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Mike Alfred

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Alfred is Co-Founder and CEO of BrightScope and responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of the company.

Previously, Mike was the Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager of Alfred Capital Management LLC, an independent registered investment firm located in La Jolla, CA. He has been a Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager since 2003. Mike is a dynamic thinker capable of developing and implementing cutting-edge business models and effective marketing strategies. He is also a proven relationship builder who excels at establishing key partnerships. A noted and quoted 401k and financial expert, Mike has appeared on CNBC, ABC News, Fox Business News, National Public Radio and in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, Reuters, Fast Company, Inc., Wired, US News and World Report, CNN/Money Magazine, SmartMoney, theStreet.com, Kiplinger, Pensions & Investments, Employee Benefit Adviser, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The San Diego Business Journal, and many others.

Mike and his brother, BrightScope President Ryan Alfred, teach financial literacy to grade school and high school students. In addition, he mentors other aspiring entrepreneurs both informally and through organizations like the Founder Institute.

He is a member of the board of directors at Crestone Group LLC and Tech San Diego. Mike received his bachelor's degree in History from Stanford University.

Ryan Alfred

President & Chief Operating Officer

Ryan Alfred is Co-Founder, President and COO of BrightScope and responsible for the day to day operations of the company. Ryan is a noted expert and frequent speaker on financial industry regulation and is actively engaged in the debate in Washington DC about issues relating to retirement. In 2014, Ryan joined the board of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Ryan has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BusinessWeek, USA Today, Pensions & Investments and numerous other national and industry publications. In 2012 Ryan was named to Forbes’ Top 30 under 30 in Finance and to the Smart Money Power 30.

Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Chief Compliance Officer of Alfred Capital Management LLC, an independent registered investment firm located in La Jolla, CA.

In addition to his work endeavors, Ryan and his brother, BrightScope CEO Mike Alfred, teach financial literacy to minority students through the Links Achievers Program, the Pathways to College Network, and Jack and Jill of America. Ryan and Mike also teach the Stock Market Game to high school students at Cathedral Catholic High School and San Diego High School.

Ryan received his bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard University.

Chris Riggio

Chief Revenue Officer

Chris is Chief Revenue Officer at BrightScope, a leading provider of software and data analytics to the world's largest financial institutions. He is responsible for the client facing engagement team made up of talented and professional sales executives, sales associates, data solutions and client success representatives. As part of the Executive team, he is tasked with accelerating the company's growth given the industry demand for better data transparency and visualization. BrightScope's web based software, Beacon provides data, analytics and workflow tools that help drive better decision making for asset managers, broker-dealers and financial advisors.

Mr. Riggio started his career in 1998 at Chase Manhattan Bank and held senior roles at TheStreet.com, SmartMoney, Dow Jones, and most recently Interactive Data where he managed a team of Sales Executives and Account Managers. Mr. Riggio was instrumental in building a successful sales organization within Interactive Data’s Wealth Management division delivering data analytics and software to the top financial institutions in North America.

Chris received his bachelor's degree in Economics from State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Jason Yates

Chief Technology Officer

Jason is Chief Technology Officer at BrightScope and responsible for the technological strategy of the company as well as overseeing architecture and infrastructure. He joined BrightScope in early 2010 and quickly displayed his capabilities as a developer and leader while working on several core systems. Jason has a demonstrated ability to bridge the spectrum of low-level implementation details and big picture vision.

Previously, Jason worked at Parasoft in the areas of static code analysis, automated code refactoring, and metrics. He has participated in panels for undergraduate students entering STEM fields and is a frequent attendee of local technology events.

Jason graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Andy George

Senior Vice President of Engineering

Andy is Senior Vice President of Engineering at BrightScope and leads a contemporary development team under an agile framework to deliver BrightScope’s data driven solutions.

Prior to BrightScope, Andy has led large development teams and created global internet applications, highly available enterprise solutions, and data management offerings for prominent organizations like Active Network, GERS Inc (GE Retail Systems), ProfitLine, Epicor, and Computer Sciences Corporation. In these roles, Andy managed and led his teams through rapid growth, mergers, large technology projects, acquisitions, and initial public offerings. He presents at numerous conferences, including Computer World Business Intelligence, and actively participates in the San Diego technology community.

Andy graduated with a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from California State University, Chico.

Jeremy Ross

Executive Vice President of Enterprise Sales

Jeremy is Executive Vice President of Enterprise Sales at BrightScope. He is responsible for driving adoption of BrightScope's industry leading suite of products and services that drive more effective sales and retention strategies for top financial institutions by leveraging an unparalleled fusion of proprietary data, analytics, and engineering expertise.

Jeremy is a dedicated community volunteer as a member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Board of Directors and former Chair of the San Diego Race for the Cure, raising over $1 million annually in the battle to end breast cancer forever.

He received his bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis in Finance and Marketing.

Allegra Heyligers

Executive Vice President of Client Engagement

Allegra is Executive Vice President of Client Engagement at BrightScope and responsible for developing and implementing key programs and initiatives that drive business outcomes for BrightScope clients.

Prior to joining BrightScope, Allegra spent the majority of her career at BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors, serving in a variety of business management and strategy roles. Most recently, she was Head of Retirement Strategy for BlackRock’s US Retirement Group and Chief Operating Officer of BlackRock's US & Canada Defined Contribution Group. At BGI, she was Chief of Staff for the Defined Contribution business, a Client Engagement Director and served as the Global Business Strategist for the Transition Management Group.

Allegra earned a bachelor's degree, cum laude, in communications from California Polytechnic State University.

Rick Niedt

Executive Vice President of Enterprise Product

Rick is Executive Vice President of Enterprise Product Development at BrightScope. He is responsible for the product development and management of the BrightScope Enterprise products. As part of the Executive team, he is responsible for accelerating the company’s growth strategy by enhancing BrightScope’s web-based software platform, Beacon.

Rick has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry with his most recent role at DST as Strategic Product Development Officer in their Integrated Data and Analytics domain.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Northern Michigan University.

Brooks Herman

Head of Data & Research

Brooks is Head of Data and Research at BrightScope and is responsible for leading BrightScope's Data Organization and Research team. He oversees the Data Organization as it acquires, processes, and normalizes raw data from more than 50 sources and manages the data flow into BrightScope's product set. In addition, he is responsible for the development, writing, marketing, and sales of research based on BrightScope's robust retirement plan and financial advisor data sets. Brooks has worked extensively with multiple departments at BrightScope and is an expert in the Defined Contribution space.

Brooks has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CNN Money, Bloomberg, Reuters, and The Financial Times. Previously, Brooks worked at ARCH Venture Partners and Rockefeller & Company in New York.

Brooks received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University, received a master's degree from Harvard University, and received his Master of Business Administration in finance from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.