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Portfolio Management Team

Kenneth G. Mertz II, C.F.A.

CIO / President, Emerald Advisers, LLC

Portfolio Manager for Emerald Growth Fund and Banking and Finance Fund

Kenneth G. Mertz IIMr. Mertz is Chief Investment Officer and President of Emerald Advisers, LLC; past Trustee and Vice President of the Emerald Mutual Funds; Chief Investment Officer, PA State Employees' Retirement System (1985-1992); Member, Association of Investment Management Research (CFA Institute); past Trustee, PA State University Endowment Council (1998-2004); past Member, Pennsylvania State University Research Foundation; Trustee, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Board of Pensions (Present); and past Chair, President, & Director of Central Pennsylvania Investment Managers. Mr. Mertz has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and has served as speaker at various investment seminars and programs across the country. He has been a guest on CNBC's Mutual Fund Investor and has been interviewed several times on CNBC. Mr. Mertz graduated from Millersville University with a B.A. in Economics.

Joseph W. Garner

Director of Research, Emerald Advisers, LLC

Portfolio Manager for Emerald Growth Fund

Joseph W. GarnerMr. Garner is Director of Research and a member of the Small Cap Growth Portfolio Management team. He is also a Portfolio Manager of the Emerald Growth Fund. Mr. Garner’s research efforts are focused on small and mid-sized firms in the Business Services, Capital Goods, Consumer, Financial Services, and Technology sectors. In 1997, he was named as a “Home-Run Hitter” by Institutional Investor magazine, and has appeared on Bloomberg Television and CNBC. He also has been quoted in Fortune, Bloomberg Business News, USA Today, Dow Jones News Service, Standard & Poor’s, MarketWatch, Investor’s Business Daily, Wall Street Journal, and other media. Mr. Garner serves as a Director for the Millersville University Foundation and Chairman of the Investment Committee and previously served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Foundation. Prior to joining Emerald in 1994, Mr. Garner was the Program Manager of the PA Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA) and an Economic Development Analyst with the PA Department of Commerce’s Office of Technology Development. Mr. Garner received an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Economics from Millersville University.

Stacey L. Sears

Senior Vice President, Emerald Advisers, LLC

Portfolio Manager for Emerald Growth Fund

Stacey L. SearsMs. Sears is Senior Vice President and a member of the Small Cap Portfolio Management team since 2002. Ms. Sears has been employed by Emerald since 1992 and maintains research coverage of the Retail, Apparel, Consumer Goods and Consumer Technology companies and is primarily responsible for Emerald’s portfolio management-related client communications. She has been quoted in Fortune, Money, the Dow Jones News Service and various regional newspapers. Ms. Sears received a BS in Business Administration from Millersville University and an MBA from Villanova University.

Steven E. Russell, Esq.

Analyst, Emerald Advisers, LLC

Portfolio Manager for Emerald Small Cap Value Fund and Banking and Finance Fund

Steven E. Russell, Esq.Mr. Russell is a Senior Research Analyst for Emerald Advisers and also a Manager of the Emerald Banking & Finance Fund. Prior to joining Emerald in 2005, Mr. Russell founded Greenwood Advisers, LLC, a registered investment adviser. Previously, he served as Managing Director of iNetworks, LLC a private equity firm located in Western Pennsylvania. Prior to joining iNetworks, LLC, Mr. Russell served as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of Emerald Advisers, LLC, where he served as Manager of the Emerald Technology Fund and co-manager of the Emerald Select Banking Fund. He was also a Principal and Founding Partner of Emerald Venture Capital. Mr. Russell served as Senior Private Equity Analyst for the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS), where he administered PSERS' $1.2 billion commitment of private investments including leveraged buyouts, distressed investments, mezzanine and growth equities. From 1996 to 1997, he administered PSERS' $400 million Developmental Fund and $100 million Absolute Return Program. Mr. Russell serves on the Board of Arbitrators for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg Television and other investment oriented programs. He has been quoted in various international media including The Wall Street Journal, Smart Money Magazine, Bloomberg Business News, Dow Jones News Service and Market Watch. Mr. Russell received both his JD and MBA degrees from Temple University and a B.A. degree in Banking and Finance from Morehouse College. Mr. Russell is licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey and has passed the Series 8 and Series 63 exam.

Ori Elan

Analyst, Emerald Advisers, LLC

Portfolio Manager for Emerald Small Cap Value Fund

Steven E. Russell, Esq.Mr. Elan has served as the portfolio manager of the Fund since its inception, and was portfolio manager of the Predecessor Fund since the Predecessor Fund’s inception in 2012. Previously Mr. Elan was Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Elessar Investment Management. Mr. Elan was hired in 2004 as an equity analyst on the small cap value team at National City Bank. Prior to joining National City Bank, Mr. Elan was a financial analyst and chemical engineer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Mr. Elan received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the City College of New York in 1991 and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in 2003.

David A. Volpe, CFA

Deputy CIO/ Managing Director for Emerald Advisers, LLC

Portfolio Manager for Emerald Insights Fund

David A. Volpe, CFAMr. Volpe is Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director and has 26 years of investment experience. He is manager of the Emerald Mid Cap Growth and Emerald All Cap Growth portfolios. Additionally, Mr. Volpe maintains research coverage of the Energy industry. He also assists with institutional marketing and client service, research, and strategic planning. From 1990 to 2000 he served as First Deputy City Controller of the City of Philadelphia, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Controller’s Office, and was a member of the Philadelphia Municipal Pension System Investment Committee. From 1996 to 2000, he was also Chief Investment Officer of the Philadelphia Gas Works Pension System, where he was responsible for all aspects of that entity’s pension fund. Prior to working for the City of Philadelphia, Mr. Volpe was a senior budget analyst for the Pennsylvania State Senate Appropriations Committee, and served as an alternate member on the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System and Pennsylvania School Employees’ Retirement System. Mr. Volpe was Chairman of Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell’s Finance transition team following his 1992 election to office. He is a board member of NHS Human Services and a member of the CFA Institute. Mr. Volpe earned a BA in Political Science from Potsdam College and a Masters in Public Administration from Penn State University. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2002.

Stephen Amsterdam

Senior Research Analyst for Emerald Advisers, LLC

Associate Portfolio Manager for Emerald Insights Fund

Stephen AmsterdamMr. Amsterdam is a Senior Research Analyst and a member of the Emerald Advisers Technology Research Team. He also serves as a member of the Mid Cap Growth and All Cap Growth Portfolio Management Teams. He has been with Emerald since 2001 and currently focuses his efforts on network infrastructure, optical technologies, embedded electronics, and unified communications. Prior to joining Emerald Asset Management, Mr. Amsterdam spent a decade investing in, and advising, early stage technology companies as a founding managing director of PA Early Stage Partners, a $50M early stage venture capital fund and senior associate of TLVentures, an $800M venture capital fund associated with Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. He is a graduate of Lehigh University.

Joseph Hovorka

Senior Research Analyst for Emerald Advisers, LLC

Associate Portfolio Manager for Emerald Insights Fund

Joseph HovorkaMr. Hovorka is a member of the Mid Cap Growth and All Cap Growth Portfolio Management teams and a Senior Research Analyst focusing on consumer discretionary companies. Joe spent 20 years on the sell-side most recently serving as Managing Director of equity research at Raymond James. While at Raymond James, he covered the Leisure and Entertainment industries and was part of the team that took several companies public. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University.