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Ken Marshall runs the Development Group, LLC, an investment advisory firm so named for its focus on product and business development in absolute return investing. In the last seven years, he has brought his expertise to family offices, foundations, fund of funds, and institutional investors. DGLLC oversees approximately $400 million of client assets.
Ken formed DGLLC upon selling his equity stake in Octagon International Holdings, an ABL hedge fund and boutique investment bank ($260 million in assets) that he co-founded in 1998. Octagon was the culmination of 20 years on Wall Street, where Ken created investment management and capital markets products, designed trading platforms, and managed portfolios for the Equitable Group, Dean Witter, First Chicago National Bank, and Pru-Bache Securities. At Covenant Capital Management ($400 million), his global fund enjoyed a number-three ranking by Lipper and a four-star rating by Morningstar.
Ken holds a M.S. and A.B.D in international economics from the Ph.D program at the University of Wisconsin (Madison).
Stanislaw "Stas" Zarzycki is the head of strategy and research at Development Group LLC. He has worked with DGLLC on various quant' projects for the past five years. In addition, Stas was also a portfolio manager for systematic futures pairs strategy at Perbak Futures Management; and from 2006-2011 managed quantitative strategies at George Weiss Associates - a multi-strategy hedge fund. Prior to 2006, he worked as a hedge fund strategy analyst at Tradex Global Advisors.
Stas is a graduate of McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, and was awarded the CFA charter in January 2012. He is also a contributor to the blog "Seeking Alpha" where he shares his research on the use and abuse of ETF's.
Rob Labell joined Development Group in 2004. He specializes in generating and interpreting performance analytics, including customized portfolio assessments and attribution analyses (e.g. returns-based, holdings-based, risk-based). A former VP of product development at Factset Research Systems, Rob brings particular expertise in evaluating and implementing software systems to enable clients to generate in-house the critical metrics they need to succeed in the equity and hedge fund markets. Prior to joining Factset, Rob was a principal in the Global Active Equity Group of State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. in finance.
Melinda Meschter oversees client relations and administration. Since joining Development Group, her specialty has been working with clients on honing their presentations and websites. Melinda is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and a Master's candidate at Columbia University.