Management Team

Brian K. Monroe

Co-Founding Principal
Director of Marketing & Client Service
Start of Sawgrass Career: 1998

“I like what our company stands for – integrity, honesty, hard work and most of all, client driven. Every day provides us an opportunity to renew old relationships as well as create new ones. Clients know we’ve worked together for years the first time they meet us. We treat every client with a high level of customized service and strive to exceed their investment needs.”

Mr. Monroe is a Principal of Sawgrass and directs the firm’s marketing, client service and new business efforts. He serves on several of the firm’s committees, including management and strategic planning.

Prior to Sawgrass, he spent four years at Barnett Capital Advisors, Inc., directly responsible for all national market sales, new business development, and developing and serving client and consultant relationships in the Florida and national marketplace. He also spent five years working at SEI Capital Resources in their New York City office, serving as Primary Consultant to institutional plan sponsors in the corporate endowment, foundation, Taft-Hartley and hospital industries.

His educational accomplishments include a B.S. and M.B.A. in Finance from Providence College and a Series 65 License. He is the co-founder of the Jacksonville-based charity, Serving Up A Cure, which facilitates research for two local cancer organizations. He has also been a committee member for the Association of Investment Management Sales Executives (AIMSE) for the past 20 years.

Dean McQuiddy, CFA

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

“With investing, the pace of change is more rapid today than ever. Industries that didn’t exist a few years ago provide the environment for successful companies to grow their earnings quickly. Our investment approach is designed to help identify the factors that consistently contribute to market success and recognize them early in the growth cycle of the companies we invest in.”

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

“Passion isn’t a word you hear often in investment circles. We’re measured by cold calculations – basis points and performance at any given moment. But passion is one of Sawgrass’ abiding principles. It describes our work, our team, our daily contact with clients. When you step away from the numbers and lean on the faith you have in the team you’ve hired, you want a team like Sawgrass. That’s how passionate we feel about what we do. We love it.”

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. in Accounting 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.

David Furfine, CFA

Partner, Director of Fixed Income
Start of Sawgrass Career: 1998

“Investment markets can be volatile beasts. This volatility can expose inefficiencies. Market inefficiencies create an opportunity for active management, but only through rigorous quantitative and qualitative security analysis will these opportunities be discovered and captured. Managing the risks requires a disciplined and repeatable process.”

Mr. Furfine is a Partner at Sawgrass, directs the firm’s fixed income management and research efforts, and is the lead portfolio manager for all of the firm’s fixed income products. He is responsible for interest rate analysis and portfolio construction. He serves on several of the firm’s committees, including strategic planning and management committees, as well as chair of the firm’s fixed income investment committee.

Prior to Sawgrass, he spent four years with Barnett Capital Advisors, Inc., where he oversaw all investments in mortgage-backed securities and a variety of fixed income portfolios and eight years at Prudential Home Mortgage Company managing all trading and hedging activities and a mortgage portfolio of over $10 billion.

His educational accomplishments include graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, 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 and has served as a former President of the Jacksonville Financial Analysts Society.

Andy Cantor, CFA

Co-Founding Principal
Compliance / Investment Advisor
Start of Sawgrass Career: 1998

“Operating as an independent, employee-owned firm gives us flexibility that we could never have as part of a large organization. Today’s investment environment demands flexibility to acquire needed resources, to determine and implement strategy quickly and efficiently, and most importantly, to focus singularly on the interests of our clients.”

Mr. Cantor is a Principal of Sawgrass and is currently a compliance and investment advisor to the firm. He serves on several of the firm’s committees, including management and strategic planning. His experience includes over 30 years of experience managing funds for pension, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, corporate reserves and individuals.

Prior to Sawgrass, he spent 15 years with Barnett Capital Advisors, Inc., responsible for creating the institutional group’s fixed income investment discipline and head of all taxable fixed income assets, and two years with Gulf United Corporation, responsible for economic and interest rate analysis and the management of approximately $1.1 billion in fixed income investments.

His educational accomplishments include a B.S. in Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University, a M.A. in Economics from the University of South Carolina, 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 and has served as a former President of the Jacksonville Financial Analysts Society.