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Strategic Equity Management was founded in 1992 by Rick Gage, an engineer experienced in the use of statistical design and optimization.  Today the team at Strategic Equity is comprised of both engineering and finance professionals who combine their knowledge and experience to navigate the uncertainties of the stock market.  Our approach to the financial markets utilizes technical analysis to develop computer-driven investment models.  These proprietary models, developed through extensive back-testing, have guided Strategic Equity’s investment approach since its formation.

Meet The Team

RickHeadShot2016-webRichard Gage
President & Chief Investment Officer

Rick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering while attending South Dakota School of Mines & Technology on an academic scholarship.  He obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  Mr. Gage has worked in the field of statistical design and optimization since 1979--first in the metal process and microelectronics industries and since 1992 as the founder of Strategic Equity Management, Inc.

JeffHeadShot2016 2 - webJeff Hybiak, CFA
Sr. Portfolio Manager and Manager of Institutional Services

Jeff is a CFA charterholder & received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance & Accounting emphasis) from the University of Northern Colorado, where he was a member of the Financial Management Association National Honor Society.  He has worked in the field of accounting and finance since 1992.  Prior to joining SEM, Mr. Hybiak served as a Fund Manager/Analyst for the UNC Alumni Foundation Fund, a balanced portfolio consisting of equity, fixed income, and cash securities.  He joined Strategic Equity Management, Inc. in October 1998 and earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation after passing the Level I, II, & III exams in June 2014, 15, & 16.

Steve Headshot-2012Stephen D. Goad
Manager of Investment Research

Stephen received BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, in 1977, 1978, and 1985, respectively.  From 1981 to 1997 he performed both research and design work in the power electronics field.  In 1995 Dr. Goad began research in market technical analysis and trading system development and in January 1998 joined Strategic Equity Management, Inc.

TimHeadShot2016-webJimHeadShot2016-webTim McCain and Jim Stover
Relationship Managers & New Business Development

Tim & Jim have over 28 years combined sales & customer service experience.  Based out of Denver, Tim & Jim service all of SEM's Business Partner Relationships.  Prior to joining Strategic Equity in 2006, Tim & Jim worked in a similar capacity for Datalynx, a division of Fiserv.  Their experience on the custody & trust side of the business has made them an invaluable addition to the SEM team and all of our Business Partners.    

ShannonHeadShot2016 1-webShannon Chandler
Support Team Manager

Shannon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the SEM team in 2002, Ms. Chandler developed asset allocation strategies as an Investment Specialist for Charles Schwab.   

BrandiHeadShot2016-webBrandi Hybiak
Trading Assistant / Business Partner Support Specialist

Brandi has over 17 years of back office & customer service experience, most of those focusing on accounting operations.  She has been with the SEM team since 2001 & earned her Associates Degree in Business Management in 2014.


LaynieHeadShot2016-webLaynie Drenske
Business Partner Support Specialist

Laynie has been in the financial industry for over 20 years. Her experience in banking, financial advisory, mortgage-backed bond & commodity trading gives Laynie a versatile view of the financial industry. She has been with the SEM team since May 2004.

KimHeadShot2016 2-webKim Sitkowski
Business Partner Support Specialist

Kim has extensive background in back office operations, including many years in the financial services industry.  She has been with the SEM team since July 2010.


 SEM Team 2016 - web

Left to Right:  Kim Sitkowski, Rick Gage, Brandi Hybiak, Jeff Hybiak, Tim McCain, Shannon Chandler, Jim Stover, & Laynie Drenske
Not Pictured: Steve Goad