OUR PEOPLE

We are passionate and focused about what we do and how we do it.
The result is a team of professionals each with unique knowledge and deep experience.

Michael O. Tempest

Michael O. Tempest

Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer

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Michael Tempest is Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer for Alta Capital Management (Alta), a member of Guardian Capital Group Limited.  He joined Alta in 1996.
His career in the financial services industry began in January 1991, when he joined Shell Oil as a financial analyst in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Alta, Mike worked in the institutional equity departments of Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley, international investment banking firms based in New York City.

Mike received a bachelor’s degree in international finance from Brigham Young University. He earned his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Columbia Business School in New York City. Mike serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, where he teaches a course in investments.

Melanie Hucherard Peche, CFA

Melanie Hucherard Peche, CFA

Principal and Portfolio Manager

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Melanie Peche is Principal and Portfolio Manager for Alta Capital Management (Alta), a member of Guardian Capital Group Limited. She joined Alta in 2004. Her career in the financial services industry began in June 1994 when she joined Goldman Sachs as an equity analyst. As a sell-side equity analyst, Melanie has also had the opportunity to advise corporate managements and government officials on strategy, financing, privatization and equity market valuations. Prior to joining Alta, Melanie was Vice President of European Equities at Salomon Smith Barney in London.

Melanie graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and accounting and is an alumna of the Applied Security Analysis Program. She is a CFA® Charterholder and is active in the CFA Society of Salt Lake.

Casey D. Nelsen, CFA

Casey D. Nelsen, CFA

Principal and Portfolio Manager

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Casey Nelsen is Principal and Portfolio Manager for Alta Capital Management (Alta), a member of Guardian Capital Group Limited.

His career in the investment management industry began with Alta in 2007.

Casey graduated from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, (with a bachelor’s degree in business management, with a finance emphasis). As an undergraduate, Casey was a founding member of the Brigham Young University student investment fund. He continues to work with students managing the fund, making annual visits to share investment insights. He is a CFA® Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Salt Lake.

Tyler A. Partridge, CFA

Tyler A. Partridge, CFA

Principal and Portfolio Manager

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Tyler Partridge is Principal and Portfolio Manager for Alta Capital Management (Alta), a member of Guardian Capital Group Limited. He joined Alta in 2015.

His career in the financial services industry began in 2001 when he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as an associate in transactions services. Directly prior to joining Alta, Tyler spent nine years at Atlanta Capital Management, as a Vice President and Principal covering the healthcare, transportation, and commercial services sectors for the growth equity team.

Tyler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. He earned his MBA from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, graduating with honors with concentrations in strategy, finance and economics. Tyler earned the CPA designation (while working for PricewaterhouseCoopers) and is a CFA® Charterholder. He is an active member of the CFA society of Salt Lake.

Andrew H. Schaffernoth

Andrew H. Schaffernoth

Principal and Client Portfolio Manager

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Andrew Schaffernoth is Principal and Client Portfolio Manager for Alta Capital Management (Alta), a member of Guardian Capital Group Limited. He joined Alta in 2002.

His career in the financial services industry began in 1987 when he joined First Union National Bank in the Institutional Trust Group. Directly prior to joining Alta, Andrew was founder and principal of Chesapeake Investment Marketing & Advisory Group in Virginia. Prior to Chesapeake, he held roles as a senior sales executive for Strong Capital Management and as sales director for First Capital Group, an affiliate of First Union Corporation.

Andrew graduated with a bachelor’s degree in trust and investment management from Campbell University. He is active in numerous professional organizations and boards.

Nathan Rhees

Nathan Rhees

Principal and Client Portfolio Manager

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Nathan (Nate) Rhees is Principal and Client Portfolio Manager for Alta Capital Management LLC (Alta). He joined Alta in 2006.

His career in the financial services industry began in 2000 when he joined Fidelity as Trading Specialist. Directly prior to joining Alta, Nate served as a Vice President with Goldman Sachs in its investment management operation where he managed multiple departments including control and risk management, collateral-based lending, trade execution and mutual fund operations.

Nate graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Utah State University. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, teaching a finance professionals lecture series.

Robert H. Cheney

Robert H. Cheney

Senior Investment Professional

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Robert (Bob) Cheney is a Senior Investment Professional for Alta Capital Management LLC (Alta). He joined Alta in 2009 through the strategic acquisition of his Salt Lake City-based investment firm Smoot, Miller, Cheney & Co. (SMC).

Bob brings over 30 years of investment management experience to Alta’s investment and research committee. During his years with SMC, Bob served as executive Vice-President of Equity Research with a keen emphasis on growth companies trading at attractive valuations. Prior to SMC, Bob worked in Zions First National Bank’s investment division and Tracy Collins Bank & Trust as an investment officer.

Bob graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree. He is a past president of the Salt Lake Society of Financial Analysts.

Haley M. Hammond

Haley M. Hammond

Chief Compliance Officer

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Haley Hammond is Chief Compliance Officer for Alta Capital Management LLC (Alta). She joined Alta in 2005.

Prior to joining Alta, Haley was an investment consultant at Fidelity Investments, where she advised clients on asset allocation strategies and individual investments for their portfolios.

Haley holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and human resource management and an MBA with an emphasis in finance, all from the University of Utah.

Todd Kearney

Todd Kearney

Director of Trading

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Todd Kearney is the Director of Trading for Alta Capital Management (Alta), a member of Guardian Capital Group Limited. He joined Alta in 2010.

His career in the financial services industry began in 1995 when he joined Fidelity as a trader for retail clients. During his six-year tenure at Fidelity, he also held roles as an investment consultant and as a supervisor in retail operations. In 2001, Goldman Sachs recruited Todd and, over the following eight years, he worked in several areas of operations for the organization, including margin, trade settlements, ACATs, restricted stock and alternative investments.

Todd is a graduate of the University of Utah.

Joe Reid

Joe Reid

Director, Central Region

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Joe Reid is Director, Central Region for Alta Capital Management LLC (Alta). He became part of the Alta team in 2018 with the acquisition of Alta by Guardian Capital Group (Guardian). Joe joined Guardian in 2016 and has responsibility for business development in the Central Region of the United States.

His career in the financial services industry began in 1998 when he joined the AIM Family of Funds. Prior to joining Guardian, Joe was a partner and Managing Director at Aston Asset Management where he was directly responsible for mutual fund business development in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Joe joined Aston’s predecessor firm, ABN AMRO in 1999.

Joe received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University and holds Series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses.

David Robinow

David Robinow

Director, Western Region

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David Robinow is the Director, Western Region, for Alta Capital Management LLC (Alta). David is focused on the US Western Region for Alta. He became part of the Alta team in 2018 with the acquisition of Alta by Guardian Capital Group Limited. He joined Guardian in 2016 and is responsible for building and servicing financial intermediary relationships in the Western United States.

He brings more than 20 years of investment industry experience to his role. Prior to joining Guardian, David was a partner with Aston Asset Management, as well as holding numerous sales consulting positions with Callan Associates and Charles Schwab.

David received his Business Economics degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and holds his Series 6, 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.

Keith Schwartz

Keith Schwartz

Director, Southeast Region

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Keith Schwartz is Director, Southeast Region for Alta Capital Management LLC (Alta). He became part of the Alta team in 2018 with the acquisition of Alta by Guardian Capital Group (Guardian). He joined Guardian in 2016 and is responsible for building and servicing financial intermediary relationships in the Southeast United States.

Keith brings more than 22 years of investment industry experience to his role. His career in the financial services industry began in 1994 when he joined Merrill Lynch. Directly prior to joining Guardian, Keith held a similar position with Affiliated Managers Group and its predecessor firm Aston Asset Management.

Keith graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in both Finance and Economics.

Bob Leahy

Director, Northeast Region

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Bob Leahy is Director, Northeast Region for Alta Capital Management LLC (Alta). He became part of the Alta team in 2019 and has responsibility for business development in the Northeast Region of the United States.

Bob brings more than 25 years of investment industry experience. His career in the financial services industry began in 1993 when he joined NATIXIS. Directly prior to joining Alta, Bob was Director Northeast Regional Manager, Broker Sales at AMG Funds. Bob was responsible for the business development in the Broker Dealer Channel, Northeast region.

Bob received a Bachelor degree in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus.

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Head Office
6440 South Wasatch Blvd
Suite 260
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121

Contactaltacapital@altacapital.com
Tel: 801-274-6010

Alta Capital Management LLC is an affiliate of Guardian Capital Group Limited, a group founded in 1962 and whose shares are quoted on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Learn more about the world of Guardian.
©2019 Alta Capital Management LLC