Rodney has managed both a public mutual fund and private accounts for individuals and institutions since 2001. He has been recognized as an astute contrarian investor that has demonstrated an ability to preserve client wealth during bear markets and added excess returns to portfolios during bull markets. Rodney joined 1492 in 2008 and is the lead manager of the 1492 Small Cap Value Strategy where he employs fundamental techniques to identify undervalued stocks in the small cap universe. This time tested approach to small cap stock selection offers investors superior capital appreciation with lower volatility due to the dividend component in the portfolio.
Rodney was founder and president of Hathaway-Nguyen Capital Management, Inc., an investment consultancy firm focused on Vietnam, where he was born. He began his career in 1992 as an investment professional in the U.S. and previously spent the 10 years from November 1997 through August 2007 with Heartland Advisors, Inc., a nationally recognized firm based in Milwaukee, WI. Beginning in 2001, Rodney co-managed the Heartland Value Plus Fund (HRVIX). Prior to managing the Heartland Value Plus Fund, Rodney was the primary health care analyst for the firm for over 4 years. From 1994 to 1997 he was an equity analyst on the investment management team at Banc One Investment Advisors, which had over $40 billion under management. Rodney started his investment career as a research associate covering the capital goods sector for Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee.
Rodney completed two years of coursework in engineering at Brigham Young University and later earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, cum laude. He obtained his M.B.A. degree from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, in the executive program. He holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. Rodney has been a featured keynote speaker at several business forums and investment conferences throughout the country. He has also been a regular commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN and Street.com. Rodney has also been a featured expert on small cap value investing in publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, and Fortune.