PSRS/PEERS Staff Receive National Recognition

Executive Director Steve Yoakum and Investment Officer Travis Allen Recognized for Leadership and Investment Acumen.

Steve Yoakum
PSRS/PEERS Executive Director, Steve Yoakum

Steve Yoakum Named Executive Director of the Year by Institutional Investor Magazine

Steve Yoakum, executive director of the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS), has been named Executive Director of the Year by Institutional Investor - Investor Intelligence Network. The annual Investor Intelligence Award is an honor that reflects industry-wide recognition of his accomplishments during the past year.

Yoakum was nominated by his peers for this distinguished honor. Other nominees included executive directors from Indiana, Iowa, West Virginia, Wyoming and Illinois. He received his award during a ceremony for the Annual Investor Intelligence Awards on April 21, 2015.

"This award is really the culmination of the dedication and hard work of our entire staff, management and Board of Trustees," said Yoakum. "Everything we have accomplished as a retirement system is because of the great teamwork and knowledge they demonstrate." Yoakum has served as PSRS/PEERS executive director since 2001.

The Institutional Investor - Investor Intelligence Network is an online community launched by Institutional Investor, a leading global financial magazine, for senior decision makers at the world's largest pension funds, foundations, endowments and sovereign pools.

Travis Allen
PSRS/PEERS Investment Officer, Travis Allen

Travis Allen Featured on CIO Magazine's "Forty Under Forty" List

Travis Allen, PSRS/PEERS investment officer, was recently featured in CIO Magazine's 2015 "Forty Under Forty" list of up-and-coming investment professionals.

Allen has been an investment officer with PSRS/PEERS since July 2006. He was selected as one of 40 to make the list from more than 200 nominees.

"It was an unexpected honor to be nominated for the list by a group of my peers," said Allen. "Actually getting selected for the list by CIO Magazine was really just icing on the cake."

According to Craig Husting, PSRS/PEERS chief investment officer, Travis is well deserving of the national recognition. "He takes his job very seriously and is a great investor and asset to our investment program," Husting said.

CIO is a bi-monthly digital and print magazine that provides news, opinion and research focusing on overarching investment issues affecting corporate and public pension plans, endowments, foundations, healthcare capital pools and sovereign wealth funds. The "Forty Under Forty" list is an annual recognition of excellence among young investment professionals employed by large asset owners.