About the Team
The iShares ETF Due Diligence team works closely with research analysts, platform specialists and investment professionals at BlackRock’s US Wealth Advisory client firms. The team reviews model portfolios, recommended lists and platforms and delivers content related to new ETF products, product enhancements, education and competitive intelligence.
Dominic Maister, Managing Director, is head of the iShares ETF Due Diligence team. Most recently, Dominic was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and head of Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) and Closed-End Fund (CEF) Research. He led a team that was responsible for coverage on over 100 closed-end funds and provided research commentary on the ETF industry and over 900 ETFs listed in the United States. Under his leadership, Morgan Stanley was recognized by Capital Link as having the best ETF research team in 2009 and 2010. Dominic began his professional career at Raymond James Financial and joined Morgan Stanley in 1998. His prior roles at Morgan Stanley included six years in Equity Capital Market Sales.
Dominic graduated from the John M. Olin School of Business in St. Louis, MO., with a major in business and a minor in legal studies. He currently holds series 7, 63, 86 and 87 licenses.
Grant Einhorn, Director, serves on the iShares Due Diligence Team covering Private Bank and Private Client Service firms. The team secures iShares placement in model portfolios, recommended lists and platforms. Additionally, they deliver product enhancement, collaborative implementation guides, and competitive intelligence content.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Einhorn served on the BlackRock National Accounts team, managing strategic home office relationships, driving sales and emerging initiatives with Private Bank clients. His service with the firm dates back to 2008, joining as a Business Development Associate covering the Greater Chicago territory for the Private Client Group.
Mr. Einhorn received his BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis, and is pursuing his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 licensed.
Kathryn Bernhardt, Vice President, joined the iShares ETF Due Diligence team in September 2014. Prior to joining BlackRock, Kathryn worked for four years as an investment analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott, a regional broker/dealer headquartered in Philadelphia. She provided home office research on ETFs, mutual funds, and separately managed accounts for retail financial advisors and was the firm’s primary liaison to ETF providers and the ETF industry. She independently led the firm’s education, marketing, and research efforts around ETFs and is a member of the global leadership committee for Women in ETFs.
Kathryn graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with a BA in economics and music minor. She is currently a Level II CFA candidate and holds series 7 and 66 licenses.
Craig Dehner, Vice President, joined the iShares ETF Due Diligence team in 2013. Most recently, he worked on the iShares Portfolio Management team where he managed US and Canadian-listed iShares equity ETFs. Before his time in Portfolio Management, he was part of the iShares Institutional Sales Team where he covered Hedge Funds, Asset Managers, and Insurance clients.
Before joining Blackrock in 2007, Craig was with Charles Schwab in a variety of Sales and Asset Management roles.
Craig graduated with an MBA from Santa Clara University in 2009 and a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Avyay Gollabinnie, Associate, joined the iShares Due Diligence team in April 2017. Prior to his current role, Avyay was a Business Intelligence Associate for the iShares Global Business Intelligence (GBI) team where he focused on client and ownership analytics and reporting.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, Avyay worked in portfolio accounting at State Street Global Services where he managed portfolio valuation for large institutional clients.
Avyay received his BA in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the University of California, Riverside.
Lauren Miller, Associate, joined the iShares ETF Due Diligence team in October 2014.
Prior to her current role, Lauren worked on both the iShares National Accounts and iShares COO teams, working directly for the head of each business. Prior to joining BlackRock, she was an Associate and Head of Business Development at a private wealth management firm for high-net worth clients.
Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College.