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Toroso Investments, LLC is a partnership of financial thought leaders that is steeped in the intricacies of the ETF landscape. Through the three core business units – wealth advisory, asset management and consulting – Toroso helps clients grow, prosper and succeed through the better use of ETFs.  The team is fully committed to leading the ETF Industry to become the investment medium of choice for individuals, family offices, and institutions.  It is with this vision that Toroso built the Toroso ETF Industry Index and sponsored TETF – ETF Industry Exposure & Financial Services ETF.

Guillermo Trias

Guillermo Trias

Managing Partner & CEO

Over 15 years of experience in financial services and management responsibilities, focused on growth initiatives, product launches, and sales management. He also has direct experience with startup companies and corporate build outs. Responsible for Toroso’s key initiatives and strategic relationships.

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Guillermo is CEO of Toroso Investments and Tidal Growth Consultants. Prior to Toroso, Guillermo led the sales and business development efforts at Global X Funds helping the company reach approximately US$4 billion in AUM. Previously, he was the founder and managing partner of two venture capital firms (MC Capital and GT Capital) dedicated to the incubation and growth of start-ups in the US and Latam. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of a pioneer food distributor in the US. Guillermo began his career in the area of M&A investment banking with Bankers Trust & Deutsche Bank. He has a degree in Business Administration from CUNEF (top finance college in Spain) and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) in Chicago.

Michael Venuto

Michael Venuto

Co-Founder & CIO

15 years experience in the asset management business.Prior experience included head of investments at Global X Management (a provider of ETFs), and business development, investment strategy, and strategic initiatives at Horizon Kinetics. Responsible for all investment management, research, and trading.

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Michael is Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Toroso Investments and Tidal Growth Consultants. His most recent position was Head of Investments at Global X Funds where he provided portfolio optimization services to institutional clients. Previously he was Senior Vice President at Horizon Kinetics where his responsibilities included new business development, investment strategy, client and strategic initiatives.  Michael was instrumental in the establishment of multiple strategic investments and partnerships related to ETFs, Exchanges and Indexation.   In 2014, Michael was chosen as one the ETF.COM All Stars for his research and is often quoted as an ETF expert in publications such as Reuters and Barron’s. Michael Venuto studied Philosophy and Religion at NC State University and is an avid Chess player. 

Dan Carlson

Dan Carlson

Co-Founder & CFO

30 years of 401(k) and financial services experience with Buck Consultants, Lincoln Financial, and Avatar. Developed and launched mutual funds, collective trusts of ETFs, 529 plans, and multi-manager 401(k) platforms. Responsible for all operational and financial aspects of the company.

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Dan is Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Toroso Investments and Tidal Growth Consultants.  Previously, he was Chief Marketing Officer at Avatar Associates in New York City where Dan lead the business development efforts as Avatar grew assets in managed portfolios of ETFs to represent over 80% of the Firm’s assets under management. Previously, he headed the marketing and product development efforts at Delaware Investments in Philadelphia.  Dan has served on a national industry board and heads a non-profit educational foundation.  He started his career in Chicago, first with BMO Harris and then as a partner at Buck Consultants, serving large pension and retirement programs. Dan holds a BS degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana.

Index Committee Members

The index committee interprets the revenue, public statements and other financial data on the companies within the investable universe.  The index committee includes five members: two from Toroso (Trias and Venuto) and the three independent ETF industry veterans below.

Linda Zhang

Linda Zhang

Index Committee

Over 15 years of experience in asset management, with extensive expertise in ETF managed solutions, ETF research and execution, and portfolio management. Dr. Zhang is a co-founder of Women in ETFs. She is a recipient of the Top Women in Asset Management Awards 2015 by Money Management Executive and is the founder of Purview Investments.

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Linda H Zhang, Ph.D, is the founder of Purview Investments, a firm specializing in active ETF research and ETF managed solutions.  She has devoted her career to asset management, with extensive expertise in building ETF managed solution business, ETF research and execution, macro investment research and portfolio management.  She was most recently the Head of Investment Research and Senior Portfolio Manager at Windhaven Investment, a lead ETF managed solution firm.  Previously, she served as PM of Global Multi-Asset, Absolute Return and Commodities mutual funds at institutional asset manager MFS and as a lead PM at BlackRock’s Multi-Asset Solution Group, and serving on the asset allocation committee.  In addition to PM duties, Dr. Zhang has had responsibilities as a quantitative analyst; modeling security, sector, country, factor and investment style selection; and conducting quantitative research in fixed income, risk modeling and performance analytics.

Dr. Zhang is a co-founder of Women in ETFs.  She is a recipient of the Top Women in Asset Management Awards 2015 by Money Management Executive.  She has spoken extensively about global investment and ETF topics in industry conferences, business media.   She has published in Journal of Investing, CFA Digest, Journal of Alternative Investments and etf.com.  She is a member of The Economic Club of New York and Boston Committee on Foreign Relations.  Dr. Zhang got her B.A. in Business from University of Regina, Canada, a Master’s degree in Applied Economics and a Ph.D in Finance from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Kris Monaco

Kris Monaco

Index Committee

Over 15 years of experience in financial services and management responsibilities, focused on ETP financing activity and ETP-related investments, index development, and index licensing.  Previously, as Head of ISE ETF Ventures at the International Securities Exchange, he was involved in the formation, launch, marketing, and distribution of many investment products. 

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Kris is managing partner of Level ETF Ventures. Mr. Monaco served as Head of ISE ETF Ventures at the International Securities Exchange and has a proven track record of bringing new products from concept to commercial launch in his 14 years at ISE. He oversaw all ETP financing activity and ETP-related investments, derivative product development, product partnerships, index development, and index licensing. Mr. Monaco was also responsible for negotiating, structuring, and syndicating all ETP deals. Mr. Monaco has conceived or designed dozens of indexes and has managed the development of many more, most of which have been the basis for ETFs, ETNs, UITs, mutual funds, or cash-settled derivatives. He has been involved in the formation, launch, marketing, and distribution of many investment products, and is deeply familiar with product structure, contractual agreements, regulatory requirements, exchange rules, and market microstructure. Mr. Monaco graduated from Baruch’s Nash Program with an MBA, and from The Cooper Union with a Master of Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter

Index Committee

Founder and Managing Member of Big Tree Capital.  Mr. Carter serves on the Index Committee of the Toroso ETF Industry Index and as the Chairman of the EMQQ Index Committee. Over Kevin’s more than 20-year career in financial services, he has started and sold three companies, launched seven ETFs, and served as advisor to numerous financial transactions.

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Mr. Carter is the Founder of EMQQ the Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF (NYSE: EMQQ) and Chairman of the EMQQ Index Committee. Prior to EMQQ Mr. Carter was the Founder & CEO of AlphaShares, an investment firm offering five Emerging Markets ETFs in partnership with Guggenheim Investments. Previously Mr. Carter was the Founder & CEO of Active Index Advisors acquired by Natixis in 2005 and the Founder & CEO of eInvesting acquired by ETRADE in 2000. Mr. Carter received a degree in Economics from the University of Arizona and began his career in 1992 with Robertson Stephens & Company.

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