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 firm's US microcap, small and small/mid cap 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.
Lisa is the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer 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 over 30 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 and as a Co-portfolio Manager on International Small Cap and Emerging Markets Small Cap portfolios. 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.
Matt Nieman, CFA
Matt Nieman joined Acuitas in 2013 and serves as a Portfolio Manager on select U.S. microcap portfolios and as a Senior Research Analyst. He is responsible for discovering, researching and recommending external investment managers across asset classes. Matt leads the external manager due diligence effort for U.S. microcap value, international growth and long/short equity. Additionally, he oversees and implements manager transitions across client portfolios. Matt received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, where he studied Economics. He is currently a member of the Seattle Society of Financial Analysts and is a CFA charterholder.
Christa Maxwell, CFA, CIPM
Christa is the Head of Marketing and Business Development for Acuitas Investments. Christa oversees and executes on the strategic plan to increase visibility and exposure of Acuitas’ offerings to the investment community.
Prior to joining Acuitas, Christa was the Director of Business Development for Kennedy Capital Management where she was responsible for marketing the firm’s U.S. equity strategies to institutional consultants and investors. She also worked at Westwood Management Corporation focusing on business development within the western U.S. She began her career with Thornburg Investment Management and spent over 10 years with the organization where she oversaw various regions and was responsible for client service, consultant relations, and business development.
Christa earned her BBA in Finance from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. She holds her Series 7 and 66 and is a CFA charterholder. Christa currently serves on boards for the University Health System (San Antonio), the CFA Society San Antonio and the Association of Investment Management Sales Executives (AIMSE).
Ella joined Acuitas in the summer of 2018 and serves as a Senior Portfolio and Client Service Analyst. She supports the investment, client service and operations functions of the firm by generating client materials, providing portfolio analytics and supporting performance measurement. She works with portfolio managers to generate insights for clients and prospects and has co-authored topical industry whitepapers. She also heads the firm’s efforts for ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance). Ella received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Finance and minors in Spanish and International Business from the University of Washington. Prior to working at Acuitas, she spent time as a financial analyst intern for Ericsson, Inc.
Becca Tessin is the Director of Finance and manages the human resource and finance functions at Acuitas.
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, she was an investment banker for JP Morgan in their technology group. Becca also worked as an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist and Alex. Brown & Sons. She holds a BA in Communications and Political Science from University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.