Investment Team

Peter Baden, CFA ​
Chief Investment Officer

Peter Baden is the Chief Investment Officer at Genoa Asset Management and Portfolio Manager for the firm’s taxable bond strategies. Mr. Baden joined Genoa’s predecessor firm in 2005 to launch the firm’s effort to build customized fixed income portfolios for high net-worth clients.

Mr. Baden has over 25 years of investment management experience, encompassing portfolio management, mergers and acquisitions, financial institutions, and credit analysis.

Prior to joining Genoa and its predecessor firm, Mr. Baden worked on the mergers and acquisitions team at Star Banc (now US Bancorp) acquiring and integrating multiple banks and savings and loan associations. In the trust department, he managed the REIT allocation for a mutual fund and analyzed US and international bank, insurance, and financial companies, as well as municipalities. Previously, at Pacholder Associates (now JP Morgan high yield), Mr. Baden managed money market assets in multiple portfolios, and designed and developed proprietary portfolio systems and models for distressed companies, collateralized bond obligations, and legal settlement pools. Mr. Baden has extensive experience with resolution and liquidation for distressed portfolios including the Resolution Trust Corporation.

Mr. Baden also has extensive experience in computer technology and systems, and served as a project leader developing integrated, internet-enabled solutions for a major multinational corporation.

Mr. Baden earned a Bachelors in Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Cincinnati and an Associate of Science degree in Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology from Miami University of Ohio. Mr. Baden is a CFA® charterholder.

Justin Hennessy
Director of Portfolio Management

Justin “Jud” Hennessy is the Director of Portfolio Management at Genoa Asset Management and Portfolio Manager for the firm’s tax-exempt municipal bond strategies. Mr. Hennessy joined Genoa’s predecessor firm in 2011 to help lead the firm’s effort to create customized municipal bond portfolios for professional and private investors.

Mr. Hennessy has over 30 years of investment management experience, encompassing investment advisory firms, insurance companies, mutual funds, and bank trust departments.

Prior to joining Genoa and its predecessor firm, he was Head of Portfolio Management for a registered investment advisor and Managing Director at a brokerage firm focusing on municipal bond portfolios. Previously, Mr. Hennessy was Managing Director at Ambac Indemnity Corporation, where he created the firm’s investment group. At Ambac, Mr. Hennessy was responsible for the firm’s $4 billion investment portfolio, asset/liability matching, strategy and research, as well as board reporting for the portfolio. Mr. Hennessy also served as Senior Vice President at CIGNA, responsible for a $2.3 billion property and casualty insurance portfolio and the company’s municipal bond mutual funds. Mr. Hennessy began his career as an investment officer with the Old Colony Trust Department in Boston.

Mr. Hennessy attended Northeastern University.

Sarah Conwell 
Portfolio Manager

Sarah Conwell is a Portfolio Manager at Genoa Asset Management. Ms. Conwell joined Genoa’s predecessor firm in 2019 as a member of the portfolio management team. Sarah focuses on fundamental and technical research across multiple fixed income sectors.

Ms. Conwell’s expertise spans portfolio management, credit analysis, asset-backed securities, and economics. Previously, Ms. Conwell worked for an institutional fixed income manager as an operations analyst, investment research analyst, and associate portfolio manager.

Ms. Conwell has earned three degrees from Ohio University: a Masters in Financial Economics, a Bachelors in Business Administration in Finance, and a Bachelors in Business Administration in International Business. Her master’s thesis detailed an econometric and statistical model to predict credit spreads.


Intermediary and Institutional Sales Team

Kimberly Lavigne
Senior Vice President
National Accounts

Kimberly LaVigne is Senior Vice President, National Accounts at F/m and is responsible for developing and building alliances with diverse intermediaries and platforms, including broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, investment consultants, TAMPs and banks.

Prior to joining F/m, Kimberly was Director of National Accounts at Gerstein Fisher and Vice President of National Accounts at Sentinel Investments.

Kimberly earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Lyndon College in Vermont.

klavigne@fmacceleration.com
802-238-9516

Kip Weese
Senior Vice President
Intermediary Sales

Northeast & South West

Kip joined F/m Acceleration as Senior Vice President, Intermediary Sales in July 2020 focused on the distribution of investment strategies offered by Genoa Asset Management LLC as well as other managers affiliated with F/m Acceleration.

Previously, Kip served a similar role with Ross Sinclaire Asset Management as Director of Advisory Sales & Marketing based in Boston, Massachusetts. He also served as Senior Consultant at ENVESTNET, partnering with the management teams of leading independent, registered investment advisory and broker-dealer firms developing innovative solutions for their managed asset programs. Kip has over 20 years of managed account experience, starting his career with the institutional businesses of Fidelity Investments, NATIXIS Asset Management, and Alliance Bernstein, where he served as a leading sales and relationship executive.

Kip holds the FINRA General Securities Representative designation (Series 7) and has passed the NASAA Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63) and the Uniform Combined State Law (Series 66) examinations.

Kip received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education from the University of Maine. He serves as an active board member in his community and lives with his wife and three children on the north shore of Boston.

WWeese@fmacceleration.com
(508) 423-2269

Rick Bell​
Vice President
Intermediary Sales

North West & North Central

Rick joined F/m Acceleration as Vice President, Intermediary Sales in July 2020 focused on the distribution of investment strategies offered by Genoa Asset Management LLC as well as other managers affiliated with F/m Acceleration.

Previously, Rick was a Senior Portfolio Consultant for Ross Sinclaire Asset Management, providing planning advisory services to private and institutional clients. Rick holds the FINRA General Securities Representative designation (Series 7) and has passed the NASAA Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63) and the Uniform Combined State Law (Series 66) examinations.

Rick received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

RBell@fmacceleration.com​
(513) 262-2666​

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Arthur “Art” Blackman
Vice President
Intermediary Sales

Central​​
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Art joined F/m Acceleration in April 2021 as Vice President, Intermediary Sales.

Prior to joining F/m, Art held similar roles with Liberty Street Funds and AlphaCentric Funds, both of New York, from 2014 – 2020. Prior to that, Art served as Investment Relations Manager for EPR Properties, a publicly traded REIT in Kansas City from 2013-2014, Regional Account Manager for Great Plains Trust of Overland Park, Kansas from 2012-2013, and CEO of ProStar Sports, Inc. 1996 – 2011.

Art holds the FINRA General Securities Representative designation (Series 7) and the NASAA Uniform Combined State Law (Series 66) Licenses.

Art earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and his master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York.

Art resides in Mission Hills, Kansas with his wife, Sarah.

ablackman@fmacceleration.com
(816) 668-8482

Curtiss Tharp​
Vice President
Intermediary Sales

Mid Atlantic & South East​​
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Curtiss joined F/m Acceleration as Assistant Vice President, Intermediary Sales in July 2020 focused on the distribution of investment strategies offered by Genoa Asset Management LLC as well as other managers affiliated with F/m Acceleration.

Previously, he was a Portfolio Consultant for Ross Sinclaire Asset Management (RSAM), working directly with advisory client relationships to support high net worth client acquisition and custom portfolio construction.

Prior to joining RSAM, Curtiss co-founded an investment fund which he managed from 2016 to Curtiss holds the FINRA General Securities Representative designation (Series 7).

Curtiss received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a Minor in Economics from the University of Cincinnati.

CTharp@fmacceleration.com
(513) 762-3660​