Analysts

David Brown
Sabrient Founder, Chairman, and Chief Market Strategist

David Brown leads Sabrient’s quantitative research and portfolio selection process, and he led the design of Sabrient’s key ranking algorithms. He began his career as a NASA engineer on the lunar landing project, and later moved into the investment world where he has more than 40 years of experience employing his scientific approach to multifactor modeling. He is the former CEO of two public companies, including Telescan, Inc, a firm he founded and took public, and which is now part of TD Ameritrade. He has written several books on investing, and he serves on the Director's Council at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. David holds a BS degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in finance from the University of Houston.

Brent Miller, CFA
President and COO - Gradient Analytics (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sabrient Systems LLC)

Brent Miller oversees Gradient’s research process and manages the analyst team, as well as business development and client relations functions. He has served Gradient in various roles since 2003, including building qualitative, quantitative, and software-based equity research products for Gradient’s institutional clients. Brent is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and earned undergraduate degrees in economics and political science and an MBA from Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business.

Jeffrey Brown
Director of Quantitative Research

Jeff Brown manages quantitative research for Sabrient and Gradient Analytics. He has extensive experience as an IT manager in several industries and multiple countries. Over the past 20 years he has served as project manager either on staff or as an independent contractor for, among others, Dell, Deloitte Consulting, IDEAglobal, AMD, Administaff, National Western Life Insurance, the US Department of State, and the US Department of Defense. Jeff holds a BS degree in computer science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Nicholas Wesley Yee, CPA
Director of Research - Gradient Analytics

Nick Yee has over 10 years of experience working within the mutual and hedge fund industries. At Gradient, he focuses primarily on the technology, financial and industrials sectors with an emphasis on earnings quality issues. Nick has done significant work and is an expert with respect to tax profit shifting and international tax law. He has published numerous highly regarded Gradient Issue Commentaries about publicly traded companies and their strategies to shift profits overseas. Nick is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona. He received a BS degree and a master's of accounting with a tax designation from the WP Carey School of Business.

Byron MacLeod, CFA
Associate Director of Research - Gradient Analytics

Byron MacLeod rejoined Gradient in 2012 after previously working for the firm for almost three years. In addition to his experience as a Gradient analyst, Byron has been an investment banking analyst with DeWaay Financial Network and a mergers & acquisitions analyst for Ryko Solutions. He is a Certified Financial Analyst charterholder and earned undergraduate degrees in finance, economics, and supply chain management from Arizona State University.

Robert Grueneberg
Senior Quantitative Analyst/Programmer

Bob Grueneberg has extensive technical experience in software development for the aerospace, defense, and image processing industries with such companies as Science Applications International, AT&T, Toyon Research, and Raytheon. He has been involved in the analysis and development of space, air, and ground systems, including surveillance, communications, and missile defense. With regard to financial programming, Bob has written a stock selection tool for buy and sell signals, using a C++ based application. The program calculates the STARC bands (Stoller Average Range Channels) from a user-selected stock list over a given time period. Bob holds BS degrees in mechanical engineering and marine biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dominic Finney
Chief Technical Editor and Senior Equity Incentive Analyst

Dominic Finney has been with Gradient Analytics since 2006. He specializes in executive-behavior analysis for both domestic and international companies. Before joining the Gradient team, he was an assistant city editor at a newspaper in the Gannett chain.

Rachel Bradley
Equity Analyst

Rachel Bradley has been with Gradient Analytics since 2014. She focuses primarily on the technology and industrials sector with an emphasis on earnings quality issues. Before joining the Gradient team, she completed two internships with Boeing. Rachel received a BS degree in finance from the W. P. Carey School of Business and Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. While attending Arizona State University, she went through an aggressive selection process to become a member of the Student Investment Management Fund, which actively manages the trading of a live portfolio of $750,000 that industry professionals donated to the school. At last report as part of this group, the fund was 86 basis points over the benchmark, Russell 3000.

Daniel Vickers
Equity Analyst

Daniel joined Sabrient in 2013. As an equity analyst he is a member of the portfolio team that evaluates and selects stocks for Sabrient’s UITs and ETFs based on a variety of investment strategies that include GARP, defensive equity, dividend, value, growth, and sensitivity to changes in the macro economy. Daniel received a BS degree in finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. While working at Gradient Analytics, he conducted internal research to identify factors that demonstrate earnings quality. Daniel also manages the Earnings Busters Portfolio and writes the bi-weekly newsletter.

Ian Striplin
Equity Analyst

Ian Striplin joined Gradient in 2016. He has a diverse background, including government contracting and logistics/supply chain solutions. Previously, he served in the Marine Corps and was a part of two deployments as an infantryman. While working for the Department of State in support of its mission in Iraq, he achieved a BS in business management. Before joining the Gradient team, he attended ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, receiving his MBA with a concentration in finance. During this time, he was exposed to Gradient's brand of earnings quality analysis through presentations made by our team.

Matt Bailey
Equity Analyst

Matt Bailey joined Sabrient in 2011. He works closely with David Brown, focusing on data analysis as a spreadsheet expert in support of the portfolio selection process and various investment strategies, including GARP, defensive equity, dividend, value, growth, and sensitivity to changes in the macro economy.

Braden Brown
Quantitative Analyst

Braden Brown joined Sabrient in 2017 after interning with the company for two consecutive summers. As a Sabrient quantitative analyst, Braden primarily focuses on research and development for new strategies and internal tools. He received a BS degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Ryan Frederick
Equity Analyst

Ryan Frederick joined the Gradient team in June 2017. He came to Gradient with an eight-year background focused, primarily, on private insurance company mergers and acquisitions, valuation, and statutory accounting. Ryan graduated from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business with a BS degree in economics in 2009. Ryan is also in pursuit of becoming a CFA charterholder, having passed two out of three exams.

Bradley Cipriano
Equity Research Analyst

Bradley joined Gradient in June 2017 after previously working as a senior treasury analyst for Centuri Construction Group. He received his BS degree in accountancy from the W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. Bradley is also currently in pursuit of a CPA license and CFA charterholder.

Eric Bandrowski
Equity Analyst

Eric Bandrowski joined Gradient in August 2017. Before joining the Gradient team, he completed an internship with CP Capital Advisory Services as an investment banking summer analyst. He received a BS degree in finance from the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona. While attending The University of Arizona, he went through a competitive selection process to become a member of the Applied Portfolio Management Program, which actively manages $1,600,000 of the university’s endowment fund.