Mr. Scher, portfolio manager, joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 2002. Prior to joining the Global Real Estate Securities team in 2007, Mr. Scher had spent over four years performing business development, marketing and client service functions for Franklin Templeton Institutional in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 2002, Mr. Scher worked for the asset management division of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) providing investment support and research to the institutional funds management distribution team. He was also with Ernst & Young in their international taxation division as a graduate economist.
Mr. Schmicker has been a portfolio manager with Franklin Advisers, Inc. since 2009, providing research and advice on the purchases and sales of individual securities, and portfolio risk assessment. He joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 2007. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments in 2007, he worked as an associate at Aetos Capital and as an analyst at Credit Suisse.