Management Team

Our experienced investment teams have an average tenure of at least 15 years for each strategy.

  • Anthony Rizza, CFA

  • Clifford G. Fox, CFA

  • Thomas J. Bisighini, CFA

  • Michael Iacono, CFA, CPA

  • Frank A. Cuttita

  • Christopher T. Corbett, CFA

  • Daniel D. Dodge

  • Richard Pace

  • Zeid Ayer, CFA

Anthony Rizza, CFA  |  Senior Managing Director/Portfolio Manager

Mr. Rizza joined Columbus Circle Investors in June, 1991. Mr. Rizza previously worked with Connecticut National Bank as a Research Officer. He received his B.S. degree in Business from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Rizza has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society Hartford (formerly known as the Hartford Society of Security Analysts).

Clifford G. Fox, CFA  |  Senior Managing Director/Portfolio Manager

Mr. Fox joined Columbus Circle Investors in October, 1992. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Equity Investments at General Reinsurance Corporation. He received his M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business, New York University and his B.S. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Fox has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society New York (formerly known as the New York Society of Security Analysts).

Thomas J. Bisighini, CFA  |  Senior Managing Director/Portfolio Manager

Mr. Bisighini joined Columbus Circle Investors in May, 2004. Prior to becoming Senior Managing Director/Portfolio Manager, he held the positions of Managing Director/Co-Portfolio Manager, Senior Vice President/Co-Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President/Senior Securities Analyst. Mr. Bisighini previously worked with DnB Asset Management (formerly Skandia Asset Management) as a Portfolio Manager. Mr. Bisighini also worked as a Portfolio Manager at Prudential Investments. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University and his B.S. from Bentley College. Mr. Bisighini has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society New York (formerly known as the New York Society of Security Analysts).

Michael Iacono, CFA, CPA  |  Senior Managing Director/Portfolio Manager, Mid Cap

Mr. Iacono joined Columbus Circle Investors in February, 1997 and rejoined in March, 2000 after a 10 month absence. Prior to becoming Portfolio Manager, he held the position of Co-Portfolio Manager since January, 2004. Mr. Iacono previously held the positions of Research Associate, Securities Analyst, and Senior Securities Analyst. During his absence, he held the position of Portfolio Manager at Bedford Oak Advisors, an investment partnership. Mr. Iacono also previously worked at Arthur Andersen, L.L.P. as a Senior Audit and Business Advisor. Mr. Iacono received his B.S. from Boston College. Mr. Iacono is a Certified Public Accountant and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society New York (formerly known as the New York Society of Security Analysts).

Frank A. Cuttita  |  Senior Managing Director/Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. Cuttita joined Columbus Circle Investors in March 2001.  Prior to becoming Chief Administrative Officer, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Prestige Financial Center, Inc.  While at the firm he also held the positions of Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Financial Officer.  He received his BA in Accounting from City University of New York (Queens College) and an MBA in International Finance from St. John’s University, NY.  He also attended London School of Economics, UK, as part of his MBA program.

Christopher T. Corbett, CFA  |  Managing Director/Portfolio Manager

Mr. Corbett joined Columbus Circle Investors in May, 2006. Prior to becoming Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Mr. Corbett held the position of Senior Vice President/Co-Portfolio Manager. Prior to becoming Senior Vice President/Co-Portfolio Manager, he held the position of Senior Securities Analyst. Prior to this, he was an Associate Analyst for Banc of America. Mr. Corbett also worked as an Associate Analyst with UBS and as an Investment Analyst for Driehaus Capital Management. Mr. Corbett received his M.B.A. in Finance and Management and B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Corbett has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society New York (formerly known as the New York Society of Security Analysts).

Daniel D. Dodge  |  Managing Director/Head Trader

Mr. Dodge joined Columbus Circle Investors in July, 2007. Prior to becoming Managing Director, Head Trader, he held the position of Senior Vice President, Head Trader.  Prior to this, he was a Vice President, Senior Equity Trader at Wellington Management Company, LLP.  Mr. Dodge also worked at T.Rowe Price Associates, Inc. as an Assistant Equity Trader. Prior to this, he worked for Hartford Investment Management Company as a High Yield Trading Assistant. Mr. Dodge received his B.S. in Accounting from Nichols College.

Richard Pace  |  Managing Director/Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Pace joined Columbus Circle Investors in March, 2002. Prior to becoming Managing Director/Chief Marketing Officer, he held the position of Senior Vice President Alternative Strategies.  Before joining CCI, Mr. Pace was a Partner, Director of Sales for ECEI Inc.  Prior to this, he worked for Stratocom Corporation as a Strategic Major Account Director.  Mr. Pace received his B.S. in Finance from Providence College.

Zeid Ayer, CFA  |  Managing Director/Head of Business Strategy & Development

Dr. Ayer joined Columbus Circle Investors in March 2016.  Prior to joining CCI, Dr. Ayer held various positions at Principal Global Investors starting as a senior fixed-income research analyst in June 2001, then senior fixed-income portfolio manager, followed by senior investment and management roles at Principal joint ventures in Malaysia and China.  His most recent role at Principal was as a member of the ETF Capital Markets desk. Prior to joining Principal, he was a computational risk-modeling analyst in asset-liability risk management at PNC Bank.  Dr. Ayer holds a Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in physics from St. Xavier’s College.  He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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