Robert is the Director of Global Research for Columbia Management Group, the money management arm of Ameriprise Financial. Prior to joining Columbia Management, Mr. McConnaughey served as the Associate Director of Research for Citigroup Global Asset Management, overseeing growth industry equity research analysis worldwide. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Prudential’s Real Estate Securities Group, where he directed research and portfolio management of retail and institutional assets. Mr. McConnaughey began his career in investment management at Fidelity Management and Research where he was an analyst and portfolio manager. Robert also serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees for the UP Academy charter schools of Boston and Dorchester. He was appointed and served as the chair of the Finance Advisory Board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2007-2011. He is a Dartmouth College graduate and lives in Cohasset, MA with his wife and three children. He and his family enjoy exploring the outdoors, often from their cabin base of operations in Lyme, NH.