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Our Investment Committee

Drawing on decades of evidence, the insights of leading academics, and original research, Symmetry’s Investment Committee is responsible for setting the firm’s investment policy as well as developing new evidence-based investment solutions and strategies, including the Panoramic Funds and Models and PrecisonCore ETF Models. You can also download our Investment Committee flyer below. 

David E. Connelly, Jr.
Principal and Co-Founder

David E. Connelly Jr., is a founding partner of Symmetry Partners. He focuses his time on portfolio management and strategic growth of the firm. He co-founded Symmetry Partners in 1994, originally to serve pensions, closely-held businesses, non-profit trusts and high-net worth investors, and has transitioned the firm into focusing on pension plans and independent fee-based advisors. Prior to co-founding Symmetry Partners, Mr. Connelly was a financial advisor with Dean Witter Reynolds serving high-net worth clients. Prior to Dean Witter Reynolds, he was with Merrill Lynch and Putnam Mutual Funds. He has also worked in the aerospace industry.

Mr. Connelly received his B.S. in Finance from Northeastern University and his M.B.A. from the University of New Haven.

Patrick A. Sweeny
Principal & Co-Founder

Patrick A. Sweeny is a founding partner of Symmetry Partners. Prior to co-founding he company in 1994, he spent a number of years on Wall Street with Weeden & Company and Dean Witter Reynolds in institutional trading and sales in both the equity and fixed income markets. Additionally, he was a member of the Commodities Exchange as a floor trader with Paine Webber.

Mr. Sweeny is a recognized speaker on asset class investing and transforming advisor businesses into more efficient models. He speaks at industry conferences and regularly guest lectures at universities. He received his B.A. in Economics from Fairfield University

John B. McDermott, Ph.D.
Chief Investment Strategist; Portfolio Manager, Panoramic Mutual Funds
Department of Finance, Fairfield University

Dr. McDermott is renowned for his academic research on the role of liquidity in financial markets. He has been published in numerous academic journals, including The Journal of Banking and Finance, The Journal of Financial Markets and The Journal of Futures Markets. Dr. McDermott received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, his M.B.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. The Financial Management Association International and American Association of Individual Investors honored him with the 2000 Best Completed Dissertation Award for the dissertation that “makes the most significant contribution to the field of investment analysis” for his dissertation entitled “Essays on Liquidity in Financial Markets.”

A frequent speaker at Symmetry conferences, Dr. McDermott has been affiliated with Symmetry since 2005.

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Tom Romano
Head of Strategic Relationships and Product Development

Tom Romano is responsible for supporting the business growth objectives of Symmetry’s strategic relationships. As Head of Strategic Relationships and Product Development, he works closely with the Symmetry team and financial advisor community to identify and implement a variety of solutions, tools, and resources. He has held a number of Sales Management and leadership roles at Symmetry and has more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry. He previously worked at Advest, Inc. as a Relationship Marketing Consultant in the Asset Management Services Department. He graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA earning a degree in Business Management.


Rebecca Cioban, CFA
Director, Investments

Ms. Cioban’s main responsibilities involve portfolio management and engineering tasks. She works closely with the research team in supporting the Symmetry Investment Committee and Advisor Services Group with data and analyses as well as providing educational presentations and individual analyses to Symmetry’s advisor network. Ms. Cioban joined Symmetry Partners in 2007. Previously, she managed the due diligence process for the firm’s current investments. She holds a B.A. in Globalization and Economics from the University of Connecticut.


Kevin Scully, CFA
Director, Investments

Kevin Scully joined Symmetry Partners in 2015. Mr. Scully holds a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Urban Economics from the University of Connecticut School of Business. Prior to joining Symmetry, Mr. Scully was an associate at SS&C Fund Services where he provided investor relations support for the firm’s hedge fund clients. He became a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder in 2017.

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