Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer
James C. RobinsonBio
Jim founded Robinson Capital Management, LLC in 2012 and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Jim is a veteran investment manager and bond trader with more than three decades of experience. Jim oversees the day-to-day operations and activities, including investment strategies and processes, risk management, regulatory compliance, asset allocation modeling, external manager due diligence and selection, trading, and personnel.
Chief Investment Officer - Traditional Fixed Income
Gregory A. Prost, CFABio
Greg is the Chief Investment Officer of the Traditional Fixed Income Group at Robinson Capital. Greg has 30 years of experience and oversees the core fixed income operation, including directing fixed income strategy and managing institutional portfolios.
Prior to joining Robinson Capital Management in 2014, Greg was the Chief Investment Officer for Ambassador Capital Management, a fixed-only investment manager in downtown Detroit.
From 1995 to 2000 Greg served as a Senior Portfolio Manager with Munder Capital Management where he was responsible for corporate bond trading, as well as the management of the firm’s main Bond Fund.
Greg holds an MBA from Western Michigan University, as well as a BA in Economics from Kalamazoo College. Greg also is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Society of Detroit.
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer
Charles J. Thomas, III, J.D.Bio
Charles serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Robinson Capital Management, LLC. Charles oversees all aspects of the firm’s day-to-day operations and oversees financial, legal, regulatory and compliance activities.
Prior to joining Robinson Capital, Charles worked for a wealth advisory firm, where he provided guidance with regard to investment management to individual and institutional clients.
Earlier in his career, Charles was an attorney at Bodman and Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, both Michigan-based law firms.
Charles earned a B.A. degree, from Albion College, and a J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law. Charles is actively involved with the Edmund T. Ahee Endowment, Gift of Life Michigan, Bulldogs Hockey Club and other charitable organizations. He is a licensed attorney and member of the Michigan State Bar.
Portfolio Manager, Director of Research
Jonathan P. BrowneBio
Jon serves as a Portfolio Manager and member of the investment management team at Robinson Capital. He jointly oversees the day-to-day management of the Robinson Funds, including its investment strategies and processes, risk management, regulatory compliance, asset allocation modeling, external manager due diligence and selection, and trading. He is also responsible for overseeing the continued growth and advancement of the firm’s CEF and SPAC research efforts, which includes managing Robinson Capital’s proprietary valuation systems.
Prior to joining Robinson Capital Management, Jon worked as an Associate Portfolio Manager for Federated Investors, Inc. In that role, he helped manage several income focused, multi-asset class portfolios and SMA portfolios. In addition to his portfolio management responsibilities, Jon also served as a Research Analyst, providing fundamental equity research across various industries.
Previously, Jon worked for three years as a Senior Consultant at FactSet Research Systems Inc., where he developed proprietary models and streamlined investment processes for institutional investors, such as hedge fund managers, plan sponsors, and private wealth advisors.
Jon holds both a B.S. and MBA in Finance and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Senior Portfolio Manager
Talmadge D. GunnBio
Tal is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Robinson Capital. With over 30 years of fixed income management experience, Tal is responsible for managing short-term and long-term institutional portfolios.
Prior to joining Robinson Capital Management, Tal was the Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President for Ambassador Capital Management, a fixed-income only investment manager headquartered in downtown Detroit.
Earlier, Tal served as Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Tax-Exempt Trading with Munder Capital Management. Tal was responsible for the management of over $3 billion in taxable and tax-exempt fixed income portfolios, and Municipal Bond Funds.
Tal holds an MBA from University of Detroit, as well as a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Director of Equity & Derivatives Trading
Jeff has 14 years in the financial services industry and is responsible for equity, derivatives, and fixed income trading. Jeff also provides support with respect to the 40 Act mutual funds and separately managed account operations including but not limited to proxy voting, soft dollar commission management, and compliance.
Prior to joining Robinson Capital Management, Jeff worked for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. as an Associate Financial Consultant. In that role, he was responsible for meeting with clients and prospects, wealth management planning, and presenting solutions based on their individual needs. Before that, he was a Trading Solutions broker where he was responsible for educating Schwab’s most active clients and providing guidance on trading strategies, market mechanics, evaluating risk parameters and performing technical analysis. While at Schwab he held Series 7, 9, 10, 63 and 66 licenses.
Jeff graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration majoring in Management Information Systems.
John C. StrainerBio
John is a Portfolio Manager at Robinson Capital. John is responsible for managing short-term and long term institutional portfolios. His responsibilities also include managing, research and recommending various fixed income investment vehicles for client investment. In addition, he will provide performance analysis and reporting, cash flow analysis, conduct market research, and create client presentations.
John holds both a B.S. and MBM in Data Analytics and Finance from University of Michigan.
Barbara Cunningham has 11 years in the financial services industry and assists the Portfolio Managers with trading and fund operations.
Prior to joining Robinson Capital Management, Barbara worked for Ambassador Capital Management. In that role she was responsible for trade processing, daily reconciliation, monthly and quarterly reporting. Before that she spent over 20 years in business administration working in the environmental and construction industries as an executive assistant and administrator.
Barbara graduated from Central in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Derek Rummel, CFABio
Derek is a Portfolio Manager within the Traditional Fixed Income Group at Robinson Capital Management. Derek has 35 years of experience within the investment industry managing Equities and Fixed Income portfolios for Institutional and High Net Worth clients as well as overseeing state-wide investment management teams and developing client investment strategies.
Prior to joining Robinson Capital Management in 2019, Derek served as a Senior Portfolio Manager for 17 years at Fifth Third Bank (formerly Old Kent Bank) in Grand Rapids, Michigan within their Wealth Management Group.
From 1998 to 2000 Derek served as a Director of Corporate Investments at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan where he was responsible for directing and managing the company’s primary and subsidiary investment portfolios, maintaining the company’s banking relationships and manage the company’s team of investment and cash management specialists.
Derek holds an MBA from Western Michigan University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Derek also is a CFA Charterholder.
Director - Client Relations
Joe Chomiak joined Robinson Capital in 2019 as a Client Service and Marketing Manager.
Prior to joining Robinson, Joe served as a police officer in St. Clair Shores, Michigan for over 22 years after initially starting his law enforcement career in Detroit in 1994. In addition, he served as a trustee on both the City of St. Clair Shores Police & Fire Pension and Health Boards.
Joe attended Central Michigan University before moving on to the Detroit Police Academy.