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Chris-Tessin

Christopher Tessin, CFA

Christopher D. Tessin is a Founder and Managing Partner of Acuitas Investments and serves as the Lead Portfolio Manager of the Small and Microcap portfolios.

Prior to founding Acuitas, he served as Portfolio Manager at Russell investments with responsibility for all of the firms US Microcap, Small and SMID strategies. Prior to his tenure at Russell Investments, Chris held positions in asset management and investment research at Bear Stearns, Schroders and Lehman Brothers. Chris is a regular contributor to CNBC and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The New York Times and other publications. Chris holds a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. He is a member of the Seattle Society of Financial Analysts.

Dennis Jensen, CFA

Dennis Jensen is a Founder and Partner of Acuitas Investments and serves as the firm's Director of Research.

Prior to founding Acuitas, Dennis spent 16 years at Russell Investments, where he most recently served as Portfolio Manager with responsibility for over $10 billion in the firm's U.S. equity multi-style funds and large cap style funds. Before becoming Portfolio Manager Dennis was a Senior Research Analyst, leading the firm's research in the large cap value and market-neutral equity areas, as well as having responsibility for the convertible arbitrage and market-neutral equity portions of Russell's hedge funds. Dennis has made appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNNfn, and PBS Nightly Business Report. Dennis holds a BA in Finance and Business Management and a minor in Economics from the University of Puget Sound. He is a member of the Seattle Society of Financial Analysts.

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Lisa Thenell

Lisa is the Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Operations at Acuitas. Lisa provides management and oversight of the compliance program for Acuitas as well as managing the compliance review process and ongoing operational supervision for Acuitas’ subadvisers. Ms. Thenell has nearly 28 years of experience in the finance industry, primarily in compliance and mutual fund operations. Ms. Thenell’s investment career began in 1989 as a registered representative at a boutique brokerage firm in Seattle. In 1996, she joined Rainier Investment Management where she worked for 21 years, leaving as Chief Compliance Officer of the adviser and the Rainier Mutual Funds.  Lisa graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and a minor in economics from Montana State University. Lisa holds Series 7 and 63 securities licenses and is active in the community.

Doug Porter, CFA

Doug Porter serves as a Senior Research Analyst at Acuitas Investments. Prior to joining Acuitas, Mr. Porter spent five years at Legato Capital Management, an Emerging Manager of Managers Investment firm, serving as the team leader of investment due diligence and a member of the firm's Investment Committee. From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Porter was an analyst at Russell Investments, which included positions within Russell's US Equity manager research, multi-asset class portfolio management, institutional consulting and institutional client service teams. From 2001 to 2003, he was an Index Analyst for Russell/Mellon Analytical Services. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound, where he studied business administration. He is currently a member of the CFA Institute, the CAIA Association and the Global Association of Risk Professionals, where he received certification as a Financial Risk Manager.

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Matt Nieman, CFA

Matt Nieman serves as an Analyst at Acuitas Investments. Matt engages in manager research and is a contributing member of the investment team. In addition, he adds value across the firm as a portfolio analyst, creating manager and portfolio analytical tools, performing trade analysis, and daily monitoring of manager and client portfolios. He received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, where he studied Economics. Matt is currently a member of the Seattle Society of Financial Analysts and is a CFA charterholder.

Becca Tessin

Becca Tessin is the Director of Corporate Operations and manages all the daily operations of the firm.

Prior to founding Acuitas, Becca worked as an investment banker for Luminary Capital, a boutique investment bank in New York City, specializing in helping small businesses raise capital and advising on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Luminary, Becca was also an investment banker for JP Morgan in their technology group. Becca also worked as an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist and Alex. Brown & Sons. Becca holds a BA in Communications and Political Science from University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.

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