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  • Garrison Point Capital
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Frances Bird

Analyst

At Garrison Point, Frances focuses on portfolio analytics, research, and quarterly analysis for the Garrison Point Capital team as well as research, analytics, marketing, and business development for Garrison Point Advisors, the wealth advisory arm of Garrison Point.

Frances joined Garrison Point from San Francisco Sentry. Like most millennials in the Bay Area, Frances’ career path began in sales at a tech start up, where she took a keen interest in the numbers and data the sales team relied on. After her path crossed with her future teammates, she made the leap over to the finance industry.

Frances received her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2015, where she majored in Sociology and was captain of the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team.

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#NancyDrewTheOfficeSleuth!

“The Innovator”

Garrison Point’s Idea Connector

My favorite part about coming to work every day is “awesome teammates. The team is smart, hard working and inclusive, and as a relative newcomer to the field I appreciate their mentorship. I think the industry can often feel restrictive, but the team doesn’t shy away from pushing innovation and creativity.”

Like so many San Francisco transplants, Frances spends her free time enjoying the Bay area’s proximity to the natural world. From skiing in Tahoe to hiking in Big Sur, she rarely lets a weekend go by without some kind of adventure.

Frances took improv classes at Second City and once performed in the middle school talent show with a truly remarkable pogo stick routine to the “Cha Cha Slide”, executed with genuine effort and triumphant creativity. She says she only fell once, a true miracle.

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Stacey Chin, CFP

Private Wealth Advisor

Stacey Chin brings her experience in wealth management and financial planning to Garrison Point Advisors, the wealth advisory arm of Garrison Point. Stacey manages individual, customized portfolios structured to help her clients reach their financial goals.

Before attending the University of Chicago to earn her Masters, Stacey managed a family owned wine shop in Sacramento where she learned about small business and the wine industry. The experience spiked her interest in the financial services sector, which eventually led to an internship at RBC and subsequently employment in the industry. Prior to joining Garrison Point she worked in wealth management at San Francisco Sentry and in 2016, she earned her CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation.

Originally from Sacramento, CA, Stacey received her double B.A. degree in Sociology and International Relations – Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and her Masters in Social Science from the University of Chicago.

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#MustLoveChocolate!

“The Investigator”

Garrison Point’s Problem Solver

 

My favorite part about coming to work every day is “my coworkers and building customized portfolios- It’s like a jigsaw puzzle when they all come together.”

On a Sunday morning in the summer, Stacey can be found reading a book with a hot cup of coffee. In the winter, you will find her on the ski slopes. If you’ve looked both those places and she’s nowhere to be found, she most likely is with friends or family, traveling, or eating something delicious.

Over the years, Stacey has refined her skills as an excellent oyster shucker but she likes to keep it secret because she’d rather someone else shuck them for her. Aw shucks Stacey, we let the cat out of the bag!

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Nick Fahy, CFA

Associate

Nick is responsible for trade operations and research at Garrison Point Capital.

He joined the team from Oppenheimer & Co. where he worked in the sales and trading department on the Institutional fixed income desk. At Oppenheimer & Co. he worked with money managers, corporate institutions, and west coast financial institutions on capital allocation, funding/ hedging needs and portfolio analytics and strategy, across various fixed income products. He previously spent two years on the institutional sales desk at ATEL Securities, offering alternative investment products to institutional investors.

Nick received his B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Dominican University of California, where he also played on the men’s Varsity basketball team. Nick is a CFA charterholder.

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#RunninLoopsShootinHoops!

“The Advocate”

Garrison Point’s Zealous Proponent

My favorite part about coming to work is “continuously learning every day.”

On a Sunday morning, Nick can be found enjoying a cup of coffee at his local farmers market. He loves spending time with his six year old son, playing sports, reading, and hanging out with his friends and family. If he could change one thing about the industry, it would be to improve financial literacy for all.

If you have any sporting events coming up and need a loyal fan in the crowd, Nick will be there. Not only does he love sports, but he is a talented and dedicated whistler.

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Andy Li

CFO

Andy Li adds to the Garrison Point Team with his expertise in accounting, fund administration, and taxation. Andy oversees all accounting policies and procedures of our private funds and is responsible for the overall accounting and financial reporting of all operating entities.

Prior to joining Garrison Point in 2012, he was responsible for the accounting, operations, and taxes for many large hedge funds at Citco Fund Services. While there, Andy dealt with accounting and tax issues related to various complex financial instruments, onshore and offshore entities, and elaborate fund structures.

Andy is a Certified Public Accountant and received his B.S. in Economics from the University of California Davis in 2007.

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#SomeoneTakeTheGuyToAConcert!

“The Numbers Guru”

Garrison Point’s Mathematician

My motto is: “Always be learning; always be improving.”

Outside of work Andy loves to play in the park with his young daughter and read fantasy novels.

If Andy could move anywhere tomorrow he would go to Minnesota because of the lifestyle, smaller population, and space. But as a native San Franciscan who has never been to Minnesota, we aren’t sure how he came up with that.

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Brian Loo, CFA

CIO, Portfolio Manager

Brian Loo, Chief Investment Officer, Partner, and Portfolio Manager, brings over 20 years of institutional fund management experience to the team. He leads the firm’s new investment opportunities and is responsible for marketing and growth coordination for the AlphaCentric Income Opportunities Fund, which is rated 5 stars by Morningstar. Brian is a member of the Investment Committee at Garrison Point Capital.

Prior to Garrison Point, he was a structured products portfolio manager at MetWest/TCW. Brian was one of the founders of Metropolitan West Asset Management which began in 1996 and was later acquired by TCW in 2009. While there, Brian traded a wide range of fixed income securities including residential mortgage backed securities, asset backed securities, and structured products.

He holds a B.S. in Math/Applied Science with a specialization in Computing from UCLA, an MSIA from Carnegie Mellon, and is a CFA charterholder.

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#HairThatWouldMakeTedDansonJealous!

“The Informant”

Garrison Point’s Eyes and Ears

If I could fix something in the industry it would be to “get rid of the boy’s club mentality, which impacts career growth and equal opportunities.”

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, going to the beach or the snow, and exercising. As a kid, he wanted to grow up and do something in finance with lots of numbers. Mission accomplished.

Brian’s hidden talents include very useful trivia knowledge and cooking a mean smoked brisket. Shanks in advance for the recipe Brian!

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Julie Meissner

COO & CCO

Julie is the COO and CCO of all Garrison Point Capital (“GPC”) endeavors and is a founding partner of the wealth advisory arm of Garrison Point, Garrison Point Advisors (“GPA”). She oversees operations, technology, legal, marketing, compliance and design initiatives for both GPC and GPA. As a Principal of GPA, she leads strategic growth initiatives, advisor engagement, and advisor development. She is passionate about creating a path for advisors to transition to an independent RIA model and has helped 8 teams with over $2bln in assets complete that journey.

Julie’s career in the securities industry began in 1999 as an options analyst for The Pacific Options Exchange then continued at San Francisco Sentry from 2000 to 2017. At San Francisco Sentry, Julie served as the COO and CCO for their Broker-Dealer and several Registered Investment Advisers, lead private equity initiatives for the firm, and created the RIA Platform offering. She was responsible for creating and overseeing the business development plans of each Investment Adviser that joined the Platform, ranging from holistic wealth management of the UHNW to hedge funds and 40 Acts funds.

Julie received her CRCP designation through The FINRA Institute at Wharton after she was chosen by FINRA to receive a merit-based scholarship to attend. She received her B.S. in Finance from Golden Gate University in 1998. In college, Julie co-founded a juice and smoothie business which developed into a franchise chain.

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#AceVenturaPetCollector!

“The Architect”

Garrison Point’s Ambitious Quarterback

If I could fix something in the industry it would be to “get more women into finance and dramatically impact the fact that only 16% of wealth managers are female.”

On an ideal weekend, Julie can be found with her husband and two daughters, reading, doing yoga, biking, riding horses, or hiking with her animals. Breakfast consists of making pancakes, eggs benedict, or something the girls are in the mood for. However, ideal weekends are quite rare.

Realistically, she can be found at a swim meet, ballet class, horseback riding lesson, little girl’s birthday party, or frantically driving between any one of those activities with one or both of her daughters.

She loves silent retreats (see paragraph above if you are wondering why) and completed her yoga instructor training after returning from a meditation retreat in India. If you need a guided workout or help meditating after a long day, look no further. Namaste.

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Tom Miner

Head Portfolio Manager

Tom Miner, Founding Partner, Head Portfolio Manager, oversees general portfolio management and risk for the 5-star AlphaCentric Income Opportunities Fund. Also, he establishes strategic portfolio direction for Garrison Point’s other limited partnerships and is a member of the Investment Committee at Garrison Point Capital.

From 2009 to 2012, Tom built one of the largest high net worth businesses at Barclays, supervising over one billion dollars in fixed income assets. Before that for 20 years at Lehman Brothers, he structured billions of dollars of securitized products (RMBS/ABS) and advised some of the world’s largest endowments and pension funds.

Tom has also invested in and advised over 50 startup companies throughout his 30+ years of investment experience. He holds an MBA from the University of Utah where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance teaching Fixed Income Analysis and Venture Capital.

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#pinballjunkie!

“The Great Explainer”

Garrison Point’s Resident Professor

My favorite part about coming to work every day is “the sharing of information and ideas, particularly if I get the chance to teach something. I also enjoy the portfolio process. To me, it often feels like a treasure hunt!”

When Tom’s not sitting at his desk, he can be found traveling, seeing plays, and trying new food with his wife and three children. If he could pick up and move anywhere tomorrow, his top choice would be London: a big and exciting city very close to so many amazing European cities.

Despite his best efforts to go to plays and concerts, nothing has topped the Beach Boy’s concert he attended in the 70’s when the band was still together. Keep Surfin USA, Tom!

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Andrew Skinner

Private Wealth Advisor

Andy brings 18 years of investment and client management expertise to Garrison Point Advisors, the wealth advisory arm of Garrison Point. At Garrison Point, Andy helps his clients manage their financial affairs and plan for the long term.

Previously, Andy was a Vice President and Financial consultant at Merrill Lynch before becoming a Financial Advisor at San Francisco Sentry, where he built a successful practice working closely with his client’s Estate Planning Attorneys and Tax professionals to help his clients in all matters that touch their financial lives.

Andy attended Sonoma State University where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration. He is an Advisor to the LM Kahn Foundation.

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#TheIronChef!

“The Confidant”

Garrison Point’s Gregarious Ally

My favorite part about coming to work every day is “working with a wonderful group of people – both my clients and my co-workers. To me, no day is exactly the same.”

Andy loves spending time with his family, particularly watching his two sons grow up, play sports, and become young adults. If he could move anywhere tomorrow, he’d jet off to the British Virgin Islands for a slower pace of life in beautiful surroundings.

The best concert Andy ever went to was on October 31st, 1994. Pearl Jam. Greek Theatre. Either he has an uncanny ability to remember dates or that was one heck of a concert.

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Garrett Smith

CEO, Portfolio Manager

Garrett Smith, CEO, is responsible for setting the firm’s long term strategic direction, including the launch of the 5-star AlphaCentric Income Opportunities Fund. Garrett is a Founding Partner, Portfolio Manager, and a member of the Investment Committee at Garrison Point Capital.

From 2009 to 2012, Garrett built one of the largest high net worth businesses at Barclays, supervising over one billion dollars in fixed income assets. Before that, he was a Securitized Products trader at Lehman Brothers in New York where he traded Agency and Non-Agency Mortgage Backed Securities.

Earlier in his professional career, Garrett served as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy where he logged over 400 carrier landings onboard the USS Kitty Hawk in an S-3 Viking.

Garrett received his MBA (Analytical Finance) and MEM degrees from Northwestern University and B.S. degrees from the United States Naval Academy (Systems Engineering) and University of Maryland (Business). While at the Naval Academy, Garrett was captain of the varsity football team and still enjoys a close relationship with the team and staff.

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#ThatsRightIceManIamDangerous!

“The Ambassador”

Garrison Point’s Charismatic Leader

My favorite part about coming to work every day is “talking about the markets and discovering value.”

Garrett recently moved to Boise, Idaho with his wife and four children. His weekend activities have changed quite a bit since his move from the Bay Area. Now, he can be found fishing with his kids, exploring the great outdoors in Idaho, doing CrossFit, or playing rugby.

While this may come as a surprise, Garrett, the retired Naval Flight Officer and CrossFit fanatic, is very close to finally being able to do a full split! Don’t rip your pants, Garrett – we’re all cheering you on!

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Jonathan Tran

Managing Director

Jonathan Tran is a Partner, Managing Director, and a member of the Investment Committee at Garrison Point Capital. He primarily trades RMBS and oversees portfolio analytics and modeling for the main fund. In addition, he heads operations management and product branding at the company level. He is passionate about developing innovative, scalable, bespoke solutions for Garrison Point. Jonathan teamed up with Garrison Point’s founding principals at Barclays in 2010 to help them build the firm’s profitable West Coast fixed income business.

Before moving to the West Coast, Jonathan was an investment banker for Citigroup Global Markets in NYC, where he specialized in the structuring and origination of initial public offerings, convertible securities, and equity follow-on deals for both corporate entities and financial sponsors. He covered financial, energy and power institutions.

Jonathan received a B.S. in Finance from The University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Business.

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#FasterThanASpeedingBullet!

“Master of Precision”

Garrison Point’s Excel Wizard

If I could leave a mark in the industry, I would bootstrap and develop an impactful FinTech product to help retail investors achieve financial freedom – then give it away for free.

When Jonathan walks into the office you can almost always hear a spinning wheel too. Outside of work, Jonathan searches for gnarly mountain biking trails across the West Coast, dreams up his next outdoor adventure abroad, reads at coffee shops, or spends time with close family and friends.

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Newton Wen

Operations Manager

Newton ensures the foundational components of Garrison Point Advisors run smoothly and efficiently. This includes client onboarding, anything operations related, billing, reporting, training advisors, and helping to make sure things are done the right way.

He began his career at a leading global bank, HSBC Bank Australia, in Melbourne, Australia. During this time, he held various roles in retail banking and ultimately developed a passion for financial planning. After relocating to San Francisco, Newton spent 5 years working at Protected Investors of America, a Broker-Dealer and SEC Registered Investment Adviser, where he started as a financial planning assistant and then became Director of Advisor Relations and Technology.

Newton holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance) from Monash University in Australia and a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) from Kaplan Professional in Australia.

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#He’saKiwi!

“The Eagle Eye”

Garrison Point’s Editor-In-Chief

If I could fix something in the industry it would be “the value of financial planning is understated, especially for younger investors. Many young adults have little knowledge about finance and investing. A discussion with a financial planner could make a huge difference to someone over the course of their working life.”

Outside of work, Newton loves to cook and take countless photos of food and buildings from all angles. He enjoys hiking and the outdoors, loves to karaoke, and is also known as the Red Power Ranger.

Newton has participated in 7 Spartan races (including the 2015 World Championship Beast at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California), 6 half-marathons, and 3 Men’s Health Urbanathlons. We do NOT suggest getting into a race with him!

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