. Deborah joined Boyd Watterson’s predecessor firm, Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co., in 1990. In addition to her roles at Boyd Watterson, Deborah is an active volunteer with CFA Institute and has written regularly for CFA Institute’s Investment Risk and Performance publication on the topics of investment performance, risk measurement, and the search for alpha. Deborah holds a CFA charter from CFA Institute and a BA from Ursuline College. Deborah is a member of CFA Institute and a member and former board member of CFA Society Cleveland. She has 24 years of investment experience.

Dixon Morgan

Dixon Morgan | Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager, International Equities

Dixon Morgan, Jr. is a portfolio manager of international equities. Dixon joined Boyd Watterson Asset Management in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Dixon was a senior director and portfolio manager at Oppenheimer Funds and a manager of international investments at Brown Brothers Harriman. Dixon holds a BA from Claremont McKenna College. Dixon has 38 years of industry experience.

Robert Fernald

Robert Fernald | Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Robert Fernald is a portfolio manager focusing on Boyd Watterson's suite of core fixed income portfolios with an emphasis on the securitized sectors. Rob joined Boyd Watterson Asset Management in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Rob was a senior portfolio manager with Goode Investment Management Inc. where he managed the Index Plus Strategy and had responsibility for consultant and client relationship management. Previously, Rob managed the fixed income portion of the pension account for TRW. Prior to TRW, Rob managed the total return mutual funds and institutional accounts for Victory Capital Management in Cleveland. Rob started his career in Boston in 1976 at the Bank of Boston. He has held a variety of trading and portfolio positions at commercial banks, regional broker/dealers, and investment firms in Boston, New York City, and Cleveland. Rob holds a BS from Trinity College in Hartford CT. Rob has 40 years of industry experience.

Robert Bob Strnad

Robert Strnad | Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Robert Strnad is a portfolio manager and credit research analyst focusing on Boyd Watterson's suite of intermediate taxable portfolios.  Robert joined Boyd Watterson Asset Management in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Robert served as a fixed income research analyst at Victory Capital Management. Robert holds an MBA and BSBA from John Carroll University. Robert has 13 years of industry experience.

J Deeds Kienker, CFA

DEEDS KIENKER, CFA | ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, Portfolio manager

Deeds Kienker, CFA, is a portfolio manager and credit research analyst focusing on Boyd Watterson’s suite of short-term taxable portfolios.  Deeds joined Boyd Watterson Asset Management in 2012 as a credit analyst. Prior to joining the firm, Deeds began his career as an investment banking analyst intern at Tobin & Company Investment Banking Group, LLC. Deeds holds a CFA Charter from CFA Institute, an MS from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a BS from Clemson University.  He is also a member of the CFA Society of North Carolina and CFA Institute. Deeds has 5 years of industry experience.

Rich Pasela

Rich Pasela |  Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Rich Pasela is a portfolio manager focusing on Boyd Watterson’s suite of short-term fixed income portfolios.  Rich also serves as a desk strategist and liaison between the credit research and portfolio management teams.  Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Rich held various positions at McDonald & Co. Securities and Key Bank, including operations specialist, retail equity trader, equity research liaison/product manager, and corporate investment grade fixed income desk strategist.  Rich has a BA from Baldwin-Wallace University.  Rich has 21 years of industry experience. 

Christie Espin

Christie Espin | Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Christie Espin is a portfolio manager and trader focusing on Boyd Watterson's suite of tax-free portfolios.  Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Christie served as the senior municipal trader for First Union/Wachovia for ten years. Christie holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Christie has 19 years of industry experience.

Joy Franz

Joy Franz | ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, Trading

Joy Franz serves as a fixed income trader. Joy joined Duff & Phelps, predecessor to Boyd Watterson Asset Management, in 1993 as an operations analyst. Prior to joining the firm, Joy was a trust operations clerk III at National City Bank. Joy has 29 years of industry experience.