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Our Team

Pier Capital is a 100% employee-owned firm.


Alex Yakirevich

President & Chief Investment Officer, Partner

Alex, as the Firm's President and Chief Investment Officer Since 2015 is responsible for directing the day to day operations of the Research Team in Jersey City and serves as Portfolio Manager for the Firm’s Small and SMid Cap Growth strategies. 

Prior to joining Pier in 2004, Alex conducted equity research at Richmond Consulting and Research from 2002 to 2004.  RC&R was an independent equity research firm, specializing in selecting and recommending investment ideas to buy side, with focus on pair-trade strategies centered on companies listed in the U.S. and Europe.  Prior to RC&R, Alex was at Individual Investor Group from 1997 to 2001.  From 1995 to 1997 Alex was with Value Line where he was responsible for maintaining the integrity of financial metrics of companies included in the Value Line Investment Survey.  Alex began his finance career at Prudential Securities in 1994.   

Alex received his BS (1993) and MBA (2003) from New York University.

Jan Parsons

Chairman, Partner

Jan is the creator of our philosophy and process and is an original founder of the firm dating back to 1987.  

Prior to what is now Pier Capital, Jan worked at Enskilda Securities in London, England from 1985 to 1987.  Before his time at Enskilda, he conducted equity research for the Sirius Insurance Company, Ltd. in Stockholm, Sweden from 1983 to 1985.  

Jan received his Civilekonom (MBA) from the University of Stockholm in 1983.

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Ross Hawkins

National Accounts Representative, Partner

Ross joined Pier in 2005 and is responsible for establishing and maintaining client relationships for the Firm. 

Prior to joining Pier from 1999 to 2005, Ross led the retail and institutional sales and marketing effort for Awad Asset Management, Inc. From 1998 to 1999 he worked as an Institutional Sales Analyst for Raymond James Financial, Inc. He began his financial services career in 1996 at Investment Management and Research (an RJF subsidiary) where he trained and supported financial advisors on a third party performance and portfolio reporting software package. 

Ross earned his BBA from Tampa College in 1996 and has held FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Anne Hua, CFA

Senior Equity Analyst, Partner

Anne joined Pier in 2000 and her responsibilities include conducting equity research for the Firm’s Small and SMid Cap Growth strategies.  

While analysts at Pier tend to be generalists in scope, Anne, given her background, focuses on companies primarily within the Healthcare sector.  Anne was a Pharmacist from 1999 to 2000 at the Centenary Hospital in Toronto, Canada.  She conducted credit research at the Royal Bank of Canada Dominion Securities in Toronto from 1998 to 1999.  

She received her B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto in 1995, as well as her MBA in 1999.  Additionally, Anne holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Andrew Hokenson, CFA

Senior Equity Analyst, Partner

Andrew joined Pier in 2006 and his responsibilities include conducting equity research for the Firm’s Small and SMid Cap Growth strategies.   

Prior to joining Pier, Andrew worked at Benefit Providers from 2003 until 2004, where he worked in the private client group and wealth management area.  From 2002 to 2003 he was at Fordham Financial, where he worked on risk management, insurance and tax and estate planning.  

Andrew received his BA from Carleton College in 2002 and his MBA from Rutgers University in 2006.

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Clemence Garcia, CFA

Senior Equity Analyst, Partner

Clem joined Pier in 2007 and his responsibilities include conducting equity research for the Firm’s Small and SMid Cap Growth strategies.  

Prior to joining Pier, Clem was an Equity Analyst at GE Asset Management from 1997 to 2006.  From 1996 to 1997 Clem worked with the Urban Business Assistance Corporation.  From 1990 to 1995, Clem was a Equity Analyst working for the Bank of New York.  

He received his BS in Economics from Hofstra University in 1989 and his MBA from New York University in 1997.  Additionally, Clem holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Dmitry Malinsky

Equity Analyst, Partner

Dmitry joined the Pier in 2011 and his responsibilities include conducting equity research for the Firm’s Small and SMidcap Growth. 

Prior to joining Pier Dmitry held a Business Analyst position at Unilever for a year.  From 2006 to 2009 Dmitry worked as a Senior Analyst at The Nielson Company.

Dmitry received his B.Sc. in 2006 and an MBA in 2011 both from Rutgers University.

Natalie Wright

Senior Equity Trader, Partner

Natalie joined Pier in 2007 and her responsibilities include trading for all of the Firm’s equity strategies.  

Natalie has a number of years experience in equity trading and has worked at Trusco from 1997 to 2007, Capital Institutional Services, Inc. from 1994 to 1997 and Principal Financial Securities from 1992 to 1994.  

Natalie received her B.Sc. in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 1991.