Dr. Patrick Klein has 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to his current role, Dr. Klein was a research analyst for Franklin Templeton Fixed Income. He joined Franklin Templeton in 2005, specializing in mortgage-backed securities. Previously, he was a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, developing models for the computer simulation of material behavior. Dr. Klein holds a bachelor of arts in mechanical engineering and materials science from Cornell University, and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University
Mr. Cryer joined Franklin Templeton in 2006.
Tom Runkel is a vice president and portfolio manager for Franklin Templeton Investments. Mr. Runkel focuses on relative value security selection and allocation among the credit sectors for the multi-sector fixed income portfolios. He also serves as the director of portfolio strategies and the lead portfolio manager for the SMA Taxable Fixed Income strategies and supervises the Franklin SMA Taxable Fixed Income Portfolio Management team. Mr. Runkel joined Franklin in 1983 and served as a senior portfolio manager for Franklin's taxable money fund and investment grade fixed income assets as well as a trader for taxable fixed income and equity securities. Mr. Runkel founded Runkel Funds, Inc. in 2002 and managed a large-cap value fund until late 2005 before returning to Franklin in 2006. Mr. Runkel has an M.B.A. from the University of Santa Clara and earned a B.S. in political science from the University of California, Davis. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.