Meet The Team
Dr. Fornell is The Donald C. Cook Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Dr. Fornell founded the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI)—a monthly economic indicator of the quality of economic output. Dr. Fornell is the author of several books and hundreds of articles examining customer satisfaction and consumer behavior. According to the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Dr. Fornell is the author of 3 of the 20 most influential papers in marketing science published in leading academic marketing journals (and 5 of the top 50) over a 20-year period. Dr. Fornell’s seminal book, The Satisfied Customer, is a must-read blueprint for understanding the value of customer satisfaction in modern business practice. In addition to ACSI and Exponential ETFs, Dr. Fornell has founded several companies, including CFI Group, Detroit Vineyards, and ForeSee Results. He is the world’s leading authority on customer satisfaction, its measurement and analysis, and regularly appears in broadcast and print media.
Phil Bak is the Chief Executive Officer of Exponential ETFs. He is widely regarded as an expert in the management, development and trading of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Prior to joining Exponential ETFs, Mr. Bak was a Managing Director at the New York Stock Exchange where he initiated market structure enhancements and worked with asset managers, regulators and liquidity providers to ensure a fair and orderly secondary market for ETFs. Mr. Bak drove the growth of the NYSE ETF listing business to 90% market share by AUM and over $2 Trillion in total assets for NYSE listed ETFs. Previously, he was Senior Product Manager for Guggenheim Investments where he developed alternative mutual funds and ETFs and was the author of two patents on new and innovative ETF structures. Mr. Bak has a B.S. in Business Finance from Yeshiva University and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
Charles A. Ragauss, CFA
Charles Ragauss currently serves as COO at Exponential ETFs, having joined the firm in April 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ragauss was Assistant Vice President at Huntington National Bank, where he was Product Manager for the Huntington Funds and Huntington Strategy Shares ETFs, a combined fund complex of almost $4 billion in assets under management. At Huntington, he led ETF development, bringing to market some of the first actively managed ETFs. Concurrent to his role at Huntington, Ragauss served as a member of the Investment Company Institute’s ETF Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2016. Mr. Ragauss attended Grand Valley State University where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and International Business, as well as a minor in French.
Tyrone V. Ross Jr.
Director of Financial Education
Tyrone Ross is the Director of Financial Education at Exponential ETFs. Mr. Ross is a financial consultant, early-stage start-up advisor, entrepreneur, and athlete. He graduated from Seton Hall University, and was also a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in track and field in the 400 meters. He was recently recognized by Investment News 40 under 40 (2019), and WealthManagement.com as a top ten advisor set to change the industry in 2019.
Joshua Blechman is the Managing Director at Exponential ETFs. Mr. Blechman oversees all aspects of fund trading for all Exponential ETF strategies. Mr. Blechman works with market makers, exchanges and institutional clients to ensure fair and orderly price execution. Mr.Blechman also performs trading and portfolio analysis, and produces research for Exponential ETFs. Mr. Blechman graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and received an MBA with specializations in Finance and Real Estate from the NYU Stern School of Business.
John Cattier is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Exponential ETFs. He has 30 years of experience as a financial and operating executive in public, private and non-profit enterprises. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Industrial Technology Institute, Chief Financial Officer of Medasys, Inc and the Directeur Financier et Adminstratif at Chamebel Afrique et Socoma Industries in Abidjan (1980-1983).
Qiao Duan is a Portfolio Manager at Exponential ETFs, where she manages research and analysis relating to all Exponential ETF strategies. Ms. Duan graduated with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Xiamen University in China’s Fujian province, where she attended through the prestigious National Scholarship, placing her in the top 0.2% of students in China for eligibility. In 2012, she achieved second place in the world famous National Chinese Mathematical Modeling Competition (CUMCM), out of 30,000 qualified entrants. Ms. Duan graduated in 2016 from the Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Program at the University of Michigan, where she won the Quantitative Program Merit Scholarship, and maintained a 4.0 GPA. Ms. Duan was featured in the October 2017 University of Michigan Alumni Magazine where she was dubbed “The Queen of Quant”.
Eric Kelly is a Portfolio Manager at Exponential ETFs, where he manages trading and reporting responsibilities relating to all Exponential ETF strategies. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kelly was an Associate Director with Institutional Investment Consulting (IIC) serving as the lead investment analyst on over $10 billion worth of Treasury and Retirement assets. Prior to IIC, Eric served as an analyst and trader at Merrill Lynch and in the hedge fund industry, operating within the equities, options, futures, and bond markets. Mr. Kelly attended the University of Michigan Dearborn where he received degrees in Finance and Accounting, with a minor in International Economics. He is a candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.
Christina Stage is the Project Manager for Exponential ETFs. In this role she works closely with the distribution team to develop and execute strategic marketing projects for Exponential ETFs. Mrs. Stage is also responsible for maintaining and managing the personnel and operational infrastructure for The American Customer Satisfaction Index and Exponential ETFs. Prior to coming to Exponential ETFs in 2015 Mrs. Stage worked in Market Research at ForeSee Results. Mrs. Stage earned her degree Michigan State University and holds a professional certificate in Human Resources Management through MSU.