Our Team

Investment Management

  • Michael Pendergast, CFA

    Managing Partner
    Chief Executive Officer
    Chief Investment Officer

    Michael Pendergast is a Managing Partner, serving as HGK’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Michael was an original member of the Firm, working as an analyst until 1991, when he began managing the Large Cap Value strategy; he continues to manage this strategy today.

    Michael earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Finance from Bernard M. Baruch College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program in 1988 and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

  • Eric Fuhrman, CFA

    Managing Partner
    Portfolio Manager

    Eric Fuhrman is a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager on HGK’s Value Equity team and is responsible for security selection for the Small Cap Value strategy. Prior to launching Small Cap Value in 2007, Eric served as an Analyst and Assistant Portfolio Manager on HGK’s Large Cap Value strategy. He has been with the Firm since 2003.

    Eric earned an MBA in Finance and Economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Richmond with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. He completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program in 2006 and is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Eric is a member of HGK’s Board of Directors.

  • Andrew L. Rothstein, CFA

    Managing Partner
    Portfolio Manager

    Andrew Rothstein is a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager on HGK’s Value Equity team and is responsible for security selection for the International Small Cap strategy. He has been with the Firm since 2006. Prior to joining HGK, Andrew worked as an auditor at a public accounting firm.

    Andrew earned an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics. He completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program in 2008 and is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Andrew is a member of HGK’s Board of Directors.

  • Anthony Santoliquido

    Managing Partner
    Portfolio Manager

    Anthony Santoliquido is a Managing Partner and a Portfolio Manager on HGK’s Fixed Income team and is responsible for security selection and trading across HGK’s Fixed Income strategies. He has been with the Firm since 1992. Prior to joining HGK, Anthony worked at Hilliard Farber & Co. and Morgan Stanley.

    Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Villanova University School of Commerce and Finance. He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Fixed Income Analysts Society. Anthony is a member of HGK’s Board of Directors.

  • Christopher Gerne

    Portfolio Manager

    Christopher Gerne is a Portfolio Manager on HGK’s Fixed Income team and is responsible for research and trading across HGK’s Fixed Income strategies. He has been with the Firm since 2002. Prior to joining HGK, Chris worked at Deutsche Bank, Acadian Asset Management, and State Street Bank.

    Christopher earned a BBA degree in Finance from Radford University’s College of Business and Economics. He is a member of the Fixed Income Analysts Society. Chris has completed his Series 7, 55, and 63 (inactive) securities examinations.

  • Lauren Beckelman, CFA

    Senior Analyst

    Lauren Beckelman is a Senior Analyst on HGK’s Value Equity team. Lauren previously served as Head Equity Trader. She has been with the Firm since 2005.

    Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with concentrations in Finance and International Business and a minor in Spanish. She completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program in 2012 and is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and New York Society of Security Analysts.

  • Geoffrey Hauck, CFA

    Analyst

    Geoffrey Hauck is an Analyst on HGK’s Value Equity team. He has been with the Firm since 2010.

    Geoffrey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy from Colgate University. He completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program in 2014 and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

  • David Ayres, CFA

    Analyst/Trader

    David Ayres is an Analyst and Trader for HGK’s Value Equity Team. He has been with the Firm since 2009.

    David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program in 2014 and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

  • Stevens Sheppard

    Private Client Portfolio Manager

    Stevens Sheppard is a Private Client Portfolio Manager and is responsible for equity and fixed income investing for HGK’s high net worth clients. He has been with the Firm since 2000. Prior to joining HGK, Steve was a Vice President in Smith Barney’s Capital Markets division. He has also worked at Barclays, PaineWebber, and Euro Broker Harlow Ltd.

    Stevens earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Economics and History from the University of Arizona. He is a Certified Cash Manager.

  • Karl Laufenberg

    Head Trader

    Karl Laufenberg is the Head Trader for HGK’s Value Equity Team. Prior to joining the trading desk, Karl served as an Analyst on the Sales & Client Service team. He has been with the Firm since 2007.

    Karl earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in European Studies from Drew University.