"Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
So you are old by the time you reach the island,
Wealthy with all you have gained on the way."
- Ithaka, C.P. Cavafy
Our Team - Ithaka Key Team Professionals
Robert A. Katzen — CFO & CCO
Bob is a founder of Ithaka. He is a seasoned business operations manager, having spent ten years as an employee with public corporations before leaving to start three businesses and to acquire one. His experience encompasses all aspects of business management, built on a foundation of accounting and finance. He has developed businesses from conceptual stage through financing, strategic planning and ongoing operations and P&L management.
Bob earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland in 1973. He earned his Series 65 license.
Cynthia P. Jones — Manager of Operations
Cyndy joined Ithaka in 2008. She previously served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Capital Management Inc., where she began her career in 1988. Her main responsibilities were portfolio administration and accounting, including opening and reconciling accounts, quarterly reporting and billing. Cyndy also supervised the administrative staff and acted as the group’s liaison to the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer.
Cyndy earned a BS in Interior Design from the University of Maryland in 1987. She earned her Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.
Amanda Sawyer — Operations Associate
Amanda joined Ithaka in 2009. She previously served as an executive assistant for Chesapeake Investment Management, LLC. Her responsibilities included setting up and reconciling accounts, trading, quarterly reporting, and billing. Amanda began her career at Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Capital Management Inc. as a research assistant.
Amanda earned a BS in marketing in 2003 and an MBA in 2008 from the University of Maryland. She earned her Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.
Michael Thomas — Research Associate
Michael joined Ithaka in 2018. He previously worked for one year at BNY Mellon as a portfolio analyst on the equity indexing team. During the summer of 2016 Michael interned at Ithaka. During the summer of 2015 he interned at Falcon Point Capital, a fundamental small-cap growth manager in San Francisco.
Michael earned a BA in Finance from Michigan State University in 2017. Michael is a CFA level II candidate.