Richard L. Selvala, Jr.

Richard L. Selvala, Jr.

CEO, Co-Founder, Portfolio Manager

Richard L. Selvala, Jr. (Rick) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Harvest Volatility Management, LLC (HVM). HVM was launched in April of 2008 and, as of 3/31/17, was managing over $9 billion of notional in its yield enhancement overlay suite (Collateral Yield Enhancement Strategy {CYES}, Call Writing Strategies {CWS} and Put Writing Strategies {PWS}). Additionally, HVM manages about $300mm across its HVAF, PPP and LSR strategies. HVM is also incubating several new and exciting strategies including RPE, EES and a Dedicated Short overlay. In addition to his role as CEO, Rick is the Portfolio Manager for the CYES, HVAF and EES strategies.

Prior to founding HVM, Rick was the Co-Head of Volaris (a volatility management unit of Credit Suisse) focused on strategy development, marketing and sales. Prior to joining Volaris, he was a Director in CS’s Equity Derivatives group responsible for hedging solutions for high net worth clients and third party intermediaries.

Prior to joining Credit Suisse, he spent eight years at UBS advising the firm’s top corporate, institutional and high net worth clients regarding FX and equity derivative hedging solutions.

Rick also spent four years with General Motors’ N.Y. Treasurer’s Office in Capital Markets and Fixed Income assignments. His last position was Manager of GM’s FX & Commodities Hedging group in New York.

Rick graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1985 where he was a member of Pi Tau Sigma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1990 where he was a General Motors’ Fellow. He lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife and three children.


Curtis F. Brockelman, Jr.

Managing Partner, Co-Founder

Curt Brockelman is a Managing Partner and Co-founder of Harvest Volatility Management, overseeing the firm’s portfolio and operational risk management, and responsible for the daily management of the firm’s investment and human capital. Prior to founding HVM, from 2003-2008, Mr. Brockelman was Chief Investment Officer and founder of Perch Bay Partners, LLC a volatility arbitrage hedge fund, trading index options on global markets. From 1996-2003, Mr. Brockelman was a Senior Vice President of Investments at Smith Barney and co-manager of The Brockelman Group. While at Smith Barney, he was a Directors’ Council member, and he grew his team into one of the top revenue producing teams in the firm. Mr. Brockelman holds an A.B. in Economics from Duke University.

Curtis F. Brockelman, Jr.
Mike Zigmont, CFA

Mike Zigmont, CFA


Mike Zigmont has more than 12 years experience in volatility trading, research and structuring. Previously an Equity Options Trader and Quantitative Analyst with Volaris, Credit Suisse's volatility management unit, he was responsible for risk management of OTC and listed options on $4 billion of client assets. Subsequent to joining Volaris, Mike was a Vice President with Morgan Stanley in the Structured Investments Group and OTC Hedging Desk within the Institutional Equities Division. He holds a B.A. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and studied at the University of Mainz in Germany.


Tim Knowles

Managing Director

Tim is a Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager of Harvest's Call Writing and Put Writing strategies with over sixteen years of experience trading and managing option portfolios. Prior to joining Harvest, Tim was co-head of Credit Suisse Volaris, responsible for the portfolio management of the two largest strategies and the head marketer. Prior to that, Tim was an options market maker for Tahoe Trading and Botta Capital Management. Tim earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Duke University.

Tim is a Registered Representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

Tim Knowles

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