Alpine Woods Capital Investors, LLC (Alpine), the investment adviser to the Alpine Funds, announced today a new investment team for its Dynamic Dividend Funds that it believes will enhance and broaden the portfolio management of the funds. The changes are effective immediately and include the following funds: Alpine Total Dynamic Dividend Fund (AOD), Alpine Global Dynamic Dividend Fund (AGD), and Alpine Dynamic Dividend Fund (ADVDX/ADAVX) (the “Funds”).
The new investment team is led by newly appointed co-portfolio managers Joshua Duitz and Brian Hennessey, who are responsible for the day to day management of the portfolios, and have a combined 30 years of industry experience. The investment team also includes experienced Alpine portfolio managers and research analysts, who will provide analysis and recommendations regarding the sectors they cover. Importantly, the team includes Samuel A. Lieber, CEO, Stephen A. Lieber, CIO, and Bruce Ebnother, Senior Investment Risk Strategist, who will provide strategic oversight. Mr. Duitz and Mr. Hennessey previously served as associate portfolio managers of Alpine Dynamic Dividend Fund. The previous co-portfolio managers of the Funds are no longer part of the investment team.
“We are pleased to announce this change to a team approach for our Dynamic Dividend Funds,” said Alpine CEO Samuel Lieber. “This select Alpine team, led by Josh and Brian, bring a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to the management of these Funds.”
Mr. Duitz currently manages Alpine Global Infrastructure Fund and has since its inception in 2008. He joined Alpine in February 2007 after eight years at Bear Stearns, where he was a Managing Director Principal who specialized in trading international equities. Mr. Duitz is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Emory University. He also received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business where he graduated with honors.
Mr. Hennessey joined Alpine in December 2008, bringing nine years of investment experience. Prior to joining Alpine, Mr. Hennessey spent two years focusing on event-driven and distressed credit and equity opportunities at two hedge funds: Tribeca Global Investments (a former unit of Citigroup), and Litespeed Partners. He also served as a credit analyst at Putnam Investments and at Partner Re Asset Management. Mr. Hennessey earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and an M.B.A. from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.
Mr. Samuel Lieber is a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Alpine. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of the Alpine Funds. Prior to founding Alpine, Mr. Lieber spent thirteen years at Evergreen Asset Management Corp., first as an analyst, later as a portfolio manager. He earned his bachelor's degree with high honors from Wesleyan University, and attended New York University's Graduate School of Business and New York University's Real Estate Institute.
Mr. Stephen Lieber is a founding member and Chief Investment Officer of Alpine. In 1969, Mr. Lieber was a founding partner of Lieber & Company (the parent firm of Evergreen Asset Management Corp., the investment adviser to the Evergreen Funds). He served as Senior Partner until its 1994 acquisition by First Union Corp., continuing as Chairman, Co-Chief Executive and Portfolio Manager until 1999. Mr. Lieber received his bachelor's degree with honors from Williams College, and attended Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Williams College and served on that institution's Finance Committee.
Mr. Ebnother joined Alpine in 2011 as its Senior Investment Risk Strategist as well as a Portfolio Manager focusing on Real Estate Investments. Prior to joining Alpine, Mr. Ebnother spent 15 years at UBS Global Asset Management as a Senior Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer for Global Real Estate Securities. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Brazilian Studies from Brown University.
More information about the Funds is available on www.alpinefunds.com.
Based in Westchester, New York, Alpine Woods Capital Investors, LLC was founded in 1998.
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