WAYNE, PA — Conestoga Capital Advisors, LLC announced that it recently promoted Christina Kowalski to Partner. She joined Conestoga in December 2019 and serves as the firm’s Head Trader. Prior to Conestoga, Christina was employed by The Swarthmore Group and StoneRidge Investment Partners. She has over twenty years of investment experience and is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University.
Bob Mitchell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner/Portfolio Manager, stated, “Christina has added tremendous value to our clients and shareholders since she joined us in 2019 and her promotion to Partner recognizes her significant contributions to our success over the last several years.”
Conestoga has continued to broaden the ownership among its employees over the last five years with thirteen of the firm’s sixteen employees now having an ownership stake in the firm.
Duane D’Orazio, Co-Founder and Managing Partner/Chief Compliance Officer added, “We believe our equity ownership program serves to further align our employees with our clients’ investment goals and enables the partners to participate in the growth of the firm. Christina has been a great addition to our team, and we very much appreciate her contributions to our investment results. We are proud to have her join us as Partner.”
In addition to her role as Head Trader at Conestoga, Christina is the President of the Investment Traders Association of Philadelphia (ITAP). She is also the affiliate contact for the Philadelphia area for the Security Traders Association (STA) Women in Finance Committee and a member of the Bond Club of Philadelphia and Women in Investing Network.
Conestoga has experienced steady growth over the past decade, and the firm’s assets under management now surpass $6.2 billion. The firm’s flagship Conestoga Small Cap Growth strategy remains in soft close and is only available to advisors and clients with existing investments in the strategy.
The firm’s new business development efforts continue to focus on the Conestoga SMid Cap Growth strategy, which has $1.2 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2022, as well as its newer offerings, the Conestoga Micro Cap Growth strategy, and the Conestoga Mid Cap Growth strategy. All of these strategies are available in mutual fund and separate account vehicles.
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