Professor Brown teaches the fixed income securities courses at the undergraduate and graduate level programs. He serves as the Director of the MSF (Master of Science‐Finance) Program. His current research focuses on real estate finance and the pricing of default risk in corporate bonds. He has made a number of presentations at national meetings and at other universities. He has been a visiting professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and served as an investment officer for NISA Investment Advisors LLC.
Mr. Smith is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Third Wave Global Investors, LLC, and a founding partner. Third Wave Global Investors, LLC, is a registered investment advisor specializing in global macro strategies with $375 million AUM. Previously, Mr. Smith served as Global Chief Investment Officer of Credit Suisse Asset Management, a position he held from 1999–2003. In 2002, he simultaneously served as Chief Executive Officer of CSAM Americas. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Florida and an MBA in finance and international business from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Michael Ryngaert
Professor Ryngaert’s current teaching is in financial theory and investments for the undergraduate and graduate programs. His recent research focuses on corporate control and mergers and acquisitions. He was at the University of Michigan during Spring 1995 as a visiting faculty member. Professor Ryngaert received his Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Chicago and holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
William Harrell, Jr.
Mr. Harrell has been a Principal of Capco Asset Management since its formation in 2002. Prior to that time, he was a partner in Trenam Kemker, a large Tampa law firm, where his practice focused on business litigation. He was employed by Trenam Kemker for ten years, from the time he graduated from law school. He resigned his partnership to form Capco and pursue investing on a full-time basis. Mr. Harrell is a graduate of Duke University (BA 1989), Duke University School of Law (JD 1992) and the University of Florida College of Business Administration (MBA 2004, with a concentration in Graham-Buffett Security Analysis), where he was first in his class.
Mr. Smith is Managing Director of Global Endowment Management. Mike joined GEM in April 2010. Previously, he served as Chief Investment Officer of the University of Florida Investment Management Company, Investment Manager at DUMAC and Director of Research at Hewitt Investment Group. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Finance and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.