Disciplined Equity

Madison’s Sustainable Strategy, Disciplined Equity focuses on high quality companies with sustainable growth and have strong corporate governance. Each name in our portfolio effectively manages their social and environmental risks and impacts. In addition, our investment process seeks to provide superior long-term returns while minimizing risk.  

The strategy is led by Maya Bittar and Dave Geisler.


Disciplined Equity

We utilize a bottom-up, fundamental research process overlaid with our ESG screen to evaluate the companies we are considering for inclusion in the portfolio of typically 40-60 high quality stocks.

Fact Sheet

Maya Bittar, CFA®
Disciplined Equity Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Dave Geisler
Disciplined Equity Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Rich Eisinger
Head of Equities, Large & Mid Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Haruki Toyama
Director of Research, Mid Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Faraz Farzam, CFA®
Small Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Aaron J. Garcia, CFA®
Small Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Matt Hayner, CFA®
Large Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Richard E. Lane, CFA®
Small Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Andy Romanowich, CFA®
Mid Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Joe Maginot
U.S. Equity Analyst
Brian Milligan, CFA®
U.S. Equity Analyst

Maya Bittar, CFA®

Disciplined Equity Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Maya, CFA, specializes in customized portfolio management for Madison’s high net-worth relationships. Maya also serves on our Customized Solutions team working with Insurance Asset Management. Maya began her career at First Wisconsin Bank (U.S. Bank) in 1986. After her early years in credit analysis, Maya moved to the investment business. From 1993 to 1998, Maya co-managed the Firstar Growth & Income Fund. Subsequent to her time at Firstar, Maya worked at Wellington Management Company for sixteen years as a portfolio manager on several strategies including Core Equity, Strategic Growth and Focused Equity. In addition to portfolio management, her role included fundamental research and client service. Prior to joining Madison in 2018, Maya served as a multi-sector analyst on the global equity team at Artisan Partners, LLC., focusing on companies in the United States, Europe and Japan. Maya holds a BBA (Accounting), an MBA (International Business) and an MS (Finance) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison including participating in the Applied Security Analysis Program.

Dave Geisler

Disciplined Equity Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Dave specializes in customized portfolio management for Madison’s private client relationships. Dave also serves on our Customized Solutions team working with Insurance Asset Management. Dave has been working in the financial services industry since 2004 and prior to joining Madison, he worked at Lateef Investment Management, Artisan Partners and Cowen and Company. Dave graduated from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Economics, Highest Distinction, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley with certificates in Management of Technology, and Entrepreneurship.

Rich Eisinger

Head of Equities, Large & Mid Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Rich serves as Head of Equities, portfolio manager for Madison’s mid-cap strategies and is an equity analyst for Madison’s U.S. Equity Team. Rich has been working in the financial services industry since 1994 and joined Madison in 1998. He earned his J.D. from the University of Louisville and his MBA from Cornell University.

Haruki Toyama

Director of Research, Mid Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Haruki serves as a portfolio manager for Madison’s mid-cap strategies and is an equity analyst for Madison’s U.S. Equity Team. Haruki has been working in the financial industry since 1994 and joined Madison in 2014. He earned his B.A. in music and economics from Brown University and MBA from Cornell University.

Faraz Farzam, CFA®

Small Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Faraz has been working in the financial services industry since 1999. He specializes in small cap portfolio management for Madison. His main areas of investment focus are Consumer, Technology and Financial sectors. Prior to joining Madison, Faraz served on Broadview Advisors’ small cap strategy and all cap strategy as a Portfolio Manager. Previously, he worked with Strong Capital Management. Faraz holds a BS from University of Wisconsin.

Aaron J. Garcia, CFA®

Small Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Aaron has been working in the financial services industry since 2002. He specializes in small cap portfolio management for Madison. His main areas of investment focus are Healthcare, Industrials, Materials, & Energy sectors. Prior to joining Madison, Aaron served on Broadview Advisors’ small cap strategy and all cap strategy as an analyst and later as a Portfolio Manager. Previously, he worked with Stifel Nicolaus as an associate analyst. Aaron holds a BA in Chemistry from Rice University.

Matt Hayner, CFA®

Large Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Matt, CFA, serves as a portfolio manager for Madison’s large-cap strategies and is an equity analyst for Madison’s U.S. Equity Team. Matt has been working in the financial services industry since 2002 and joined Madison in 2002. He earned his B.S. in chemistry from Eastern Illinois University and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Richard E. Lane, CFA®

Small Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Rick has been working in the financial services industry since 1982. He specializes in small cap portfolio management for Madison. His main areas of investment focus are Financial and Industrial sectors. Prior to joining Madison, Rick served on Broadview Advisors’ small cap strategy and all cap strategy as a Portfolio Manager. Prior to that he worked with Fiduciary Management, Cleary Gull Reiland & McDevitt and Stein Roe & Farnham. Rick holds a MS and BA from University of Wisconsin and graduated from the Applied Security Analysis Program.

Andy Romanowich, CFA®

Mid Cap Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Andy, CFA, serves as an portfolio manager for Madison’s U.S. Equity Team. Andy has been working in the financial services industry since 2004 and joined Madison in 2009. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in the Applied Security Analysis Program.

Joe Maginot

U.S. Equity Analyst
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Joe is an equity analyst for Madison’s U.S. Equity Team. He has worked in the financial services industry since 2012 and joined Madison in 2019. Joe earned his B.A. in chemistry and minor in economics from Indiana University. Prior to joining Madison, he was an Investment Analyst at Zuckerman Investment Group.

Brian Milligan, CFA®

U.S. Equity Analyst
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Brian, CFA, serves an equity analyst for Madison’s U.S. Equity Team. Brian has been working in the financial services industry since 2004 and joined Madison in 2019. He earned his B.S. in finance from Trine University and MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining Madison in 2019, Brian was with Schwartz Investment Counsel where he helmed the Ave Maria Growth Fund. Prior to joining Schwartz in 2014, he was with Standard and Poor’s in their corporate ratings unit.

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