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Robert Sharps, CFA, Head of Investments and Group CIO
Rob Sharps is head of Investments and group chief investment officer of T. Rowe Price. He is chair of the Investment Management Steering Committee and serves on the firm's Management, International Steering, Equity Steering, Fixed Income Steering, Asset Allocation, and Product Strategy Committees. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Mr. Sharps has 24 years of investment experience, 22 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. He was the lead portfolio manager of the Institutional Large-Cap Growth Equity Strategy for 15 years until December 2016. During his portfolio management tenure, T. Rowe Price was twice named Large-Cap Growth Equity Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor magazine. Mr. Sharps joined the firm in 1997 as an analyst, specializing in financial services stocks, including banks, asset managers, and securities brokers. Prior to joining the firm, he completed an internship as an equity research analyst at Wellington Management. Mr. Sharps began his career in 1993 as a senior management consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick, where he focused on corporate transactions, before leaving to pursue his M.B.A. in 1995.
Mr. Sharps earned a B.S., summa cum laude, in accounting from Towson University and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Sharps currently serves on the St. Paul's School Board of Trustees and is chair of the Investment Committee. He previously served six years on Towson University's College of Business and Economics Alumni Advisory Board.
Mark Vaselkiv, Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income
Mark Vaselkiv is the chief investment officer of the Fixed Income Division. He is a member of the Asset Allocation Committee. Mark is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company.
Mark’s investment experience began in 1984, and he has been with T. Rowe Price since 1988, beginning in the Fixed Income Division as a high yield corporate credit analyst, with a special focus on forest products and gaming. In 1996, he was appointed to the High Yield Portfolio Management team. Prior to this, Mark was a credit analyst and a vice president at Shenkman Capital Management and a credit analyst at Prudential Insurance Company.
Mark earned a B.A. in political science from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Kurt Umbarger, CFA, Regional Head, Equity, Investment Specialist
Kurt Umbarger is the regional head of the Equity Investment Specialist Group of T. Rowe Price. Previously, he was a global equity portfolio specialist in the International Equity Division. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.
Mr. Umbarger has 26 years of investment experience, all of which have been at T. Rowe Price. He joined the firm in 1992 and has been a portfolio specialist since 2001. Prior to joining the global equity team in 2005, Mr. Umbarger worked with the international and emerging market equity teams. As a portfolio specialist, he has traveled the world, working closely with institutional clients, consultants, and prospects.
Mr. Umbarger earned a B.S. in finance from Towson University and an M.S.F. in finance from Loyola University Maryland. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 registered representative.
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