Leadership Team - a team that gets it

The Backstop Leadership Team is committed to helping clients operate more efficiently using cloud-based technology. Having worked at top financial institutions and technology firms in the past, our team possesses the experiential knowledge necessary to serve clients well today and into the future.

Clint Coghill

Clint Coghill

Chief Executive Officer

Clint Coghill co-founded Backstop Solutions Group in 2003 as the Founding Chairman and has helped guide the company as Chairman of the Board for the last 15 years. Clint now leads the Backstop Executive Team as CEO.

Prior to joining Backstop in an executive role, Clint was CIO of Coghill Capital Management, a successful Chicago-based hedge fund management company he started in 1995. Among his other professional pursuits, Clint was the Founding Chairman of NFTE Chicago’s Regional Advisory Board, which provides entrepreneurship programs to young people from low-income communities and reaches more than 2,000 youth per year. He is also the founder of two charitable Organizations, the Coghill Family Foundation and the Environmental Impact Initiative.

Clint received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the London Business School.

Jim Schuler

Jim Schuler

Chief Financial Officer

Jim Schuler has 20+ years of experience in the financial services industry, specifically focusing on finance, accounting, legal, operations, deal structuring, project management and evaluating financial and operational results. Prior to Backstop, Jim was a Principal and the CFO at Coghill Capital Management, with previous financial leadership roles at Goldman Sachs, The Hull Group, LLC, and accounting group Schultz, Chez and Jesser, LLP. He also serves on various private company and charitable boards.

Jim is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from DePaul University's Kellstadt School of Business.

John Pettit

John Pettit

Chief Technology Officer

John Pettit is an accomplished technology executive with an impressive history of working with world-class engineering teams to deliver software that helps people achieve more. With more than 20 years of experience, John's extensive background includes noted accomplishments in financial software development. He previously led the technology teams at PerTrac in building the premier analysis, reporting, and portfolio tools used by institutional alternative asset allocators. John’s primary focus is designing and building best-in-class commercial software solutions and enterprise applications.

Prior to Backstop, John led the IT transformation strategy to create a multi-tenant SaaS-based analytics platform for the automotive industry. John holds an MBA and BSIT from University of Phoenix, and has earned a Financial Risk Manager designation, as well as multiple Microsoft Certifications.

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Russell Daws

Global Head of Sales

As Global Head of Sales, Russell Daws is responsible for all sales efforts for Backstop Solutions Group. With more than 30 years of specialized business development experience in the institutional and alternative investment industries, Russell brings strategic expertise in the ways that technology can drive real business value for companies across the financial services industry. Prior to this position, he served as Global Head of Investment Management for ATA RiskStation, a provider of daily risk analytics for investment firms, and prior to that, Russell served in several leadership positions at eVestment, including Director of Sales for North and South America, and Director of Client Success Management.

Russell also held the position of Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing at Bolton Investment Group, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing for alternative investment products, as well as the position of Head of Sales at Pertrac Financial Solutions, an asset allocation software system used prevalently in the hedge fund industry.

Russell holds a B.S. in Business, Sales and Marketing from the University of Memphis.

 

 

 

Maryling

Maryling Yu

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Maryling Yu is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Backstop, with a strategic focus on developing and retaining customers across the entire lifecycle.

Maryling brings over 15 years of marketing experience to Backstop. Prior to this position, she helmed marketing for LotLinx, a digital automotive advertising startup, and for Adeptia, an integration-as-a-service company. She held multiple positions for Sungard Availability Services, including Senior Director, Demand Generation and Digital Marketing, and Director of Product Marketing. Before her appointment to CMO in 2019, Maryling joined Backstop as Vice President of Marketing.

Maryling also has a background in solutions marketing consulting, having worked with NetApp, Brocade, and many other Silicon Valley technology firms.

Maryling earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as a Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Stanford University. She also holds an B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

Greg Fujii

Greg Fujii

Chief Operating Officer

With more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, Greg Fujii serves as the COO at Backstop. Before his appointment in 2019, Greg joined Backstop in 2017 to lead the Company's Professional Services Group. Having used and implemented Backstop's software at a number of alternative investment firms, Greg's primary focus is on managing day-to-day operations to ensure that we can effectively help clients across the Institutional investment landscape maximize productivity.

Prior to joining Backstop, Greg held various positions at Chicago-based hedge funds including Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor relations from Cornell University.

Chad

Chad Erwin

SVP, Asset Owners

Over the past 20+ years in the institutional investment industry, Chad has served in multiple roles, including portfolio manager, head of global due diligence, and chief operating officer. Prior to joining Backstop in 2018, Chad honed his holistic approach to the investment process at MCP Alternative Asset Management, where he facilitated decision-making for global institutional investors, pensions, endowments, and UHNW families. Chad also boasts an extensive consulting background. At Backstop, he is responsible for the overall client experience for the company’s allocator customers.

Chad holds an Accounting degree from University of Iowa and an MBA in Analytic Finance and Econometrics from the University of Chicago. He is a CPA and CFA charterholder.

Michael Neuman

Michael Neuman

VP, Information Security

Michael Neuman is responsible for Backstop’s data and information systems security. Prior to joining Backstop in 2015, Michael served in various IS leadership roles, most recently as the Director of Security for Textura Corporation and the CISO for major mortgage company in the Chicagoland Area. Michael holds an MS in Communication Systems from Northwestern University and BA in Political Science and History from Purdue University. Michael’s Information Security Certifications include: CISSP, GISP, GCCC and GCIH.

Adam Hoit

Adam Hoit

VP, Product Management

Adam Hoit has been an exemplary leader over his eight-year tenure at Backstop. As VP of Product, Adam is responsible for driving coherent product strategy across client verticals, deepening the alignment of the product team with other business units, and establishing efficient processes throughout the product lifecycle.

Adam joined Backstop in 2008 as a project manager, and filled several leadership roles on the professional services team before transitioning to Product. With 9 years’ experience in the investment industry, Adam previously worked as Director of Learning and Development at OptionsXpress, a major retail derivatives brokerage. Prior to OptionsXpress, Adam spent three years in Beijing at China’s leading Education and Technology enterprise, where he gained experience applying Adult Learning Theory and best practices of instructional design in corporate and educational settings. Adam earned his B.A. from Georgetown University.

Deanne Folk

VP, Client Success

One of Backstop’s longest employees, Deanne Folk has been instrumental in growing the organization from a startup to a 200-person company. As VP of Client Success, Deanne oversees our Knowledge Management and Client Care departments. Both departments are a multi-regional team and lead the charge on various client and employee education and support events, including our annual conference and Backstop’s new hire onboarding program.

Before heading up Client Success, Deanne held various leadership roles on Backstop’s education and client services team. In each position, Deanne developed programs to enhance the user experience and increase the impact of user support. Prior to Backstop, she was an account executive for CBS radio.

Deanne was one of the first women to graduate from Western Michigan with a major in Telecommunications Information Management. She has presented at Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association’s annual conference, and at Western’s Annual IT Forum Conference, where she also served on an advisory panel for the TIM major.