Phyllis R. Sutton

Chief Executive Officer

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Ms. Sutton has over three decades of buy-side experience, primarily as a portfolio manager.  As a senior portfolio manager at RSS since joining the firm in 1984, she is head of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee.

Ms. Sutton began her career with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith in New York City, where she worked as a securities analyst and portfolio strategist.  After working at several investment advisory firms, including Dodge & Cox in San Francisco, she became a principal of Robert M. Sutton Investment Management and joined RSS in 1984.

Ms. Sutton has been featured in many financial publications and television shows including Money Magazine and CNN.  She is a frequent commentator on financial matters and the capital markets for several Bay Area newspapers.  Ms. Sutton received a B.A, from the University of Miami and did graduate work in Finance at the New York University Graduate School of Business.

Tobi A. Mason, CFA

Executive Vice President / Senior Portfolio Manager


Tobi is a Bay Area native with over three decades of buy side experience as a portfolio manager and equity analyst. She is a Senior Portfolio Manager and member of the Investment Policy Committee. Ms. Mason has extensive experience working with individuals, families and nonprofit organizations to meet their investment needs.

Tobi began her career as an analyst at RCM Capital Management following business services and special situations. Ms. Mason has worked at several investment firms where she managed portfolios and provided equity research covering the retail and energy industries. In addition, Tobi led a team of portfolio managers for Wells Fargo and was a member of equity strategy teams at both City National Bank and Boston Private Wealth.

Tobi received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has held her Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 1991 and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco.

Holger Berndt, CFA

Executive Vice President / Director of Research


Holger is a long-time resident of San Francisco and has many years of experience formulating investment strategies, researching securities and managing equity and fixed income portfolios for high-net-worth individuals and institutions and also managed a successful hedge fund.  He has overseen investments and advised clients through multiple economic and market cycles over three different decades.

Holger has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut and has held the Chartered Financial analyst designation since 1995.  He is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco and the CFA Institute.

Trading, Operations & Administration

Philip Huff

Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer


Philip Huff, Chief Financial Officer, began his career in the investment industry at the Southeastern broker/dealer Norris & Hirschberg as the bond clearing agent.  He later transferred, along with their operations, to DFW Clearing in Dallas/Ft. Worth where he was manager of the stock transfer department.  In 1992, he moved to San Francisco to manage the office for RSS.   He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the office and acting as client liaison.

Philip did undergraduate work at the University of Texas Arlington and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Maggie Dolan


Maggie Dolan, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Operations, oversees the firms compliance, regulatory, and ethics program and manages new client integration, trade settlement, and account administration. Her finance background includes retail and institutional brokerage; having worked at Lehman Brothers, DLJ, Bear Stearns, and Conifer Securities. She also worked as a hedge fund consultant for H.C. Associates and Catalina Partners. She received a BS in Management from Bentley University.

Kurt Keast


Kurt Keast, responsible for trading and technology at RSSIC, began his career in the securities industry at Charles Schwab in 1995. While at Schwab he handled multiple areas of brokerage operations as well as trading and website quality assurance. During his 6 years there, Kurt passed a number of securities exams, including the 7, 9, 63, and 65. Upon departing from Schwab, Kurt joined Essex National Securities, where he continued in trading and operations until he joined Rosenblum – Silverman – Sutton in 2005.