HIP INVESTOR Inc.; HIP Investor Ratings LLC
CEO + Founder * Chief Investment Officer * Portfolio Manager * Series 65 Investment Adviser

An internationally recognized expert in impact investing, Herman invented the “HIP = Human Impact + Profit” ratings system more than a decade ago, in 2004 when investors asked how to create more human impact with their for-profit portfolios. HIP Investor Ratings show that portfolios and companies can realize lower risk, enhanced returns and profit potential, and build a better world — by focusing on the root-cause drivers of value creation, which include human (customers, employees), social (trust, governance) and environmental (energy, water) factors, and their associated impact on profit. The HIP Investor team rates and ranks more than 75,000+ investments and funds globally, including over 6,000 companies worldwide, and nearly 59,000 issuances of bonds (municipals, sovereigns and agencies). HIP’s Ratings reveal undiscovered risks and potential sources of untapped returns. Like Morningstar’s 5-star ratings system for companies and funds, HIP Investor’s Ratings (a 100-point scale) are licensed by investors, advisors, fund managers and retirement plans (401-k and 403-b). HIP Ratings cover all asset classes — including stocks and bonds, public and private, muni bonds, private equity and notes, real estate properties and funds, real assets and farmland, cash, artwork and hedge funds. With the HIP Ratings methodology, all asset classes can be scored and rated on quantifiable metrics of sustainability and how they drive financial performance – and thus can benefit investors (individuals and families, family offices and foundations, institutional and qualified investors) as well as advisers, brokers and consultants (in their fiduciary duty to assess risk and seek enhanced returns).Herman and the HIP team manage the HIP Portfolios – the HIP 100, the HIP Sustainable Real Estate, the HIP Preferred Stock folio, the HIP Best Companies to Work For folio — as separately-managed accounts (available for investors on platforms like the 9000 advisors on EQIS, as well as Folio Institutional). HIP’s indexes can be licensed by fund managers, advisors, and institutional investors.

Herman’s landmark book, The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World is published by John Wiley & Sons, swiftly became a top 20 business book bestseller in April 2010 for Inc. magazine /, and is now integrated into 26 university curricula for MBAs, MPAs and undergraduate students. HIP’s industry rankings have been featured in Fast Company in 2007, 2008 and 2010. HIP has also advised corporate clients, like Walmart and NIKE, on how to be more HIP.

Herman’s financial expertise began with his Wharton School finance degree and corporate advising at McKinsey & Co. developing incentive regulation for energy companies and regulators. Herman’s strategic advisory and implementation leadership for Fortune 500 corporate clients and government continued at CSC Index. At eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Network, Herman designed investment strategy that also enabled high human impact, including venture-backed growth companies. Herman led’s fundraising and partnerships as Chief Development Officer globally, expanding its donations and entrepreneurial networks.

Herman’s first pioneering venture reached 30,000 customers by creating a financial system for families, teens and kids, a $200 billion market that included shopping, saving, investing and donating — including a permission-based online debit card for families and channel partners.

Herman’s own HIP investing – including investing in the HIP Portfolios – covers microfinance, sustainable food, renewable energy, affordable health care, and transparency and trust-facilitating systems. Herman is an Investment Committee member of the Patient Capital fund, and an advisor to (and lifetime member of) Net Impact, a network of 20,000 professionals, MBAs and students worldwide. Herman is also an advisor to the Sustainability Advisory Standards Board.

Herman is an adjunct professor teaching MBAs at Thammasat Business School in Bangkok, Thailand, and a visiting lecturer for MBAs, including the Presidio MBA Graduate School in S.F. Herman’s wife Gayle Keck is an expert travel and food writer, and they live in the sunny part of San Francisco.

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FABIAN WILLSKYTT, MBA, Series 65 Investment Advisor
SVP, Impact Investing Analytics + Client Solutions

Fabian Willskytt leads teams systematically quantifying and analyzing the human, social and environmental impacts of 6,000 global equities and real estate investment trusts, 58,000 muni bond issuers, and 10,000 mutual fund managers — which total more than 75,000 HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Ratings, which quantify impact, future risk and return potential for investors. Fabian co-architects and co-manages investment portfolios for institutional and individual clients to seek higher human impact and financial resilience. Fabian is an MBA graduate from San Francisco State University, with a focus on sustainable business practices and economic development. Fabian achieved a top-10 worldwide finalist recognition in Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable Investing Challenge. Prior to joining the HIP team, Fabian advised social enterprises in the U.S. and internationally, including Africa. Fabian is also an adjunct professor in Sustainability & Innovation at San Francisco State University.

Nick Gower

Director, Marketing, Client Solutions + Impact Investing Analytics

Nick manages HIP’s corporate and private venture evaluations and related consulting, client development and market research, and industry-wide awareness-building. Nick also is engaged with HIP’s client development, marketing, and publishing of HIP perspectives. Prior to HIP, Nick consulted to angel investing and social venture facilitators (including Investors’ Circle & SVN). Nick has also consulted to traditional financial services companies in asset management, business development, and fund creation. Nick’s focus on human impact has been inspired by his volunteering as a trail worker for the Golden Gate National Parks. Nick studied Economics and Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and has conducted social psychology and behavior economics research at both UNC and UCal-Berkeley.


Vice President, Operations and Finance

Zach leads the internal accounting processes and supports both client reporting and 401k business development. Prior to starting at HIP, Zach spent years as a food-related entrepreneur, from designing a commercial aquaponics system to opening a wine bar. Zach earned an MBA from Presidio Graduate School where his interest in social change was converted into a lifelong personal integration. When not fighting for increased transparency in capital markets, Zach can often be found in the kitchen or on a basketball court.

Vice President, Digital Solutions + Impact Investing Analytics

David creates online delivery platforms for clients to access and interact with HIP impact ratings as well as provides analytical support to further develop HIP ratings across asset classes. David is currently a M.B.A. candidate at Presidio Graduate School, with an emphasis on sustainable management and impact investing. Prior to joining HIP, David worked as the Energy Program Associate at As You Sow, focusing on shareholder engagement with electric utilities and the oil & gas industry on environmental, social and governance issues. David holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from UC Santa Cruz, which included a thesis project on testing an innovative solar power technology. David’s passion for impact investing is also inspired and informed through previous roles in sustainability non-profits and clean technology companies.

Director, Impact Analytics + Client Solutions

Onindo manages the production and deployment of HIP’s corporate ratings. He ensures that the HIP ratings continuously represent our most up to date analysis of corporate results relating to human impact and profit. Onindo earned his M.Sc. in Logic from the University of Amsterdam and holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Ruhr Universität Bochum. Before joining HIP, Onindo worked as an analyst in the governance team at As You Sow, focusing on compensation issues, like overpaid CEOs. Out of the office, Onindo enjoys being outdoors while sailing, biking or hiking.

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Impact Analyst

Passionate about impact investing, Wantong helps build and visualize our REIT database and is a leader in developing marketing strategies and solutions. She brings international expertise to the team with her bachelor’s degree from Shanghai International Studies University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Information Management and Systems. While in China, Wantong actively worked with international NGOs and social enterprises, and is a strong believer in global citizenship and using the power of technology for social innovation. She is currently a second-year MPA student at the University of Georgia where she specializes in Public Finance.

MEGAN MORRICE, MBA, Series 65 Investment Adviser
Vice President, Client and Partnership Development

Megan leads Client and Partnership Development at HIP Investor, where she identifies and creates partnerships with like-minded brands and educates clients on how HIP’s offerings can help them make more money and have a greater impact. Megan also is engaged with portfolio development and the publishing of the results of HIP partnerships. She has experienced firsthand the positive impact that companies have when investing where their values are. Her financial services background working as a Financial Advisor for Metlife and as a wholesaler for Leisure, Werden & Terry Agency allowed her to work with clients and understand the internal challenges faced in the financial services industry. In 2015, she did a fellowship at Confluence Philanthropy, an international network that helps move philanthropic capital in the direction of mission-aligned investing. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. Megan is passionate about helping individuals and organizations understand their financial options, align their money with their values, and create financial products that best serve the needs of people.


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Senior Advisor, HIP Investor

President & Consultant Building Bridges 2012 LLC
Business Development Strategist
Sustainable Business & Investment Models
Creator MVP™ (More Value & Profit) Program
MVP™ 401(k) Sustainability Assessment & 401(k) “Know What You Own” Education Program

Joy has her BA in Psychology from Boston University and her Master of Science MS from Central Connecticut State University.

Professionally, Joy has worked with Investment Advisors and CPAs for over 25 years as an expert in business development strategies, brand differentiation, building strategic alliances and crafting CPE and professional development forums.  In 2012 Joy created the MVP (More Value & Profit)™ Program designed to help CPA’s, wealth advisors and business owners create more profitable and sustainable businesses.  In 2014 MVP in collaboration with Providence College launched the first “Intangibles Valuation Committee” Task Force through the Rhode Island Society of CPA’s – the first of its kind in the country.  In May of 2015 Joy was named Founding Committee Member and Business Liaison for RISCPA’s new “Sustainable Value Committee”.

Joy created the MVP C-Suite Sustainability Challenge an ongoing educational series and training program offered at the Atrion Educational Center at RISCPA.  Joy has spoken at the XPX BOSTON Exit Planning Exchange event “How to Make Intangible Value Tangible” which she designed and delivered and XPX Connecticut, “The Upside of Building Partner Value in your Firm; an intangible value primer for owners of CPA Firms, Law Firms and Consulting Firms as a panelist.  She has presented her MVP program at the Wharton School of Businesses “New Metrics for Sustainable Business” conference and twice times at MIT’s Sloan School of Management’s Annual “Sustainable Investing Conference”  Building Bridges and HIP Investor’s collaborative 401(k) sustainability assessment and scoring work was featured in September 2014 at the Sustainable Business New Metrics Conference at MIT.  Joy’s MVP Program and Intangibles Task Force work has been featured in the CPA Journal, Accounting Today, Sustainable Brands Magazine, CR Magazine and the Providence Business News.

In addition to her business coaching Joy does consulting and volunteer work for schools that are exploring how to build child-centric, experiential curriculums that integrate emotional intelligence and environmental literacy to better engage students, improve learning, increase cognitive performance and enhance overall wellness and empowerment.

Senior Advisor

Yelena advises HIP on strategic pathways to growth. Prior to HIP, she spent 10 years as a corporate and licensing attorney with significant experience providing advice on legal and business strategy to senior technology and life sciences executives. Her background in corporate law equips her with strong analytical skills and extensive knowledge of corporate structure and finance, while her passion for social responsibility and impact investment is deepened through coursework towards a Certificate in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School with a focus on sustainable strategy, finance, and capital management. Yelena was a Chancellor’s Scholar at UC Berkeley, and holds a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.