Mid Cap Growth Fund

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Robert Lanphier

Portfolio Manager on the Mid Cap Growth and Small-Mid Cap Growth teams. Rob co-founded the Mid Cap Growth strategy in 1997 and the Small-Mid Cap Growth strategy in 1998. Rob has extensive experience in the Industrials sector and previously served as the Industrials Sector Team Leader. Prior to that, he was with William Blair’s sell-side institutional sales group for eight years. He joined William Blair & Company in 1987. Prior to joining the investment industry, Rob was with Emerson Electric Corporation for nearly six years.

Education: B.S. Purdue University; M.B.A., Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Tenure with William Blair: Since 1987

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David Ricci, CFA

Portfolio Manager on the Mid Cap Growth and Large Cap Growth teams.  David joined the Mid Cap Growth team in 2005 and the Large Cap Growth team in 2011.  Previously, he was the Group Head for the Consumer sector, focusing on Specialty Retail and E-commerce companies, in William Blair’s sell-side research group.  David joined William Blair in 1994.  Prior to joining the investment industry, he had extensive experience with Procter & Gamble, Melville, and Bain & Company. 

Education: Sc. B. magna cum laude, Brown University; M.B.A. Harvard Business School.

Tenure with William Blair: Since 1994

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Dan Crowe, CFA

Portfolio Manager on the Mid Cap Growth and Small-Mid Cap Growth teams. Dan had previously served as an Associate Portfolio Manager on our Mid Cap Growth team and before that as an Associate Portfolio Manager on our Small Cap Growth team and a Research Analyst. His research focus was on the U.S. small cap space across all sectors. Before joining William Blair in 2011 he spent six years as a successful mid cap portfolio manager between The Boston Company / Founders Asset Management and Pyramis Global Advisors, after more than five years as an analyst in the industry. He began his career as a generalist analyst at Marsico Capital Management. Dan is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

Education: B.S., University of Illinois.

Tenure with William Blair: 2011