There’s a familiar face rejoining the sales team at Emerald Asset Management, Inc. Emerald’s founder and CEO Joseph E. Besecker today said that John J. Smith III has re-joined subsidiary company Emerald Advisers, Inc. as vice president, responsible for the sales and distribution of the firm's proprietary institutional and retail products, including the Emerald Mutual Funds.

Prior to rejoining Emerald, Smith was director of sales for Global Capital Management and Forward Management. Smith also served as senior vice president with Emerald Advisers, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of the firm's mutual funds from 2001 to 2005.

Emerald in March brought two mutual funds, Emerald Growth Fund and Emerald Banking & Finance Fund, back into its fold from the Forward Funds.

"We are excited that the mutual funds have returned to Emerald, and even more so with the return of John Smith to market them," stated Besecker.

Smith joins three recent additions to the Emerald management team: Rich Juliano joined Emerald Asset Management, Inc. as chief operating officer; Joe Witthohn as vice president -- ETF Strategies and Product Development, and Scott Rehr joined subsidiary Emerald Advisers, Inc. as its chief operating officer.

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