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Gershie Vann
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GERSHIE VANN

CEO & Founder

Richard Hunter
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RICHARD HUNTER

Director of Business
Development

Katie Franks
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KATIE FRANKS

COO / CMO

JENNA NIEDZWIEDZ
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JENNA MENUE

Product Marketing Lead

LIZA CALLIS
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LIZA KARIC

Director of Operations
and Investor Relations

CJ Molino
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CJ MOLINO

Business Operations
Specialist

Wendy Gao
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WENDY GAO

Director of Quantitative Research

Aerin Han
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AERIN HAN

Quantitative Researcher

Stanley Zhang
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STANLEY ZHANG

Quantitative Researcher

Kai Mei
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KAI MEI

Quantitative Researcher

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Gershie Vann

GERSHIE VANN

CEO & Founder

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Gershie Vann is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Magma Capital Funds. Previously, Gershie was a Business Intelligence Manager at Concerto Renal Services. Gershie began his career in the healthcare space working in analytics and process design. Gershie holds a BS in Finance from Touro College. He can often be found running, reading The Economist, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Richard Hunter

RICHARD HUNTER

Director of Business Development | Obsidian

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Richard is the Director of Business Development | Obsidian at Magma Capital Funds. Richard leads business development opportunities at Magma and is one of the key points of contact for current and potential future investors.

Richard has previous professional experience in sales, including managing, coaching, and training sales teams. Richard holds a BA in International Business from the University of Otterbein, and is always busy juggling dance class, gymnastics, and other activities with his three daughters.

Katie Franks

KATIE FRANKS

COO / CMO

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Katie is the Chief Operations Officer & Chief Marketing Officer at Magma Capital Funds. Katie leads Magma’s daily operations by ensuring a smooth end-to-end investor onboarding experience and influencing the Magma brand through ongoing outreach initiatives.

Katie has previous professional experience assisting in early marketing efforts for startups, building client-facing teams, and working on large-scale ad campaigns. Katie holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, and often can be found jogging with her dog and working on home improvement projects.

JENNA NIEDZWIEDZ

JENNA MENUE

Product Marketing Lead

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Jenna is the Product Marketing Lead at Magma Capital Funds. Jenna leads initiatives that support the capital introduction team’s efforts and overall Magma brand.

LIZA CALLIS

LIZA KARIC

Director of Operations and Investor Relations

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Liza is the Director of Operations and Investor Relations at Magma Capital Funds. Liza is primarily responsible for implementing the investor onboarding process and working closely with investors to address any issues.

Liza has previous professional experience managing multiple complex cross-functional projects and streamlining operations. Liza holds a BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Cincinnati and can be found rock climbing or perfecting her Thai cooking skills.

Aerin Han

AERIN HAN

Quantitative Researcher

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Aerin is a Quantitative Researcher at Magma Capital Funds. Aerin is responsible for developing tools for quantitative research and finding features.

Aerin has professional experience in both buy-side and sell-side companies in the financial industry in the US. She worked as an associate for fixed income pricing in an investment bank and got experience in risk management in a hedge fund in New York. Aerin earned a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering from New York University. Besides work, Aerin likes skiing, hiking, and making dishes

Wendy Gao

WENDY GAO

Director of Quantitative Research

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Wendy is the Director of Quantitative Research at Magma Capital Funds. Wendy works on a team of quantitative researchers and is responsible for managing Magma’s neural network.

Wendy has previous professional experience interning for financial services companies in both the United States and China. Wendy holds a BS in Economics from Peking University, an MS in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and often can be found jogging in the gym and watching K-pop music on the internet.

Stanley Zhang

STANLEY ZHANG

Quantitative Researcher

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Stanley is a Quantitative Researcher at Magma Capital Funds. Stanley works on a team of quantitative researchers and assists in managing Magma’s neural network.

Stanley has previous professional experience interning for financial services companies in both the United States and China. Stanley holds a BS in Mathematical Finance and Mathematical Economics, an MS in Financial Engineering from Columbia University, and often can be found jogging in parks, watching movies, and playing board games with his friends.

Kai Mei

KAI MEI

Quantitative Researcher

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Kai is a Quantitative Researcher at Magma Capital Funds. He’s now focusing on the firm’s trading strategy building and applicable machine learning research on trading-related topics. Kai has previous professional experience in the hedge industry both in the US and China. Before joining Magma, he worked in the equity derivative team at Millennium, one of the biggest hedge funds in the US. Kai holds an MS in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. When not working, Kai can often be found skiing/snowboarding, playing video games, and handing out with friends.

CJ Molino

CJ MOLINO

Business Operations Specialist

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CJ is the Business Operations Specialist at Magma Capital Funds. CJ is primarily responsible for managing IT protocols and assisting with the investor onboarding process. CJ has previous professional experience consulting clients on corporate filings and compliance of entities. CJ holds a BS degree in Marketing and Professional Sales from Indiana University and can be found playing basketball, mountain biking, or traveling to try new foods.