The Reiman School of Finance is pleased to introduce its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winners: Matthew Benkendorf and Wendy Dominguez. They are wonderful examples of the career success that can be achieved when Reiman graduates combine their skills and knowledge with hard work and dedication.
Matthew Benkendorf is the chief investment officer of Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., the New York-based Quality Growth Boutique, one of six boutiques within Swiss-based Vontobel Asset Management. Vontobel Asset Management is dedicated exclusively to managing global and regional long-only equity portfolios and seeks to invest in high quality growth companies with the goal of outperforming the benchmark, with less risk, over a full market cycle.
Matt joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc. in October 1999 in trade support. After being promoted to trader in 2000, Matt became a research analyst in 2002 and moved into portfolio management in 2006 as deputy portfolio manager of Vontobel’s European Equity Strategy. In 2008 Matt continued to grow in his portfolio management role becoming lead portfolio manager of European Equity and deputy portfolio manager of Global Equity, and in 2010 became deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel U.S. Equity Strategy ultimately becoming lead portfolio manager in 2012. As a co-architect of Vontobel’s quality growth philosophy and style – and proven success in managing Vontobel’s strategies – he was named Chief Investment Officer in March 2016. During Matt’s portfolio management tenure, he has been recognized by the industry for his track record and has won numerous awards from firms such as: Morningstar, Lipper, Euro Funds, European Pension Awards, Österreichischer Fondspreis and Deutscher Fondspreis. Matt received a BSBA in finance from the University of Denver.
Wendy is the president and co-founder of Innovest Portfolio Solutions. She has more than 25 years of experience in the investment consulting profession. Her clients include some of the largest public and private sector retirement plans in the Western United States, as well as many large nonprofits and wealthy families. She is a member of Innovest’s Executive Leadership Team. Additionally, she leads Innovest’s Retirement Plan Practice Group, a specialized team that identifies best practices and implements process improvements to maximize efficiencies for retirement plan clients. Wendy has been named one of the 20 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising in the nation by Employee Benefit Adviser. Finally, Wendy has been designated as one of the Financial Times’ Top 100 Women Financial Advisors.
Wendy has a Bachelor of Science in finance and economics (magna cum laude) and an MBA from the University of Denver. Wendy was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Metropolitan State University Board of Trustees in 2016. She was selected to serve on the CEO Advisory Cabinet for the Colorado Community College System. She is also a member of the Reiman School of Finance Advisory Board. Wendy was also recently added to the Colorado Trust Board with her official term beginning in January 2019. She is an Advisory Board member for ACE Scholarships and was a prior member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Denver. She previously served as the Chairman of the Board of ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women), an international Catholic women’s organization. Wendy is also a member of The 100 Club of Denver, which provides financial support to the families of fallen police and firefighters.