Robert T. Gardiner, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Director of Research, & CEO
Mr. Gardiner remains a research analyst first and foremost. He is actively involved in the portfolio management of each of the Grandeur Peak strategies. Mr. Gardiner is the Director of Research and serves as the firm’s CEO.
Mr. Gardiner was a senior partner, principal shareholder, and portfolio manager at Wasatch Advisors before founding Grandeur Peak Global Advisors in 2011. Mr. Gardiner has been in the Investment Management industry since 1981, and involved in managing equity portfolios since 1986. He is a highly acclaimed portfolio manager with numerous recognitions. Mr. Gardiner’s experience includes:
1986 - 1995Investment Committee member for the Wasatch Small Cap Growth (WAAEX) and Core Growth (WGROX) funds.
1995 - 2006Founder and Lead Manager of the Wasatch Micro Cap Fund (WMICX)
1997 - 2001Founder and Co-Manager of the Wasatch Small Cap Value Fund (WMCVX)
2003 - 2004Founder and Co-Manager of the Wasatch Micro Cap Value Fund (WAMVX)
2005 - 2007Director of Research, Wasatch Advisors
2008 - 2011Founder and Lead Manager of the Wasatch Global Opportunities Fund (WAGOX)
2011 - 2013Founder and Co-Manager of the Grandeur Peak Global Opportunities Fund (GPGOX)
Founder and Co-Manager of the Grandeur Peak International Opportunities Fund (GPIOX)
Director of Research and CEO, Grandeur Peak Global Advisors
2013 - 2013Founder and Co-Lead Manager of the Grandeur Peak Global Reach Fund (GPROX)
Founder and Advising Manager of the Grandeur Peak Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund (GPEOX)
Mr. Gardiner was a Director of Wasatch Advisors and a member of the Executive Management Team from 1994 – 2007. During his time at Wasatch, the firm grew from 1 to 18 strategies and from $20M to $11B under management. Mr. Gardiner was also a member of the original investment committee for Cross Creek Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wasatch Advisors investing in late stage venture.
Mr. Gardiner graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Physics, a B.S. in Mathematics, and minors in Chemistry and French. He lived in France for two years and speaks French. Mr. Gardiner holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the Salt Lake City Society of Financial Analysts. Robert and his wife Susie have five children. Robert is an outdoor enthusiast and has enjoyed serving as a youth leader in the community.