Investment Management Team

Curtis R. Freeze established Prospect in September 1994. Curtis is President of Prospect Co., Ltd. (Japanese ticker: 3528), the Japanese listed entity formerly known as Gro-bels Co. Ltd. Curtis also acts as Chief Investment Officer to Prospect’s funds and managed accounts. From 1990 to 1994, Curtis was employed by DB Morgan Grenfell Asset Management Limited in Tokyo, where he was advisor, by the time he left, to $1.4bn of investments in Japanese smaller companies. In particular, he was co-manager of the Morgan Grenfell Japan Smaller Companies Fund, an open ended fund with net assets at the end of August 1994 of $350m, which was the best performing Japanese fund over 5 years to September 1, 1994 (Source: Micropal). He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Hawaii in 1987.

Kaori Matsumoto is President, Director and Funds Controller of Prospect Asset Management, Inc., with over 14 years’ experience in the financial service business. Kaori joined Prospect in June 2005. From 1988 to 1998, Kaori was employed by Kleinwort Benson Investment Management/Dresdner RCM Global Investors as Funds Controller. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Languages from International Christian University in Tokyo in 1988.

Hamilton C. Smith serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and a Director at PAMI. He joined the firm in April 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado, 1979, and an MBA from the University of Hawaii, 1988.

Earl K. Crawford is Trader and Chief Technology Officer for Prospect Asset Management, Inc. He joined Prospect in December 1999 and has been in charge of all things IT at Prospect for nearly 17 years.

Xin Zhang* is Investor Relations Manager for Prospect Co., Ltd. joining the Prospect Group in October 2006. Xin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Hawaii in 2006.

Terrence Thorington* is Research Director of Prospect Co.,  Ltd.’s research team in Tokyo Japan. He has over 6 year of experience in Japanese equity research and is responsible for analysis and reporting on companies in and under consideration for inclusion into the equity portfolios. Terrence joined Prospect in July 2007. He obtained a MBA from the University of Hawaii and a JAIMS (Japan-America Institute of Management Science) Japan-focused Management Certificate in 2006. He obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in Telecommunications and Japanese from Pennsylvania State University in 2003.

Yasushi Yoda* is Executive Officer of Prospect Co. Ltd. He began his career with Mitsui Trust and Banking in 1987 and has worked in the real estate industry for more than 20 years.  He joined Prospect in 2001 and has worked with the REIT team as well as on Prospect’s direct real estate investments.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in business from Keio University.

* Employees of Prospect Co., Ltd. who provide advice on a consultant basis