Our investors have entrusted us with not only their assets but also their confidence. Thus, we approach our business with that great responsibility in mind and are committed to managing our firm with a passionate and competitive spirit.
We will always strive to find ways to enhance and improve our business on behalf of our partners without sacrificing communication, service and commitment.
Our investment objective seeks to provide our partners with a differentiated equity-based investment strategy. The emphasis is on fundamental, proprietary research, identifying potential asymmetric risk/reward opportunities in the marketplace, and well-defined risk guidelines that attempt to protect investor capital.
Chief Executive Officer
Afroz Qadeer is the CEO of Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC. Prior to Kettle Hill, Mr. Qadeer founded Teak Investment Management (“TIM”), providing institutions and asset managers with strategic advice on investment program and product design/development issues. In April 2013, Mr. Qadeer co-founded Equinox Institutional Asset Management, LP, serving as its President and Chief Investment Officer until his departure in October 2014. Equinox Institutional Asset Management was the rebranding of Tapestry Asset Management, LP, which was founded by Mr. Qadeer in 2002 and subsequently acquired by Equinox Financial Group in January 2013. At Tapestry, Mr. Qadeer served as Chief Executive Officer and co-Chief Investment Officer.
Mr. Qadeer has also held tenures in hedge fund research and portfolio management roles with Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Optima Fund Management, and Lake Partners. During his career, Mr. Qadeer has participated in the development, launch and management of various alternative and traditional long only products including private multi-manager vehicles as well as SEC regulated 40 Act liquid alternative structures. He has worked closely with institutions on the strategic development of their investment programs including policy development, asset allocation, portfolio construction and risk budgeting parameters. Mr. Qadeer holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydenham College, University of Bombay, India.
Andrew Y. Kurita
Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager
Andrew Kurita is the Founder of Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC and has served as the Portfolio Manager since its inception in 2003. Prior to this role, he was a Vice President at Andor Capital Management, LLC covering the industrial sector on the Diversified Growth Fund. From 1996 until 2001, Andrew worked at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, LLC, where he was a Vice President and Analyst on the hedge fund and small-cap value products. He is a CFA® charterholder with over 23 years of small-cap and hedge fund investing experience. He graduated cum laude with honors with a BA in Economics from Williams College, 1995.
Bryan R. Kiss, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer
Bryan Kiss is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC. He has been with the firm since its inception in 2003. Prior to his current role, he was an Analyst at Capital Management Associates, Inc. for two years, an investment management firm specializing in small-cap stocks. From 2000 to 2001, he was an Analyst at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, LLC. Preceding that, Bryan worked at Arthur Andersen, LLP. Mr. Kiss is a Certified Public Accountant with 22 years of combined investing and accounting experience and graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Accounting from Binghamton University, 1997.
Brian R. Appleton
Director of Marketing
Brian Appleton joined Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC in 2014 as Director of Marketing. Prior to this role, he worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey as a Director in Equity Research Sales from 2009 until 2013. He worked at Jefferies, LLC from 2002 until 2008, initially in healthcare equity research before taking on a role as Vice President in Equity Research Sales. From 1995 until 2000, he was an Investment Officer at AmSouth Bancorporation (FANB). He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University, 2002 and a BS in Finance, Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1995.
Paul M. Basile
Paul Basile brings 26 years of trading experience to the team at Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC. He has been in his current role with the firm since 2005. Prior to that, he was the Head Trader at AJB Capital, LLC for two years. From 2001 until 2004, he traded Financials for the Diversified Growth Fund at Andor Capital Management, LLC. From 2000 until 2001, he worked at J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC as an Assistant Equity Trader in Block Trading. From 1993 until 2000, he traded Preferred Securities at Paine Webber & Co. Mr. Basile served in the United States Navy, where he was a Surface Warfare Officer. He holds a BS in History from the United States Naval Academy, 1989 and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, 1999.
Todd Denker is an Analyst at Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC. He has been with the firm since 2010. Prior to this role, he was an Analyst at Paradigm Capital, Inc. from 2007 until 2010, where he worked in the hedge fund strategy group. From 2004 until 2006, Todd worked on the Small Cap Value Fund as a Generalist Analyst with Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC. He worked at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, LLC, from 2001 until 2004, covering small and mid-cap value stocks as an Analyst. Prior to his role at CRM, Todd was with CIBC World Markets Inc. from 1997 until 2000. He is a CFA® charterholder, bringing over 22 years of investing experience to the team at Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC. He holds an MBA from New York University, 1998 and a BS from University of Albany, 1993.
Analyst - Surveys
Gerrilyn Sohn is an Analyst performing both research and surveys for Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC. She joined the firm in 2007. Prior to this role, she was a Research Assistant at Andor Capital Management, LLC from 2001 until 2007. Gerrilyn was employed at Pequot Capital Management, Inc. from 2000 until 2001. She holds a BA from Central Connecticut State University.
Brian Cullinane joined Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC as an Analyst in 2017. He spent the prior four years at Wolfe Research, LLC as a Vice President on the Consumer: Staples and Hardlines Retail research team. Previously, Brian was a research associate on the Consumer: Food & Drug Retail team at Jefferies, LLC from 2010 to 2013. He holds an MBA in Finance, 2009, and a BBA in Finance, 2008, from Loyola University Maryland.
Jacob O’Donnell joined in February 2018, bringing 7 years of operations and trading experience to the team at Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC. Prior to that, he was at Trader and Operations Analyst/Assistant at ShearLink Capital for approximately four years. From 2012 to 2013 he worked as an Analyst at SEI Investments. Mr. O’Donnell holds an MS in Finance from the University of Rochester, 2014, and a BA in Economics from Drew University, 2012.
Mr. Goldberg joined our team in February 2018 as a Generalist Analyst, bringing 26 years of investment experience to Kettle Hill Capital Management, LLC. Prior to his start date in February 2018, he worked at the firm from 2013 to 2014. More recently he spent four years working as a Senior Research Analyst at Litespeed Partners. From 2012 to 2013, he worked as a Research Consultant at Daruma Hinoki Fund. Prior to that role, he was a Senior Research Analyst at CastleRock Management, LLC from 2009-2012. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Goldberg was the Founder/Chief Investment Officer at PSD Capital Management. From 1997 to 2002 he served as an Analyst at Feirstein Capital Management, LLC. From 1993 to 1997 he was the Manager of Small Companies Research at Merrill Lynch and Company. Mr. Goldberg holds an MBA, focusing on Finance, from New York University, 1992, and a BSBA, Finance, from Boston University, 1983.
Mr. Moynihan joined Kettle Hill Capital Management as an Analyst in 2018, bringing approximately 21 years of investment experience to the Firm. Before his start date in April 2018, he worked at the firm from 2005 to 2013. More recently he spent nearly two years working as a Portfolio Manager at UBS O’Connor. From 2014 to 2015, he worked as an Analyst at WaveLength Asset Management. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Moynihan worked as a Senior Telecommunications Services Analyst at Merrill Lynch. He holds a BA in Economics from Bates College, 1995.
Mr. Jolley joined Kettle Hill Capital Management as an analyst in April 2018. Prior to this role, he worked as a Private Equity researcher at the Burgiss Group, and in the pharmaceutical industry as a drug safety consultant, specializing in pharmacovigilance. He holds an MA in Imperial History from King’s College London, an MA in History & Literature from Columbia University, and a BA in Economics from Drew University.