Investment Team

Francisco Bido
Head of Quantitative Research and Portfolio Manager

Francisco Bido is Head of Quantitative Research and Portfolio Manager for the Integrated Alpha group of F/m Investments, LLC.

Previously, Mr. Bido held the same titles at Cognios Capital, LLC, an institutional equity manager. Francisco’s investment management career began at American Century Investments, one of the largest investment managers in the US, where he ultimately served as a senior quantitative researcher. At American Century, Mr. Bido was involved in advanced quantitative research, including financial modeling, stock selection, portfolio construction, and risk management.

Earlier, Mr. Bido was a business process consultant at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), a management consulting and technology services company, where he worked with prominent clients such as American Express and Sprint. Mr. Bido earned M.S. and M.A. degrees in Applied Mathematics and Economics, respectively, from the University of Arizona, an M.S. in Mathematics from New York University’s Courant Institute, and a B.S. in Electromechanical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, where he was born.

Alex Morris
Portfolio Manager, Chief Investment Officer and President

Alex Morris is President and Chief Investment Officer of F/m Investments, LLC and Portfolio Manager for F/m’s Integrated Alpha group.

Alex co-founded F/m’s predecessor firm, Rowhouse Capital Partners LLC, curating strategy for asset and wealth management firms, and advising emerging managers on going independent. With Rowhouse, Alex and David Littleton co-founded Vestmark Advisory Solutions, an SEC registered advisor empowering $1.4 trillion of AUA to access comprehensive asset management services.

Before Rowhouse, Alex led capital markets and corporate development for Fortigent LLC. In prior roles, Alex worked in strategy and transaction consulting for Hitachi and launched a private bank’s family office practice. He started his career in London as an analyst in alternative investments. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University and is an active mentor of start-up businesses. Alex is a founder and board member of Key Bridge Compliance LLC, a compliance consulting firm that currently provides CCO outsourced services and support to more than 50 RIA firms across the US.

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.

klavigne@fmacceleration.com
(802) 238-9516

Kip Weese
Senior Vice President
Intermediary Sales

Northeast & South West

Kip joined F/m Acceleration as Senior 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, Kip served a similar role with Ross Sinclaire Asset Management as Director of Advisory Sales & Marketing based in Boston, Massachusetts. He also served as Senior Consultant at ENVESTNET, partnering with the management teams of leading independent, registered investment advisory and broker-dealer firms developing innovative solutions for their managed asset programs. Kip has over 20 years of managed account experience, starting his career with the institutional businesses of Fidelity Investments, NATIXIS Asset Management, and Alliance Bernstein, where he served as a leading sales and relationship executive.

Kip 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.

Kip received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education from the University of Maine. He serves as an active board member in his community and lives with his wife and three children on the north shore of Boston.

WWeese@fmacceleration.com
(508) 423-2269

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.

RBell@fmacceleration.com​
(513) 262-2666​

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Arthur “Art” Blackman
Vice President
Intermediary Sales

Central​​

Art joined F/m Acceleration in April 2021 as Vice President, Intermediary Sales.

Prior to joining F/m, Art held similar roles with Liberty Street Funds and AlphaCentric Funds, both of New York, from 2014 – 2020. Prior to that, Art served as Investment Relations Manager for EPR Properties, a publicly traded REIT in Kansas City from 2013-2014, Regional Account Manager for Great Plains Trust of Overland Park, Kansas from 2012-2013, and CEO of ProStar Sports, Inc. 1996 – 2011.

Art holds the FINRA General Securities Representative designation (Series 7) and the NASAA Uniform Combined State Law (Series 66) Licenses.

Art earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and his master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York.

Art resides in Mission Hills, Kansas with his wife, Sarah.

ablackman@fmacceleration.com
(816) 668-8482

Curtiss Tharp​
Vice President
Intermediary Sales

Mid Atlantic & South East​​

Curtiss joined F/m Acceleration as Assistant 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, he was a Portfolio Consultant for Ross Sinclaire Asset Management (RSAM), working directly with advisory client relationships to support high net worth client acquisition and custom portfolio construction.

Prior to joining RSAM, Curtiss co-founded an investment fund which he managed from 2016 to Curtiss holds the FINRA General Securities Representative designation (Series 7).

Curtiss received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a Minor in Economics from the University of Cincinnati.

CTharp@fmacceleration.com
(513) 762-3660​