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Matt Barnes, CFA

Matt co-founded Ironvine in 2013 with Ryan Mendlik and co-manages the Ironvine Concentrated Equity and Ironvine Core Equity Strategies. Prior to starting Ironvine, Matt was a credit analyst, trader, and portfolio manager at McAdams Wright Ragen. Previously Matt spent seven years at Cascade Investment LLC, the investment manager for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the private partnership of the William H. Gates III family office, where he held roles spanning credit & equity research, credit trading, and private equity. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in 2002 where he focused on Economics and Finance.

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Ryan Mendlik, CFA

Ryan co-founded Ironvine in 2013 with Matt Barnes and co-manages the Ironvine Concentrated Equity and Ironvine Core Equity Strategies. Prior to starting Ironvine, Ryan was a private equity analyst at Tenaska Capital Management. Previously Ryan was an analyst, portfolio manager, and trader at Cascade Investment LLC, the investment manager for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the private partnership of the William H. Gates III family office. Ryan started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an analyst in its investment banking division. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Nebraska in 2006 with Highest Distinction.

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David Perkins, CFA

David joined Ironvine in 2019 and co-manages the Ironvine Concentrated Equity and Ironvine Core Equity Strategies. Previously David spent 15 years as a senior analyst at Weitz Investment Management, including the last six as Co-Portfolio Manager of the Weitz Value Fund. Prior to his time at Weitz, David was a public equity analyst at McCarthy Group Investment Management, where he worked alongside former Ironvine partner Rich Jarvis on the McCarthy Multi-Cap Stock Fund. David earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Systems from Taylor University in 2001.

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Paul Penke, CEBS

Paul joined Ironvine in 2021 as Head of Operations and Client Portfolio Manager. Previously, Paul spent 12 years in actuarial consulting at Milliman analyzing large data sets, garnering insights, and presenting solutions to business owners and senior executives. He also has experience recruiting and managing high caliber teams. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2006 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Omaha in 2010.

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