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Founder & CEO

Stacy Havener

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Stacy Havener has a made a career raising $8B+ for new/undiscovered funds that led to $30B+ in follow-on AUM. Prior to finding her niche in raising capital, she was an award-winning writer who dreamed of becoming a literature professor. Ironically, her love of words is one of the secrets to her success in an industry dominated by numbers. Growing up the only girl on all-boy soccer teams, it’s no surprise she’s now a female entrepreneur in one of the toughest “boys clubs.”

At the heart of it all, there is one thing Stacy believes in – underdogs. Stacy is the Founder/CEO at Havener Capital Partners, a sales and marketing agency that helps boutique asset managers build, launch and grow funds. Havener Capital is on a mission to level the playing field in asset management by raising $100B for boutiques over the next decade.

Stacy holds her Series 6, 7, 24, 63, 66, and 79 licenses and is a registered representative of Compass Securities Corporation. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Western Connecticut State University, graduating summa cum laude in 1998. That same year, Stacy was named to both the NCAA and the GTE/CoSida Academic All-American teams for Division III Women’s Soccer and subsequently nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year.

Based in Newport, RI, Stacy often spends her mornings walking the beach, sipping a Dunkin’ coffee, and listening to 90’s hip hop.

Motto: "Actually, we can."

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Director of Research

Erik Gudim, CFA

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Joining Havener Capital Partners as the Director of Research in 2012, Erik leads the due diligence and investment analysis of both current and prospective clients across a variety of traditional and alternative investment styles and vehicles.

Prior to joining the firm, Erik was a member of the Investment Committee for a $1B independent RIA where he led the manager research effort and assisted with asset allocation and economic research. Erik also supported the firm’s trading functions and on-going SEC compliance obligations.

In addition to his research experience, Erik has worked for various organizations in the financial services industry in the area of trade operations and compliance, including LPL Financial of Boston, Mass. and San Diego, Calif.

Erik is a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Institute, Boston Security Analysts Society, and the Providence Society of Financial Analysts. Erik also received his Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM designation in 2008 from the College of Financial Planning. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in International Marketing and Finance, from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn. Erik also studied abroad at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Besides his passion for numbers, Erik also loves great restaurants, good books and the New York Giants (he is a proud season ticket holder). He grew up in Connecticut and spent several years living in San Diego and Boston before moving to Rhode Island, the home state of his favorite idyll, Block Island.

Motto: "Fate Favors The Fearless"

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Chief Revenue Officer

Dustin Sullivan

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Dustin joined Havener Capital Partners in July 2017 as the firm’s Growth Strategist. He works with our current clients on their strategy development and execution and is also responsible for identifying potential clients for the firm to represent. Making sure we partner with the right people, helping them find success, and ensuring they stay happy is the name of his game.

Prior to joining Havener, Dustin worked in the capital introduction space for two boutique sales/research firms. These firms provided introductions to allocators and market intelligence on global institutional investors. As VP of Manager Research and Head of Sales in the US, he managed teams that sold the firms’ services to hedge funds, venture capital, real estate and private equity funds. His role was to make sure sales goals were met and build the brand within the alternative fund universe.

Dustin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Merrimack College and was a member of the Men’s Baseball Team. He finished his studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

If Dustin is not traveling with his wife and Golden Retriever Cooper (@capecodcoop), he is at his home in Connecticut. You will often find him golfing, enjoying some wine/scotch while cooking, working out, or watching a game. Being idle is not in his DNA, but being Native American is (says Ancestry.com).

Motto: "Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference." – Lou Holtz

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Director of Operations

Heidi Jensen

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Heidi Sondergaard Jensen joined Havener Capital Partners in May 2011 as Director of Operations. Bringing more than a decade of corporate wealth and consumer marketing experience to Havener, Heidi oversees implementation of marketing and sales initiatives for clients as well as ensures all systems, processes and personnel at Havener function with high efficiency. Heidi keeps things organized and running smoothly.

Throughout her career, Heidi has held various senior marketing and product management roles at Fleet Bank (acquired by Bank of America), designing and implementing marketing strategies and programs targeting affluent, consumer, and online segments. She also served as Associate Editor of Business Focus magazine at BankBoston and managed several CRM programs. For many years, Heidi was a key member of the core communications marketing team for several large-scale mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations.

Heidi is a graduate of Boston College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in German and Philosophy, cum laude, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy. She enjoys running, studying languages, ballet, and spending time with her family.

Motto: "Keep calm and carry on."

Director of Marketing

Anna Robinson

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Anna joined Havener Capital Partners in March 2022 as the firm’s Director of Marketing.

Prior to joining Havener, Anna worked with our founder, Stacy, and other CEOs to grow their personal brands. She brings over a decade of experience in marketing and operations in the tech industry.

Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.

Anna is passionate about quality design and content. When she’s not toggling between screens, she’s eating at new joints in San Diego, chucking dodgeballs at her kids, or plotting her next road trip.

Motto: "Be where your feet are"

Growth Strategist

Kristin MacMannis

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Kristin joined Havener Capital Partners in January of 2022 as the firm’s Growth Strategist. For current asset manager clients at Havener Capital Partners, Kristin spearheads strategy execution and the client experience. For Havener’s prospective clients, she works with them to understand their growth plan, marketing needs, and how HCP’s unique process can help them achieve their goals.

Whether a current or prospective client, Kristin believes the best part of her job is being able to dive into the stories of boutique asset managers that are changing the game.  The fearless ones that know the best assets are the ones that value not just returns, but impact. The ones that boldly break away from “The Bigs” to chart their own course. Kristin understands these types of clients because she followed the same path.

Prior to joining Havener, Kristin spent 13 years with U.S. Trust of Bank of America, now known as the Private Bank of Bank of America. Kristin began her career with the firm as a marketing strategist where she was responsible for a variety of business development strategies, from team-specific projects to national campaigns. Having proven to have exceptional relationship-building skills, Kristin was promoted to a Private Client Advisor role, and at the time, was the youngest female to be hired into the role. As a PCA, Kristin was responsible for new client acquisition and relationship deepening within her current client portfolios. Together with a team of wealth management specialists, Kristin managed over $1B in assets for individuals, families, foundations, and endowments.

Kristin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Risk Management from Virginia Tech. Go Hokies! When she is not working or chauffeuring her two very active children to/from games, practices, etc., Kristin can be found volunteering on boards and committees for a variety of charitable organizations in Newport or, if the season agrees, enjoying the ocean, by boat or by beach.

Motto: "If It's Not a 'Hell, Yeah,' It's a No." Tim Ferriss on decision making

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Sales Director

Josh Walker

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Josh joined Havener Capital Partners in April 2018 as Sales Director focused on the Western United States and responsible for identifying potential investors for Havener’s clients, facilitating the due diligence process, and maintaining relationships with investors.

Prior to Havener, Josh has held various investment distribution roles successfully raising capital across multiple product structures in both traditional and alternative asset classes. Most recently, Josh was a part of the retail distribution team at Colony NorthStar, a leading diversified equity REIT and alternative investment manager.

Josh holds his Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses and is a registered representative of Compass Securities Corporation. He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University (Go Noles!). Residing in Downtown Denver, Josh embraces MOST things Colorado has to offer and enjoys an active lifestyle with a good balance of exploring new local bars and restaurants. When not on the road, you can catch Josh running around Wash Park, rocking out a metal show, or traveling with his wife Hailee.

Motto: "It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” ~ Rocky Balboa

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Sales Director

Shannon Taji AIF®, C(k)P®

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Shannon joined Havener Capital Partners in May 2018 as Sales Director. She is responsible for identifying potential investors for Havener’s clients, facilitating the due diligence process, and maintaining relationships with investors.

With twenty years of experience in financial services, Shannon brings a broad skill set to Havener. Shannon began her career at Fidelity Investments which proved an excellent training ground. While her career has spanned retirement services and now asset management, Shannon has always focused on developing and nurturing relationships with RIAs and family offices. In her prior position at Retirement Alliance (a retirement recordkeeping firm which was acquired by Alerus Retirement Services), Shannon was VP of Sales. She managed the firm’s top advisor relationships, their custody partner relationships, and ran the sales and marketing teams. During her tenure, the firm AUM grew by 10x.

Shannon Blair Taji is a Registered Representative of Compass Securities Corporation, a FINRA general securities broker/dealer. Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Gettysburg College where she played four years of Division III Women’s Soccer. She was also lucky to have studied abroad at Flinders University in Australia for six months. Shannon resides in Jamestown, RI with her husband and 3 daughters. If it has to do with being active and being outdoors, Shannon is in. If she’s not playing soccer herself, she’s coaching her daughters’ soccer teams, probably on a field with a view of the water. Living by the ocean feeds her soul.

 

Motto: "When in doubt tell the truth." ~ Mark Twain

Brian Hennigan, Sales Development

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Brian comes to Havener from IPS Strategic Capital, a quantitative RIA firm specializing in options and hedging, where he served as a Quantitative Analyst. Brian backtested various options strategies, created structured notes, analyzed options portfolio Greeks, performed back-end software development, supported mutual fund operations, performed due diligence for clients, and marketing functions like SEO and competitor research. During this time, he also served as the teaching assistant for a class on hedging commodities at the JP Morgan Commodities Center at the University of Colorado – Denver.

Brian also worked for a startup and succeeded in gaining acceptance to an extended venture accelerator, which included an investment in the firm and world-class mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and adjunct professors

Prior to IPS, Brian served 10 years in the Army as a Green Beret. There, Brian gained expertise in unconventional warfare, intelligence collection, information operations, and human intelligence, in addition to more traditional special operations missions.

Brian Hennigan graduated from the University of Colorado – Denver with an MBA in Marketing and an MS in Finance & Risk Management. Concurrently, he received a graduate certificate in commodities from the JP Morgan Center for Commodities. Brian also holds an MA in Security Management.

Born in Trinidad, CO, and growing up in New Mexico, Brian is an avid fly-fisherman. He loves spending time with friends, volunteering, investing with options, bocce ball and the outdoors.

Motto: When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.

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Marketing Manager

Alicia Purden

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Alicia Purden joined Havener in January 2016 as Graphic Designer on our Marketing team before becoming Senior Graphic Designer in June 2020. Alicia was promoted to Marketing Manager in 2022, where she is responsible for executing overall marketing and content strategies for clients.

Previously, Alicia worked for the Preservation Society of Newport County and the Newport Mansions Stores, where she designed marketing collateral and e-commerce graphics for their retail stores and website. Experienced in both print and digital design, Alicia’s work focuses on the importance of brand identity and sharp, direct design that tell a powerful (and beautiful) story. She is an award-winning graduate of Salve Regina University, where she studied Art and Art History with a concentration in Graphic Design.

Alicia is a Newporter by way of a New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia. She loves all forms of art and design as well as the creative challenge of combining form and function. When she isn’t designing, Alicia can be found practicing hot yoga, supporting her favorite team Manchester United, or soaking up useless trivia in the hopes of one day becoming a Jeopardy! champion.

Motto: "Creativity is intelligence having fun." ~ Einstein

Emily Boyle, Director of Content

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Emily joined Havener Capital Partners as Director of Content in November 2022. With more than 25 years of financial writing experience, she has developed the unique ability translate complex topics into engaging, digestible stories. In her role at Havener, she leads a team of writers in conceptualizing and creating content for Havener’s asset manager clients.

Like many of Havener’s clients, Emily spent years working for “The Bigs” before breaking away to do her own thing. After writing for some of the biggest and best asset managers in the industry, she was ready for something different, so she cleared out her cube, turned in her employee ID, and set up shop in her drafty 100-year-old Denver home. In the years that followed, Emily led and supported hundreds of writing and editorial initiatives across diverse genres and interest groups – from investors, athletes, and artists to economists, educators, and environmentalists. She also had a baby (her third), became a certified yoga instructor, joined the board of a non-profit organization, and backpacked through the Grand Canyon.

In 2021, while still running her own business and running to keep up with her active family, Emily joined Havener on a contractual basis, where she supported the marketing team in developing content for the firm’s growing roster of clients. As the volume of work increased, so did Emily’s interest in helping boutique asset managers tell (write) their breakaway stories. As it turns out, joining Havener in a full-time role was the next chapter in her own story.

When she’s not conceptualizing and crafting content for Havener’s asset managers, Emily enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, soccer (from the sidelines), and gathering around backyard firepits with friends—a pandemic-inspired trend that seems to have stuck.

Motto: "Draw the art you want to see, make the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read." – Austin Kleon

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Graphic Designer

Andrew Makowski

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Andrew Makowski joined Havener in June 2020 as Graphic Designer on our Marketing team. He is responsible for the design and execution of our client marketing materials and delivering customized creative and marketing solutions for our clients.

Prior to joining Havener, Andrew worked for Edelman Financial Engines and M2K Branding & Communications, where he designed marketing materials and digital graphics. Experienced in both print and digital design, Andrew’s work focuses on the importance of brand identity and how compelling visual design can tell an impactful (and beautiful) story. Andrew is a graduate of Carrington College California where he studied Graphic Design.

Andrew spent most of his life living in Los Angeles County California but now lives in the state of Maryland, near Washington DC. When he isn’t designing, he can be found spending quality time with his wife and two kids. Some of their activities include outdoor walks, family-friendly movies, and playdates. Being a creative type, Andrew is also a long-time musician and enjoys writing and producing alternative music with friends at his home studio.

Motto: No One Ever Made A Difference by Being Like Everyone Else.

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Director of Revenue Operations

Rick Casucci

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Rick joined Havener Capital Partners as Marketing Manager in October of 2017 and transitioned to Director of Revenue Operations in 2022. In this position, Rick leverages his marketing and revenue operational expertise to implement strategic
and tactical initiatives that drive measurable outcomes, and deliver business intelligence, across Salesforce and HubSpot. Rick speaks many languages: marketing, sales, design, and technology and uses them to remedy operational pain‐points
and keep pace with business scaling opportunities.

Prior to joining Havener, Rick worked as Marketing Programs Manager for a division of Kofax where his responsibilities ranged from demand generation and field marketing to marketing automation and digital advertising.

Rick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication from American Intercontinental University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art – Painting and Drawing from the School of Visual Arts.

He currently resides in Western Massachusetts with his wife and two young boys. When he’s not busy telling his boys to stop biting each other, he will be found in his art studio at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts; a.k.a his happy place.

Motto: "What's possible is only limited by your imagination. Set it free."

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Executive Assistant

Kaila McGreal

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Kaila McGreal joined Havener Capital Partners in September 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of our team. Her smiling face is the first one you’ll see when you walk in to our Newport office. She is responsible for planning, organizing, scheduling, prioritizing, and keeping everything in the HCP office running smoothly.

Kaila began her career in Financial Services while living in Southern California. Working for SC Distributors as a Corporate Events Coordinator, she planned due diligence meetings and roadshow events, which helped her find her love for preparation. She has an eye for presentation and is a firm believer that organization is key to great success.

Kaila is a graduate of Roger Williams University, where she studied Psychology and Dance Performance. She has a true passion for movement and helping people.

Originally raised south of Boston, Kaila has been a Rhode Island resident for over ten years and takes a lot of pride in where she resides. She loves photography, the ocean, and recreating delicious cuisine after trying new restaurants. When Kaila is not busy capturing beautiful sunsets or finding the best local bites, she can be found at the park with her white German Shepard, Murray, whom she rescued in San Diego, CA.

Motto: "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

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