Investment Team

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Robert Sydow

Chief Investment Officer/ Principal and Portfolio Manager

Robert Sydow has twenty-one years of investment management experience. He founded Grandview Capital in February 1999 and co-invested 100% of his net worth in the Grandview portfolio. From 1989 to 1999, he co-managed SunAmerica Investments’ high yield portfolio which grew tenfold to $4 billion. Previously, he spent three years as Treasurer, Asset/Liability Manager, and High Yield Portfolio Manager at First Interstate Bancorp and five years in various financial positions at Atlantic Richfield Company. Mr. Sydow received his joint undergraduate degrees in economics and history and joint graduate degrees with high honors in finance (M.B.A.) and law (Juris Doctor) from UCLA.

Kevin Buckle, CFA

Principal and Portfolio Manager

Kevin Buckle has nineteen years of experience in the investment management business. He joined Grandview Capital in June 2002 as a Portfolio Manager and was previously Managing Director at Willow Brook Capital, a private equity boutique. From 1994 to 2001, he was a Vice President, Director, and Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of SunAmerica Investments, where he ultimately co-managed high yield bond and loan portfolios which grew to approximately $8 billion of assets. Investments included high yield public and private debt, mezzanine, private equity, and leveraged loans. He received a B.S. in finance and accounting and an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Southern California. Mr. Buckle is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

James Lisko

Principal and Portfolio Manager/ Trader

James Lisko has fifteen years of experience as a Senior Analyst, Director of Research, and Portfolio Manager specializing in high yield, leveraged loans and distressed debt. He joined Grandview Capital in March 1999 as a Portfolio Manager. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager at JPBT Advisors, Senior Analyst at Western Asset Management, Senior Analyst at SunAmerica Investments, and Director of Research at Papillon Partners. He received his joint undergraduate degrees in Finance and Accounting from Ohio State and his M.B.A. from the University of Miami.

Andre Shih

Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Analyst

Andre Shih has five years of investment management experience. Prior to joining Grandview, Andre held various consulting positions, including head of the Financial Institutions Practice at Stern Stewart & Co and head of Asia/Pacific Consulting at Treasury Service Corporation. He held various financial positions at Fidelity Federal Bank, First Interstate Bank and Atlantic Richfield Company. Andre holds an M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Management from UCLA.

Justine Ho

Senior Analyst

Justine Ho has thirteen years experience in investment management. She joined Grandview Capital in May 2001 as a Senior Analyst. Prior to that she spent two years as a Senior Analyst in SunAmerica Investments’ Leveraged Financed Group and three years in Bear Stearns’ Investment Banking Group. Miss Ho received her B.A. in Business/Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. She also obtained her C.P.A. license while she was a senior auditor at Deloitte and Touche, LLP.

Claire Sering Pearce

Operations Manager

Claire Sering Pearce has five years of investment back office experience with Grandview, settling both high yield and loan trades, and six years of experience as an executive administrative assistant in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Her corporate experience includes two years as assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at Stern Stewart & Co. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.