Aaron Izenstark - Co-Founder,<br> Chief Investment Officer

Aaron Izenstark

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Izenstark is a Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of IRON Financial. He is responsible for oversight of IRON’s investment management, research and trading capabilities and for the oversight and management of the firm’s approximately $2.3 Billion in current client assets.

Since IRON’s founding in 1994, Mr. Izenstark’s focus has been on designing specialized Fixed Income and Equity strategies that seek to reduce portfolio volatility and downside risk while earning competitive returns through full market cycles. Under the guidance of Mr. Izenstark, the IRON organization has evolved from managing a small portfolio in 1994 to today managing assets for a range of Intermediary, Institutional and High Net Worth investors today.

Prior to Co-Founding IRON Financial in 1994, Mr. Izenstark was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he specialized in the trading of Fixed Income and Equity derivatives. Mr. Izenstark began investing in High Yield fixed income securities in 1988 while a member of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) – where he first developed the investment process that has evolved into the full investment methodology IRON uses presently in managing its high yield fixed income strategy. Mr. Izenstark received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University and he holds the FINRA Series 2 and 65 licenses.

Ted Connolly - Director, Portfolio<br />  Management and Trading

Ted Connolly

Director, Portfolio
Management and Trading

Mr. Ted Connolly is a trader and portfolio manager for a series of strategies for IRON Financial. Mr. Connolly joined IRON Financial in 2006 and has responsibility for fixed income strategies incorporating the use of corporate, government, municipal and convertible securities. Mr. Connolly also has the responsibility for overseeing the global and domestic option overlay strategies at IRON.

Prior to joining IRON, Mr. Connolly worked for several market making firms at the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. During this time, he was responsible for the administrative start-up of a yield curve trading group trading futures to hedge option trades as well as trading the daily and overnight gamma for open option positions. Mr. Connolly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Connecticut College and holds the FINRA Series 65 license.

Joe Fanaro - Portfolio Management  <br /> and Trading

Joe Fanaro

Portfolio Management
and Trading

Mr. Fanaro is a trader and portfolio manager for IRON’s Equity Derivatives and REIT strategies.  Mr. Fanaro joined IRON Financial in 2012 and is also responsible for investment strategy research across asset classes including fixed income, equities, options and futures.  

Prior to joining IRON, Mr. Fanaro worked in the futures industry as a Trader and Quantitative Analyst, where he researched, developed, executed and managed the risk of investment strategies.  Mr. Fanaro worked extensively in the development of financial models to value derivatives and cash securities, covering both traditional and alternative investments.  

Mr. Fanaro received his M.B.A. with honors in Finance from DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Science from DePaul University’s College of Commerce.


Dr. Ramesh Poola, Ph.D., CFA - Managing Director of Investment  and Quantitative Research

Dr. Ramesh Poola, Ph.D., CFA

Managing Director of Investment and Quantitative Research

Dr. Ramesh Poola, Ph.D., CFA is the Managing Director of Investment and Quantitative Research for IRON Financial. Dr. Poola joined IRON Financial in 2009 and he heads and oversees all quantitative investment research, financial modeling, portfolio construction, and risk analysis for IRON's investment strategies across all asset classes. He also leads investment research for IRON Financial’s ERISA 3(38) Investment Fiduciary Corporate Retirement Services business.

Prior to joining IRON, Dr. Poola was an Equities Research Analyst at Koch Quantitative Trading, LLC, a division of Koch Industries, where he was responsible for quantitative research; the development of new investment strategies; and the development and enhancement of advanced risk management practices. Previously, Dr. Poola was an Equity Research Analyst at Morningstar, LLC where he was responsible for fundamental equity research coverage in the diversified industrial sector. He conceived and organized Morningstar's first stock conference, "The Management Behind the Moat.“.

Previously, Dr. Poola spent six years in advanced engineering research and development at General Motors Corporation and six years as a leading researcher at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Poola was awarded eleven U.S. Patents and authored/co-authored over 60 scholarly technical papers in leading peer-reviewed journals. Also, he was a recipient of GM’s “Outstanding Achievement Award” for exemplary leadership and excellence and was a three-time recipient of the “Argonne Director’s Award,” – the highest award provided by Argonne for outstanding achievements and research contributions. He was also a recipient of the “R&D 100” award from R&D magazine.

Bill Hassiepen - Senior Credit Research Analyst

Bill Hassiepen

Senior Credit Research Analyst

Bill began his career nearly 40 years ago starting in the Management Training Program of the Philadelphia National Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) in 1987. There he served in both credit and line capacities in The Bank’s International Division with a specific responsibility for managing Middle East accounts. Bill left PNB in 1995 and took on the role of General Manager for the Middle East at Thomson BankWatch (now Fitch Ratings).  There he was responsible for maintaining and supervising all the company’s rating relationships in the GCC and Levant areas, a total of 120 rating relationships. In 2000,  Bill joined the US Govt.’s Counter Terrorism Task Force advising them on the aspects of Middle East banking with regard to possible terrorist finance.  In 2008 Bill joined Doha Bank, a Qatar-based regional bank as Assistant General Manager and Head of Corporate Governance and remained there until 2010, when he joined Egan-Jones Ratings as their Chief Analyst.  Bill was with EJR for four years and left in January of 2015.

  Bill is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BA in both History and International Relations and also an MA in History.  Bill served in the United States Navy for four years in the Supply Support and Logistics areas, and 18 years in the United States Air Force in the Command, Control and Intelligence areas. 

Donald Casey, CFA - Senior Investment Analyst

Donald Casey, CFA

Senior Investment Analyst

Mr. Donald Casey is a Senior Investment Analyst for IRON Financial. He joined IRON Financial in 2015. He is responsible for the selection, evaluation, and ongoing monitoring of external investment managers for IRON’s ERISA 3(38) Investment Fiduciary solutions as well as IRON’s investment strategies.

Prior to joining IRON, he was an Investment Research Analyst at Leavitt Capital Management, LLC, an independent registered advisory firm, where he was responsible for investment research and fund selection for clients’ portfolios. Prior to that, Don was an M&A Financial Analyst for Cook Associates. Before that he was a Research Analyst for ABN AMRO Asset Management where he was responsible for researching and evaluating core portfolio positions. He also previously worked as a Financial Analyst at LaSalle Bank in its commercial lending division.

Don received his M.B.A. from DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, in Finance from St. Xavier University. In addition, he is a CFA Charterholder

Yueting (Amelia) Wu - Quantitative Analyst

Yueting (Amelia) Wu

Quantitative Analyst

Ms. Yueting(Amelia) Wu is a Quantitative Analyst for IRON Financial. She joined IRON Financial in 2014. She is primarily responsible for quantitative investment research and financial modeling for IRON's investment strategies across all asset classes. She is also responsible for performance attribution and macroeconomic reporting for the IRON Strategic Income Fund.

Ms. Wu received her Master of Science with honors in Computational Finance and Risk Management from the University of Washington. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wuhan University

Soumya Kancharla - Senior application developer

Soumya Kancharla

Senior application developer

Soumya Kancharla is a Senior Application Developer for Iron Financial. Soumya joined Iron Financial in 2013 and is primarily responsible for developing and managing internal applications used by Research Analysts, Portfolio Managers and Administrative services.

Prior to joining IRON FINANCIAL, Soumya worked as an IT consultant for various industries including payroll services, Health, IT, Electronics among others. She has been working on Microsoft Suite for over a decade in developing, architecting and leading solutions in Information Technology.

She received her Master’s from Northern Illinois University and Bachelor’s degree from Nagarjuna University in Computer Science.


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