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The Sabrient research team is headed by David Brown, former NASA scientist and retired CEO of Telescan, Inc. David, the founder of Sabrient, provides the vision behind Sabrient’s quantitative research and the overall strategic direction of the firm. He designed the ranking algorithm for Sabrient’s portfolio stocks and makes the final qualitative selections for the portfolios.
David has more than 40 years of experience in the investment industry. He began his career at NASA as a project engineer for the lunar lander and went on to become CEO of two public companies. At Telescan, he designed and developed the critically acclaimed stock search program, ProSearch. (Under David’s leadership, Telescan acquired Investools, Inc. and Think or Swim, which were subsequently acquired by Ameritrade.) David has taught university-level finance and security analysis courses and has documented his investing expertise in several books, including All About Stock Market Strategies (McGraw-Hill, June 2002). 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 has served Gradient in various senior-level capacities since 2003 and has extensive experience in both fundamental equity research and forensic accounting. As an equity analyst, Brent focused on uncovering earnings quality risks factors that indicated a greater likelihood of share price under-performance for both domestic and international companies. Brent’s work experience also includes building qualitative, quantitative, and software-based equity research products for Gradient’s institutional clients. In his current role, Brent is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gradient’s research process and managing the analyst, business development, and client relations functions at Gradient.
Brent earned an MBA from Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business and holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from Arizona State. He is a CFA charterholder.
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 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. Nicholas 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.
Nicholas is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona. He received a BS and a Master of Accounting with a Tax designation from the WP Carey School of Business.
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.
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 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.
Daniel Stone rejoined Gradient Analytics in January 2015 after previously working for the firm for nearly three years between 2010 and 2013. While at Gradient, he focused his research on changes in executive behavior. Daniel received a BS degree in finance and a certificate in small business and entrepreneurship from the W. P. Carey School of Business and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.
Elias Dabdoub joined Gradient Analytics in March 2015. Elias has substantial experience of the Aerospace industry as FP&A analyst with Honeywell. While at Honeywell Elias reviewed contract structure/performance and managed R&D spending for next generation programs. Elias received a BS degree in Economics and Master’s degree in finance with a concentration in fixed income from the Eller School of Business, at The University of Arizona.
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 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 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.