Mr. Kass is a portfolio manager, a managing director, CIO and co-head US Income and Growth Strategies with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2000. He has portfolio management, research and trading responsibilities for the Income and Growth Strategies team. In 2003, Mr. Kass was promoted to portfolio management and began handling day-to-day portfolio manager responsibilities for the firm’s US Convertible strategy in 2005. He is also a lead portfolio manager for the firm’s Income & Growth strategy since its inception in 2007. In addition to management responsibility for institutional clients, Mr. Kass is responsible for managing multiple closed-end and open-end mutual funds. Previous to joining the firm, Mr. Kass interned on the Income and Growth Strategies team, adding significant depth to its proprietary Upgrade Alert Model. He has 24 years of investment industry experience. Mr. Kass has a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a CFA charterholder.
James Dudnick, CFA Director, Portfolio Manager Mr. Dudnick is a portfolio manager and a director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2005. He has portfolio-management and research responsibilities for the AllianzGI Short Duration High Income team. Mr. Dudnick was previously a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, working with both individual and institutional clients. Before that, he worked at Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst in the investment-management division, where he conducted research and executed trades. Mr. Dudnick has a B.B.A. with high distinction in business administration from the University of Michigan Business School. He is a CFA charterholder.
Steven Gish, CFA Director, Portfolio Manager Mr. Gish is a portfolio manager and a director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2005. He has portfolio-management and research responsibilities on the AllianzGI Short Duration High Income team. Mr. Gish was previously a senior research analyst with Roth Capital Partners; before that, he worked in credit at a division of Deutsche Bank Group. Mr. Gish has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and a M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. He is a CFA charterholder.