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Team

Clayton Jernigan

Clayton is a member of the Investment Committee and the Chief Compliance Officer and has been with Cimarron since 2012. He earned his B.A. from Williams College (Honors) and his J.D. from Duke University (High Honors, Order of the Coif), where he received the faculty award in property law and was an Articles Editor for the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. He also received an M.A. From Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. Before joining Cimarron, Clayton served as an Attorney Advisor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of General Counsel. During his time at NOAA, Clayton received a Bronze Medal Award, the highest honorary award granted by the NOAA Administrator. Prior to NOAA, Clayton worked as a litigator, representing clients in complex civil litigation related to energy development in the Alaskan Arctic. Following law school, Clayton completed a clerkship with Justice William Leaphart of the Supreme Court of Montana. In his spare time, Clayton enjoys sharing his love of the outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

BA, Williams College 
MA, Duke University 
JD, Duke University

William Swee

William is a member of the Investment Committee and has been with Cimarron since 2009. He earned his B.A. in economics (with honors) and philosophy from Northwestern University where he received the Robert Eisner Award for Economic Research. He is a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago. He holds an M.A. in liberal arts from the University of Chicago where his research uncovered and built the case against a recent human rights abuse committed at the United Nations. He serves as a Young Professional Ambassador for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and is a board member of both the Northwestern University Leadership Circle and Young Catholic Professionals Chicago. He has served as a guest judge for the Fox Family Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois. He is an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. William is an avid endurance athlete, having completed various triathlons, ultramarathons, and mountain running races.

BA, Northwestern University

MA, University of Chicago

Mark Jernigan

Mark founded Cimarron in 2002 and is the Chairman of the Investment Committee. He was previously a principal in Jernigan-Kinsella & Co., a member firm of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Board of Trade Clearing Corporation. Prior to the launch of the U.S. Government Bond futures contract, he designed a proprietary arbitrage model to capitalize on trading opportunities when futures prices and cash bonds deviated from fair value. That business was acquired by Cantor, Fitzgerald, where Mark continued for several years as Senior Vice President and Managing Director. In each capacity, over a period of approximately 17 years, he was responsible for assisting many primary government dealer firms and other large financial service firms in carrying out their trading strategies in the financial futures marketplace. Prior to that, he was employed by Halsey, Stuart & Co., and Lehman Brothers, Inc. as an institutional salesman.

 

BS, Oklahoma State University 
MBA in Finance, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Ron Schutz

Ron is a member of the Investment Committee and has been with Cimarron since 2007. He was a Senior Vice President at ABN AMRO and an institutional fixed income salesman. In this capacity, he dealt with many fixed income and derivatives products including both public and private debt placements and was co-head of the Private Placement Distribution team. Prior to ABN AMRO, Ron was a Principal at The Chicago Corporation in the Fixed Income Department until the sale of the firm to ABN AMRO. He was also a Principal and Board Member at Vincent, Chesley and Co., which was sold to Prescott, Ball and Turben where Ron worked before joining TCC. Prior to that, Ron was employed at Halsey, Stuart & Co. In his spare time, Ron enjoys time with family, golf, and several charitable activities.

BS, University of Illinois 
MBA in Marketing, Northwestern University (Kellogg)

Bridget Downes

Bridget provides support to the team and has been with Cimarron since 2018. She graduated in May of 2018 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she majored in Financial Planning and minored in Spanish. In her spare time she enjoys baking, exploring Chicago, and keeping up with her heritage through Irish dancing.

BS, University of Illinois