Brent Miller, CFA, President and Chief Operating Officer
Brent Miller has served Gradient in various senior-level capacities since 2003 and has extensive experience in both fundamental equity research and forensic accounting. As an equity analyst, Brent focused on uncovering earnings quality risks factors that indicated a greater likelihood of share price underperformance for both domestic and international companies. Brent’s work experience also includes building qualitative, quantitative, and software-based equity research products for Gradient’s institutional clients. In his current role, Brent is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gradient’s research process and managing the analyst, business development, and client relations functions at Gradient.
Brent earned an MBA from Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business and holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from Arizona State. He is a CFA charterholder.
Nicholas Wesley Yee, CPA, Director of Research
Nicholas Yee has over 10 years of experience working within the mutual and hedge fund industries. At Gradient, he focuses primarily on the technology, financial and industrials sectors with an emphasis on earnings quality issues. Nicholas has done significant work and is an expert with respect to tax profit shifting and international tax law. He has published numerous highly regarded Gradient Issue Commentaries about publicly traded companies and their strategies to shift profits overseas.
Nicholas is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona. He received a BS and a Master of Accounting with a Tax designation from the 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.