Wayne Wicker is the firm’s Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. He leads the Investments Department, which is responsible for the investment management, due diligence, and contract negotiations of more than 31 investment funds. Mr. Wicker has more than 37 years of investment industry experience with equities, fixed income, and alternative investment portfolios. He has successfully managed institutional separate accounts and mutual fund products and has built investment platforms through the use of external money managers. Prior to joining the firm in September 2004, Mr. Wicker served as Chief Investment Officer with The Colony Group in Boston, Massachusetts. Previously, he was employed as Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager with Cadence Capital Management, an institutional money manager in Boston. As a partner with Cadence Capital, he managed a $2.1 billion large-cap growth equity fund. Mr. Wicker has also held senior positions at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Target Corporation, and IDS Financial Services. Mr. Wicker holds two undergraduate degrees: Business Administration, as well as Communications and Journalism. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Washington.