About Us

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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

Awards + Recognition

Past performance is not indicative of future results. The rankings shown below may not be representative of any one client’s experience because they reflect an average of all, or a sample of all, the experiences of adviser’s clients.
October 2019 – Asset Manager of the Year ($25 billion in AUM or less) by Money Management Institute (MMI) and Barron’s
The MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards recognize innovation and achievement in the investment advisory solutions industry. The winners of the 2019 MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards were announced at MMI’s 2019 Annual Conference, held October 16, 2019 in Atlanta. Horizon Investments was awarded the 2019 Asset Manager of the Year (AUM of $25 billion of less) award that honors a smaller asset manager exemplifying innovation in delivering better outcomes for investors and financial advisors. Horizon was the only firm to receive this award. Nominations for the 2019 MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards were submitted in an open nomination process, and finalists were selected by a special review committee representing all segments of MMI’s membership. MMI member firms voted to determine the winners in each category. Horizon did not pay to participate. Please see additional information at: https://www.mminst.org/press-releases/money-management-institute-and-barron%E2%80%99s-announce-winners-2019-industry-awards
2019 – Top Workplaces by The Charlotte Observer
Horizon Investments was awarded the Top Workplaces award from The Charlotte Observer for 2019. The survey was conducted by Energage employee experience solutions. To be eligible for the survey, companies must have at least 35 employees and be located in the Charlotte metro area. For the rankings, organizations are grouped according to size. Based on scores determined from the employee survey feedback, employers within those size bands that score high enough are recognized as Top Workplaces. Horizon was one of 60 companies and organizations awarded as a Top Workplace for 2019. Horizon did not pay to participate. More information about the Top Workplaces award can be found at topworkplaces.com.
October 2018 – Asset Manager of the Year ($25 billion in AUM or less) by Money Management Institute (MMI) and Barron’s
The MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards, now in their tenth year, recognize those firms that best exemplify innovation and achievement in delivering better outcomes for investors and financial advisors. The winners were announced on October 17th at MMI’s 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas. Nominations for these are reviewed and evaluated by the specially-appointed MMI Industry Awards Steering Council and by the MMI Membership Experience Committee (MEC). Horizon Investments was the only manager to receive this award for 2018. Horizon did not pay to participate. See additional information at: https://www.mminst.org/press-releases/money-management-institute-and-barron%E2%80%99s-announce-winners-2018-industry-awards-0
May 2018 – 2018 Asset Manager of the Year and 2018 Strategist of the Year by Envestnet and Investment Advisor Magazine.
Horizon CEO Robbie Cannon was presented with the award at the Envestnet Advisor Summit, held this year on May 16-18 in New Orleans. Now in its 14th year, the competition recognizes best-in-class portfolio managers and strategists as selected by Envestnet and Investment Advisor Magazine. As in previous years, award finalists were chosen using Envestnet | PMC’s proprietary, systematic, and multi-factor methodology for evaluating managers. This framework takes a variety of qualitative and quantitative criteria into consideration, such as investment process and style, performance, firm profile, customer service, and tax efficiency. Eligibility for this award requires a management team with at least three years of experience running a strategy with $200 million or more in assets. The investment product under consideration must be reported through Envestnet | PMC’s Premium Research solutions, which are leading sources of investment-manager due diligence and research for advisors. Horizon was the only manager to receive these awards. Horizon did not pay to participate. See additional information at: https://www.envestnet.com/press/envestnet-investment-advisor-honor-asset-manager-strategist-award-winners
MMI – 2016 Industry Award Winner: Emerging Manager of the Year, Advisory Solutions
Money Management Institute (MMI) awarded Horizon Investments the Advisory Solutions Emerging Investment Manager of the Year for 2016. According to the MMI, this award was for, “The emerging investment manager that best exemplified overall excellence, partnership, and growth.” Nominations for the 2016 Industry Leadership Awards were submitted by MMI members, and the finalists were selected by a special committee representing all segments of the MMI membership. The winners in each category were determined by a vote of MMI member firms. Horizon Investments was the only investment manager given this award. Horizon did not pay to participate. See additional information at: https://www.mminst.org/press-releases/money-management-institute-announces-annual-industry-leadership-award-winners-2

Wealth & Money Management Awards – 2015: Most Innovative Asset Management Solutions, North Carolina
Wealth & Finance International awarded Horizon Investments the Most Innovative Asset Management Solutions, North Carolina for its 2015 Wealth & Money Management Awards. Entry for the Wealth & Money Management Awards is open to any organization. Nominated organizations are assessed based on the merit of their endeavors, the overall strength of the entry, and evidence of recent accomplishments. Horizon Investments was the only recipient of this award for 2015. Horizon Investments did not pay to participate. See additional information at: https://www.wealthandfinance-news.com/awards/wealth-and-money-management-awards/

Wealth & Money Management Awards – 2015: Best Risk Management Strategy, Risk Assist®
Wealth & Finance International awarded Horizon Investments the Best Risk Management Strategy for Risk Assist® for its 2015 Wealth & Money Management Awards. Entry for the Wealth & Money Management Awards is open to any organization. Nominated organizations are assessed based on the merit of their endeavors, the overall strength of the entry, and evidence of recent accomplishments. Horizon Investments was the only recipient of this award for 2015. Horizon Investments did not pay to participate. See additional information at: https://www.wealthandfinance-news.com/awards/wealth-and-money-management-awards/

MMI – 2014 Industry Award Winner: Emerging Manager of the Year, Exhibiting Innovation, Growth and Partnership
Money Management Institute (MMI) awarded Horizon Investments the Emerging Investment Manager Exhibiting Greater Innovation, Growth and Partnership for 2014. According to the MMI, this award was for, “The emerging investment manager that demonstrated strong growth in assets, made a meaningful contribution to innovation within the advisory solutions industry, and exhibited the qualities valued by program sponsors.” The winners in each category were determined by a vote of MMI member firms. Horizon Investments was the only investment manager given this award. Horizon did not pay to participate. See additional information at: https://www.mminst.org/press-releases/money-management-institute-announces-annual-industry-leadership-award-winners-0

Top Financial Advisers: FT 300 Ranking June 2014
Top Financial Advisers ranked Horizon Investments on their June 2014 Financial Times 300 List. The Financial Times’ methodology is quantifiable and objective. To qualify for the list, an investment adviser must be registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and have $300m or more in assets under management. The RIA firms had no subjective input. The FT then invited qualifying RIA firms – more than 2,000 – to fill in a lengthy application that gave more information about their practices. Applications were augmented with FT’s research into the practices, including data from regulatory filings. The formula the FT uses to grade advisers is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. Areas of consideration include adviser assets under management, asset growth, the firm’s years in existence, industry certifications of key employees at the firms, SEC compliance record and online accessibility. There were four other RIAs from North Carolina who made the FT 300 List. Horizon Investments did not pay to participate. See additional information at: https://www.ft.com/content/2c9001aa-eb26-11e3-bab6-00144feabdc0

Inc. 500 / 5000 : 2012-2015
The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 was ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2011. The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Horizon Investments was ranked #1187 in 2012.

The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2012. The minimum revenue required for 2009 is $100,000; the minimum for 2012 is $2 million. Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Horizon Investments was ranked #1742 in 2013.

The 2014 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2013. The minimum revenue required for 2010 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. Horizon Investments was ranked #4536 in 2014, and #4668 in 2015.

The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2014. The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Horizon ranked #4668 in 2015.

Horizon Investments did not pay to participate. More information about the Inc. 500|5000 lists can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Dr. Steven Clark

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

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.

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.

Austin Fitch, CFA

Austin Fitch

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.

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.

Matt Bond

Matt Bond

Internal Advisory Specialist

Provides support to Carlos Barbosa.

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.

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

Arvin Shiribabadi

Internal Advisory Specialist

Provides support to the Bobby Shanahan.

Aaron Siegel

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

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

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.

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