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Executives

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Robbie Cannon
CEO

Robbie Cannon

CEO

Robbie Cannon is the 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
Chief Investment Officer

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
General Counsel / Chief Compliance Officer

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
President

John Drahzal

President

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
Head of Business Systems and Finance

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

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Scott Ladner
Chief Investment Officer

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
General Counsel / Chief Compliance Officer

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
President

John Drahzal

President

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
Head of Business Systems and Finance

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.

Liz Cogswell
Director, Human Resources

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.

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