The Expertise to Get the Job Done
American Beacon Advisors, Inc. began providing short-term fixed-income client services as an independent entity in November 1986. Prior to that, our investment officers successfully managed the operating funds of the treasury department of a major U.S. corporation. Their investment success led to the formal creation of AMR Investments (our predecessor firm) to provide business management, advisory, administrative and asset management consulting services to other institutional investors. The American Beacon Funds were created and made available to the general investing public in 1987.
Jeffrey K. Ringdahl
President & CEO
Jeffrey K. Ringdahl serves as president and CEO of American Beacon Advisors, as well as president of American Beacon Funds. He also serves as president and CEO of Resolute Investment Managers, American Beacon’s parent company, and holds additional senior leadership positions with other affiliated organizations. Prior to joining American Beacon Advisors in 2010, Mr. Ringdahl spent six years with Western & Southern Financial Group, including three years as vice president of Product Management for the company’s mutual fund subsidiary, Touchstone Investments. Mr. Ringdahl’s experience also includes investment and operational roles with Fidelity Investments and State Street Global Advisors. Mr. Ringdahl received his B.A. in Economics from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Paul B. Cavazos joined American Beacon Advisors as senior vice president and chief investment officer in June 2016 and was named vice president of the American Beacon Funds in August 2016. Mr. Cavazos is responsible for overseeing corporate pension plan investments and the investment sub-advisors to the American Beacon Funds. His comprehensive background includes leading defined benefit and contribution plans, conducting investment manager searches, due diligence and risk-control oversight. Before joining American Beacon, Mr. Cavazos served as chief investment officer and assistant treasurer at DTE Energy Company in Detroit. He was responsible for the development of asset allocation strategies, as well as fiduciary oversight for DTE’s $10 billion in retirement trust assets. In 2014, Mr. Cavazos received the prestigious CIO Industry Innovation Award of the Year from Chief Investment Officer magazine. Previously, Mr. Cavazos served as chief investment officer at Navistar, where he was responsible for all investment aspects of the company’s $5 billion in retirement trust assets. His experience also includes investment and finance roles at The Boeing Company and Chrysler Corporation. Mr. Cavazos is a member of the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (“CIEBA”), which is a plan sponsor organization representing more than 110 of the country’s largest pension funds. CIEBA’s members manage more than $2 trillion of defined benefit and defined contribution plan assets on behalf of more than 17 million plan participants and beneficiaries. In October 2020, Mr. Cavazos was elected to serve a two-year term as chairman of the CIEBA Board of Directors. He previously served a two-year term as its vice chair. In these roles, he assists CIEBA on a number of defined benefit and contribution issues. Mr. Cavazos earned a B.S. in Finance from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He also holds an MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Samuel J. Silver
Vice President, Chief Fixed Income Officer
Samuel J. Silver was named vice president and chief fixed income officer of American Beacon Advisors in June 2016 and has served as vice president of the American Beacon Funds since November 2011. In this role, Mr. Silver oversees the firm’s money-market and fixed-income funds and separate accounts. From October 2011 to May 2016, he served as the firm’s vice president of Fixed Income Investments. From September 1999 to September 2011, Mr. Silver served as the senior portfolio manager of the firm’s stable value portfolios, including money-market funds and separate accounts. He joined the firm in September 1999. Prior to joining American Beacon, Mr. Silver served as director of Money Markets at Koch Industries from July 1997 to August 1999. Previously, he worked at Fidelity Investments for 10 years, during which time he spent eight years in the company’s Money Market division. Mr. Silver received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Dallas.
Rosemary K. Behan
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Rosemary K. Behan serves as senior vice president and general counsel of American Beacon Advisors. She also serves in the same roles for Resolute Investment Managers, its parent company, as well as vice president of American Beacon Funds and another affiliated organization. Prior to joining the firm in January 2006, Ms. Behan served as assistant general counsel of First Command Financial Planning, Inc., a financial planning organization registered with FINRA as a broker-dealer and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an Investment Adviser. Ms. Behan also worked in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from February 1995 to June 2004 and was an associate attorney at the law firm of Cantey & Hanger, LLP, in Fort Worth, Texas, from September 1990 to February 1995. From 1989 to 1990, she served as a briefing attorney for the Court of Appeals for the Second Judicial District of Texas. Ms. Behan received her J.D. from St. Mary’s University in 1989 and her B.A. from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1983. Ms. Behan is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Erica B. Duncan
Vice President, Marketing
Erica B. Duncan serves as vice president of Marketing for American Beacon Advisors and American Beacon Funds. She also serves in the same role for Resolute Investment Managers, American Beacon’s parent company. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Ms. Duncan spent six years with Invesco (formerly AIM Investments), beginning as a financial writer in the Marketing Communications department and most recently as a branding and advertising manager. While at Invesco, she collaborated with Product Management and Sales to develop marketing materials to support mutual funds for retail and institutional clients. Ms. Duncan earned an MBA from Rice University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Smith College.
Rebecca L. Harris
Senior Vice President, Product Management & Corporate Development
Rebecca L. Harris serves as senior vice president of Product Management and Corporate Development of American Beacon Advisors. She also serves in senior leadership roles for Resolute Investment Managers, American Beacon’s parent company, as well as vice president of an affiliated organization. Since joining the firm in 1991, Ms. Harris has held other leadership roles, including those of chief financial officer of American Beacon from 1995 to 2010, treasurer of the American Beacon Funds from 1995 to 2010 and director of Product Management from 2010 to 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Harris was a financial analyst at Sabre Travel Information Network in Southlake, Texas, from 1990 to 1991. She began her career at Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young) in Dallas. Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Melinda G. Heika
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Melinda G. Heika serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer of American Beacon Advisors and as vice president of American Beacon Funds. She also serves in senior leadership roles for Resolute Investment Managers, their parent company, as well as CFO of another affiliated organization. Ms. Heika is responsible for directing the organization’s financial activities, including treasury, accounting, tax, audit, financial planning, financial control and oversight of the mutual fund accounting agent. Ms. Heika joined American Beacon Advisors in July 1997 serving as a senior analyst and controller. Prior to joining the firm, she managed financial reporting for Liberté Investors Inc. and First Nationwide Bank. Ms. Heika started her career with Ernst & Young after receiving a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Central Michigan University. Ms. Heika is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Terri L. McKinney
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services
Terri L. McKinney serves as senior vice president of Enterprise Services of American Beacon Advisors and vice president of American Beacon Funds. She also serves as senior vice president for Resolute Investment Managers, American Beacon’s parent company, as well as vice president of another affiliated organization. Ms. McKinney is responsible for operational processes and information technology systems. Ms. McKinney joined American Beacon Advisors in June 1996 as director of Marketing. Prior to joining the firm, she managed the Equity Administration team for Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York. Ms. McKinney started her career with the investment management firm of Fayez Sarofim & Co. after receiving a BBA in Business Broadcasting and Marketing from Baylor University.
Vice President, Information Technology
Bo Ragsdale serves as vice president of Information Technology of American Beacon Advisors, and he is responsible for information technology systems. He also serves in the same role for Resolute Investment Managers, the parent company of American Beacon Advisors. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Ragsdale served as a program manager at American Airlines from 2002 to 2006 and as a consultant at Hewlett Packard from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Ragsdale graduated from Trinity University with a B.A. in Business in 1998. He earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University in 2006.
Christina E. Sears
Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer
Christina E. Sears serves as vice president and chief compliance officer of American Beacon Advisors and American Beacon Funds. She also serves as vice president of Compliance for Resolute Investment Managers, American Beacon’s parent company, as well as vice president of another affiliated organization. Ms. Sears has over 20 years of experience in investment compliance. Prior to joining the affiliated organizations in 1998, she performed middle office operations for an independent broker-dealer. Ms. Sears earned an M.S. in Economics from Baylor University – Hankamer School of Business, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Philosophy from Southern Methodist University.
Gregory Stumm, CFA®, CAIA®
Senior Vice President, Sales & Head of Distribution
Gregory Stumm serves as a senior vice president of Sales and head of distribution of American Beacon Advisors. He also serves in senior leadership roles for Resolute Investment Managers, American Beacon’s parent company. Mr. Stumm has overall responsibility for the management of the company’s institutional, retail and fixed-income sales. Mr. Stumm joined American Beacon Advisors in November 2012 as a vice president of National Advisory Sales and progressed to roles as national sales manager of Retail Sales, followed by national sales manager of Institutional & Platform Sales. Earlier in his career, Mr. Stumm served as an investment director of RS Funds, a subsidiary of Guardian Investor Services, and as a product specialist for the Investment Research Group at PLANCO, a division of The Hartford Mutual Funds. Mr. Stumm earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania; he studied Philosophy and Politics with a concentration in Economics and was a member of the rowing team. He holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63 and 24 securities licenses. He also is a CFA® charterholder and a CAIA® charterholder.
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