Meet Our Team

Senior Director of Wealth Management

Client Portfolio Manager

Wealth Advisor and ESG Analyst

Wealth Management Advisor

Associate Wealth Advisor

Emeritus Client Relations

Debbie Robinson

Debbie Robinson

Senior Director of Wealth Management

Debbie Robinson oversees Scharf Investments’ Client Relations team. As Senior Director of Wealth Management, she schedules and attends regular client reviews and manages day-to-day service requests and questions. A strong advocate for every client, Ms. Robinson takes pride in going the extra mile. She delights in connecting with clients, even if it’s just a quick call to wish someone happy birthday.

Prior to joining Scharf in 2011, Ms. Robinson worked for Mt. Eden Investment Advisors and Telegraph Hill Investment Counsel, which merged with Mt. Eden. Her responsibilities included trading, operations, portfolio accounting, and client administration. Ms. Robinson began her career in the budget and treasury department at Sonoma State University, where she was a treasury analyst/accountant for university investments.

Ms. Robinson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in business administration from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA. She holds a FINRA Series 65 license.

On a Personal Note

A fitness enthusiast, Ms. Robinson enjoys Peleton workouts and hiking. She is also an avid photographer who loves spending time with family—and capturing the memories. She is a member of the Santa Cruz Rotary Club.

Something You Might Not Know

Ms. Robinson is a seasoned traveler. Passionate about exploring the world, she has visited 28 countries so far.

Aaron Miller, CFA®

Aaron Miller, CFA®

Client Portfolio Manager

Aaron Miller is a Client Portfolio Manager at Scharf Investments. He is responsible for new business development in addition to managing portfolios for high net worth clients. Aaron serves as the Southeastern lead for our Schwab Advisor Network partnership.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2019, Mr. Miller was an Investment Management Specialist at Wells Fargo Private Bank for the past 5 years, where he was directly responsible for asset allocation, manager selection and portfolio management for a large book of high net worth clients. He has been in the investment management industry for over 10 years.

Mr. Miller graduated from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics. Mr. Miller earned his Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Mr. Miller is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and is currently a member of the CFA society of Atlanta.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Miller enjoys spending quality time vacationing with his wife and their three children.

Something You Might Not Know

Mr. Miller is a big movie buff and loves spaghetti westerns.

Thad Heggeness, CWS®

Thad Heggeness, CWS®

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. In 2023, he earned his Certified Wealth Strategist designation from the Cannon Financial Institute.

Marcus Poteete, CFP®

Marcus Poteete, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor

Marcus Poteete is a Wealth Management Advisor and Certified Financial Planner™ at Scharf Investments. Mr. Poteete is part of the Wealth Management team where he focuses on servicing client relationships and providing financial advice and guidance for high-net-worth individuals and families.

Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2024, Mr. Poteete worked as a Financial Advisor at Transitions Wealth Advisors and Charles Schwab as VP – Financial Consultant. At Schwab, Mr. Poteete was responsible for managing and servicing over $750 million in client assets.

Mr. Poteete earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media with a specialization in Information Technology. Mr. Poteete also earned his Personal Financial Planning Certification from the University of California, Santa Cruz – Silicon Valley Extension.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Poteete lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and son.  He enjoys golfing, skiing, swimming, and waterfowl hunting.

Something You May Not Know

Mr. Poteete swam collegiately at Michigan State University where he was captain of the swim team. He also competed in the 2008 US Olympic Swimming Trials.

Manny Llanda

Manny Llanda

Associate Wealth Advisor

Manny Llanda is an Associate Wealth Advisor at Scharf Investments. Mr. Llanda is part of the wealth management team where he focuses on servicing client relationships and providing financial advice for individuals and families.
Prior to joining Scharf Investments in 2024, Mr. Llanda was an Associate in the Portfolio Management Group at Hall Capital Partners. Mr. Llanda was responsible for managing and servicing over $50 billion in client assets.
Mr. Llanda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics & Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a CFA Level II candidate.

On a Personal Note

Mr. Llanda likes to stay active either playing basketball or pumping some iron. Given his passion for fitness, Mr. Llanda is currently in the process of getting certified as a personal trainer and as a certified nutrition coach.

Something You May Not Know

Mr. Llanda loves anime. When he isn’t watching anime, he’s reading manga or planning his next trip to Japan.

George R. Gallucci

George R. Gallucci

Emeritus Client Relations

George R. Gallucci has more than 33 years of experience in the financial services industry. As a member of the Client Relations team, Mr. Galluccci conducts client reviews and handles service requests and questions.

Before joining Scharf Investments in 1991, he was President and CEO of both Western Capital Management, a registered investment advisor, and Pacific Trust Company. Each is a subsidiary of Pacific Western Bank. At Western Capital Management, Mr. Gallucci was responsible for the development of investment strategy, portfolio management, selection of individual securities, and all related trading activities. At Pacific Trust Company, he was responsible for all fiduciary activities, account administration and related tax, investment and legal compliance matters.

Mr. Gallucci earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management at San Jose University and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in Seattle.

On a Personal Note

A Bay area native, Mr. Gallucci golfs and spends time with his family.

Something You Might Not Know

Mr. Gallucci is a vintage automobile enthusiast.

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Client Associate and Office Manager

Administration Manager

Client Associate

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.

Serena Brewster

Serena Brewster

Administration Manager

Serena Brewster is Scharf Investments’ Administration Manager. She performs human resources and accounting functions for the firm. Ms. Brewster joined Scharf in 2024. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in the medical device industry. She held previous roles at Veranex and Experien Group in human resources, accounting, and office administration.

Ms. Brewster graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Humanities.

On a Personal Note

She was born and raised in the Bay Area. She enjoys doing CrossFit and traveling with friends and family.

Kim Luong

Kim Luong

Client Associate

Kim Luong is a Client Associate with Scharf Investments. She works with the Wealth Advisory team to support clients by executing services requests, providing support with day-to-day client service operations and client communications. She plays an active role in assisting the wealth advisory team to retain, grow, and build meaningful relationships.

Prior to joining Scharf, Ms. Luong worked at First Republic Bank, where she spent the past two decades working with the Preferred Banking Office Management team for the first 11 years and managing a team as well as overseeing bank operations for the office. In addition, Ms. Luong most recently served as a Client Relations Manager, helping to provide mortgage product assistance to clients, analyzing financial statements and underwriting. She routinely hosted realtor open house and wealth management seminars for the top clients that focused on education about family trust agreements and investment advisory services.

Ms. Luong is a graduate of San Jose State University where she earned her B.S. in Finance.

On a Personal Note

Outside of work, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking Los Gatos trails, and snowboarding.

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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

Research Analyst

Research Analyst

Junior Research Analyst

Senior Research Associate

Research Associate

Data and ESG 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.

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.

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 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.

Grace Glockner, CFA®

Grace Glockner, CFA®

Junior Research Analyst

Grace Glockner is a Junior Research Analyst 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. Glockner 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. Glockner is also a CFA charterholder.

On a Personal Note

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

Aidan Kastenberg, CFA®

Aidan Kastenberg, CFA®

Senior 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.

Ashley Yip

Ashley Yip

Data and ESG Associate

Ashley Yip is a Data and ESG Associate at Scharf Investments. She joined us full-time upon graduation from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Ms. Yip held leadership positions in Berkeley Women in Business, FEED Consulting, and the Singapore Student Association. She has also led gender equality initiatives back home in Singapore. Her interest in finance began during a gap year internship, where she worked with industry experts on ESG policy in Southeast Asia.

Ms. Yip received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources honors program, with a minor in Data Science.

On a Personal Note

Ms. Yip was born and raised in Singapore but moved to New Mexico for school. She enjoys all things outdoors, from bouldering to backpacking and running in her free time. She is currently working toward her Wilderness First Aid certification.

Something You Might Not Know

Ms. Yip picked up the piano and badminton at 4 years old and continued playing competitively for most of her childhood.

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