Team


Kevin Smith

Kevin C. Smith, CFA – Member/Chief Investment Officer


Kevin is the Founder and CIO of Crescat Capital. He has been managing investment portfolios since 1992, a career spanning multiple business cycles. Kevin has been the lead Portfolio Manager of Crescat’s five investment strategies since their respective inceptions. He is the creator of Crescat’s firmwide global macro investment process and systematic equity valuation model. Prior to founding Crescat, he worked as a Wealth Advisor with Kidder Peabody. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a specialization in Finance and a concentration in Statistics. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and German studies from Stanford University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Letter from the Founder


Linda Carleu Smith

Linda Carleu Smith, CPA – Member/Chief Operating Officer


Linda is a Co-Founder of Crescat Capital. As Chief Operating Officer, she manages Crescat’s business operations, including finance, regulatory compliance, and client service. In prior roles at Crescat and its predecessor companies, she has served as Controller from 1997-2012 and the in dual position of Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer from 2012-2015. She became COO in 2015. Linda came to Crescat with significant investment industry and public accounting experience from prior employment at Kidder Peabody and EKS&H (now Plante Moran) and corporate experience as Controller of Pharmajet, a biotech company. Born and raised in New Jersey, Linda earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BA in English Language and Literature from Tufts University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.


Otavio (“Tavi”) Costa

Otavio (“Tavi”) Costa – Member/Portfolio Manager


Tavi is a Member and Portfolio Manager at Crescat Capital and has been with the firm since 2013. He is responsible for developing Crescat’s macro models as part of our thematic investment process. His research has been featured in financial publications such as Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Yahoo Finance, Real Vision, and others. Tavi is a native of São Paulo, Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Before joining Crescat, he worked with the underwriting of financial products and in international business at Braservice, a large logistics company in Brazil. Tavi graduated cum laude from Lindenwood University in St. Louis with a B.A. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in Spanish. Tavi played NCAA Division 1 tennis for Liberty University.


Quinton Hennigh

Quinton Hennigh, PhD – Member/Geologic & Technical Director


Quinton is a globally renowned exploration geologist with 30+ years of precious metals mining experience. Dr. Hennigh began his career in gold exploration after obtaining his PhD in Geology/Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines. Early in his career he worked for major gold mining companies including Homestake Mining (now Barrick Gold Corp.), Newcrest Mining, and Newmont Corp. Later, Dr. Hennigh founded Novo Resources Corp (TSX: NVO), acting as its CEO and currently serving as Chairman. He has played a key role in major global discoveries such as Novo’s Pilbara assets in Western Australia, First Mining Gold’s Springpole gold deposit in Ontario, Kirkland Lake Gold’s Fostervillegold mine in Australia, the Rattlesnake Hills gold deposit in Wyoming, and Lion One’s Tuvatu gold project in Fiji, among many others.


Tyler Reger

Tyler Reger – Fund Controller


Tyler oversees the financial accounting and reporting of Crescat’s hedge funds. He acts as the primary liaison between the prime brokers, administrator, and investment team to ensure that all parties are in sync to provide accurate and timely reporting. Tyler came to Crescat with 11 years of industry experience in fund administration. Prior to joining Crescat, Tyler held positions in mutual fund and private equity administration at STRAIT Capital, Charles Schwab Investment Management and ALPS Fund Services. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with and emphasis in Accounting from the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado, Denver.


Ryan Wardell

Ryan Wardell – Investment Systems Leader


Ryan is responsible for the firm’s investment management operations and trading, including trade staging and execution. He is also responsible for maintaining the firm’s portfolio track records and internal systems, including the automation and production of its equity and macro models. Ryan came to Crescat with more than 10 years of industry experience as Specialized Services Trader at Scottrade and Fidelity Investments. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Ryan is currently working towards the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has passed the CFA Level 1 Exam.


Marek Iwahashi

Marek Iwahashi – Investor Relations & Accounting Coordinator


Marek is Crescat’s point person for existing and prospective investors. With a strong background in finance, he works with clients to understand their needs, explain the firm’s strategies, open new accounts, and respond to inquiries. Marek also handles various operations, including performing daily trade reconciliation and settlement. He helps produce firm marketing materials, updates consultant databases, and assists the investment team. Marek stood out versus his peers by making strong grades in an accelerated degree program at the University of Colorado, Denver where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance and an MBA with a specialization in Finance in 2019 while working full time. Prior to joining Crescat, he worked as a Mutual Fund Analyst at Broadridge Financial Solutions and assistant branch manager at TCF National Bank.


Cassie Fischer

Cassie Fischer – Marketing & Operations Coordinator


With a background in both finance and marketing, Cassie strives to perfect the Crescat client journey. She is focused on transparent and engaging communication of Crescat’s investment themes and strategies to distinguish the Crescat brand. Cassie has a lead role in crafting the firm’s marketing materials from strategy presentations to client reports, email communications, website, and social media content. She also works as a Client Services Specialist to help existing and prospective investors refine their investment goals and better understand Crescat’s offerings while answering any questions that may arise throughout the process. Additionally, Cassie is the point person for investment consultants and their databases. Cassie graduated cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic State University with a B.S in Finance. Prior to joining Crescat, she worked as a Marketing Strategist for DISH Network in Englewood, CO.


Max Fischer

Max Fischer – Portfolio Analyst


Max joined Crescat in 2020 after earning his undergrad in Finance from Colorado State University. As a student, he served as Treasurer of CSU’s finance club and as an Equity Analyst for the school’s student managed mutual fund. He traded his own accounts through school and gained real world experience trading equities, options, futures, and forex before joining the team. Max currently assists the Chief Investment Officer with day-to-day tasks and supports research and trading. Max is a CFA Level I Exam Candidate.