About Us

  • Mission
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Team

Overview

Horizon is a leading provider of modern goals-based investment management. We work in partnership with financial advisors to deliver investment strategies that align clients’ wealth with their life goals.

OUR MISSION

Provide goals-based investment management strategies that empower financial advisors to help their clients achieve their most important financial objectives throughout life.
True investment success is all about meeting the life goals your clients have set out for themselves, their families and even the world at large.
That’s why Horizon’s approach is built on a commitment to goals-based investment management. A goals-based approach can help investors position their wealth to support the key financial results they seek throughout their lives. When your clients align their wealth with their goals, they achieve something that most people can only hope for: The financial security they need to live life on their terms.

OUR DEDICATION

Goals-Based Investment Management

WHAT IS GOALS-BASED INVESTING?

As a goals-based investment manager, we believe investment problems and challenges are best addressed in the context of an investor’s goals—the ultimate reason behind saving and investing. By aligning investment solutions with investor goals, investors have better opportunities to measure the actual “real world” outcomes they seek.

At Horizon Investments, we think most investors follow a journey that looks the diagram below—the investor grows wealth to a certain point in time and then spend that wealth. Along that journey, Horizon has identified three unique stages that investors encounter.

USING A GOALS-BASED APPROACH

Each of the client’s investment-related goals consist of three stages—accumulation (or the GAIN STAGE), preservation (or the PROTECT STAGE) and distribution (or the SPEND STAGE). Importantly, for every goal, each stage has its own overarching objective and risk.

GAIN Stage
  • Primary Objective: Accumulation
  • Growing wealth so it can support and enhance life goals.
  • Key Risk Metric: Volatility
  • Intense volatility or declining markets can generate bad investor behavior.
PROTECT Stage
  • Primary Objective: Preservation
  • Guarding wealth against catastrophic losses that can derail financial plans and directly threaten the ability to adequately fund goals.
  • Key Risk Metric: Drawdown
  • The Protect stage begins reasonably close to the desired start of the Spend stage, which means there isn’t much time for investors to recover from large drawdowns.
SPEND Stage
  • Primary Objective: Distribution
  • Ensuring that grown and preserved wealth is there to meet needs during what may be a lengthy and active retirement.
  • Key Risk Metric: Longevity
  • The dominant investment risk in this stage is longevity: running out of money before the goal is fully met.
Ultimately, the fundamental definition of risk must change and adapt over time as an investor transitions into each new stage of the goals-based program. Likewise, the investment strategies and portfolio construction decisions aimed at mitigating risk must also change and adapt to each new stage. For example, a portfolio in the Gain stage should have different characteristics and attempt to mitigate different risks than a portfolio in the Protect or Spend stages.
To Learn more about Goals-Based Investing download our research paper here.

Our Story

Horizon Investments is a modern, goals-based investment manager and think tank. Our focus is on goals-based investment strategies, to help financial advisors and their clients improve the investment experience relative to real world, prioritized financial goals.

Founded in 1995, Horizon provided investment advice to individual clients while utilizing a process based on quantitative analysis. Today our investment process balances quantitative expertise with a qualitative perspective, including economic, fundamental and geopolitical analysis. Over 20 years, we’ve continued to expand our investment management team to include the seasoned academics and research analysts needed to pursue forward-looking approaches to address a myriad of challenges that investors face while seeking to grow their wealth. As a result, financial advisors turn to Horizon for our innovative risk mitigation and retirement income strategies. Rooted in a global active investment approach, the firm’s GAIN PROTECT SPEND® framework, combined with its investment management methodology, has been a cornerstone of Horizon’s portfolio construction process for over a decade.

QUICK FACTS

Team

  • Leadership
  • Investments
  • Distribution
We are a community of professionals working together in an effort to provide best-in-class financial services and superior customer service to our clients. The unique blend of professionals within our investment team provides a variety of skill sets and experience that allows us to balance quantitative diligence with qualitative wisdom.

EXECUTIVES

Robbie Cannon

Robbie Cannon

President + CEO

Robbie Cannon is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Horizon Investments, an award-winning asset management and consulting firm.

Cannon began his career in finance in 1994 and became the owner of Horizon in 1999. During his tenure, the firm has grown from a small, regional RIA to a multi-billion dollar third-party investment manager and a nationally recognized leader in emerging discipline of Goals-Based investing. Horizon’s GAIN PROTECT SPEND® strategies combine active management with innovative risk mitigation to empower advisors to help their clients build, manage, and safeguard wealth throughout life.

Under Cannon’s leadership, Horizon has been consistently recognized by the industry for its approach to wealth and asset management. The firm was named 2018 “Asset Manager of the Year (under $25 billion AUM)” by Barron’s and the Money Management Institute (MMI), and both “2018 Asset Manager of the Year” and “2018 Strategist of the Year” by Envestnet and Investment Advisor Magazine. In 2016 it was named "Advisory Solutions Emerging Investment Manager of the Year” by MMI.

Horizon has been listed among the Top Financial Advisors in the FT Top 300 ranking by the Financial Times, while Wealth & Money Management has recognized the firm for providing both the “Most Innovative Asset Management Solutions” and the “Best Risk Management Strategy – Risk Assist.”

Cannon was named to the Board of Governors at the Money Management Institute (MMI) in 2018. He speaks regularly on a broad range of investing, risk management, and financial planning topics. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Furman University.

Horizon is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Scott Ladner

Scott Ladner

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Ladner serves as Chief Investment Officer and is the Chair of the Investment Committee for Horizon. In these capacities, he oversees all aspects of the Investment Management division for the firm. He also provides the Investment Management division with Macro analysis and interpretation of global derivatives, credit, foreign exchange, equity, and funding markets. His previous roles at Horizon included Head of Risk and Director of Quantitative & Alternative Strategies.

Prior to Horizon, Mr. Ladner was a founder of Charlotte Global Advisors and Principal Guard, LLC. Mr. Ladner helped to launch an equity index volatility and dispersion trading unit at PEΔK6 Investments in Chicago, a proprietary listed option and volatility trading firm. Previously at First Union/Wachovia, Mr. Ladner founded and ran the equity swap and forwards portfolio while also managing equity option and volatility portfolios. He also co-founded and managed the Risk Arbitrage and Special Situations portfolio.Mr. Ladner then managed the swaption and cap/floor portion of the bank’s interest rate derivatives portfolio.

Mr. Ladner received his BA in Economics and Russian Language & Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Matt Chambers

Matt Chambers

General Counsel / Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Chambers joined Horizon in 2014 as its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer; he became Chief Compliance Officer of Horizon Funds in 2015. Prior to joining Horizon, Mr. Chambers was an attorney with the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he focused on representing investment advisers and mutual funds. He is a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals, and is a regular speaker on investment management and compliance matters for ICI, NSCP and other industry groups.

Mr. Chambers received his JD from University of Georgia School of Law, a Master of Arts degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John Drahzal

John Drahzal

Head of Distribution
866.371.2399 x3614

Mr. Drahzal is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s distribution strategy, including sales, marketing, and strategic account management. Mr. Drahzal is a member of Horizon’s Executive Committee and is also responsible for corporate development for the firm.

He began his career as a portfolio manager and equity analyst with Victory Asset Management where he managed client portfolios and followed the consumer cyclical sector. He then joined the leadership team in helping to launch the mutual fund business – The Victory Funds. Mr. Drahzal went on to become sales manager for the fund family and ultimately sales manager for the institutional asset management business.

Mr. Drahzal subsequently joined Prudential Investments and was responsible for strategic account relationships across mutual funds, separately managed accounts, variable annuity and sub-advisory businesses. At Prudential, Mr. Drahzal went on to run retail distribution for Prudential’s mutual fund and SMA business, leading all aspects of the organization.

Mr. Drahzal was also President of Reich & Tang, at the time, an investment affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management. At Reich & Tang, Mr. Drahzal led the firm’s growth efforts–including sales, client management, marketing, product management and corporate development.

Mr. Drahzal is a graduate of Skidmore College with a B.S. in Business Administration and of Case Western Reserve University with an M.B.A. in Finance. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 24.

Stephen Terry

Stephen Terry

Head of Business Systems and Finance

Mr. Terry is Head of Finance and oversees all financial functions of Horizon including reporting, budgeting, banking, and capital raising. Steve is a member of Horizon's Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Horizon in 2017, Mr. Terry spent over a decade in Private Equity, building businesses across a number of industries. He co-founded Catamaran Investment Partners, a buy-and-build investment strategy in asset management, in partnership with an industry leader. Steve began his career at Capital One, where he managed several areas of the consumer lending business.

Mr. Terry studied engineering at Cornell University, earning both and BS and Masters in Operations Research while competing on the varsity Track & Field team. He also earned an MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he is a frequent guest speaker.

DEPARTMENTS

Scott Ladner

Scott Ladner

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Ladner serves as Chief Investment Officer and is the Chair of the Investment Committee for Horizon. In these capacities, he oversees all aspects of the Investment Management division for the firm. He also provides the Investment Management division with Macro analysis and interpretation of global derivatives, credit, foreign exchange, equity, and funding markets. His previous roles at Horizon included Head of Risk and Director of Quantitative & Alternative Strategies.

Prior to Horizon, Mr. Ladner was a founder of Charlotte Global Advisors and Principal Guard, LLC. Mr. Ladner helped to launch an equity index volatility and dispersion trading unit at PEΔK6 Investments in Chicago, a proprietary listed option and volatility trading firm. Previously at First Union/Wachovia, Mr. Ladner founded and ran the equity swap and forwards portfolio while also managing equity option and volatility portfolios. He also co-founded and managed the Risk Arbitrage and Special Situations portfolio.Mr. Ladner then managed the swaption and cap/floor portion of the bank’s interest rate derivatives portfolio.

Mr. Ladner received his BA in Economics and Russian Language & Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Matt Chambers

Matt Chambers

General Counsel / Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Chambers joined Horizon in 2014 as its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer; he became Chief Compliance Officer of Horizon Funds in 2015. Prior to joining Horizon, Mr. Chambers was an attorney with the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he focused on representing investment advisers and mutual funds. He is a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals, and is a regular speaker on investment management and compliance matters for ICI, NSCP and other industry groups.

Mr. Chambers received his JD from University of Georgia School of Law, a Master of Arts degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Liz Cogswell

Liz Cogswell

Director, Human Resources

Liz Cogswell is the Director of HR. Her broad experience includes benefits, employee relations, payroll and talent acquisition. She works with the Executive Team to lead HR initiatives including policy design, performance management and HR workflow development.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments in 2012, Mrs. Cogswell worked as an Accountant at Potter & Company, P.A. in Monroe, NC for 7 years.

Mrs. Cogswell has a degree in Finance from Georgia State University. She is a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Calvin DeBoer

Calvin DeBoer

Director, Technology

Mr. DeBoer is responsible for establishing Horizon's technology strategy and leading all aspects of the firm's technological development. He works in a consultative manner with senior executives and department heads to implement technology that improves departmental efficiency. In addition, Mr. DeBoer manages a team with extensive software development expertise in the creation, management and expansion of the firm's proprietary technology platform that has been white-labeled by major independent broker-dealers.

He began his career as a member of the product support team for online banking at Bank of America. Subsequently, he joined Horizon Investments in December 2006 as a research analyst tasked with using data on individual equity securities to make ETF recommendations. A few years later, Mr. DeBoer added a head trading (ETFs) role to his research responsibilities and was instrumental in building out relationships, processes and technology for executing large block ETF trades across multiple custodians. Shortly thereafter, he was tasked with leading the firm's technology efforts, most notably in the area of software application development.

Mr. DeBoer has been tinkering with computers and code since middle school, and is a code contributor to several open-source software projects. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and economics.

John Drahzal

John Drahzal

Head of Distribution
866.371.2399 x3614

Mr. Drahzal is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s distribution strategy, including sales, marketing, and strategic account management. Mr. Drahzal is a member of Horizon’s Executive Committee and is also responsible for corporate development for the firm.

He began his career as a portfolio manager and equity analyst with Victory Asset Management where he managed client portfolios and followed the consumer cyclical sector. He then joined the leadership team in helping to launch the mutual fund business – The Victory Funds. Mr. Drahzal went on to become sales manager for the fund family and ultimately sales manager for the institutional asset management business.

Mr. Drahzal subsequently joined Prudential Investments and was responsible for strategic account relationships across mutual funds, separately managed accounts, variable annuity and sub-advisory businesses. At Prudential, Mr. Drahzal went on to run retail distribution for Prudential’s mutual fund and SMA business, leading all aspects of the organization.

Mr. Drahzal was also President of Reich & Tang, at the time, an investment affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management. At Reich & Tang, Mr. Drahzal led the firm’s growth efforts–including sales, client management, marketing, product management and corporate development.

Mr. Drahzal is a graduate of Skidmore College with a B.S. in Business Administration and of Case Western Reserve University with an M.B.A. in Finance. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 24.

Stephen Terry

Stephen Terry

Head of Business Systems and Finance

Mr. Terry is Head of Finance and oversees all financial functions of Horizon including reporting, budgeting, banking, and capital raising. Steve is a member of Horizon's Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Horizon in 2017, Mr. Terry spent over a decade in Private Equity, building businesses across a number of industries. He co-founded Catamaran Investment Partners, a buy-and-build investment strategy in asset management, in partnership with an industry leader. Steve began his career at Capital One, where he managed several areas of the consumer lending business.

Mr. Terry studied engineering at Cornell University, earning both and BS and Masters in Operations Research while competing on the varsity Track & Field team. He also earned an MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he is a frequent guest speaker.

INVESTMENTS

Robbie Cannon

Robbie Cannon

President + CEO

Robbie Cannon is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Horizon Investments, an award-winning asset management and consulting firm.

Cannon began his career in finance in 1994 and became the owner of Horizon in 1999. During his tenure, the firm has grown from a small, regional RIA to a multi-billion dollar third-party investment manager and a nationally recognized leader in emerging discipline of Goals-Based investing. Horizon’s GAIN PROTECT SPEND® strategies combine active management with innovative risk mitigation to empower advisors to help their clients build, manage, and safeguard wealth throughout life.

Under Cannon’s leadership, Horizon has been consistently recognized by the industry for its approach to wealth and asset management. The firm was named 2018 “Asset Manager of the Year (under $25 billion AUM)” by Barron’s and the Money Management Institute (MMI), and both “2018 Asset Manager of the Year” and “2018 Strategist of the Year” by Envestnet and Investment Advisor Magazine. In 2016 it was named "Advisory Solutions Emerging Investment Manager of the Year” by MMI.

Horizon has been listed among the Top Financial Advisors in the FT Top 300 ranking by the Financial Times, while Wealth & Money Management has recognized the firm for providing both the “Most Innovative Asset Management Solutions” and the “Best Risk Management Strategy – Risk Assist.”

Cannon was named to the Board of Governors at the Money Management Institute (MMI) in 2018. He speaks regularly on a broad range of investing, risk management, and financial planning topics. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Furman University.

Horizon is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Scott Ladner

Scott Ladner

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Ladner serves as Chief Investment Officer and is the Chair of the Investment Committee for Horizon. In these capacities, he oversees all aspects of the Investment Management division for the firm. He also provides the Investment Management division with Macro analysis and interpretation of global derivatives, credit, foreign exchange, equity, and funding markets. His previous roles at Horizon included Head of Risk and Director of Quantitative & Alternative Strategies.

Prior to Horizon, Mr. Ladner was a founder of Charlotte Global Advisors and Principal Guard, LLC. Mr. Ladner helped to launch an equity index volatility and dispersion trading unit at PEΔK6 Investments in Chicago, a proprietary listed option and volatility trading firm. Previously at First Union/Wachovia, Mr. Ladner founded and ran the equity swap and forwards portfolio while also managing equity option and volatility portfolios. He also co-founded and managed the Risk Arbitrage and Special Situations portfolio.Mr. Ladner then managed the swaption and cap/floor portion of the bank’s interest rate derivatives portfolio.

Mr. Ladner received his BA in Economics and Russian Language & Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Clark Allen, Assistant Portfolio Manager

Clark Allen, CFA, CPA, CAIA

Clark Allen, Assistant Portfolio Manager

Clark Allen, CFA, CPA, CAIA

Assistant Portfolio Manager

Mr. Allen is part of the Investment Management division at Horizon Investments focusing on portfolio allocation & strategy.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments, Mr. Allen managed the investments at a multi-billion-dollar single-family office. Mr. Allen has also worked on the portfolio management team at a large insurance company as well as at a consulting firm doing M&A and valuation work.

Mr. Allen holds a Masters of Accountancy and BS in Accounting from Georgia Southern University. Mr. Allen is also a CFA® Charterholder, CPA and a CAIA® Charterholder.

Steven Averitt

Steven Averitt

Quantitative Strategist / Data Scientist

Mr. Averitt joined Horizon Investments in April 2012. He supports the firm’s quantitative research efforts including model development, testing, and validation. Previously, Mr. Averitt worked as a senior consultant and lead software engineer for Kalsi Engineering, a high technology engineering consulting firm. His expertise is in the development of proprietary engineering software products. His experience includes a broad range of software development skills including mathematical modeling, interface design, programming, integration, testing, and marketing.

Mr. Averitt received his MS in Mathematical Finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Kevin Blocker, CAIA

Kevin Blocker, CAIA

Senior Portfolio Manager

One of the original developers of the firm’s investment process, Mr. Blocker specializes in quantitative analysis and portfolio construction using traditional and alternative investment strategies. As a member of the firm’s Investment Committee, Mr. Blocker is responsible for screening investment opportunities and portfolio optimization.

Mr. Blocker received a BA and BS in mathematics, computer science, and Spanish at Wofford College. Mr. Blocker also holds the CAIA designation. Before Horizon, Mr. Blocker played shortstop for the Colorado Rockies organization.

Steven Clark, Ph.D.

Steven Clark, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Structured Financial Solutions

Dr. Clark is an Associate Professor of Finance at UNC Charlotte where he conducts research in the areas of mathematical finance, derivative securities, asset pricing, and financial econometrics. His work at Horizon focuses on volatility forecasting models, dynamic factor models, and other quantitative methods with an emphasis toward the Quantitative investment team and toward the firm’s Risk Management suite of products.

He has a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences (with a concentration in applied probability and stochastic modeling) and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics (with a concentration in financial economics), both from Clemson University. He has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Review of Derivatives Research, Review of Futures Markets, Journal of Risk and Insurance, and Journal of Asset Management.

Calvin DeBoer

Calvin DeBoer

Director, Technology

Mr. DeBoer is responsible for establishing Horizon's technology strategy and leading all aspects of the firm's technological development. He works in a consultative manner with senior executives and department heads to implement technology that improves departmental efficiency. In addition, Mr. DeBoer manages a team with extensive software development expertise in the creation, management and expansion of the firm's proprietary technology platform that has been white-labeled by major independent broker-dealers.

He began his career as a member of the product support team for online banking at Bank of America. Subsequently, he joined Horizon Investments in December 2006 as a research analyst tasked with using data on individual equity securities to make ETF recommendations. A few years later, Mr. DeBoer added a head trading (ETFs) role to his research responsibilities and was instrumental in building out relationships, processes and technology for executing large block ETF trades across multiple custodians. Shortly thereafter, he was tasked with leading the firm's technology efforts, most notably in the area of software application development.

Mr. DeBoer has been tinkering with computers and code since middle school, and is a code contributor to several open-source software projects. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and economics.

Mike Dickson, Ph.D.

Mike Dickson, Ph.D.

Head of Portfolio Management

Dr. Dickson serves as Head of Portfolio Management and in this role oversees all investment strategies managed by Horizon. He also conducts research on the development of quantitative methods and strategies that support Horizon’s investment process and new product development. His research is published in scholarly journals and he frequently speaks on these topics at industry conferences. In previous roles at Horizon, he served as Director of Structured Financial Solutions and as a portfolio manager with an emphasis on retirement income and protection strategies.

Dr. Dickson specializes in the areas of empirical asset pricing, portfolio construction, and factor models. Both during and after his Ph.D. studies he taught undergraduate and graduate school coursework in finance and portfolio management at UNC Charlotte. Prior to earning his Ph.D. he worked in financial analysis support roles at Premier, Inc. and Global Compliance. Dr. Dickson received his BS in Chemistry from Winthrop University and both an MS in Economics and Ph.D. in Finance from UNC Charlotte.

Terrence Ehmann, CFA

Terrence Ehmann, CFA

Portfolio Manager/Equity Research Analyst

Mr. Ehmann joined Horizon Investments in 2018. He contributes to the firm’s bottom-up, fundamental research efforts and is responsible for global & domestic stock selection across various equity portfolios. Prior to joining Horizon, Mr. Ehmann was an analyst on Columbia Threadneedle’s equity research team and prior to Columbia he was an analyst at Wellington Management performing fundamental research and recommending valuations across the capital structure of private companies. He started his career as an equity analyst at Globalvest Management Co., a global investment management firm with an emerging market focus.

Mr. Ehmann holds a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University and is a CFA charterholder.

Austin Fitch, CFA

Austin Fitch, CFA

Senior Analyst / Horizon One

Mr. Fitch joined Horizon Investments in January 2011. Serving as the senior portfolio analyst for the Horizon One Consulting team, he oversees a team within the Investment Management division focused on asset allocation, security selection, and portfolio construction for customized client solutions. In addition to helping these clients manage a goals-based investment process, he provides fund research and manager due diligence to the Investment Management division at Horizon.

Prior to this role, Mr. Fitch was a research analyst at Horizon providing fundamental research to the Investment Management division in addition to supporting the firm in its trading operations and performance measurement functions. He has also worked on Horizon’s retirement platform offerings and supported the firm’s product development initiatives. Mr. Fitch holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Tennessee and a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Finance from Wofford College.

Mr. Fitch is also a CFA® charterholder.

Zachary F. Hill, CFA, Global Macro Strategist

Zachary F. Hill, CFA

Zachary F. Hill, CFA, Global Macro Strategist

Zachary F. Hill, CFA

Global Macro Strategist

Mr. Hill is part of the Investment Management division at Horizon Investments focusing on and providing investment insight on a broad range of asset allocation decisions from a global macro and derivatives perspective.

Prior to joining Horizon, Mr. Hill served as a Portfolio Manager for Cold Spring Asset Management in New York and was a director, foreign exchange option trading, with Wells Fargo.

Mr. Hill holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Physics from the University of Virginia. Mr. Hill is also a CFA® Charterholder.

Corinne Merriman, CFA

Corinne Merriman, CFA

Portfolio Analyst / Horizon One

Ms. Merriman is a member of the Advisory Business Consulting team at Horizon Investments, providing support to advisory practices to enhance investment management solutions and to deepen investment analytics.

Prior to joining Horizon in 2017, Ms. Merriman was most recently a real estate investment analyst for M3 Capital Partners in Chicago and previously worked in valuations of intangible business assets at PwC.

Ms. Merriman holds a Master of Accountancy from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University. Ms. Merriman is a CFA® charterholder.

Josh Rohauer

Josh Rohauer

Portfolio Manager

Josh Rohauer is part of the investment strategies team at Horizon Investments focusing on Fixed Income and Options strategies.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments in 2017, Mr. Rohauer worked in the Sales and Trading division of Investment banking at Wells Fargo. Over 14 years at Wells Fargo, Mr. Rohauer worked within Municipal Derivatives, Fixed Income Options and Commercial Mortgage trading.

Mr. Rohauer received a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Economics and a minor in math from Alfred University.

Ron Saba, CFA

Ron Saba, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager

With three decades of investment management experience, Mr. Saba is responsible for the management of Horizon's dividend and equity portfolio strategies and also contributes bottom-up, fundamental research for the investment team. Prior to joining Horizon in 2009, Mr. Saba was Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Charlotte Capital, LLC where he was lead portfolio manager for the firm’s two institutional investment products. Prior to Charlotte Capital, Mr. Saba was a Portfolio Manager with Pioneer Investments. Before Pioneer he served as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst with Heartland Advisors. Mr. Saba regularly contributes to the financial media. He has appeared on CNBC and has been featured in Barron’s magazine.

Mr. Saba holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith

Portfolio Analyst / Horizon One

Mr. Smith is part of the Consulting team at Horizon Investments focusing on Fixed Income and Options strategies.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments in 2017, Mr. Smith was a portfolio manager for NBT Bank, managing assets on behalf of private wealth as well as institutional clients from 2013-2017.

Mr. Smith holds an MBA and a BS in Management with a concentration in Finance from Binghamton University. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

Alyson Strode

Alyson Strode

Portfolio Trading Specialist

Alyson Strode is a Trading Portfolio Specialist. She is responsible for all trade related functions including best execution.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments in October 2016, Mrs. Strode was an equity and ETF trader with Curian Clearing for 10 years. She had various roles in middle and back office support as purchase and sales, corporate actions and internal controls.

Mrs. Strode graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Finance.

SALES

John Drahzal

John Drahzal

Head of Distribution

Mr. Drahzal is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s distribution strategy, including sales, marketing, and strategic account management. Mr. Drahzal is a member of Horizon’s Executive Committee and is also responsible for corporate development for the firm.

He began his career as a portfolio manager and equity analyst with Victory Asset Management where he managed client portfolios and followed the consumer cyclical sector. He then joined the leadership team in helping to launch the mutual fund business – The Victory Funds. Mr. Drahzal went on to become sales manager for the fund family and ultimately sales manager for the institutional asset management business.

Mr. Drahzal subsequently joined Prudential Investments and was responsible for strategic account relationships across mutual funds, separately managed accounts, variable annuity and sub-advisory businesses. At Prudential, Mr. Drahzal went on to run retail distribution for Prudential’s mutual fund and SMA business, leading all aspects of the organization.

Mr. Drahzal was also President of Reich & Tang, at the time, an investment affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management. At Reich & Tang, Mr. Drahzal led the firm’s growth efforts–including sales, client management, marketing, product management and corporate development.

Mr. Drahzal is a graduate of Skidmore College with a B.S. in Business Administration and of Case Western Reserve University with an M.B.A. in Finance. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 24.

Eddie Rollins

Eddie Rollins

Head of National Accounts

Mr. Rollins is charged with managing the strategic relationship effort of the firm. In this capacity he works directly with the home office executives of our distribution partners to ensure proper support and strategic alignment. Mr. Rollins joined Horizon in 2010 and brings three decades of financial service experience to his role.

Mr. Rollins is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

Sarah P. Weese, AIF

Sarah P. Weese, AIF

Director, National Accounts

Sarah Weese provides world-class strategic relationship management to Horizon’s distribution relationships with national and regional broker/dealer organizations across the United States. She demonstrates effectiveness in all aspects of the partnership ensuring delivery of Horizon’s knowledge capital and goals based investment strategies through the network of financial advisors affiliated with these firms.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments in 2017, Ms. Weese was a National Account Executive at Russell Investments for 7 years. She spent a total of 18 years in multiple roles in sales, business development and product development at Russell. For 5 years before joining Russell Sarah worked for Fidelity Investments as a manager of client services supporting sales and marketing for the Fidelity Advisor Funds.

Ms. Weese is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation and FINRA Series licenses.

Josh Bartholomew

Josh Bartholomew

Practice Leader / Horizon One

Mr. Bartholomew is responsible for the firm’s Consulting efforts. In this capacity he works directly with investment advisors to help support their efforts in growing their practice. With his comprehensive view of advisory business, he can offer expert insights and actionable strategies to our advisor clients through a comprehensive suite of education, training and consulting solutions.

Prior to Horizon, Mr. Bartholomew was a regional account executive at Renaissance World Wide, Inc., a national consulting firm.

Mr. Bartholomew received a BA from North Carolina at Greensboro and a MS from Appalachian State University.

Carlos Barbosa

Carlos Barbosa

Northeast Regional Director

Carlos Barbosa is responsible for sales in the Northeast Region at Horizon. He focuses on empowering advisors advisors to empower them with strategies that will help their clients achieve their most important financial objectives throughout life.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments in 2014, Mr. Barbosa was a Vice President with First Trust Portfolios from 2006 to 2014. Prior to working with Firs Trust Portfolios Carlos spent 6 years at several large firms including Prudential Financial and Allstate Financial.

Mr. Barbosa majored in Economics at the University of Massachusetts.

Matt Bond

Matt Bond

Internal Advisory Specialist

Provides support to Carlos Barbosa.

Scott Ferrette

Scott Ferrette

West Regional Director

Scott Ferrette is responsible for sales in the Western Region at Horizon. He focuses on empowering advisors to efficiently and profitably grow their retirement plan business by combining plan outcome-based investment expertise with innovative tools and services.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments in 2016, Mr. Ferrette was an Institutional Money Manager as the Western Divisional Vice President between 2014-2016 in the UIT space. Scott also has a decade of experience in the Financial Services Industry in Income planning and investment management using Annuities, REITs, MLPs, and BDCs.

Mr Ferrette majored in Management and MIS at University of Arizona and has FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.

Alice Heath, BFA

Alice Heath, BFA

Director, Internal Sales Desk

Alice Heath is responsible for managing the internal sales desk at Horizon. She primarily is responsible for training, coaching, motivating and managing the Internal Sales Associates. She also provides support for the Managing Directors and Regional Directors of Sales, developing new business leads and servicing existing client relationships.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments in 2014, Ms. Heath attended the Kemmy Business School in Limerick, Ireland, completing her Master's Degree in Financial Services, with a concentration in Behavioral Finance.

Ms. Heath majored in Finance & International Business at the University of Alabama.

Danielle Learned

Danielle Learned

Danielle Learned

Danielle Learned

Director, Client Operations

Ms. Learned is our Director of Client Operations based in Charlotte, NC. In this capacity, she works directly with investment advisors to help support their efforts in growing their practice and serves as the relationship manager for the firm’s Consulting clients. With her comprehensive view of advisory business, she can offer expert insights and actionable strategies to our advisor clients through a comprehensive suite of education, training, and consulting solutions.

Prior to joining Horizon, Ms. Learned was an Assistant Vice President of Advisory Product Management with LPL Financial responsible for the firm’s mutual fund and ETF strategist platform. Her experience in the financial services industry dates back to 2011 with Oppenheimer & Co, Inc, Prudential Annuities, and MetLife Securities, Inc. Ms. Learned holds a BS in Management from Western Connecticut State University and holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63 and 65.

John Pifer

John Pifer

Gulf-Coast Regional Director

Mr. Pifer is responsible for the distribution of Horizon’s managed accounts, ETFs and mutual funds in the Gulf coast region. He prides himself on his ability to connect with advisors and empower them to achieve goals-focused client outcomes.

Prior to joining Horizon in 2017, Mr. Pifer acquired a diverse background in the financial services industry starting in 1999. He was most recently a wholesaler for annuity and insurance products at Global Atlantic Financial Group and Prudential Annuities. John also served in a trading role with Susquehanna International Group.

Mr. Pifer majored in Business at Lock Haven University and earned his MBA from Saint Joseph’s University. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 and numerous insurance licenses.

Shawn Rumsey

Shawn Rumsey

Shawn Rumsey

Shawn Rumsey

Internal Advisory Specialist

Provides support to Scott Ferrette.

Bobby Shanahan

Bobby Shanahan

Southeast Regional Director

Bobby Shanahan is responsible for sales in the Southeast Region at Horizon. He focuses on empowering advisors to become successful with Horizon’s goals-based strategies.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments, Mr. Shanahan was an 401k/retirement plan specialist with OneAmerica Securities, Mutual Fund & Separately Managed Account wholesaler with Citigroup Asset Management, and ETF Strategist with Legg Mason Global Asset Management. Bobby has over 20 years of experience working as a consultant to advisors with independent and wirehouse broker-dealer channels.

Mr. Shanahan majored in Business Marketing at Oklahoma State University.

Adam Shayeb

Adam Shayeb

Plains Regional Director

Mr. Shayeb is responsible for the distribution of Horizon’s managed accounts, ETFs and mutual funds in the Plains region. He prides himself on his ability to connect with advisors and empower them to achieve goals-focused client outcomes.

Prior to joining Horizon in 2016, Mr. Shayeb acquired a diverse background in the financial services industry starting in 2011. He spent most of his career in a number of roles at the Vanguard group and most recently a Financial Advisor for PNC Bank.

Mr. Shayeb majored in Corporate Finance at East Carolina University. He holds a number of FINRA Series licenses.

Arvin Shiribabadi

Arvin Shiribabadi

Internal Advisory Specialist

Provides support to the Bobby Shanahan.

Aaron Siegel

Aaron Siegel

Internal Advisory Specialist

Provides support to the James Tavares.

Brad Stoehr, CIMA

Brad Stoehr, CIMA

MidAtlantic Regional Director

Brad Stoehr is responsible for directing the sales team and sales in the MidAtlantic Region at Horizon. He focuses on empowering the sales team and advisors to become successful with Horizon’s goals-based strategies.

Mr. Stoehr majored in Finance at Clemson University.

James Tavares, AIF

James Tavares, AIF

Head of Retirement Plan Services and Regional Director

Mr. Tavares is responsible for the Retirement Plan Services effort at Horizon. He focuses on empowering advisors to efficiently and profitably grow their retirement plan business by combining plan outcome-based investment expertise with innovative tools and services.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments in 2015, Mr. Tavares was an institutional retirement plan consultant for Natixis Global Asset Management, from 2010-2015. Prior to working with Natixis, James worked a number of investments and retirement planning roles for Fidelity Investments for 6 years.

Mr. Tavares majored in Business Economics at Brown University.

Joe Wambach

Joe Wambach

Engagement Consulting Specialist and Regional Director

Mr. Wambach is our Engagement Consulting Specialist and Regional Director for the Northwest, based in California. In this capacity, he works directly with investment advisors to help support their efforts in growing their practice. With his comprehensive view of advisory business, he can offer expert insights and actionable strategies to our advisor clients through a comprehensive suite of education, training, and consulting solutions.

Prior to Horizon, Mr. Wambach was a regional director with Corridor Investors, LLC. His experience in the financial services industry dates back to 2006 with John Hancock, MetLife Investors, and Prudential Financial. He has earned his CMFC designation through College of Financial Planning. FINRA licensed Series 7, Series 6 and Series 63.

Mr. Wambach received a BA from Western Carolina University.

Melissa Wendt

Melissa Wendt

Midwest Regional Director

Melissa Wendt is responsible for sales in the Midwest Region at Horizon. Her consultative, relationship driven focus empowers advisors to achieve their clients' most important financial objectives throughout life with Horizon's innovative goals-based strategies.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments, Ms. Wendt was a Senior Regional Business Consultant with Third Party Asset Manager Curian Capital, Regional Vice President at Transamerica, and Mutual Fund & Separately Managed Account Associate Regional Director with Wells Fargo. Melissa has over 12 years of experience working as a consultant to advisors within the independent, regional, and wirehouse broker-dealer channels.

Ms. Wendt majored in Finanace at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.

MARKETING

Sean Farrow

Sean Farrow

Creative Director
866.371.2399 x3613

Sean Farrow is responsible for creative development and implementation of marketing and communications for the firm. He provides support for the Leadership, Investment and Sales Teams on empowering advisors. Prior to joining the Horizon team in 2013, he was the owner and art director for Bright Yellow Jacket, a boutique design firm in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from State University of West Georgia in 2000 with a BFA in Communication Arts.

Rachel Hamblen

Rachel Hamblen

Rachel Hamblen, Marketing Assistant

Rachel Hamblen

Marketing Assistant

Rachel Hamblen is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining company conferences and events. She works within the Marketing team to collaborate with the marketing director, internal teams, clients and partners on marketing strategy and trends. Ms. Hamblen brings a background of corporate events as well as knowledge and experience of the financial services industry to her role.

Prior to joining Horizon Investments, Ms. Hamblen served as Meetings and Event Assistant Coordinator at a national nonprofit.

Ms. Hamblen earned a Bachelor's Degree in mass communications with a business and interpersonal emphasis from East Carolina University.

Area for Video