Growth Equity Team

Dean McQuiddy, CFA

Co-Founding Principal
Director of Equity, CCO
Start of Sawgrass Career: 1998

Mr. McQuiddy is a Principal of Sawgrass, directs the firm’s equity management and research efforts and is the lead portfolio manager for the Small Cap Growth Equity product. He serves on several of the firm’s committees, including equity research, management and strategic planning.

Prior to Sawgrass, he spent 15 years with Barnett Capital Advisors, Inc., solely responsible for creating the firm’s small growth product in January of 1987.

His educational accomplishments include a B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida and earning the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from The CFA Institute (formerly AIMR), of which he is also a member.

Marty LaPrade, CFA

Partner, Equity Portfolio Manager
Start of Sawgrass Career: 1998

Mr. LaPrade is a Partner at Sawgrass and the lead portfolio manager for the firm’s Diversified and Focused Large Growth Equity products. He is responsible for merging quantitative equity models with specific security selection. He serves on several of the firm’s committees, including equity research, management and strategic planning.

Prior to Sawgrass, he spent nearly 20 years with Barnett Capital Advisors, Inc., as an equity portfolio manager and an integral part of the institutional investment team and research committee.

His educational accomplishments include a B.S. from Furman University, earning a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from The CFA Institute (formerly AIMR), of which he is a member. He is also a member of the Jacksonville Financial Analysts Society.

Patrick Riley, CFA

Partner, Equity Portfolio Manager
Start of Sawgrass Career: 1998

Mr. Riley is a Partner at Sawgrass and the lead portfolio manager on the firm’s Genesis Small Growth Equity product. He is responsible for generating new ideas for both the small and large growth equity portfolios by managing a new ideas “on-deck” portfolio specific to each product, as well as assisting in the maintenance of the firm’s proprietary quantitative modeling system. He serves on the firm’s equity research committee. Prior to Sawgrass, he spent seven years with Barnett Capital Advisors, Inc. as a senior analyst and assistant portfolio manager for the small growth equity product.

His educational accomplishments include a M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Auburn University, a B.B.A. with a major in Marketing from Marshall University, and earning the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, of which he is a member. He is also a member of the Jacksonville Financial Analysts Society.

Rusty Creighton, CFA

Equity Portfolio Manager
Start of Sawgrass Career: 2007

Mr. Creighton is an Equity Portfolio Manager at Sawgrass and the lead portfolio manager for the firm’s Core Equity product. He is responsible for quantitative and fundamental research and serves on the firm’s equity research committee. Prior to Sawgrass, he spent nine years at St. Johns Investment Management Company and 17 years at Barnett Capital Advisors, Inc. where he served as an equity portfolio manager.

His educational accomplishments include a B.S. from Stetson University, a M.B.A. from the University of North Florida and earning a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from The CFA Institute (formerly AIMR), of which he is a member. He is also a member of the Jacksonville Financial Analysts Society.

Marc Davis, CFA

Equity Portfolio Manager
Start of Sawgrass Career: 2001

Mr. Davis is an Equity Portfolio Manager at Sawgrass, responsible for quantitative and fundamental research. He serves on the firm’s equity management research committee. Prior to Sawgrass, he worked with the Charles Schwab Corporation and the Vanguard Group.

His educational accomplishments include a M.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University, and earning a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from The CFA Institute (formerly AIMR), of which he is a member. He is also a member of the Jacksonville Financial Analysts Society.

Anthony Brooks

Equity Portfolio Analyst
Start of Sawgrass Career: 2012

Mr. Brooks is an Equity Portfolio Analyst for all of the equity products at Sawgrass, responsible for equity analysis of investment data, back testing of analytical elements of the firm’s proprietary models and working with the firm’s broad array of software and public information systems. His efforts continue to assist the firm’s leadership with special projects to more effectively improve our investment process. Prior to Sawgrass, he worked with Cornucopia Wealth Management and Prudential Insurance.

His educational accomplishments include a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of North Florida and a B.S. in Finance from Florida State University.