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.

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.

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.​
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