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Ken Marshall

Ken Marshall runs the Development Group, LLC, an investment advisory firm so named for its focus on product and business development in absolute return investing. In the last seven years, he has brought his expertise to family offices, foundations, fund of funds, and institutional investors. DGLLC oversees approximately $400 million of client assets.


Ken formed DGLLC upon selling his equity stake in Octagon International Holdings, an ABL hedge fund and boutique investment bank ($260 million in assets) that he co-founded in 1998. Octagon was the culmination of 20 years on Wall Street, where Ken created investment management and capital markets products, designed trading platforms, and managed portfolios for the Equitable Group, Dean Witter, First Chicago National Bank, and Pru-Bache Securities. At Covenant Capital Management ($400 million), his global fund enjoyed a number-three ranking by Lipper and a four-star rating by Morningstar.


Ken holds a M.S. and A.B.D in international economics from the Ph.D program at the University of Wisconsin (Madison).


Robert Faria

Robert Faria started as an intern at Development Group in 2013. Rob is a junior analyst, specializing in quantitative analytics and risk assessment. Rob graduated from Drexel University with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and finance.


Rob Labell

Rob Labell joined Development Group in 2004. He specializes in generating and interpreting performance analytics, including customized portfolio assessments and attribution analyses (e.g. returns-based, holdings-based, risk-based). A former VP of product development at Factset Research Systems, Rob brings particular expertise in evaluating and implementing software systems to enable clients to generate in-house the critical metrics they need to succeed in the equity and hedge fund markets. Prior to joining Factset, Rob was a principal in the Global Active Equity Group of State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. in finance.


Melinda Meschter

Melinda Meschter oversees client relations and administration. Since joining Development Group, her specialty has been working with clients on honing their presentations and websites. Melinda is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and a Master's candidate at Columbia University.


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