About Us

CEMP has developed a smart beta indexing approach that combines fundamental criteria with volatility weighting to seek to improve an investor's ability to outperform traditional indexing strategies. The CEMP investment team, led by Chief Investment Officer Stephen Hammers, manages 7 mutual funds and 11 ETFs.

David J. Moore, CFP® / Co-Founder, CEMP

Steve Hammers

Mr. Moore is the co-founder of CEMP (formerly Compass EMP). He has provided visionary leadership focusing on providing exemplary service to all external constituents of clients, advisors, money managers, endowments, institutions, etc. CEMP was acquired by Victory Capital Management on April 30, 2015. CEMP is a Victory Capital investment franchise.

Prior to co-founding CEMP in 1996, Mr. Moore began his career at American Express Financial Advisors. During his tenure in the financial services industry, he has hired, mentored and trained over 150 advisors and has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Additionally, during his time with American Express Financial Advisors, he served on compliance, audit, firm profitability and philanthropic committees. Mr. Moore is also an active speaker on efficient investing, practice management, and asset allocation, and he serves or has served on numerous corporate and non-profit advisory boards, including as a Trustee of the Compass EMP Funds Trust from its inception in 2012 until April 2015.

Mr. Moore studied Business and Criminal Law at Ohio State University; College for Financial Planning, and holds the Certified Financial Planner ("CFP) designation.


Investment Team

Stephen M. Hammers, CIMA® / Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer

Steve Hammers

Stephen Hammers is Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer for all CEMP strategies. Mr. Hammers directs all investment activities, asset allocation and portfolio management. Additionally, he oversees all internal strategies and research. CEMP (formerly Compass EMP) was acquired by Victory Capital on April 30, 2015. CEMP is a Victory Capital investment franchise.

Mr. Hammers has over 21 years of investment modeling experience. Mr. Hammers began his career with Merrill Lynch & Co. and was the founder of Trinity Planning & Consulting in 2003 where he then joined forces with Compass in 2005 to form Compass EMP. Mr. Hammers is an active speaker on efficient indexing, alternative asset classes and portfolio allocation and has been quoted in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Smart Money, Barons, Investment News and Bloomberg BusinessWeek to name a few. He is also a frequent guest contributor on CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg TV.

Mr. Hammers holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace from Middle Tennessee State University. He is also a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association.


Alex Pazdan / Portfolio Manager

Steve Hammers

Alex Pazdan is a portfolio manager for CEMP Funds. As part of the CEMP Funds' Portfolio Management team, Mr. Pazdan assists with managing asset allocation of the funds and coordinating trading activities. CEMP (formerly Compass EMP) was acquired by Victory Capital on April 30, 2015. CEMP is a Victory Capital investment franchise.

Mr. Pazdan joined CEMP in 2010. He is also a founding principal of Persistent Capital Management, a Commodity Trading Advisor launched in 2002. Persistent employs quantitative strategies to trade futures on equities, currencies, fixed income and commodities. Mr. Pazdan created and developed all of the firm's strategies and trading programs. Prior to starting Persistent Capital, Mr. Pazdan was employed from 1995 until 2002 as a trader, researcher and senior market strategist for Eclipse Capital Management, in St. Louis, Missouri. While at Eclipse, Mr. Pazdan developed the firm's first quantitative fundamentally based strategies and helped the company grow its assets under management from $40 million to over $500 million.

Mr. Pazdan holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Psychology from Vanderbilt University.


Dan Banaszak, CFA / Portfolio Manager

Rob Walker

Dan Banaszak is a Portfolio Manager for CEMP Funds. He is a part of the investment team in charge of managing all CEMP products. In addition to portfolio management responsibilities, he is actively involved in research and strategy development for CEMP's alternatives-based solutions and performs ongoing maintenance and due diligence for the CEMP Index line of products. CEMP (formerly Compass EMP) was acquired by Victory Capital Management on April 30, 2015. CEMP is a Victory Capital investment franchise.

Prior to joining CEMP in 2011, Mr. Banaszak began his career as a trader and market maker in S&P 500 Index options on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade for Lerner Trading Group in 2007.

Mr. Banaszak graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in finance from Xavier University in 2006. In addition, he is a CFA charterholder.


David Hallum / Portfolio Manager

David Hallum

David Hallum is a Portfolio Manager for CEMP Funds and is a member of the investment management team. Mr. Hallum oversees overall allocation management for each of the CEMP funds and supplies exposure levels to the fixed income and futures traders. In addition Mr. Hallum coordinates the equity trading for both the domestic and foreign funds. CEMP (formerly Compass EMP) was acquired by Victory Capital Management on April 30, 2015. CEMP is a Victory Capital investment franchise.

Mr. Hallum joined CEMP in 2005 and has been licensed in the financial services industry since 1991. Mr. Hallum began his career with a financial planning focus and has since held several administrative roles with financial services firms as well as working in a planned giving role with a non-profit organization for eight years. In additional to his internal efforts at CEMP, Mr. Hallum founded Planning Templates, Inc. in 1999, which offers Excel-based planning tools for financial advisors.

Mr. Hallum holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University.


Rob Bateman / Portfolio Manager

Mike Organ

Rob Bateman is a Portfolio Manager, co-manager and member of the investment management team for CEMP Funds. While Mr. Bateman assists with all CEMP's strategies, his primary focus is on the fixed income components of the funds. CEMP (formerly Compass EMP) was acquired by Victory Capital Management on April 30, 2015. CEMP is a Victory Capital investment franchise.

Mr. Bateman joined CEMP in 2007 with nine years of prior experience. Before joining CEMP, Mr. Bateman began his career with Paine Webber in Memphis, TN. He later moved to Nashville to work on an equity trading desk for PFIC Securities Corp. He began his career in fixed income while working on an institutional sales and trading desk for Stephens Inc.

Mr. Bateman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi.



Victory CEMP Mutual Funds are distributed by Victory Capital Advisers, Inc. ("VCA"), member FINRA and SIPC. Find out more about the background of this firm on FINRA's BrokerCheck.

Victory Capital Management Inc., an affiliate of VCA, is the investment advisor to the Funds and receives a fee from the Funds for its services.

Victory CEMP ETFs are distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC., member FINRA. Victory Capital Management Inc., not an affiliate of Quasar Distributors, LLC., is the investment advisor to the Funds and receives a fee from the Funds for its services.