Brent Miller, CFA, President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Research

Brent Miller oversees Gradient’s research process and manages the analyst team, as well as business development and client relations functions. He has served Gradient in various roles since 2003, including building qualitative, quantitative, and software-based equity research products for Gradient’s institutional clients. Brent is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and earned undergraduate degrees in economics and political science and an MBA from Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business.

Byron MacLeod, CFA, Associate Director of Research

Byron MacLeod rejoined Gradient in 2012 after previously working for the firm for almost three years. In addition to his experience as a Gradient analyst, Byron has been an investment banking analyst with DeWaay Financial Network and a mergers & acquisitions analyst for Ryko Solutions. He is a Certified Financial Analyst charterholder and earned undergraduate degrees in finance, economics, and supply chain management from Arizona State University.

Dominic Finney, Chief Technical Editor and Senior Equity Incentive Analyst

Dominic Finney has been with Gradient since 2006. He specializes in executive-behavior analysis for both domestically and internationally based companies. Before joining the Gradient team, he was an assistant city editor at a newspaper in the Gannett chain.

Rachel Bradley, Equity Analyst

Rachel Bradley has been with Gradient since 2014. She focuses primarily on the technology and industrials sector with an emphasis on earnings quality issues. Before joining the Gradient team, she completed two internships with Boeing. Rachel received a BS degree in finance from the W. P. Carey School of Business and Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. While attending Arizona State University, she went through an aggressive selection process to become a member of the Student Investment Management Fund, which actively manages the trading of a live portfolio of $750,000 that industry professionals donated to the school.

Ian Striplin, Equity Analyst

Ian Striplin joined Gradient in 2016. He has a diverse background, including government contracting and logistics/supply chain solutions. Previously, he served in the Marine Corps and was a part of two deployments as an infantryman. While working for the Department of State in support of its mission in Iraq, he achieved a BS in business management. Before joining the Gradient team, he attended ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, receiving his MBA with a concentration in finance. During this time, he was exposed to Gradient's brand of earnings quality analysis through presentations made by our team.

Ryan Frederick, Equity Analyst

Ryan Frederick joined the Gradient team in June 2017. He came to Gradient with an eight-year background focused, primarily, on private insurance company mergers and acquisitions, valuation, and statutory accounting. Ryan graduated from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business with a BS degree in economics in 2009. Ryan is also in pursuit of becoming a CFA charterholder, having passed two out of three exams.

Bradley Cipriano, CPA, Equity Analyst

Bradley joined Gradient in June 2017 after previously working as a senior treasury analyst for Centuri Construction Group. He received his BS degree in accountancy from the W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. Bradley is a licensed CPA and is also pursuing the CFA charter.

Ryan DesJardin, Equity Analyst

Ryan joined the Gradient team in July 2019 as a recent graduate of Arizona State University. He worked with Gradient as an intern for over a year while earning a BS degree in finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business and will soon be pursuing the CFA charter.

Francisco Garcia, Equity Analyst

Francisco joined Gradient on March 2019 as a research analyst he was previously a mathematics educator. Francisco completed his B.S. in Mathematics & Statistics at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and M.S. in Financial Engineering from the Viterbi School of Engineering at The University of Southern California and is pursuing the CFA charter.