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Michael T. Darda, Chief Economist/Chief Market Strategist
Michael T. Darda joined MKM Partners in December 2003 as Chief Economist and Director of Research. Prior to joining MKM, Mr. Darda worked as Chief Economist and Director of International Research Polyconomics, Inc., a research firm located in New Jersey. Before joining Polyconomics, Inc., Mr. Darda worked in the Wisconsin State Legislature as a Press Secretary and Staff Economist for State Senator Margaret A. Farrow. He graduated with honors in economics, journalism, and public relations from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.
David Trone, Managing Director/Director of Research and Senior Analyst—Banks and Brokers
David Trone joined MKM Partners in November 2013 as Director of Research and as an analyst covering Banks and Brokers. Prior to joining MKM, Mr. Trone was with JMP Securities where he served as Managing Director, Head of Banks and Brokers Research from 2010-2013. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director, Head of Banks and Brokers Research at Fox-Pitt Kelton from 2004-2010, where he ranked #2 among brokerage analysts in II’s boutique/independent research poll. David began his equity research career as an analyst covering financial institutions at Credit Suisse First Boston (1997-2000), during which time CSFB was ranked #1 in Reuters’ 2000 Survey of Mid/Smaller-Company Research in Banks, and Prudential Securities (2001-2004), where he was a top stock picker and ranked #1 with earnings estimate accuracy per Starmine/ David holds a M.B.A. in Finance and a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland.
Chris Agnew, CFA, Managing Director/Senior Analyst
Christopher Agnew joined MKM Partners in September 2009 as an analyst covering the Travel and Leisure sector. Previously, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in New York for five years and in London for seven years prior to that. Mr. Agnew has covered a broad range of industries within the Consumer and Leisure sectors including Auto Rental most recently and Online Travel companies while in London. Christopher achieved recognition coming second in The Wall Street Journal’s Best-on-the-Street for stock picking in the Home Construction and Furnishings sector in 2009. He graduated from Bristol University in England, qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and he is a CFA charterholder.
Kevin Buttigieg, Managing Director/Senior Analyst
Kevin joined MKM Partners in July 2014 as an analyst covering the Enterprise Software sector. Previously, he was a Senior Software Equity Research Analyst at Longbow Research. His 24 year finance career includes 15 years as a Research Analyst covering a wide array of technology products at Collins Stewart, FTN Midwest Research, AG Edwards, UBS and Paine Webber. Kevin’s work has been recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine and he’s been quoted in such periodicals as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Bloomberg. He’s been selected to present his research at several major software industry events including the annual sales kick-off meeting for a large infrastructure software company and at Oracle Open World. Kevin received a M.B.A in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. with Honors in Economics from Union College.
Wendy D. Farina, Managing Director/MKM Intelligence Community
Wendy D. Farina joined MKM Partners in April 2008. Prior to joining MKM, Ms. Farina led all consumer research and trend analyses at Vardon Capital Management, a long/short equity hedge fund located in New York. Previously Ms. Farina was a successful business strategist and spent over 20 years consulting to Fortune 500 companies covering a wide range of industries. Prior to Vardon, Ms. Farina was a Principal with Kurt Salmon Associates, a global strategy boutique widely respected by C-level executives across the retail and consumer business landscape. Ms. Farina earned her MBA with honors from City University of New York/Baruch College and also received honors from NYU for her Post-Masters degree in Accounting. She received her B.S. in business from The University of Arizona.
Harry Fong, Managing Director/Senior Analyst
Harry Fong joined MKM Partners in March 2012 as an analyst covering the Insurance sector. Harry is a widely respected analyst with strong corporate and buy-side relationships, having covered the insurance sector for more than 30 years, including at Ticonderoga/Soleil, Calyon and Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown. He holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a BBA from Cleveland State University.
Michael Genovese, Managing Director/Senior Analyst
Michael Genovese joined MKM Partners in November 2010 as an analyst covering the Communications Equipment sector. Mr. Genovese has more than 12 years’ experience on both the buy and sell sides, as well as within industry. He comes to MKM most recently from Soleil Securities and worked previously at Citigroup and AllianceBernstein. He also spent several years at Ciena Corporation. Mr. Genovese holds an M.A. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Eric Handler, Managing Director-Sector Head/Senior Analyst
Eric Handler joined MKM Partners in March 2009 as an analyst covering the Media & Entertainment sector. Mr. Handler has more than 10 years of experience covering a broad range of industries within the Media & Entertainment universe including video games, theatrical exhibition, Hollywood movie studios, advertising related media and the Internet. Prior to MKM, Eric most recently spent more than four years covering small and mid-cap companies within the entertainment and video game industries at Barclays (formerly Lehman Brothers). His professional experience also includes research analyst positions at Goldman Sachs and SG Cowen. He holds an MBA from Tulane University and a BA in Political Science from Boston University.

Megan McGrath, CFA, Managing Director/Senior Analyst
Megan McGrath joined MKM Partners in April 2011 as an analyst covering the Homebuilding and Building Products sectors. Mrs. McGrath spent almost 10 years at Barclays Capital (Lehman Brothers), most recently as a Senior Analyst and Associate Director in the Homebuilding and Building Products sector. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Analyst covering the Media Services sector and as a Research Associate covering the Imaging Technology sector. Mrs. McGrath has an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and B.A., magna cum laude, in Economics and French from Washington & Lee University.

Patrick McKeever, Managing Director-Sector Head/Senior Analyst
Patrick McKeever joined MKM in October 2007 and covers discount and off-price retailers. Prior to MKM, Mr. McKeever was with Avondale Partners, and prior to that, spent more than six years with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.  His professional experience also includes research positions with Credit Suisse First Boston and ABN Amro. Mr. McKeever has been recognized in the Institutional Investor Poll and was awarded “Top Stock Picker in Multiline Retail for 2002” by Starmine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and holds an M.A., with honors, from the University College, Dublin, Ireland.
Rob Sanderson, Managing Director/Senior Analyst
Rob Sanderson joined MKM Partners in March 2013 as an analyst covering the Internet sector. Mr. Sanderson has followed the Internet industry since 1997, most recently as co-founder of ABR Investment Strategy, where he also served as Director of Research. Prior to that, Mr. Sanderson was a highly recognized analyst, Director of Research and member of the Operating Committee at American Technology Research, where he oversaw the restructuring of research teams following AmTech's acquisition by Broadpoint Securities. Rob began his equity research career at Montgomery Securities on the wireless communications and Internet infrastructure teams. He has a Commerce degree in Finance and Economics from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada and studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Manitoba.
Jim Strugger, Managing Director/Equity Derivative Strategist
Jim Strugger joined MKM Partners in August 2009. Jim was the Equity Derivatives Strategist at Société Générale and a derivative salesperson at Susquehanna International Group prior to joining MKM. He also spent eight years at Morgan Stanley in economics, international equities and domestic equity sales. Jim’s derivatives strategy work has been featured in Barron’s – where he has been a guest columnist and highlighted as “an increasingly influential volatility strategist” – Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Derivatives Week. He has also appeared on CNBC, BNN, Bloomberg TV and Yahoo! Finance. Jim received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
  Matthew Bielawski, Executive Director/Research Analyst
Matt Bielawski joined MKM Partners in June 2011 as a Research Associate covering the Communications Equipment and Mobile Technologies sectors. In the summer of 2013 he transitioned to his current role as an Analyst on the firm’s proprietary research team, called MKM Intelligence Community. His professional experience includes product design and process engineering at multiple technology companies. Matt holds an M.B.A., majoring in Finance and Accounting, from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa. He has passed all three levels of the CFA Program.
Keith Denninger, Executive Director, Event-Driven Strategies
Keith Denninger joined MKM Partners in January 2010 as a desk analyst for the event-driven team. He previously worked as a mergers & acquisitions analyst at Wall Street Access. Keith holds a B.S. in Finance from St. John’s University.
Ian Ing, Executive Director/Senior Analyst - Semiconductors
Ian joined MKM Partners in November 2013 as an analyst covering the Semiconductor sector. Prior to that, he covered semiconductors at Lazard Capital Markets from 2011-2013 and at Gleacher & Company from 2007-2011. Ian’s career includes experience on the industry side at Lattice Semiconductor (2000-2007) and Motorola (prior to 2000). Ian has a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Jonathan Krinsky, CMT, Executive Director/Chief Market Technician
Jonathan joined MKM Partners in November 2013 as Chief Market Technician. Prior to MKM, he was at Miller Tabak & Co. where he served as Chief Technical Market Analyst from 2012-2013 and Equity Derivatives Research Sales Trader from 2007-2013. Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University and was elected as a Class A member of the PGA of America in 2007. Mr. Krinsky is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, and BNN television, and is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, and Business Insider among other publications.
Darren Marcus, CFA, Executive Director/Research Analyst
Darren Marcus, CFA, joined MKM Partners in March 2012 as a Senior Research Associate in the Insurance sector. Darren has covered the insurance sector for six years, including at Ticonderoga/Soleil and Calyon. He holds an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey (Trenton State College), and he is a CFA charterholder.
  Brenden Becker, Research Associate
Brenden Becker joined MKM Partners in June 2012 as a Research Associate to the Technical and Derivatives teams. His professional experience includes internships at Ascent Private Capital Management and Titan Advisors. Brenden received a BSBA from the University of Richmond.

  Michael Brockway, Research Associate
Michael joined MKM Partners in March 2014 as a Research Associate in the Communications Equipment sector. His professional experience includes serving as a Business Development Intern for Lyxor Asset Management. Michael received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Swarthmore College.

Jane Friman, Research Associate
Jane joined MKM Partners in April 2014 as a Research Associate in the MKM Intelligence Community. Her experience includes Project Manager for MarketTools, Inc. where she managed multiple online market research projects simultaneously. Prior to that, Jane served as Project Director for Perception Research Services where she oversaw multiple consumer goods packaging research projects, in both domestic and international markets. Jane received a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of NJ.

Chris Hsuan, Research Associate
Chris joined MKM Partners in July 2014 as a Research Associate covering the Semiconductors sector. Prior to MKM, Chris was as an Analyst at Langa Holdings where he conducted fundamental research on domestic and international equities. His experience also includes serving as an Analyst at Burlingame Asset Management and an investment internship at The Fuller Foundation. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from University of California at Berkeley and has recently passed all 3 levels of the CFA Program.


Dan Erichson, Research Associate, Banks and Brokers
Dan joins MKM Partners most recently from DBRS, Inc. where he served as a Senior Financial Analyst. Prior experience includes serving at AXA Advisors as a Securities Principal VP, as well as serving at David J. Greene and Company, LLC as an Intern/Portfolio Manager’s Assistant for Institutional and High Net Worth Clients. He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in Math Statistics from the University of Maryland.

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