Meet Our Team

Managing Director, Investment Committee Member

Head of Marketing

Wealth Advisor and ESG Analyst

Eric Lynch

Eric Lynch

Managing Director, Investment Committee Member

Eric Lynch is a Managing Director and an investment committee member. He manages Scharf Investments’ institutional investment team and handles new business development. Mr. Lynch is a primary analyst on companies in the Core portfolio, and a contributing analyst on the Multi-Asset and Global portfolios. He holds responsibility for new idea generation, research, analysis and valuation. Mr. Lynch also presents recommendations to the investment committee.

Before joining Scharf Investments in 2007, Mr. Lynch contributed research to Scharf Investments while running his own registered investment advisory firm, Lynch Capital Management, LLC. Prior to founding Lynch Capital Management, he was co-chief operating officer, research analyst and portfolio manager at Polen Capital Management, a top-performing money manager. As co-chief operating officer, he led the firm’s institutional channel. Previously, Mr. Lynch spent several years as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies with Accenture and Price Waterhouse-Japan.

Mr. Lynch graduated magna cum laude from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a concentration in Japanese. Mr. Lynch earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

On a Personal Note

An outdoor enthusiast, Mr. Lynch enjoys trail running and mountain biking.

Something You Might Not Know

Mr. Lynch speaks Nihongo—known to us as the Japanese language.

Bruce Hoffmann

Bruce Hoffmann

Head of Marketing

Bruce Hoffmann is Head of Marketing at Scharf Investments. He oversees all aspects of the firm’s marketing and communications, including brand strategy, digital engagement, and enhancing the client experience.

With more than 30 years of financial services marketing experience, Mr. Hoffmann has held various marketing leadership roles in the asset management industry. Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2020, Mr. Hoffmann served as the marketing executive for Meeder Investment Management, Scout Investments, and Sentinel Investments. He has also held senior marketing roles at T. Rowe Price, TIAA-CREF, Waddell & Reed, and Bank of America. He began his career with Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston.

Mr. Hoffmann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Northeastern University.

Thad Heggeness

Thad Heggeness

Wealth Advisor and ESG Analyst

Thad Heggeness is a Wealth Advisor and ESG Analyst at Scharf Investments. Mr. Heggeness is part of the Wealth Management team where he focuses on client servicing. He is also a part of the ESG Stewardship Team where he focuses on shareholder advocacy and governance.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2020, Thad worked as a Financial Advisor with the Klein Group at RBC Wealth Management in Newport Beach, California where he created sophisticated and personalized wealth planning solutions for highly compensated individuals with complex estate issues. In addition, he was a driver behind RBC’s implementation of a firmwide Charitable Gift Annuity program. He also has previous experience working as a Financial Advisor with the Tax & Financial Group and Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Heggeness earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with Financial Applications, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy, and a minor in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He earned a Master of Science in Corporate and Sustainable Finance from KEDGE Business School in Marseille, France.

In 2022, Mr. Heggeness achieved his Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute.

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Client Associate and Office Manager

Carey van Putten

Carey van Putten

Client Associate and Office Manager

Carey van Putten provides administrative assistance to the Firm as a Client Associate and Office Manager. She takes care of all client service needs and assists in office organization and management tasks.

Ms. van Putten has 20 years of office experience including customer service, sales and administrative support. She is new to the Bay Area, and prior to her move she served in many administrative rolls in her hometown of Holland, MI.

Ms. van Putten earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College.

On a Personal Note

Ms. van Putten is a woman of many talents and she loves to do various crafts and projects in spare time. Her talents are not limited as she is a great sewer, painter, gardener and carpenter. If you are around her house, she is guaranteed to be in the middle of a project.

Something You Might Not Know

Ms. van Putten has 3 talented daughters, and one of her favorite activities is watching them perform as student-athletes at both West Virginia University and Old Dominion University for their Swimming and Diving teams.

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President, Investment Committee Chairman

Managing Director, Investment Committee Member

Senior Research Analyst, Investment Committee Member

Senior Research Analyst, Investment Committee Member

Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

Research Analyst

Senior Research Associate

Senior Research Associate

Research Analyst

Research Associate

Research Associate

Brian Krawez, CFA®

Brian Krawez, CFA®

President, Investment Committee Chairman

Brian Krawez is Scharf Investments’ President and Investment Committee Chairman, as well as Portfolio Manager. He began his career more than 20 years ago with Smith Barney in San Francisco. He later moved to their investment banking division in New York City, where he was ranked as a top-rated analyst focused on health care.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2007, Mr. Krawez was a partner and head of research for Belden and Associates Investment Counsel, managing a successful Large Blend portfolio. He has also held research analyst positions at Dodge & Cox, Telegraph Hill Investment Counsel, and SC Fundamental, a successful value oriented hedge fund.

Mr. Krawez earned both a Bachelor of Science with honors in business administration and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley he worked for Professor Yellen, the former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Mr. Krawez is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Security Analysts of San Francisco.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Krawez is an active dad who enjoys playing baseball and basketball.

Something You Might Not Know

A true investment prodigy, Mr. Krawez started trading currencies in 3rd grade and attended his first shareholder meeting at age eight.

Eric Lynch

Eric Lynch

Managing Director, Investment Committee Member

Eric Lynch is a Managing Director and an investment committee member. He manages Scharf Investments’ institutional investment team and handles new business development. Mr. Lynch is a primary analyst on companies in the Core portfolio, and a contributing analyst on the Multi-Asset and Global portfolios. He holds responsibility for new idea generation, research, analysis and valuation. Mr. Lynch also presents recommendations to the investment committee.

Before joining Scharf Investments in 2007, Mr. Lynch contributed research to Scharf Investments while running his own registered investment advisory firm, Lynch Capital Management, LLC. Prior to founding Lynch Capital Management, he was co-chief operating officer, research analyst and portfolio manager at Polen Capital Management, a top-performing money manager. As co-chief operating officer, he led the firm’s institutional channel. Previously, Mr. Lynch spent several years as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies with Accenture and Price Waterhouse-Japan.

Mr. Lynch graduated magna cum laude from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a concentration in Japanese. Mr. Lynch earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

On a Personal Note

An outdoor enthusiast, Mr. Lynch enjoys trail running and mountain biking.

Something You Might Not Know

Mr. Lynch speaks Nihongo—known to us as the Japanese language.

Gabe Houston, CFA®

Gabe Houston, CFA®

Senior Research Analyst, Investment Committee Member

Gabe Houston serves as a Senior Research Analyst and Head Trader, as well as an investment committee member. He is a primary analyst for companies in the Core portfolio, co-PM of the Hedged portfolio, and a contributing analyst on the Multi-Asset and Global portfolios. He heads the trading team, and provides operations support. Mr. Houston is also responsible for new idea generation, research, analysis and valuation. He presents recommendations to the investment committee, and coordinates with the trading team and the Portfolio Manager on large portfolio moves.

Mr. Houston joined Scharf Investments in 2006, after completing his university degree.

Mr. Houston earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. He also holds a FINRA Series 65 license.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Houston enjoys playing outside with his daughter. He is also a basketball player and swimmer.

Something You Might Not Know

A bona fide native son, Mr. Houston has lived in Santa Cruz County his entire life.

Jerry Beyke, CFA®

Jerry Beyke, CFA®

Senior Research Analyst, Investment Committee Member

Jerry Beyke holds the position of Senior Research Analyst and is an investment committee member. He is a primary analyst on companies in the Core portfolio, and a contributing analyst on the Multi-Asset and Global portfolios. He is responsible for new idea generation, research, analysis and valuation. Mr. Beyke also presents recommendations to the investment committee.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2002, Mr. Beyke was a vice president and portfolio manager at Carson Feltz and First Commerce Investors, where he managed value oriented equity portfolios in discretionary accounts and a commingled fund. He also ran a successful Limited Partnership, Beyke Partners, as general partner and portfolio manager. Mr. Beyke has more than 20 years of financial services experience.

Mr. Beyke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and has been a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research since 1986.

On a Personal Note

A tennis and basketball player, Mr. Beyke is at home on the courts.

Something You Might Not Know

Originally from Omaha, Mr. Beyke admires Warren Buffet and owns a collection of hundreds of investment books.

Philip Raygorodetsky

Philip Raygorodetsky

Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

Philip Raygorodetsky is a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Scharf Investments. He has had a career of over 25 years in the financial services industry.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2022, Mr. Raygorodetsky sourced, executed and managed public and private fixed income and equity investments for institutional and retail investors. Most recently, he was a Senior Managing Director at a registered investment advisory firm, Black Diamond Capital Management, LLC. Prior to that role, he was a Senior Managing Director at GSC Partners, also a registered investment advisor. Mr. Raygorodetsky began his career at Salomon Smith Barney’s investment banking group.

Mr. Raygorodetsky earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  He was born and raised in Kiyv, capital of the Soviet Ukraine at the time, and moved to the United States before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.

Owen Warren, CFA®

Owen Warren, CFA®

Research Analyst

Mr. Warren has responsibility for conducting due diligence and provides supporting research for senior analysts. He assists with ongoing analysis, financial modeling, and formal investment recommendations.

Mr. Warren joined Scharf Investments in 2016, after graduating with first class honors from the University of Warwick. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with Study Abroad at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a CFA charterholder.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Warren enjoys working out and yoga. He also likes reading, travelling, and exploring the Bay Area.

Something You Might Not Know

From England, Mr. Warren is a life-long Manchester United fan and loves to watch the team when he’s back home.

Sam Kanagawa, CFA®

Sam Kanagawa, CFA®

Senior Research Associate

Sam Kanagawa is a Senior Research Associate at Scharf Investments. He holds administrative and operational responsibilities related to Scharf’s institutional business. His duties include servicing and marketing requests, attribution analysis, and portfolio reviews covering current performance and future outlook. Mr. Kanagawa also provides research support.

In 2015, Mr. Kanagawa joined Scharf Investments, after completing his university degree.

Mr. Kanagawa earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management economics with a minor in technology information management from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a FINRA Series 65 license.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Kanagawa enjoys staying active, working out, and is an avid sports enthusiast. He likes watching football and basketball, and is a die-hard New York Jets fan.

Something You Might Not Know

An accomplished martial artist, Mr. Kanagawa has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Grace Menk, CFA®

Grace Menk, CFA®

Senior Research Associate

Grace Menk is a Senior Research Associate at Scharf Investments. She is primarily responsible for supporting idea generation and conducting a rigorous level of industry and company-specific due diligence.

Before Ms. Menk joined Scharf in 2022, she spent five years on the sell-side as a Senior Equity Research Associate at Jefferies & Morgan Stanley, covering Beauty & Personal Care and Media in New York City. Prior to this, she worked at US Trust Investments as a Research Analyst, covering Luxury and Media industries. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Markets/Finance from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Ms. Menk is also a CFA charterholder.

On a Personal Note

Ms. Menk is learning to surf and enjoys travelling and exploring the outdoors.

Jordan Corey, CFA®

Jordan Corey, CFA®

Research Analyst

Jordan Corey is a Research Analyst on the investment team at Scharf Investments.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2022, Mr. Corey spent six years as a senior finance executive in the biotechnology industry. Most recently, he was Chief Financial Officer of CERo Therapeutics, Inc., a venture-backed oncology cell therapy entity. Directly prior to his biotechnology roles, Mr. Corey spent more than six years on the investment team at the family office of Bill and Melinda Gates/Cascade Asset Management.

Mr. Corey earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Aidan Kastenberg

Aidan Kastenberg

Research Associate

Aidan Kastenberg is a Research Associate at Scharf Investments. His responsibilities include conducting due diligence and providing research to support the analysts. He assists in the ongoing analysis efforts through modelling, earnings reports and the creation of presentations for investment recommendations.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2021, Mr. Kastenberg was a senior investment analyst at Beacon Pointe Advisors where he worked on the Institutional Consulting team, managing portfolios for a diverse set of clients. He also led the efforts in establishing and managing the OCIO products.

Mr. Kastenberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Economics from the University of Oregon.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Kastenberg loves the outdoors and spends his time outside of work hiking, surfing and playing basketball. He enjoys watching sports, experimenting in the kitchen and researching new developments on nutrition.

Something You Might Not Know

Coming from an athletic background, Mr. Kastenberg was a junior Olympian finalist in high jump at age 11.

Daniel Sung

Daniel Sung

Research Associate

Daniel Sung is a Research Associate at Scharf Investments. His responsibilities include conducting due diligence and providing research to support the analysts. He also assists in financial modeling, earning reports, and creating presentations for investment recommendations.

Mr. Sung earned a dual degree in Business Administration and Economics with a minor in Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2022, he joined Scharf Investments after completing his Bachelor’s degrees.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Sung is an avid badminton and basketball player. He loves outdoor activities and exploring the world. He also enjoys listening to jazz and orchestral music as ways of relaxation.

Something you might not know

Originally from Taiwan, Mr. Sung has traveled solo to multiple places around the world since the age of 13.

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