Our eight-person team has deep backgrounds in equity-research, engineering, statistics and management. We have collectively lived in seven different countries (not including the UP). Five have have engineering degrees, four are MIT alumni, three came from Citi/Salomon and two have chemical engineering degrees (we are numbers people).

Bert_859A9868Albert Richards

Albert Richards is a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry. Before starting Alambic Investment Management to develop systematic stock selection strategies, he perfected the art of tearing apart financial statements to find value and opportunity. As a sell-side analyst and head of research within two large global investment banks, Bert became adept at identifying and quantifying the key drivers of equity valuation and company quality as well as the behavioral pitfalls that create market opportunities.

As Alambic’s primary strategy architect, Bert brings his insight in equity research to the development of innovative stock selection models and his management expertise to the leadership of the firm.

Prior to becoming a founding partner of Alambic, Bert was Managing Director and Head of European Equity Research (1994-2000) for Citigroup (previously Salomon Brothers), European Internet and Global Technology strategist (2000-2003) and Small and Mid-Cap strategist (2003-2006). From 1986 to 1994 Mr. Richards worked in equity research for Credit Suisse First Boston in New York and London.

Mr. Richards received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1981, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1983, a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1986, and an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management (MIT), also in 1986. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1990.

brianBrian Thompson
PhD, CAIA | Chief Risk Officer

Brian Thompson is Alambic’s President and Chief Risk Officer. A perpetual academic, Brian routinely immerses himself in novel areas of study and pursues them to mastery.  He is adept at relating complex concepts to the uninitiated and his multi-disciplinary background allows him to find insights inaccessible to others.  While pursuing his PhD at MIT, Brian completed a concentration in statistics and was a tenured professor before pursing a career in industry. He began his research in finance by deriving the Black-Scholes Model for derivative pricing and modeling the demand-driven mispricing of pari-mutuel betting spreads.  An accomplished oboist, Brian finds symmetry between music and quantitative finance, as excellence in both disciplines is found at the intersection of predictable rhythm and emotion.

From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Thompson was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and then Senior Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies, Agere Systems and Legerity, Inc., successively. For the 10 years prior to 1998, he was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Kansas (tenured in 1993), and, from 1986 to 1988, he was a Member of Technical Staff at Analog Devices.

Mr. Thompson received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1981, an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983, and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Statistics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He was awarded the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation in 2008.

Alla Yakov-Collins
Chief Financial Officer

We are an organization of engineers and math geeks, dedicated to constant improvement, and we all really like precision.  Alla Yakov-Collins joined Alambic in 2016 and took our obsession with precision to a whole new level.  As our CFO, Alla keeps the business accounts running smoothly, and she also has a knack for finding typos and arithmetic errors in marketing materials, legal contracts and other forms of correspondence (like the website).  On top of taking pride in finding and destroying accounting errors, Alla is often introduced as “the nicest person in the company” (a title that we take seriously with our mid-western roots), and she is also a classical pianist.  Before joining Alambic, Alla was the Controller at Standard Pacific Capital, LLC and from 2008 to 2015, she worked in fund administration at Citco Fund Services.

Ms. Yakov-Collins received her B.A. cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Economics.


MaryMary Phillips
Chief Compliance Officer

Mary Phillips is Alambic’s Chief Compliance Officer and joined the firm in 2009.  Bert and Mary worked together at Salomon Brothers in London before they both returned to the US and, coincidentally, settled in the Bay Area.  As her family grew roots in Northern California, Mary supported NaturalPath Media and Lark Media, Inc. with her human resources and administrative gifts from 2003 to 2009.  Back in London, Ms. Phillips was Executive Vice President and Counsel in the European Compliance Department for Citigroup (formerly Salomon Brothers); and prior to that, she was Senior Counsel and Branch Chief in the Division of Enforcement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and Associate at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Phillips received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1986 and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1989.

matt_headshotMatthew Dolan
CFA/ Quantitative Strategist / COO 

Matthew Dolan always has a smile on his face.  We actually asked him to stop smiling for this picture.  Matt joined Alambic in 2015 as a Quantitative Strategist and brings a rich background in process engineering as well as rigorous attention to detail to Alambic’s research and operations teams.  Prior to joining, Matt was a Research Assistant in the High Speed Compressor Research Laboratory at Purdue University where he was also a Teaching Assistant. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2012 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2015.


Danielle Lawson
Head of Marketing and Client Service

Affectionately referred to as Alambic’s “talking quant,” Danielle Lawson brings an analytical background and experience in quantitative research to Alambic’s marketing and client service functions. Prior to joining Alambic in 2013, Ms. Lawson was the Head of Quant Strategy for Thomson Reuters and a member of the Quantitative Research Team at StarMine (acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2008). Before that, she was an IT consultant and the Head of Operations and Client Services for a technology start-up.

Ms. Lawson received a B.S. and an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Scott McBride
CFA | Quantitative Strategist 

Scott McBride is a Quantitative Strategist.  Scott put his Electrical Engineering degree to work in Hardware Equity Research for seven years before joining Alambic as a Founder and Lead Computer Geek.

Prior to joining Alambic in early 2007, Mr. McBride was an Associate Analyst on the Hardware Equity Research Team at Schwab Soundview/Soundview Technology Group. From 2000 to 2003, he worked for Citigroup/Salomon Smith Barney in Hardware Equity Research and Global Technology Strategy. Before that, Mr. McBride was Communication Systems Engineer at TRW, where he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff.

Mr. McBride received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1989, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991, and an M.B.A degree from the Anderson School of Management (UCLA) in 1998. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003.

For more information about the Alambic team, contact us.