With the industry’s help, Fund Action and Fund Directions continued its long tradition of identifying the up-and-comers deserving recognition for their early-career contributions to the mutual fund space.

The Rising Stars were nominated by their peers, mentors and colleagues, with additional research and determination by the staff at Fund Action and Fund Directions, based on their demonstration of the following criteria:

  • Leadership in their profession, firm or industry.
  • Outstanding contributions to innovation, product development, client service, sales or growth.
  • Recognition by their firm or industry groups.
  • Active contribution to the broader mutual fund community.
  • Spending fewer than 15 years working in the mutual fund industry.
  • Other quantifiable contributions to their profession, firm, clients or industry.

Click on the names below to view our profile on each winner.


Mark Parise, partner, Perkins Coie


Madison Sargis, quantitative analyst, Morningstar

Ken Burdon, counsel, investment management, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Nicole Crum, partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Kevin Hardy, partner, investment management, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom


Megan Claucherty, senior attorney, Harris Associates


Steve Brown, managing director, Guggenheim Investments

Amy Hauter, associate portfolio manager, Brown Advisory


Jason Monfort, senior associate, Goodwin Procter


Pablo Man, senior associate, K&L Gates