KBR Capital Markets Announces Distribution Team Growth
Cosmo Smith, Dustin Zachmeyer, Ryan Lodes, and Fred Gratz join KBR's expanding distribution team.
REDWOOD CITY, CA, September 10, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- KBR Capital Markets, LLC is expanding its distribution team and market presence with the addition of four leading industry professionals. KBR Capital Markets, member FINRA/SIPC, is the dealer manager for products sponsored and co-sponsored by KBR Capital Partners, Inc, including VII Peaks-KBR, Thread-KBR and Paladin-KBR.
Cosmo Smith, Executive Vice President, is leading KBR's dynamic distribution team, focusing on broker dealer and advisor development and support. Mr. Smith brings twenty years of securities industry experience to KBR, including his recent business development and portfolio development role at UA Holdings, a strategy consulting and merchant banking firm with over $3 billion in institutional and high net worth assets under management. Additionally, Mr. Smith led the build out and distribution of the fastest-growing retail private debt fund in the United States, Franklin Square, from $3 million to $1.2 billion in two years.
Dustin Zachmeyer, Vice President, Due Diligence, is responsible for product due diligence and will support offering design and structure. He will also be involved in product training and joint venture partner development. Mr. Zachmeyer recently was Director of Product Sales & Services at Berthel Fisher, an independent broker-dealer, where he was responsible for due diligence and advisor support. He also has served as a board member, Assistant Treasurer, and co-chair of the Broker Dealer Advisory Council for the industry trade association REISA.
Ryan Lodes, Vice President, Broker Dealer Relations, manages the support and development of current broker dealer relationships, and the establishment of new relationships. Mr. Lodes previously served as Senior Vice President, National Sales Manager for Thompson National Properties where he oversaw the firm's sales and marketing efforts, national accounts relationships, reporting and analytics, and product management.
Fred Gratz, Regional Vice President, is responsible for the sales and marketing of KBR offerings to financial advisors throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. Prior to KBR, Mr. Gratz was the Northeast Regional Vice President for ICON Investments where he cultivated relationships and built a top performing territory with financial advisors in the independent broker-dealer channel.
"We are enthusiastic about the new additions to the KBR team and the exceptional range of experience, knowledge and relationships they bring to the company," said Suzanne Bond, President and Chief Compliance Officer. "As an industry leader in alternative investments, we continue to expand our resources to fulfill our commitment to the highest level of broker dealer, advisor and investor support and service."
About KBR Capital Partners
KBR Capital Partners is an innovative alternative investments firm that employs a collaborative joint venture, institutional, multi-manager strategy to diligently deliver a diversified and distinctive array of low-correlated dividend-based investment opportunities to individual investors. KBR's principals have a history of investing in a range of asset types and industries and managing both institutional and private equity investments during various market conditions.
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