High Yield Bond Team

 

High Yield Portfolio Manager Biography

Portfolio Manager

  • Gary J. Pokrzywinski, CFA
    Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager

    Mr. Pokrzywinski is the Chief Investment Officer and High Yield Portfolio Manager for SiM. He has 25+ years of experience in the fixed income financial markets.  He managed the Principal High Yield Mutual Fund from its inception in April 1998 to May 2009.  Prior to co-founding SiM, he was the CIO and a High Yield Portfolio Manager for Edge Asset Management (and its predecessor), an affiliate of Principal Financial Group.  He worked for Edge and its predecessor from 1992 to 2009.  Prior, Mr. Pokrzywinski was an investment officer/portfolio manager for Firstar Investment Services Co.  He received a bachelor's degree in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  Mr. Pokrzywinski earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1989 and is a member of the CFA Society of Seattle.

     

High Yield Portfolio Team Biographies

  • Brian L. Placzek, CFA
    Director of Research-High Yield, Portfolio Manager

    Mr. Placzek is the Head of High Yield Research and Portfolio Manager for SiM. He has 25+ years of experience in investment management and financial analysis.  Prior to SiM, Mr. Placzek was Head of Fixed Income/Research at Edge Asset Management, an affiliate of Principal Global Investors.  He worked for Edge Asset Management (and its predecessor) from 1990 to 2010, and before that was a corporate bond analyst and money market trader at Washington Mutual Bank.  Mr. Placzek earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1994, is a member of the CFA Society of Seattle and received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Seattle University.

     
  • Ryan C. Larson, CAIA
    Investment Analyst, High Yield Trader

    Mr. Larson is a high yield trader and investment analyst for the SiM High Yield Team. Mr. Larson is responsible for trading in the High Yield Fund, investment research and reporting analytics. Prior to joining SiM in 2010, Mr. Larson was a former research analyst at Caelum Capital, a Los Angeles based equity long-short hedge fund, from 2009 to 2010. Prior to Caelum Capital, Mr. Larson worked under the direction of a Managing Director at Wells Fargo in Seattle, Washington from 2008 to 2009. Mr. Larson graduated with honors from Brown University in May 2008 and has a B.A. in Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship (business track). Mr. Larson holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA).

     
  • Jeston S. LaCroix
    High Yield Trader

    Mr. LaCroix is a high yield trader for the SiM High Yield Team. Mr. LaCroix is responsible for trading in the High Yield Fund and reporting analytics. Prior to joining SiM in 2014, Mr. LaCroix was a fixed income trader at National Penn Investors Trust Co., a Pennsylvania based trust company. Prior to National Penn, from 2011 to 2013, Mr. LaCroix was with Munder Capital Management in Birmingham, Michigan in multiple capacities, most recently as a fixed income trader/analyst where he was responsible for trading investment grade and high yield corporate bonds for all of the firm's fixed income strategies. Mr. LaCroix has a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Wayne State University. Mr. LaCroix is a Level II CFA candidate.

     

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