Strategic Alliances

Michael Binger CFA®
, President, Gradient Investments, LLC

Mr. Binger is the President of Gradient Investments. He has been with Gradient Investments since 2012 and has more than 30 years of total investment management experience. Mr. Binger’s prior roles include managing multi-billion dollar investment products for a large institutional asset manager. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and is a CFA® charterholder. He brings a depth of market experience that is rare within the industry and has been a featured contributor with several media outlets including CNBC, Fox Business, Barron’s, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Wayne Schmidt CFA® , Chief Investment Officer, Gradient Investments, LLC

Mr. Schmidt is the Chief Investment Officer of Gradient Investments. He has been with Gradient Investments since 2008 and has more than 30 years of total investment experience primarily within fixed income markets. His prior roles include a lead portfolio manager position at an institutional firm where he managed a multi-billion dollar bond portfolio. He has been a contributor to such media outlets as Fox Business, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Schmidt earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, his MBA from the University of Minnesota, and is a CFA® charterholder.


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Jeremy Bryan CFA®, Portfolio Manager, Gradient Investments, LLC

Mr. Bryan is a Senior Portfolio Manager for Gradient Investments. He has been with Gradient Investments since 2016 and has over 15 years of total investment management experience. Mr. Bryan’s job history includes equity research and portfolio management roles for institutional asset managers in Minneapolis and New York. He has been a frequent contributor to media outlets including CNBC, Fox Business, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Bryan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University, earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and is a CFA® charterholder.


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Mariann Montagne CFA®, Portfolio Manager, Gradient Investments, LLC

Ms. Montagne is a Portfolio Manager for Gradient Investments. She has been with Gradient Investments since 2014 and has more than 25 years of total investment management experience. Ms. Montagne’s prior roles include equity analysis for institutional fund managers as well as a senior investment analyst position for a $500M registered investment advisor. She is a frequent contributor to media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, and Barron’s. Ms. Montagne graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit and is a CFA® charterholder.


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Keith Gangl CFA®, Portfolio Manager, Gradient Investments, LLC

Mr. Gangl is a portfolio manager for Gradient Investments, LLC. He has been with Gradient Investments since 2018 and has over 22 years of institutional investment management experience. Prior to Gradient, Gangl worked as a senior portfolio manager for over 18 years covering various asset styles and market capitalizations for Thrivent Financial. As a senior portfolio manager, he developed and oversaw the tactical investment strategies utilized within mutual funds, variable annuities, pension funds and insurance company products. Mr. Gangl has been featured in Investor’s Business Daily, quoted in Bloomberg, Wall Street online, Reuters, Yahoo! News and other local and national publications. Mr. Gangl graduated from St. John’s University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Computer Science. He received his Master of Business Administration graduate degree from the University of St. Thomas. Gangl is a CFA® and a member of the Twin Cities Society of Security Analysts.